1.3 Promote food, water, and energy security in rural/remote Arctic regions.
Significant disparities exist between Arctic and non-Arctic residents related to the availability and affordability of traditional and non-traditional foods; the quality and quantity of water available (and its related health benefits); and the cost and options for energy production, conservation, and use (especially for residential home heating).
Performance elements from the Arctic research plan
1.3.1 In collaboration with the State of Alaska, coordinate investigations and reporting on food security in the Arctic, to include shifting patterns of food consumption, the safety of subsistence foods, and successful adaptation strategies being employed by northern residents.
1.3.2 In collaboration with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group, support the ADEC “Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge” and provide input and support for the Conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) and its resultant research activities and recommendations.
1.3.3 Together with the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), and UAF, promote research on renewable, efficient, and sustainable (resource, maintenance, and cost) energy systems, including microgrid technology development and application in remote Arctic communities via USARC’s Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group activities.