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Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions
 
 A National Academies Symposium

  Date: May 16-18, 2012
Location: Pew DC Conference Center
901 E Street NW Washington, DC 20004

 

SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES:
The overarching objective of the symposium is to showcase federal investments and institutional structures regarding sustainability and identify opportunities to help promote practices that would lead communities toward sustainability. More specific objectives are:

·          To highlight NSF (and other agency) science and technology research contributions to sustainability goals.

·          To foster partnerships among federal agencies and with others.

·          To identify successful models for improving science for sustainability, and for linking Science and Technology with decision making.

·          To identify actionable next steps for agency research efforts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

9:00 AM    Welcome from the National Academies
                  Ralph J. Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences
                  

                  Welcome and Goals of the Symposium
                  Pamela Matson, Stanford University, Committee Chair
                 

                  Vision from the National Science Foundation
                  Subra Suresh, National Science Foundation
                 

                  Keynote Remarks - Sustainability: A White House Perspective
                  John Holdren, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
                 

10:00 AM BREAK  

SESSION I: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY – WHAT RESEARCH IS BEING FUNDED BY NSF AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TODAY?

Moderator: Pamela Matson, Stanford University, Committee Chair 

Session Goal: A status check on NSF and international research programs highlighting exemplary projects.

10:15 AM  National and International Funding Scopre for Sustainability Science Research
                   Tim Killeen, National Science Foundation
                  

10:45 AM  Science for Sustainability: Case Studies of National and International Research
                   Moderator: Pamela Matson, Stanford University 
                   Susannah Scott, University of California, Santa Barbara
                   David Hart, University of Maine
                   Holm Tiessen, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
                   John Martin Anderies, Arizona State University
                    

11:45 AM  Q&A and Discussion

12:00 PM  LUNCH

SESSION I (CONTINUED)
Moderator: Pam Matson, Stanford University
 

1:00 PM    Research Analysis: Science and Technology Needs for a Sustainability Transition
                   Terry Chapin, University of Alaska Fairbanks
                  

1:30 PM    Panel Discussion: International and national R&D directions—What’s needed for S&T for Sustainability
                   Moderator: Pamela Matson, Stanford University
                   Chad Gaffield, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
                   Nancy Creamer, North Carolina State University
                   Paulo Ferrao, Technical University of Lisbon
                   Alan Hurd, Los Alamos National Laboratory
                  
 
2:15 PM    Discussion, Summary, Wrap-up
                   Pamela Matson, Stanford University 

2:30 PM    BREAK  

SESSION II:  THE CHALLENGES OF LINKING SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE WITH DECISION MAKING: EXPERIENCES IN GOVERNMENT, NGOS AND CORPORATIONS

Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Session Goal: Begin to understand how research-based knowledge is being used for sustainability decision making, how science can be used more effectively, etc, through case studies and discussions.   

2:45 PM   Introduction to Session
                  Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

2:50 PM   Case Studies A: Examples of Federal, State and Local Government Efforts to Link Sustainability Science and Technology to Action—what works, what doesn’t, and why?
                  Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                 
 


3:20 PM    Panel Discussion A: Government Perspectives on Linking Knowledge and Action
                  Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
                  Marcia McNutt, U.S. Geological Survey
                  Glenn Paulson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                 
Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture
                          
Jeffrey Marqusee, Department of Defense
                 
  

4:00 PM   Case Study B: Examples of Academic/NGO Efforts to Link Sustainability Science and Technology to Action
                  Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
                          
Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Project (Natural Resources)
                  Anu Ramaswami, University of Colorado Denver (Engineering/Urban)
                  David Orr, Oberlin College 
                 
 

4:45 PM    Wrap up and Plans for next day
                   Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 5:00 PM   ADJOURN

 5:30 PM   Reception (hosted by the Dow Chemical Company and Mars, Inc.)
                   The Atrium, Keck Center of the National Academies (500 Fifth Street NW Washington, DC 20001)

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

SESSION II (CONTINUED)
Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:00 AM     Welcome and Re-Cap from Previous Day
                   Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                  

9:10 AM     Panel Discussion B: NGO Perspectives on Efforts to Link Science and Sustainability—What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Needed?
                   Moderator: Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                   Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy
                   Barry Gold, Moore Foundation
                  
Andrew Rosenberg, Conservation International
                   Angela Ledford Anderson, Union of Concerned Scientists
                    

9:40 AM    Case Study and Panel Discussion C: Examples of Corporate  Efforts to Link Sustainability Science and Technology to Action
                  Moderator: Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical Company

                     Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical Company (Dow-Business Decisions for Sustainability)
                     Harold Schmitz, Mars Inc
                     Jason Busch, Oregon Wave Energy Trust 
                 

10:30 AM  BREAK

10:45 AM  Analysis: Linking Knowledge to Action—What Works and What Doesn't
                   Synthesis of scholarly research
                   Moderator: Pamela Matson, Stanford University
                  

12:00 PM  Q&A, Discussion and Wrap-Up
                   Amy Glasmeier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

12:15 PM  LUNCH  

SESSION III: OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND FOR MAKING IT HELPFUL TO DECISION MAKING:

Moderator: B.L. Turner II, Arizona State University 

Session Goal: A discussion of what new is needed in terms of social and biophysical science and technology and in approaches for linking science and technology to decision making.

1:15 PM    Breakout Session: Needs and Opportunities for Science and Technology and for Linking Science and Technology to Decision Making
                   Each Breakout group will address the following questions: 

  • Based on the experience of the group participants as well as earlier sessions, what are the key issues (related to the group topic) and what are the most critical  Science and Technology needs, challenges and opportunities?

                        Tools and Methods 
                        1.       Data-Driven Sustainability: Randy Bryant, Carnegie Mellon University (Discussion Leader); 
                                Alice Agogino, University of California, Berkeley (Rapporteur) 

                        2.       Tools /Methodology Available for Analysis: Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency (Discussion Leader); 
                                Bruce Rodan, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (Rapporteur)
     
                       
    Critical Sustainability Issues
                        3.       Energy, Hazards and Climate Change: Frank Princiotta, Environmental Protection Agency (Discussion Leader); 
                                Elizabeth Wilson, University of Minnesota
    (Rapporteur)
                        4.       Food, Water and Habitation: Margaret Palmer, University of Maryland and SESYNC (Discussion Leader); 
                                Thomas Tomich, University of California, Davis (Rapporteur)
     

                         Institutional Issues
                         5.       Universities and S&T for sustainability/ Educational and work force approaches for sustainability: 
                                 
    Paul Rowland, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (Discussion Leader); 
                                 Thaddeus Miller, Portland State University
    (Rapporteur)
     

2:45 PM       BREAK

3:00 PM       Groups Report Back to Plenary
                      Nancy Grimm, National Science Foundation
                     

3:45 PM       Discussant Panel: Opportunities and Needs (based on Session II and breakouts)
                     Moderator: Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University
                        Kathy Jacobs, Office of Science and Technology Policy
                        Dietmar Kueltz, University of California, Davis
                        Diana Liverman, University of Arizona
                        John Wingfield, National Science Foundation
                    

4:45 PM      Summary Remarks and Plans for Next Day
                     B.L. Turner II, Arizona State University

5:00 PM      ADJOURN

 

Friday, May 18, 2012 

SESSION IV: CREATING PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE AND ACTION

Moderator: Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University 

Session Goal: This session should yield insights about barriers and best practice for partnerships within the federal government and with other groups to fill Science and Technology gaps and link knowledge to action in support of decision making.   

9:00 AM      Welcome and Re-Cap from Previous Day
                    Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University

9:10 AM      Keynote Remarks
                   
Robert Hormats, U.S. Department of State
                     
 

9:20 AM      Keynote Remarks
                    Alexander Dehgan, U.S. Agency for International Development
                   

9:30 AM      Case Studies of Partnerships
                    Moderator: Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University
                             

10:10 AM   Q&A and Discussion

10:30 AM   Partnership Analysis: Lessons from the NRC Study on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government
                    Deborah Swackhamer, University of Minnesota

10:45 AM   BREAK

11:00 AM   Panel Discussion
                    Moderator: Cora Marrett, National Science Foundation

  •        Paul Anastas, Yale University
  •        Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  •        Jon Powers, Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental Quality
         
     

11:45 AM   Summary Remarks
                    Moderator: Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University 

12:00 PM   SYMPOSIUM CONCLUSION

 

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