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Science and Technology for Sustainability Emmy Simmons, Co-chair, STS Roundtable Thomas Graedel, Co-chair, STS Roundtable Marty Perreault, Director (Marina Moses – new Director starting June 15) Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability: History

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Science and Technology for Sustainability

Emmy Simmons, Co-chair, STS Roundtable

Thomas Graedel, Co-chair, STS Roundtable

Marty Perreault, Director

(Marina Moses – new Director starting June 15)


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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability: History

Long-term goals of a transition toward sustainability:

  • Meet the needs of a much larger but stabilizing human population,

  • Sustain the life support systems of the planet, and

  • Substantially reduce hunger and poverty.


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Institute of Medicine

National Research Council Governing Board

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Engineering

Office of Communications

Office of News & Public Information

Report Review Committee

Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs

Institute of Medicine Programs

Transportation Research Board

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Policy & Global Affairs Division


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STS Roundtable (est. 2002)

Mobilize, encourage, and use scientific knowledge and technology to help achieve sustainability goals and to support the implementation of sustainability practices.


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Overarching Principles for Roundtable’s Work

  • Focus on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contribute to the transition toward sustainability.

  • Focus on issues for which progress requires cooperation among multiple sectors, including academia, government (at all levels), business, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions.

  • Focus on activities where scientific knowledge and technology can help to advance practices that contribute directly to sustainability goals, in addition to identifying priorities for research and development inspired by sustainability challenges.


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Roundtable Members

Thomas Graedel (NAE) (Co-Chair), Yale University

Emmy Simmons (Co-Chair), U.S. Agency for International Development (retired)

Matt Arnold, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture*

Arden Bement (NAE),National Science Foundation*

Michael Bertolucci, Interface Research Corporation

Nancy Cantor (IOM), Syracuse University

John Carberry, DuPont (retired)

Leslie Carothers, Environmental Law Institute

William Clark (NAS), Harvard University

Glen Daigger (NAE), CH2MHILL

Sam Dryden, Wolfensohn and Company

Nina Fedoroff (NAS), U.S. State Department*

Marco Ferroni, Syngenta Foundation

Mohamed H.A. Hassan, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World

Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical

Geoffrey Heal, Columbia University

Catherine Hunt, Dow Chemical

Lek Kadeli, Environmental Protection Agency* Jack Kaye, NASA*

Gerald Keusch (IOM), Boston University

Suzette Kimball, USGS*

Kai Lee, Packard Foundation

Thomas Lovejoy, The Heinz Center

Pamela Matson (NAS), Stanford University

J. Todd Mitchell,Houston Advanced Research Center

M. Granger Morgan (NAS), Carnegie Mellon University

Prabhu Pingali (NAS), Gates Foundation

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University

Christopher Portier, NIEHS/NIH*

Harold Schmitz, Mars Inc.

Robert Stephens, Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance

Denise Stephenson Hawk, The Stephenson Group

Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods

Vaughan Turekian, AAAS*

*Denotes ex-officio member

Roundtable Members


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Current Activities

  • Partnerships for Sustainability: Examining the Evidence (Just released)

  • Certification of “Sustainable” Products and Services (Workshop – January 19-21, 2009; workshop report being prepared)

  • Expanding Biofuel Production – Lessons from the Upper Midwest for Sustainability (Workshop – June 23-24)


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In Development

  • Research and Development on Urban Systems: A Workshop (Fall, 2009)

  • Urban Implications for Sustainability

  • Food Security and Sustainability

  • Sustainability and Health


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Ongoing Core Activities

  • Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

  • Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability

  • Sustainability E-newsletter

  • Website: Inventory of Sustainability Science and Technology Activities


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For more information:

  • Website

    • www.nationalacademies.org/sustainability

  • Monthly newsletter

    • To subscribe, send email to: [email protected]

  • Contact Marty at [email protected] or (202) 334-2143. (Marina’s email is [email protected] – same phone number)


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