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NELS: Ways Forward in Urban Sustainability - a Vancouver Vignette
December 1, 2015, Washington, DC

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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
November 12-13, 2015
Washington, DC

Partnerships, Research, and Innovation for Urban Sustainability:
Confronting Local Sustainability Challenges in a Global Environment 
October 15, 2015

ays to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 3
July 28-29, 2015

Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)

Upcoming NELS Event
NELS, in collaboration with the Women's Aquatic Network (WAN), will host Ways Forward in Urban Sustainability - a Vancouver Vignette, an event that will highlight the various pathways and challenges associated with sustainability and climate change in the urban context using the example of Vancouver, Canada.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Marian Koshland Science Museum
525 E St NW Washington, DC
Refreshments will be provided 

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The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS) is a seminar series for early-career professionals (and professionals who are new to the topic of sustainability) who are interested in building bridges with peers in DC-area agencies and organizations. The Network includes leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise, from natural resource management to energy policy to public health. NELS members share a common interest in taking a multidisciplinary approach to sustainability challenges -considering the economic, environmental, social, and cultural dimensions of these problems. Through NELS, these emerging leaders will foster relationships that enable them to more effectively bring about a sustainable future.

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Past Keynote Speakers

  • Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development (ORD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Matt Arnold, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ann Bartuska, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • John Carberry, Carberry Envirotech, Former Director of Environmental Technology, DuPont
  • Leslie Carothers, President, Environmental Law Institute
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Brian Czech, President, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
  • Brian Gregory Mitchell, Research Biologist and Senior Lecturer, University of California, San Diego
  • Henry Hatch, retired Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army
  • George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water
  • Alan Hecht, Director for Sustainable Development, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Steven Koonin (NAS), Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Matthew Kotchen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Simon Levin, Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University
  • Robert Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Donna Perla, Senior Advisor, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Cornell University
  • Emmy Simmons, Former Assistant Administrator, Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning, and Energy, Government of Portugal
  • Adam C. Powell, IV, CTO and Co-founder, Metal Oxygen Separation Technologies, Inc.
  • Harriet Tregoning, Director, District of Columbia Office of Planning
  • Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Cathie Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture 


NELS is supported by the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science.