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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 

Keck Center of The National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW, Room 100
Washington, DC
October 27-28, 2010

Meeting Summary                                                                                                                                               

The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability took place on October 27-28, 2010.  This meeting was the third in a series of discussions exploring linkages between topics critical to long term sustainability.  The premise is that sustainability is a systems problem that cannot be achieved by separately optimizing its pieces.  The meeting began with a discussion of land linkages at the nexus of ecosystem services, water and climate change adaptation, and conservation efforts. Roundtable members were asked to consider the topic of land linkages and provide input on how this topic might be addressed in the proposed NRC study on Sustainability Linkages.

Roundtable members were provided with updates on recent STS publications including Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Research and Development on Urban Systems (September 2010) and Meeting Recap: What about the Blend Wall? (April 2010).  Updates on current STS Program activities including Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Lessons from the Atlanta Metropolitan Region (Workshop held September 30-October 1, 2010), A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All (First workshop planned for February 16-17, 2010 and second workshop planned for May 2-4, 2010), Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government (Project in development), and Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Project in development) as well as the ongoing Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability were provided.

Roundtable members discussed “Research Agendas of University Sustainability Centers” 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 Roundtable activities including: the Roundtable’s mission, opportunities for a future international initiative (tentatively titled Our Common Challenge), and integrating social science and ecological science research for sustainability.


Agenda and Presentations                                                                                                                               


Final Agenda [PDF, 48KB]


October 27 (Keck 100)

8:00 – 8:30         Breakfast available

8:30 – 9:15         Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals (Tom Graedel / Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)


Sustainability Linkages
(Tom Graedel / Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)

9:15 – 9:30         Review of Sustainability Linkages Approach (Tom Graedel, Yale University)

9:30 – 9:35         USGS Sustainability Initiative (Marcia McNutt, U.S. Geological Survey)

9:35 – 9:40         Introduction to Panel (Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

9:40 – 10:10       Land and Ecosystem Services (Sally Collins, U.S. Department of Agriculture, retired)

10:10 – 10:40     Land, Water and Climate Change Adaptation (Steve Carpenter, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

10:40 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 11:30     Landscape Perspective on Conservation (Virginia Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

11:30 – 12:00     Open Discussion

12:00 – 1:00        Working Lunch – Sustainability News from Roundtable Members


Current Activities
(Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)

1:00 – 1:10          New Publication: Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Research and Development on Urban Systems, September 2010
                              Update: Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)

1:10 – 1:25          Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Lessons from the Atlanta Metropolitan Region
                              Workshop held September 30-October 1, 2010 (Glen Daigger, CH2M HILL)

1:25 – 1:40          A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All: First Workshop planned for February 16-17, 2011  
                              and Second Workshop planned for May 2-4, 2011 (Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University)

1:40 – 2:00          Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Paul Anastas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

2:00 – 2:15          Break


Research Agendas of University Sustainability Centers

2:15 – 2:30          Overview / Part 1: Regional Focus (Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University)

2:30 – 2:50          Part 2: University: Multidisciplinary Focus (Rick Shangraw, Arizona State University)

2:50 – 3:10          Part 3: University: Business Focus (Thomas Lyon, University of Michigan)

3:10 – 3:30          Part 4: Federal Sponsor (Nancy Grimm, National Science Foundation)

3:30 – 3:50          Part 5: Federal Sponsor (Lance Haworth, National Science Foundation)

3:50 – 4:10          Part 6: Federal Sponsor (Steven Koonin, U.S Department of Energy)

4:10 – 4:30          Part 7: Private Sponsor (Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company)

4:30 – 5:00          Open Discussion

6:00 – 6:30          ReceptionThe Hunt Room, The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel

6:30 – 8:30          Working Dinner The Whitehall Room, The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel 
                              Climate Change Assessments: Review of the Processes and Procedures of the IPCC
 
                             
(Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland)

October 28 (Keck 100)

8:00 – 8:30         Breakfast available

8:30 – 8:45         Welcome (Tom Graedel)

8:45 – 9:00         Issues in Science and Technology (Kevin Finneran, National Research Council)

9:00 – 10:00       Breakout Discussions

International Initiative – Our Common Challenge, Part 2 (Glen Daigger, CH2M HILL) (Keck 100)
Roundtable Mission (Leslie Carothers, Environmental Law Institute; Katie Hunt, The Dow Chemical Company) (Keck 101)
Integrating Social Scientists and Ecological Scientists for Sustainability (B.L. Turner II, Arizona State University) (Keck 109)

10:00 – 10:15      Break

10:15 – 11:00      Report Back and Discussion of Breakouts

11:00 – 11:30      Strategic Planning for Future Roundtable Activities (Tom Graedel and Ann Bartuska)

11:30 pm              Wrap up (Tom Graedel / Ann Bartuska)

12:00 pm              Adjourn

 


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