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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

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January 23, 2018 Arlington, VA



Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
January 30-31, 2018

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW (Room 120)
Washington, DC

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A published summary of the event was issued in July 2018. This Proceedings of a Workshop - In Brief summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
 


On January 30, 2018, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on deploying sustainable energy after human caused and natural disasters. Workshop participants discussed specialized social, economic and engineering challenges to and opportunities for deploying sustainable energy in areas that are rebuilding after major disasters, including Florida, California, Puerto Rico, and other areas. The workshop also explored how regions are building renewable energy into their longer-term planning in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The morning session focused on the role of sustainable energy sources in post-disaster response, while the afternoon session addressed the role of sustainable energy sources for transition planning.


The dinner speaker was Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston, who shared her perspectives on managing sustainable energy and environmental issues in Houston.

The main objective of the second day was to advance progress on our new priorities for future Roundtable activities. The members discussed the best use of the Roundtable and the program's capabilities to keep the sustainability momentum moving forward.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Room 120

Workshop Objective: To identify specialized social, economic and engineering challenges to and opportunities for deploying sustainable energy during times of transition. View Recorded Webcast

8:30 am          Registration

9:00 am          Welcome 
                    
          David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                              Suzette Kimball, The U.S. Geological Survey, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                              Vaughan Turekian, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

9:15 am          Workshop Overview and Objectives
                    
          Suzette Kimball, The U.S. Geological Survey, STS Roundtable Co-Chair

9:20 am          A Frame for Recovery, Renewal, and Rebuilding
                              Gary Machlis, Clemson University

9:50 am          Moderated Discussion 
                              All participants, with Suzette Kimball, Moderator

10:05 am          BREAK

Session I: The Role of Sustainable Energy Sources in Post-Disaster Response/Renewal

10:20 am          Introduction 
                              Marilu Hastings, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

10:25 am          Greensburg, Kansas: Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Rebuilding Efforts 
                              Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, Kansas 

10:50 am          New York Energy Transition in the Context of Recent Hurricanes 
                    
          Rae Zimmerman, New York University 

11:15 am          Research and Development Needs and Policy Considerations 
                    
          Minh Le, Los Angeles County

11:40 am          Moderated Discussion 
                              All participants, with Marilu Hastings, Moderator

12:10 pm          LUNCH

Session II: The Role of Sustainable Energy Sources for Transition Planning: Anticipatory Approach

1:00 pm          Introduction 
                              Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy 

1:05 pm          California Energy Transition in the Context of Extreme Weather Events
                              Nidhi Thakar, California Public Utilities Commission                         

1:30 pm          Integrating Scientific and Social Information for Planning Transition
                              Clark Miller, Arizona State University

1:55 pm          Social Barriers to Long-Term Redevelopment and Workforce Implications 
                              Jessica Eckdish, BlueGreen Alliance

2:20 pm          Optimizing Cross-Sector Sustainable Energy Deployment 

                              Patrick Doherty, Long Haul Capital Group

2:45 pm          Moderated Discussion 
                              All participants, Lynn Scarlett, Moderator

3:15 pm          BREAK

Session III: Connecting Knowledge to Action: Deploying Sustainable Energy Systems in Transition

3:35 pm          Introduction 
                              David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair

3:40pm          Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with Important Energy Components
                              William Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science

4:00 pm          The Role of Sustainable Energy Sources for Transition Planning/Political Leadership
                              Annise Parker, Rice University and Former Mayor of Houston

4:30 pm          A Path Forward: Next Steps

                              All Participants, with David Dzombak (NAE), Moderator

4:55 pm          Wrap Up 
                              David Dzombak (NAE)/Suzette Kimball, STS Roundtable Co-Chairs

5:00 pm          Adjourn

6:00 pm          Working Dinner (Invitation Only)
                              Conversation with Annise Parker, Rice University and Former Mayor of Houston


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Room 120

9:00 am          Feedback from Previous Day and Possible Next Steps
                              David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair 
                              Suzette Kimball, The U.S. Geological Survey, STS Roundtable Co-Chair

Current Activities
9:45 am         Sustainability in the Coastal Plain Urban Centers of the Gulf Coast Region (NCSE Symposium held on January 23)

                              Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey

10:00 am        Housing, Health and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence (Consensus report expected in 2018)
                             
Michael Dorsey, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

10:10 am         BREAK

10:30 am         Discussion of Possible Academies Engagement with Future Earth

                              Amanda Staudt, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

11:15 am         STS Program Updates 
                             
Vaughan Turekian, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

12:00 pm         Next Steps

12:15 pm         Adjourn




Disclaimer: This website contains unedited verbatim presentations made by meeting participants and is not an official report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Opinions and statements included in this material are solely those of the individual authors. They have not been verified as accurate, nor do they necessarily represent the views of other meeting participants, the committee, or the Academies.