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Homelessness and Urban Sustainability: Implications of Changes to the US Health System on a Vulnerable Population
November 12, 2014
Washington, DC


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Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research
September 8-9, 2014
Washington, DC

Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability: Green Growth: USA-Portugal
June 11, 2014
Washington, DC


Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

May 20-21, 2014
Washington, DC


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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on May 20-21, 2014, in Washington, DC. As the first event of the Roundtable’s year-long 2014 initiative, the event featured panel discussions addressing issues related to the energy-water nexus through further technological innovation. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage participants to leverage the initiatives currently underway in the energy-water nexus and to encourage the application of broader sustainability frameworks to these two inter-related sectors. The panels examined research needs for optimizing current technologies, addressing existing barriers and emerging technology innovations, and advancing the integrative field of the energy-water nexus to address key challenges. The event was convened in collaboration with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (DEPS/BEES) and the Water Science and Technology Board (DELS/WSTB). A published summary of the event will be issued this summer.

The May 20th afternoon event featured panel discussions addressing issues related to public-private partnerships. The 2013 NRC landmark report, Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkages, reiterates the importance of this issue and states, “Governing for sustainability requires bringing the right complement of people to the table, acknowledging the linkages across societal and governance institutions”(p. 3). As a follow up to this report, the panel provided examples of successful efforts for addressing complex sustainability issues and factors that contributed to that success, by gathering various perspectives on collaborative problem solving process both in Minnesota and nationally.

Roundtable members reviewed and provided suggestions on current and planned STS Program activities, including further dissemination of Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections & Governance Linkages (Report released in June 2013), Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research (Report forthcoming), Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities (Project in development) as well as the ongoing Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability. Updates on a recent NRC report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013) from the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and Transportation Research Board’s activities were also provided. Roundtable members also raised suggestions for future Roundtable activities.

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
May 20-21, 2014

Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC


Tuesday, May 20 (Keck 100)

8:30 am   Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals
  • Thomas Graedel, Yale University, STS Roundtable Chair
  • K. John Holmes, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, The National Academies
Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus: Furthering Technological Innovation

9:00 am   Introduction to Panel
  • David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University
9:10 am   Overview of the Energy-Water Nexus and Technological Innovation 9:40 am   Panel I: Optimizing Current Technologies
                  Moderator: David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University 10:20 am  Q&A and Discussion

10:40 am  BREAK

11:00 am  Panel II: Existing and Emerging Technology Innovations
                   Moderator: Francis O’Sullivan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11:40 am  Q&A and Discussion

12:00 pm  LUNCH

1:00 pm    Panel III: The Path Forward: Advancing the Field of the Energy-Water Nexus to Address Key Challenges and Next Steps
                   Moderator: Marilu Hastings, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation 1:40 pm    Q&A and Discussion

2:00 pm    Discussion: Developing a List of Key Questions related to the Energy-Water Nexus and Technological Innovation
                   Moderator: David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University

2:20 pm    BREAK

Sustainability and Collaborative Problem Solving

2:35 pm    Introduction to Panel
                   Thomas Graedel, Yale University, STS Roundtable Chair

2:40 pm    Panel: Collaborative Problem Solving in Minnesota
                   Moderator: LeRoy Paddock, George Washington University
  • John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (State and Local Perspective)
  • Michael Robertson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (Industry Perspective)
  • Michael Harley, Environmental Initiative (Nongovernmental Perspective) 
3:40 pm    Q&A and Discussion

4:00 pm    National Perspective on Collaborative Problem Solving
                   Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy

4:30 pm    Wrap up and plans for next day (Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair)

4:45 pm    Adjourn

Wednesday, May 21 (Keck 206)

8:30 am    Welcome and Feedback from Previous Day
                   Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair

8:45 am    Update on NRC Activities
  • Amanda Staudt/Edward Dunlea, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises)
  • Kim Fisher/Monica Starnes, Transportation Research Board (Overview of the Transportation Research Board) 
9:45 am    BREAK

Current Activities (Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair)

10:00 am  Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkages
                    Thomas Graedel, Yale University, STS Roundtable Chair

10:15 am  Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research
                    B.L. Turner II, Arizona State University/Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

10:30 am  Science for Sustainability: Improving Sustainability Decision Making for Federal, State, and Local Agencies (EPA Region 5 Meeting held March 17, 2014)
                    Alan Hecht, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10:45 am  Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)
                    Paulo Ferrão, Technical University of Lisbon

Future Activities (Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair)

11:00 am  Strategic Planning for Future Roundtable Activities
                    Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair

11:30 am   Wrap up (Thomas Graedel, STS Roundtable Chair)

11:45 am   Adjourn


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