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January 2018 RT Large Energy
On January 30, 2018, the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability hosted a public workshop to identify specialized social, economic and engineering challenges to and opportunities for deploying sustainable energy during times of transition. View the presentations...
NELS Speakers Large October 2017
On October 26, 2017, Jason Samenow and Dr. Catherine Ross shared their experience in managing sustainability issues and described their perspective in the current policy context in the U.S. Learn more about the event.
Proceedings of Materials WS_Large
The June 2017 meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. This Proceedings of a Workshop—In Brief summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
V. Turekian Large slider Photo
Dr. Turekian has been appointed as the Senior Director of our Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program. He recently left the position of Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, which he has been since September 2015. Read Dr. Turekian's full biography.
January 2018 RT Small Energy
Recent Event
Workshop on Deploying Sustainable Energy during Transition: Implications of Recovery, Renewal and Re ...
NELS Speakers October 2017
Recent Event
Sustainable Urban Environments in the Coastal Plain: Linking Knowledge to Action
Proceedings of Materials WS_Small
NEW PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP-IN BRIEF
Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Renewable Energy Technology Development for 2030
V. Turekian Small Photo
Leadership
Vaughan Turekian appointed Senior Director of Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
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View a list of Sustainability-related meetings at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Recent Events

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
January 30-21, 2018, Washington, DC

Symposium at the National Council for Science and the Environment Conference

January 23, 2018 Arlington, VA

The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)
October 26, 2017 Washington, DC






Recent Reports  View more...
Sustainability PNAS CoverView Recent PNAS Sustainability Science Articles
Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United StatesPathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States
Transitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation: Proceedings of a WorkshopTransitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation
 
Current Activities

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 
Established in 2002, the STS Roundtable represents one element of the robust sustainability activities within the National Academies. The Roundtable draws on the expertise of leaders from research institutions as well as senior decision-makers from government and industry who deal with issues of sustainable development, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies and resources for sustainability. The Roundtable works to provide a high-level forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability, and then catalyzing follow-on advisory work through the Academies. In June 2017, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. The most recent meeting held on January 30-31, 2018 focused on deploying sustainable energy during transition.

Sustainability across the National Academies: Senior Level Coordinating Group
Since January 2018, senior leaders from across the National Academies have been discussing our approach to sustainability as a whole of institutions set of activities and identify ways for the National Academies to leverage its broad expertise and contacts to increase connection to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by sharing best practices, barriers and opportunities.

Working Groups on SDG and Local Scale Sustainability
An expert working group met in February 2018 to examine how the National Academies can harness its links to the U.S. science, engineering and medical communities to support activities at a global scale related to the SDG.

Building the Foundations of Sustainability across the National Academies
A monthly e-newsletter Sustainability across the National Academies: Linking Knowledge to Action provides updated highlighting activities related to sustainability throughout the National Academies in the context of the SDG.

Sponsor-Requested Studies and Workshops
Sponsored activities enlist the nation's foremost scientists, engineers and health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of sustainability. Most recent events include:

To learn more about sustainability activities, both in the STS program and throughout the other boards and committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, please view the list of publications, upcoming meetings and ongoing activities.

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