Focus on Long-Term Science and Technology Strategy for Sustainability
Acknowledging that sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic that crosses domains, sectors, and institutions, the Roundtable launched a series of discussions to outline the major connections between human and environmental systems. This focus builds on the comparative advantage of the Roundtable versus the field-specific boards around the National Research Council. The September 2009 Roundtable discussions examined linkages in the energy domain between energy and water, energy and food systems, and energy and public health. The May 2010 Roundtable discussed water linkages at the nexus of energy, public health and urban development, food and sustainable livelihood, and biodiversity.
As a second area of programmatic emphasis, the Roundtable is sharpening its focus on sustainability challenges in applied situations where STS works with specific communities within our RT membership.
The Roundtable is the key component of the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program in the division of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Research Council. The STS program has become a gateway to the National Academies’ rich portfolio of sustainability related programs. The Roundtable is being supported by the National Academies’ George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability. For more information, please visit our website at: www.nas.edu/sustainability or contact Marina Moses, Director of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-334-2143).