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Partnerships, Research, and Innovation for Urban Sustainability: Confronting Local Sustainability Challenges in a Global Environment
October 15, 2015, Washington, DC

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Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 3
July 28-29, 2015

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

June 4-5, 2015
Washington, DC

Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Assessments for Natural Resource Management

June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

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  Project Information  

Project Scope
Meetings and Events
Committee Membership

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Science and Technology for Sustainabillity
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will organize a three day public symposium on fostering partnerships and linkages between disciplines, sectors, agencies and nations in sustainability science and innovation. The symposium will feature invited presentations and discussions to showcase federal investments and institutional structures regarding sustainability, identify opportunities to help promote practices that would lead communities toward sustainability, and address communication issues needed to recognize science and innovation as central to the understanding and adoption of sustainable practices. The symposium is intended to better define issues and help forge new collaborations. The format will include multi-partner panels, plenary and breakout sessions addressing a variety of sustainability concepts, including, but not limited to, examples of successful partnerships, communication and outreach of sustainability science, sustainability metrics, infrastructure and data needs, and international sustainability efforts. The symposium will include participants from federal, state and local government, the private sector, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and international bodies involved in sustainability issues. The symposium will be held in the spring of 2012 and a brief individually-authored summary of the event will be issued.  

Meetings & Events

A National Academies Symposium: Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions
May 16-18, 2012
Washington, DC


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Commitee Membership information

The committee listed below was established by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The project's steering committee reviews all proposals and oversees the organization of the workshops.

  • Pamela Matson (Chair) (NAS)
    Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University
  • Jonathan Foley
    Director, Institute on the Environment (IonE); Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of the Minnesota
  • Amy K. Glasmeier
    Head, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Neil Hawkins
    Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Steve Koonin (NAS)
    Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Kai Lee
    Program Officer, Science Subprogram in Conservation & Science, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • M. Granger Morgan (NAS)
    University and Lord Chair Professor in Engineering; Professor and Head, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Donald Siegel
    Professor of Environmental Science, Syracuse University
  • B. L. Turner II (NAS)
    Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and School of Sustainability, Arizona State University


  • Marina Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
  • Dominic BroseProgram Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
  • Emi KameyamaProgram Associate, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program 


This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.