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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 

The National Academies 
The Keck Center: Room 204
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
June 15, 2004

Meeting Summary                                                                                                                                                             

The Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability held a meeting June 15, 2004 in Washington, DC to review the previous year's work and to develop a plan for the upcoming year. Roundtable members re-emphasized Science & Technology's central role in sustainable development, illustrated by the "Linking Knowledge to Action" workshop series established by the Roundtable. A number of common themes emerged from the activities of the previous year, including: 

  • A persistent gap between knowledge and action
  • A great but untapped potential for learning from experience
  • A need to foster user-producer interactions
  • The importance of end-to-end systems linking knowledge to action
  • The value and vulnerability of boundary-spanning organizations
  • The importance of creating "safe spaces" for innovative risk-taking
  • The need for appropriate targets and metrics

Many of these themes are inter-related, and the Roundtable continues to explore opportunities to convene workshops which focus on one or more of these themes. Members also discussed a number of possible follow-up activities such as training courses, fellowships, and volunteer programs with a focal point on bridging the gap between research and policy in the field of sustainable development.

More Information                                                                                                                                                              

Agenda (PDF,98 KB)

Participants (PDF,68 KB)


Decision Support Systems (PDF,81 KB)

Environmental Regulations (PDF,57 KB)
Tom Graedel, Yale University and Pat Atkins, Alcoa

Rapid Urbanization (PDF,1.1 MB)
Chuck Redman, Working Group for Rapid Urbanization