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Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 2
April 29-30, 2015
Long Beach, CA

Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)
 
April 8, 2015
Washington, DC


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Recent Events

Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 1
February 12-13, 2015
Washington, DC


Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability  

Established in 2002, the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability provides a high-level forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability. Members of the Roundtable include leading experts 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 goal for the Roundtable is to mobilize, encourage, and use scientific knowledge and technology to help achieve sustainability goals and to support the implementation of sustainability practices. Three overarching principles are used to guide the Roundtable's work in support of this goal. First, the Roundtable focus on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contribute to the transition toward sustainability. Second, the Roundtable focus on issues for which progress requires cooperation among multiple sectors, including academia, government (at all levels), business, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions. Third, the Roundtable focus on activities where scientific knowledge and technology can help to advance practices that contribute directly to sustainability goals, in addition to identifying priorities for research and development (R&D) inspired by sustainability challenges.

The Roundtable has adopted a two-pronged strategy to address sustainability. The first part of this strategy attempts to define inter-sectoral dynamics essential to long-term science and technology approaches to sustainability. The second looks to apply these approaches and concepts to sustainability challenges.

Focus on Long-Term Science and Technology Strategy for Sustainability

Acknowledging that sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic that crosses domains, sectors, and institutions, the Roundtable launched a series of discussions to outline the major connections between human and environmental systems. In 2013-2014, the Roundtable, in collaboration with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) and the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB), contributed to the emerging dialogue on the energy-water nexus, holding four related events in June and December 2013, and May and December 2014. 

Applied Sustainability
As a second area of programmatic emphasis, the Roundtable is sharpening its focus on sustainability challenges in applied situations where STS works with specific communities within our Roundtable membership.

The Roundtable is the key component of the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program in the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Research Council. The STS Program has become a gateway to the National Academies’ rich portfolio of sustainability related programs. The Roundtable is supported by the National Academies’ George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability.  
 


STS Roundtable: Past Meetings

December 10-11, 2014
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

May 20-21, 2014
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]
[Meeting Summary]

December 5-6, 2013
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]
[Meeting Summary]

June 6-7, 2013

Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]
[Meeting Summary]

December 6, 2012
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]
[Meeting Summary]

June 27, 2012
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]
[
Meeting Summary]

November 16-17, 2011
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

[Meeting Summary]

May 5-6, 2011
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

October 27-28, 2010
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

May 6-7, 2010
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

September 23-24, 2009

Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

April 1-2, 2009
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

June 19-20, 2008
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda]

October 18-19, 2007
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda]

August 31, 2006 
Roundtable Breakout Session on Sustainability Metrics/Indicators
[Agenda]

August 31, 2006
Roundtable Breakout Session on Urban/Rural Sustainability
[Agenda]

June 1-2, 2006
Rebuilding for Health, Sustainability, and Disaster Preparedness in the Gulf Coast Region
[Agenda]

May 16-17, 2006
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

June 15, 2004
Meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
[Agenda and Presentations]

June 14, 2004
Environmental Regulation and its Alternatives
[Agenda and Summary]