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How Privatizing Water Systems Costs Taxpayers -- & Endangers Them (

[Feb 7, 2018]
Daniel Van Abs, Rutgers associate professor of practice for water, society & environment, says it's almost impossible to tell whether higher costs are a result of better service or higher profit margins due to private companies overbuilding infrastructure that isn't needed.

Conservation could curb future N.J. water demands

[Feb 5, 2018]
New Jersey's water needs could actually go down, despite population growth, with more investment in conservation, according to a Rutgers University study... Rutgers professor Dan Van Abs, who wrote the report, said he examined how modest improvements would play out in various scenarios.

Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040

[Feb 1, 2018]
Dr. Van Abs featured in the NJ Spotlight: "Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen."

Prof. Bill Hallman Appointed to National Advisory Committee Addressing Climate Change Communications

[Jan 9, 2018]
Congratulations Dr. Hallman on being appointed to the National Advisory Committee Addressing Climate Change Communications

Emily Hunziker (SEBS '17) participated in the University of Sao Paulo's International Science and Technology Symposium last week.

[Oct 31, 2017]

Victoria looks at improving emergency communications

[Oct 21, 2017]
Cara Cuite, a psychologist who studies emergency communications at Rutgers University was quoted in a recent article about emergency communications during Hurrican Harvey.

How Hurricane Sandy became steroids for Jersey Shore development

[Oct 18, 2017]
Dr. Karen O'Neill, a professor of human ecology at Rutgers New Brunswick, author of "Taking Chances: The Coast After Hurricane Sandy" discusses the changing landscape of the Jersey Shore..

Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Schoolman for winning The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Sustainability Research Award.

[Oct 15, 2017]
Dr. Ethan Schoolman along with his colleagues Mike Shriberg, Sarah Schwimmer and Marie Tysman won the Campus Achievement Sustainability Award for their paper, “Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices?”

Is the Food in Meal Kit Delivery Services Actually Safe to Eat?

[Oct 5, 2017]
Speaking on the final day of the 2017 Food Safety Summit in a session on 'Home Delivery,' professor of human ecology Bill Hallman presented results of a Rutgers-Tennessee State University study that looked into the integrity of home-delivered dinners.

What to tell people to get them to evacuate before a hurricane hits?

[Sep 8, 2017]
Dr. Cara Cuite along with her colleague, Rebecca Morss, wrote an article for the Washington Post about their research and what social science tells us on convincing people to evacuate when they're at risk.

Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems

[Sep 7, 2017]
Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities.--Dr. Van Abs

Opinion: Cleaning up Urban Waters — Focus Where the People Are

[Jul 11, 2017]
Dr. Van Abs discusses the need to focus discretionary expenditures where they will do the most good for residents and competitiveness.

Grounded in 4-H and Graduating with Honors: Kristen Johnson (SEBS 2017)

[May 11, 2017]
On the eve of the graduation of the Class of 2017, we caught up with Kristen to have her reflect on her academic experience at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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