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Sustainability and the U.S. EPA

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Sustainability and the U.S. EPA 
A new report from the National Research Council presents a framework for incorporating sustainability into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s principles and decision making.  The framework, which was requested by EPA, is intended to help the agency better assess the social, environmental, and economic impacts of various options as it makes decisions. The report is available can be downloaded from the National Academies Press.





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Science and Technology for Sustainabillity Program
The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 334-2047

Project Scope

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) has been working to create programs and examining applications in a variety of areas in order to better incorporate sustainability. To further strengthen the analytic and scientific basis for sustainability as it applies to human health and environmental protection, an ad hoc committee under the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) will conduct a study and prepare a report that will answer the following questions.

  • What should be the operational framework for sustainability for EPA?
  • How can the EPA decision-making process rooted in the risk assessment/risk management (RA/RM) paradigm be integrated into this new Sustainability Framework? 
  • What scientific and analytical tools are needed to support the framework?
  • What expertise is needed to support the framework?

Meetings & Events

Sustainability and the U.S. EPA Report Launch

Koshland Science Museum
525 E St NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 15, 2011

Meeting 1: Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
The Capitol Room
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
December 14-15, 2010

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Launch of a National Research Council Study, Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Marian Koshland Science Museum
Corner of 6th and E Street NW, Washington, DC
November 30, 2010

Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences
Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Bernard D. Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh, Chair, Ad hoc Committee, Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Sustainability and the US EPA

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Committee Membership Information

  • Bernard D. Goldstein
    Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Leslie Carothers
    President, Environmental Law Institute
  • J. Clarence Davies
    Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • John C. Dernbach
    Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Environmental Law Center, Widener University School of Law
  • Paul Gilman
    Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy Corporation
  • Neil C. Hawkins
    Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Michael C. Kavanaugh
    Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
  • Stephen Polasky
    Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Kenneth G. Ruffing
    Former Deputy Director and Chief Economist of Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Armistead G. Russell
    Georgia Power Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Susanna Sutherland
    Sustainability Program Manager, City of Knoxville
  • Lauren Zeise
    Chief, Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch, California Environmental Protection Agency


  • Marina Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
  • Jennifer Saunders, Program Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
  • Dominic Brose, Associate Program Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
  • Dylan Richmond, Research Assistant,  Science and Technology for Sustainability Program

View the Committee Membership Information in the National Academies' Current Project System


Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.