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January 30, Washington, DC

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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



Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
July 26-27, 2016

Keck Center of the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
500 Fifth Street NW
 Washington, DC

Meeting Objective:  To lay out a viable and productive work plan for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Science and Technology for Sustainability Program for the next three to five years using information developed during the June and November 2015 Roundtable workshops and the January 2016 workshop in Newport Beach. 

Notes:  Several topics and themes were identified during the July 26-27 Roundtable discussion regarding potential ideas for future Science and Technology for Sustainability program activities. Topical areas include ocean issues, urban sustainability, agriculture, sustainable mineral extraction, and sustainable manufacturing. The nexus issues in sustainability were also discussed, including interconnections among cities and food (agriculture); energy-food-water-health; ocean and cities; and ocean-food-energy-mining. Roundtable members suggested that the cross-cutting analytical themes could be incorporated into potential Roundtable agendas, including the importance of integration, whole systems framing, systems modeling, life-cycle assessment, decision support and understanding decisions, and scale issues (not only geographically but also temporally). 


Tuesday, July 26 (Keck 100)

8:30 am      Breakfast available

9:00 am      Welcome, Introductions, and Meeting Goals 
                     David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair 
                     Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                     Jerry Miller, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

9:15 am      Roundtable History, Accomplishments, and Vision for the Future
                     David Dzombak (NAE), Lynn Scarlett, and Jerry Miller

9:30 am      Discussion of Roundtable Vision                    

10:15 am    BREAK

Session I:  Harvesting Priorities from 2015 Roundtable Sessions on Sustainability Indicators and Metrics 

10:30 am    Topic 1: Indicators and Metrics for Climate Change and Infrastructure Vulnerability
                      (June 2015 Roundtable Session)
                      Lynn Scarlett, Nature Conservancy, STS Roundtable Co-Chair

10:45 am    Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

11:15 am    Topic 2: Social and Economic Indicators and Metrics for Urban Sustainability 
                      (November 2015 Roundtable Session)
                      Steve Bergman, Shell International Exploration & Production Company

11:30 am    Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

12:00 pm    LUNCH

Session II:  Harvesting Priorities from January 2016 Workshop on Sustainability Science and Metrics 

1:00 pm      Transition toward Sustainability after 15 Years: Where Do We Stand in Advancing the Scientific Foundation? 
                     (Workshop held January 14-15, 2016) 
                      David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair

1:15 pm      Topic 3: Decision Sciences and Demography 
                      (See Chapter 2: Decision Sciences, Demography, and Integrated Assessment Modelling, pages 7-16)
                      Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey

1:30 pm      Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

2:00 pm      Topic 4: Integrated Assessment Modeling
                      (See Chapter 2: Integrated Analysis section, pages 16-21)
                      Michael Webber, University of Texas at Austin

2:15 pm      Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

2:45 pm      BREAK

3:00 pm      Topic 5: Urban Systems (See Chapter 3: Urban Systems)
                      Paulo Ferrao, University of Lisbon

3:15 pm      Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

3:45 pm      Topic 6: Ocean Sustainability (See Chapter 6: Ocean Sustainability)
                      Richard Spinrad, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

4:00 pm       Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

4:30 pm       Strategic Planning for Future Roundtable Activities  
                       All Members

4:55 pm       Wrap Up and Plans for Next Day 
                       David Dzombak (NAE)/Lynn Scarlett, STS Roundtable Co-Chairs

5:00 pm       Adjourn

5:15 pm       Reception (Acadiana Restaurant Lake Room, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC)
 
6:00 pm       Working Dinner (Acadiana Restaurant Lake Room) 
                       Speaker: Marcia McNutt (NAS), National Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, July 27 (Keck 101)

8:30 am       Breakfast available

9:00 am       Welcome and Feedback from Previous Day
                      David Dzombak (NAE)/Lynn Scarlett, STS Roundtable Co-Chairs

Session II:  Harvesting Priorities from January 2016 Workshop on Sustainability Science and Metrics (cont.) 

9:10 am      Topic 7: Sustainable Manufacturing 
                      (See Chapter 4: Sustainable Manufacturing)
                     Michael Kavanaugh, Geosyntec Consultant

9:25 am       Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

9:55 am       Topic 8:  Sustainable Food Systems 
                      (See Chapter 5: Sustainable Food Systems)
                      Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture

10:10 am    Roundtable Discussion of Lessons Learned and Possible Follow-up Activities

10:40 am    BREAK

11:00 am    Strategic Planning for Future Roundtable Activities
                      All Members

Session III:  Current Activities

11:40 am    Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities (Consensus report expected in 2016)
                      Paulo Ferrão, University of Lisbon

11:45 am    Housing, Health and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence (Consensus report expected in 2017)
                      Michael Dorsey, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

11:50 am    STS Program and Publication Updates 
                      Jerry Miller, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

12:00 pm     Wrap up 
                      David Dzombak (NAE)/Lynn Scarlett, STS Roundtable Co-Chairs

12:15 pm    Adjourn