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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on December 5-6, 2012.  This meeting featured a panel discussion focused on the topic of developing sustainable and resilient energy systems, including how to advance research on achieving sustainable energy systems with an emphasis on how best to maximize benefits; identifying technologies to strengthen sustainability and resilience; and policy and institutional developments that could advance these goals.  The session also addressed how public and private sector funds could be leveraged to further develop resilient and sustainable energy systems.  A brief, individually-authored meeting summary of the session is available.  

Roundtable members were provided with updates on current and planned STS Program activities including Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government (Report Forthcoming), Sustainability Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research (Project in development), and Critical Materials for Energy Sustainability and Technology: A Focus on Material (Workshop held December 5, 2012).  Updates on recent STS publications including Sustainability Considerations for Procurement Tools and Capabilities (September 2012), Japan-U.S. Workshop on Sustainable Energy Futures (October 2012), Partnerships, Science, and Innovation for Sustainability Solutions: A Symposium (November 2012), and Sustainable Energy and Materials: Assessing the Landscape  (November 2012) were also provided.  C. Daniel Mote, Jr., University of Maryland and National Academy of Engineering president-nominee, spoke to the group at a working dinner on December 5.  Roundtable members also participated in breakout group discussions that focused on the path for moving forward with various Roundtable activities, including educating non-scientists on sustainability and public-private partnerships for sustainability.  


December 5 (McCormick & Schmick’s Private Room)

6:00 pm Welcome Reception

6:30 pm   Working Dinner
          Speaker: C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., University of Maryland

December 6 (Keck 100)

8:30 am Breakfast available 

9:00 am Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals
          Thomas Graedel / Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-chair 

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

9:20 am Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government 
        Thomas Graedel, Yale University 

9:35 am Sustainability Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research
        Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture

9:50 am   Critical Materials for Energy Sustainability and Technology: A Focus on Material Recovery (Workshop held December 5, 2012) 
            Anthony Ku, GE Global Research

10:00 am STS Program and Publication Updates 
            Marina Moses, National Research Council

10:05 am Break

Considerations for Developing Sustainable and Resilient Energy Systems 

10:20 am Introduction to Panel
        Thomas Graedel, Yale University, STS Roundtable Co-chair

10:30 am Adaptation, Resilience, and Sustainability for Energy Systems
        Thomas Wilbanks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

11:00 am Sustainable and Resilient Energy Systems: Data and Technology Issues
        Michael Webber, University of Texas

11:30 am Q&A and Discussion

11:50 am Lunch

12:50 pm Connecting with Energy Flows: Overview of the Industrial Internet
        Peter Evans, GE

1:20 pm Connecting with Energy Flows: Sustainable and Resilient Urban Systems
        Aristides Patrinos, New York University 

1:50 pm Connecting with Energy Flows: Natural Capital for Sustainability and Resilience
          Joseph Fiksel, The Ohio State University

2:20 pm Open Discussion

2:45 pm Break

Breakout Discussions

3:00 pm         Breakout Discussions 

Educating Non-Scientists on Sustainability (Keck 100)
Denise Stephenson Hawk, The Stephenson Group, LLC

Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainability  (Keck 202)
Glen Daigger, CH2M HILL 

3:45 pm         Report Back and Discussion of Breakouts

4:00 pm         Wrap up (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)

4:15 pm Adjourn