CARTSS Initiative 2013 - 2014:
Community Impacts of Energy Resources
In the Spring of 2013, CARTSS initiated two interdisciplinary projects that are aimed at using the core strength of the social sciences at CU to form an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in using their combined talents to address local and global environmental issues. With these two main projects, CARTSS is creating new partnerships between scholars in the social sciences and with others:
Human Survival in a New Nuclear Age: CARTSS is exploring the impact of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown on energy resource decisions in the United States and globally. As part of this initiative, CARTSS gathered together scholars from the Department of Physics, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, Department of Communications, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Chemistry to collaborate on sharing knowledge about nuclear issues. Additionally, CARTSS is partnering with the Brazil-U.S. Network for Environment, Society and Governance to explore both the Cold War history of nuclear energy in Brazil and recent government declarations to build numerous nuclear plants throughout Brazil in the coming decades.
The Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Communities: CARTSS plans to incubate research on the science and social science implications of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), both locally in Colorado and in other national and international locations. CARTSS is particularly interested in partnering with public health scholars to help carry out the appropriate studies that would provide information on the long-term health effects of hydraulic fracturing.