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Knowledge Transfer

STEPS engages stakeholders to transfer knowledge related to sustainable solutions for phosphorus management.

STEPS Knowledge Transfer facilitates a multidirectional exchange of scientific and technical information across multiple sectors and diverse stakeholders. In particular, forward knowledge transfer occurs from researchers to outside communities (e.g., agribusinesses, agricultural workers, municipal water and wastewater treatment managers), while reverse knowledge transfer occurs from stakeholders into STEPS research to help guide and prioritize research directions

Knowledge Transfer occurs through 5 main assets:

  • Stakeholder Community Group
  • Technical Working Groups, connecting external stakeholders directly to STEPS researchers
  • The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance, in which STEPS will become a member
  • Agriculture Extension Services, and
  • Triple Bottom Line (TBL) sites

STEPS research outcomes are disseminated to diverse audiences through the STEPS website, presentations at international and national conferences (e.g., Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, Phosphorus Forum), and engaging students in Convergence Classrooms, which engages participants from diverse backgrounds on topics of phosphorus sustainability.

STEPS’ faculty are leading scholars in best practices for stakeholder engagement.

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Khara Grieger

KT Co-Director Khara Grieger is an Assistant Professor as well as Extension Specialist in Environmental Health & Risk Assessment at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on developing best practices for risk assessment, risk analysis, and governance of emerging risks and new technologies. Her work also focuses on extending and translating complex knowledge to diverse stakeholders in order to inform decisions.

Learn more about Khara Grieger.

STEPS partners with leading phosphorus sustainability organizations.

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Matt Scholz

KT Co-Director Matt Scholz is Program Manager of the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance and manages projects for the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service (RMSSS) at Arizona State University. The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is a multi-stakeholder effort to promote the efficient use, recovery and recycling of phosphorus in the food system, and Matt has run its daily operations and stakeholder engagement programs for 5 years.

Learn more about Matt Scholz.