Mathematics Awareness Month - April 2013
Mathematics of Sustainability

Learn more about the interconnected nature of these resources

Learn more about Alternative Energy Learn more about Agriculture Learn more about Normal Distribution Learn more about Trees Learn more about Climate Learn more about Oil Learn more about Logistic Equations Learn more about Glaciers Learn more about Cities Learn more about the Gini Coefficient Learn more about Fishing


CitiesAt present, 50% of the world’s 7 billion people live in cities. Demographers, using mathematical models, predict that by 2050 the world’s population will rise to over 9 billion and that 70% of these people will live in cities. So an important aspect of creating a sustainable world will be building sustainable cities.

Architects and engineers are developing more energy efficient buildings. Presently buildings account for about 40% of U.S. energy consumption. City planners are looking at the overall systems that support life in a city and considering the benefits of creative green approaches. They use math to determine how well these approaches will work and how much they will cost.

As cities get larger and denser they will require more food and resources to sustain them. How will we balance the needs of cities for food, for energy  and other resources, against the needs of the environment and against the needs of non-urban residents who work to meet these needs?

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Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
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