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Upcoming Events

Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, Meeting 1
February 12-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

View a list of Sustainability-related meetings at The National Academies 

Past Events:

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
December 10-11, 2014
Washington, DC

Homelessness and Urban Sustainability: Implications of Changes to the US Health System on a Vulnerable Population

November 12, 2014
Washington, DC

Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research

September 8-9, 2014
Washington, DC

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Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program

The long-term goal of the National Academies’ Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program is to contribute to sustainable improvements in human well-being by creating and strengthening the strategic connections between scientific research, technological development, and decision-making. The program examines issues at the intersection of the three sustainability pillars—social, economic, and environmental—and aims to strengthen science for decision-making related to sustainability.  The program concentrates on activities that are crosscutting in nature; require expertise from multiple disciplines; are important in both the United States and internationally; and engage multiple sectors, including academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.  The program’s focus is on sustainability issues that have science and technology at their core, particularly those that would benefit substantially from more effective applications of science and technology.

The STS Program is in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies. 

Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability

Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and SustainabilityAn expert committee under the STS Program, in collaboration with the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), completed a report that identifies research priorities to sustainably meet expected increase in global demand for animal protein. The pre-publication version of the final report can be accessed for free at the National Academies Press website. A News release from the National Academies can be found here.

Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus

Energy-Water Infographic-jpg The National Academies' Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, in collaboration with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) and the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB), has been contributing to the emerging dialogue on the energy-water nexus by holding four related events in June and December 2013, and May and December 2014. A new infographic highlights the main topics discussed at these meetings, as conveyed in the meeting summaries. 

Current Activities

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 
Established in 2002, the STS Roundtable provides a high-level forum for sharing views, information, and analysis related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability, and then catalyzing follow-on advisory Academy work. Members of the Roundtable include leading experts from research institutions as well as senior decision-makers from government and industry who deal with issues of sustainable development, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies and resources for sustainability.

Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)   
Launched in 2008, NELS is an event series for early career professionals from federal and local agencies, the National Research Council, NGOs, private sector and foundations, in the Washington DC area. The Network includes leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise, from natural resource management to energy policy to public health. Through NELS, these emerging leaders foster relationships that enable them to more effectively bring about a sustainable future.

Building the Foundations of Sustainability at the Academies
A monthly e-newsletter Sustainability at the Academies provides updates highlighting activities related to sustainable development throughout the National Academies. 

Sponsor-Requested Workshops and Studies
Sponsored studies that enlist the nation’s foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of sustainable development.

To learn more about sustainability activities, both in the STS program and throughout the other boards and committees of the National Academies, please view the list of publicationsupcoming meetings and ongoing activities.

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