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January 2018 RT Large Energy
On January 30, 2018, the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability hosted a public workshop to identify specialized social, economic and engineering challenges to and opportunities for deploying sustainable energy during times of transition. View the presentations...
NELS Speakers Large October 2017
On October 26, 2017, Jason Samenow and Dr. Catherine Ross shared their experience in managing sustainability issues and described their perspective in the current policy context in the U.S. Learn more about the event.
Proceedings of Materials WS_Large
The June 2017 meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. This Proceedings of a Workshop—In Brief summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
V. Turekian Large slider Photo
Dr. Turekian has been appointed as the Senior Director of our Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program. He recently left the position of Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, which he has been since September 2015. Read Dr. Turekian's full biography.
January 2018 RT Small Energy
Recent Event
Workshop on Deploying Sustainable Energy during Transition: Implications of Recovery, Renewal and Re ...
NELS Speakers October 2017
Recent Event
Sustainable Urban Environments in the Coastal Plain: Linking Knowledge to Action
Proceedings of Materials WS_Small
NEW PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP-IN BRIEF
Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Renewable Energy Technology Development for 2030
V. Turekian Small Photo
Leadership
Vaughan Turekian appointed Senior Director of Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
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View a list of Sustainability-related meetings at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Recent Events

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
January 30-21, 2018, Washington, DC

Symposium at the National Council for Science and the Environment Conference

January 23, 2018 Arlington, VA

The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)
October 26, 2017 Washington, DC






Recent Reports  View more...
Sustainability PNAS CoverView Recent PNAS Sustainability Science Articles
Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United StatesPathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States
Transitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation: Proceedings of a WorkshopTransitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation
 
Current Activities

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 
Established in 2002, the STS Roundtable represents one element of the robust sustainability activities within the National Academies. The Roundtable draws on the expertise of leaders 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. In June 2017, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. The most recent meeting held on January 30-31, 2018 focused on deploying sustainable energy during transition.

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 Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 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 across the National Academies
A monthly e-newsletter Sustainability across the National Academies provides updates highlighting activities related to sustainable development throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Sponsor-Requested Studies and Workshops
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. Most recent events include:

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

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