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Recent Events

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


The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)

June 13, 2017, Washington, DC


Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

June 12, 2017, Washington, DC


Sustainability at the National Academies

May 31, 2017, Washington, DC


Meeting 4: Housing, Health, and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence

January 26-27, 2017, Washington, DC


National Academy of Sciences
500 5th St. NW (Room 100)
Washington, DC 20001

Proceedings of Materials WS_Large

A published summary of the event was issued in September 2017. This Proceedings of a Workshop - In Brief summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.


On June 12, 2017, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. The morning session focused on the renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, storage) and their related materials and manufacturing implications, while the afternoon session addressed demands for copper and rare earth elements in renewable energy technology development and social dimensions of meeting this demand.

The dinner speaker was Joseph Kiesecker of The Nature Conservancy, who shared his perspectives on siting decisions for mining issues in the global context, including Mongolia, Brazil, and Australia.

The main objective of the second day was to advance progress on our new priorities for future Roundtable activities. The members identified next steps for each of the four priority activities: 1) sustainable materials and manufacturing; 2) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; 3) sustainable food systems; and 4) ocean sustainability. The members also discussed the best use of the Roundtable and the program's capabilities to keep the sustainability momentum moving forward.


Monday, June 12, 2017

8:00 am     Registration 
 
8:45 am     Welcome
                         David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                         Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                         Richard Bissell, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
 
9:10 am     Workshop Overview and Objectives
                         Michael Kavanaugh (NAE), Geosyntec Consultants
                         Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey
 
9:15 am     Keynote Remarks
                         Claus Daniel, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
                          
Session I: Renewable Energy Technologies – Material and Manufacturing
 
9:50 am     Introduction
                         Michael Kavanaugh (NAE), Geosyntec Consultants
 
9:55 am     Solar Energy Technology Advancement – Materials and Manufacturing Implications
                         Charles Gay (NAE), U.S. Department of Energy
 
10:25 am   Wind Energy Technology Advancement – Materials and Manufacturing Implications
                         Yongxin Haung, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
                          
10:55 am   Break
 
                         Jay Whitacre, Carnegie Mellon University
 
11:40 am   Moderated Discussion: Sustainable Manufacturing Challenges for Solar, Wind, and Energy Storage Technologies
                          All participants, with Michael Kavanaugh (NAE), Moderator
 
12:10 pm   LUNCH
 
Session II: Acquisition, Use, Recovery and Reuse of Metals in Renewable Energy Technologies
 
1:10 pm      Introduction
                           Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey
 
1:15 pm      Supply and Demand of Minor Metals for U.S. Solar PV and Wind Power: Scenarios and Perspectives
                           Nedal Nassar, U.S. Geological Survey
 
1:45 pm      Current and Future Demand For and Reuse of Rare Earth Elements, and Related Sustainability Issues
                           Elisa Alonso, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
                       
                           John Thompson, Cornell University

 
2:45 pm      Moderated Discussion: Sustainability Challenges and Social Dimensions of Meeting Copper and REE Demand  
                     for Renewable Energy Technologies
                            All participants, with Suzette Kimball, Moderator
 
3:15 pm      Break
 
Session III: Research Needs for Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Renewable Energy Technologies
 
3:30 pm      The Path Forward: Advancing the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Renewable Energy Technologies and Next Steps
                          Each facilitator is asked to provide 10 minute remarks focused on their perspective on the issue and research needs identified 
                          during the day, followed by Q&A with audience.
                               Cyrus Wadia, Nike, Inc. (Industry Perspective)
                               Alexander King, The Ames Laboratory (National Perspective)
                               Roderick Eggert, Colorado School of Mines (Academic Perspective)
 
4:50 pm      Wrap Up
                          David Dzombak (NAE)/Lynn Scarlett, STS Roundtable Co-Chairs
 
5:00 pm      Adjourn

6:00 pm      Working Dinner with Presentation
                          Joe Kiesecker, The Nature Conservancy       


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

8:45 am     Welcome and Feedback from Previous Day
                         David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                         Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
 
9:00 am     Develop Plan of Actions and Milestones for a Series of Workshops on Sustainable Manufacturing and Sustainable Mineral Extraction
                         Moderator: Michael Kavanaugh (NAE), Geosyntec Consultants

Strategic Planning for Future Activities

9:30am     Review of January 2017 Roundtable Session on Strategic Planning
                         David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                         Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
            
9:35 am     United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
                         Moderator: William Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science
                        
10:15 am   Ocean Sustainability
                         Moderator: David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                        
10:45 am    Break        

11:00 am     Sustainable Food Systems
                        Moderator: Prabhu Pingali (NAS), Cornell University

11:30 am     Possible Workshop Topics for the remainder of 2017
                        All Members

Current Activities

12:00 pm     Housing, Health, and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence
                          Michael Dorsey, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

12:10 pm     STS Program Update
                          Richard Bissell, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

12:15 pm      Wrap Up

12:30 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.