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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 

The National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street NW, Lecture Room
Washington, D.C.
September 24-25, 2009

Meeting Summary                                                                                                                                                                       

The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability took place on September 24-25, 2009. This meeting represented the first in a series of discussions exploring linkages between topics critical to long term sustainability. A fundamental challenge in the transition to sustainability will be managing resources while mitigating negative spillover effects. Thus, the objective of these discussions was to think through a decision framework that can be used to clarify potential tradeoffs and synergies. The meeting began with a discussion of energy linkages at the nexus of water, food security and public health. Roundtable members were asked to consider the topic of energy linkages and the value of continuing future discussions/workshops on this topic.

Roundtable members were also provided with updates on current STS Program activities including the Regional Implications of Expanding Biofuel Production (workshop held in June 2009), Certification of Sustainable Products and Services (workshop held January 2009), Partnerships for Sustainability (workshop held June 2008), and Food Security for All as a Sustainability Challenge (Project in development). Updates were presented to Roundtable Members on the Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability and the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative, currently funded by the Packard Foundation. Roundtable members discussed "Sustainability and Its Timescale" as a potential future area of focus for the Roundtable. Roundtable members also participated in breakout group discussions on the path for moving forward with various activities including the Urban Forum, Energy Linkages discussions and the role of how the Roundtable better support federal science initiatives.


Agenda                                                                                                                                                                                               

Final Agenda (PDF 47KB)


Presentations                                                                                                                                                                                 

Energy Linkages Discussion

     The Linkage Between Water and Energy (382 KB)
     Allan R. Hoffman, U.S. Department of Energy

     Energy, Agriculture and Food Security (468 KB)
     Prabhu Pingali, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

     Public Health and Energy (952 KB)
     Lynn R. Goldman, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

     Perspectives from DOE (180 KB)
     Steven E. Koonin, U.S. Department of Energy


Current Activities
     
     Expanding Biofuel Production: Sustainability and the Transition to Advanced Biofuels: Workshop held June 2009 (96 KB)
     Bruce D. Rodan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Sustainability and Its Timescale

     Overview (203 KB)
     Catherine (Katie) Hunt, The Dow Chemical Company

     Technological Rates of Change (677 KB)
     Tom Graedel, Yale University

     Transportation Technology, Sustainability and Time Scales (478 KB)
     Steve Lockwood, Parsons Brinckerhoff


Update


     Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS) (35 KB)
     Kathleen McAllister, The National Academies

    
Update on the Federal R&D Forum on Urban Sustainability 

     Transitioning to Sustainability: The Challenge of Developing Sustainable Urban Areas (28 KB)
     Glen T. Daigger, CH2M HILL 
 



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