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Recent Events

Strengthening Sustainability Program at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels: A Workshop
February 13, 2019, Washington, DC

Food Loss and Waste Workshop

October 17, 2018, Washington, DC

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July 11, 2018 11am-12pm, Washington, DC

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

January 30-21, 2018, Washington, DC

The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability took place on June 27, 2012, and included a session focused on issues related to sustainable energy and materials. The purpose of the session was to provide an overview of the landscape of efforts underway on this topic, including identifying key policy, research, and technological gaps. Members heard presentations from experts in the energy field on issues ranging from the future of nuclear and wind energy to the material constraints of energy technologies. Discussion during the session included how to improve collaboration among various sectors with the objective of leveraging research dollars; the types of partnerships needed to create sustainable energy solutions; and new funding mechanisms to further the science in the area of sustainable energy and materials. A brief, individually-authored meeting summary of the session highlights some of the key themes discussed by participants.

Roundtable members were provided with updates on current STS Program activities including Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government (Report Forthcoming), Symposium on Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions (Summary Forthcoming) and Japan-U.S. Workshop on Sustainable Energy Futures (Summary Forthcoming). Updates on recent STS publications including A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All (February 2012), Data Needs for Life-Cycle Assessment (May 2012), and Energy Sustainability: A Focus on Waste Heat Recovery (June 2012) were also provided. Roundtable members participated in breakout group discussions focusing on the path for moving forward with various Roundtable activities including technology for sustainability as well as sustainability and the food x water x energy nexus.

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
June 26-27, 2012
The National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street NW
 Washington, DC
June 27 (Lecture Room)
8:00 am         Breakfast available
8:30 am         Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals
                        Thomas Graedel / Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-chair
Sustainable Energy and Materials: Assessing the Landscape
8:50 am         Introduction to Panel
                        Thomas Graedel, Yale University, Roundtable Co-chair     
                        Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
9:00 am         Defining Sustainable Energy
                        Thomas Wilbanks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
                        Sam Baldwin, U.S. Department of Energy
10:00 am       Break
10:15 am       The Future of Nuclear Energy
                        William Ostendorff, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
10:45 am       The Future of Wind Energy
                         Doug Pfeister, Offshore Wind Development Coalition
                         Karl R. Rábago, Rábago Energy LLC
11:45 pm       Q&A and Discussion
12:00 pm       Lunch
1:00 pm          Defining Sustainable Materials
                         Nedal Nassar, Yale University
                         René Kleijn, Leiden University
2:00 pm          Open Discussion
2:30 pm          Break
Current Activities (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
2:45 pm          Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government 
                         Thomas Graedel, Yale University
3:00 pm          Sustainability Symposium: Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions: May 16-18, 2012 
                         Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical Company / B. L. Turner II, Arizona State University
3:15 pm          Japan-U.S. Workshop on Sustainable Energy Futures: June 26, 2012
                         Mary Neu, U.S. Department of Energy
3:30 pm          STS Publications Updates
                         Marina Moses, National Research Council
Breakout Discussions
3:35 pm          Breakout Discussions
  • Technology for Sustainability (Lecture Room)
    Michael Kavanaugh, Geosyntec Consultants
  • Sustainability and the Food x Water x Energy Nexus (Board Room)
    Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods
4:30 pm          Report Back and Discussion of Breakouts
4:45 pm          Wrap up (Thomas Graedel / Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
5:00 pm          Adjourn
Thank you and safe travels!