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May 13-14, 2014
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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
December 5-6, 2013
Washington, DC

Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability
November 12, 2013
Washington, DC

Best Practices for Risk-Informed Remedy Selection, Closure, and Post-Closure Control of Contaminated Sites
October 30-31, 2013
Washington, DC

Energy Water Considerations for the Sustainable Reuse and Recycling of Materials
September 10, 2013
Washington, DC

Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections & Governance Linkages
July 24, 2013
Davis, CA

Pathways to Urban Sustainability: A Focus on Portland
May 28-29, 2013
Portland, OR

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A National Academies Workshop
January 18-19, 2012
Shell Center for Sustainability
Rice University
Bioscience Research Collaborative Auditorium
 6500 Main ST.
 Houston, Texas
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
9:00 AM           Welcome from the National Academies
                         Rich Bissell, Executive Director, Policy and Global Affairs, National Academies
9:05 AM           Welcome and Goals of the Workshop
                         Jim Lester, Vice President, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
9:15 AM           Why Sustainability
                         Katherine Lorenz, President, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Session I: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability
Moderator: Bruce Wilcoxon, Director Climate Change, ConocoPhillips
10:30 AM         BREAK
11:15 AM         Panel Discussion
12:00 PM         LUNCH BREAK
Session II: Building Bridges 
1:00 PM            Natural and Built Capital
2:15 PM            Human Capital
Moderator: Winnie Hamilton, Director Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine
Brenda Reyes, Bureau Chief of the Community and Children Environmental Health, Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Herminia Palacio, Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
Natasha Prudent, Health Scientist, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
3:30 PM            BREAK
3:45 PM            Breakout groups
Incentives to Change Practice and Advance Sustainability (Auditorium)
Moderator: Jennifer Ronk, Houston Advanced Research Center
Neighborhood and City-Scale Projects (Room 282)
Moderator: Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager, Office of the Mayor, Houston
4:45 PM            Report back in plenary
5:30 PM            ADJOURN

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Session III: Integrating Goals, Measuring Progress, Translating Results
Moderator: Walter Peacock, Professor and Director, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University
9:00 AM           Efforts from Government
10:30 AM         BREAK
10:45 AM         Measuring Success
12:15 PM          LUNCH BREAK
Session IV: “Moving Forward”
Moderator: Jim Lester, Houston Advanced Research Center
1:45 PM            Breakout groups
Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration (Auditorium)
Moderator: Marilu Hastings, Environment Program Director, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Regional Projects and Plans (Room 286)
Moderator: Dr. Lester King, Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University  
2:45 PM            BREAK
3:00 PM            Report back to plenary
3:45 PM            Workshop Re-Cap and Major Themes
                           Jim Lester, Vice President, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
4:00 PM            ADJOURN






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