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NELS Speakers Large October 2017
Speakers will share their experience in managing sustainability issues and describe their perspective in the current policy context in the U.S. Learn more about the event and register in advance!
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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.
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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.
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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on June 12-13, 2017. The Roundtable hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development.
NELS Speakers October 2017
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Sustainable Urban Environments in the Coastal Plain: Linking Knowledge to Action
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NEW PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP-IN BRIEF
Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Renewable Energy Technology Development for 2030
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Vaughan Turekian appointed Senior Director of Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
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The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS)
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Sustainability-related meetings at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Recent Events

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


Recent Reports  View more...
Call for Sustainability Science Papers View Recent PNAS Sustainability Science Articles
Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States
Transitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation: Proceedings of a Workshop Transitioning Toward Sustainability Advancing the Scientific Foundation
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STS to host a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow in 2018!
The Science and Technology for Sustainability Program will host one Mirzayan fellow during the 2018 session, who will work closely with the STS staff and our Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable. The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Visit the Mirzayan fellowship website for more information and application details.

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. In 2015, the Roundtable held two workshop events in June and November focusing on issues related to sustainability indicators and metrics. Since 2016, the Roundtable has been developing strategically focused activities addressing key challenges for the field of sustainability. In June 2017, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. The next meeting will be held in early 2018.

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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