APPENDIX B

ROUNDTABLE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Established in 2002, the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability provides a forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability. Members of the Roundtable include senior decision-makers from government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations who deal with issues of sustainable development, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies for sustainability.

The goal of the Roundtable is to mobilize, encourage, and use scientific knowledge and technology to help achieve sustainability goals and to support the implementation of sustainability practices. Three overarching principles guide the Roundtable’s work in support of this goal. First, the Roundtable focuses on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contribute to the transition toward sustainability. Second, the Roundtable focuses on issues for which progress requires cooperation among multiple sectors, including academia, government (at all levels), business, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions. Third, the Roundtable focuses 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 (R&D) inspired by sustainability challenges.

In September 2009, the Roundtable adopted a two-pronged strategy to address sustainability. The first part of this strategy attempts to define inter-sectoral dynamics essential to long-term science and technology approaches to sustainability. The second looks to apply these approaches and concepts to sustainability challenges.

  • 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. Past discussions topics included energy linkages (September 2009), water linkages (May 2010), land linkages (October 2010) and linkages of non-renewable materials (May 2011).


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APPENDIX B ROUNDTABLE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY Established in 2002, the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability provides a forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability. Members of the Roundtable include senior decision- makers from government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations who deal with issues of sustainable development, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies for sustainability. The goal of the Roundtable is to mobilize, encourage, and use scientific knowledge and technology to help achieve sustainability goals and to support the implementation of sustainability practices. Three overarching principles guide the Roundtable’s work in support of this goal. First, the Roundtable focuses on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contribute to the transition toward sustainability. Second, the Roundtable focuses on issues for which progress requires cooperation among multiple sectors, including academia, government (at all levels), business, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions. Third, the Roundtable focuses 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 (R&D) inspired by sustainability challenges. In September 2009, the Roundtable adopted a two-pronged strategy to address sustainability. The first part of this strategy attempts to define inter-sectoral dynamics essential to long-term science and technology approaches to sustainability. The second looks to apply these approaches and concepts to sustainability challenges. • 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. Past discussions topics included energy linkages (September 2009), water linkages (May 2010), land linkages (October 2010) and linkages of non- renewable materials (May 2011). 249

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250 A SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE: FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL • Applied Sustainability 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 Roundtable is being supported by the National Academies’ George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability. STS is the institutional focal point within the National Academies for examining sustainability science and technology issues. Sustainability leaders in the government, academia, private sector and non-governmental organizations recognize STS as a sustainability leader driving current approaches in the field. 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 (mmoses@nas.edu; 202-334-2143). Members of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability Thomas Graedel (Co-Chair) (NAE), Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology, Yale University Ann M. Bartuska (Co-Chair), Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency* Michael Bertolucci, Former President, Interface Research Corporation Nancy Cantor (IOM), President and Chancellor, Syracuse University Leslie Carothers, Scholar-in-Residence, Pace Law School Stephen R. Carpenter (NAS), Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Glen T. Daigger (NAE), Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, CH2M HILL Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Steve Fetter, Principal Assistant Director of Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Bernard D. Goldstein (IOM), Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Mohamed H. A. Hassan, Executive Director, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Neil C. Hawkins, Vice President of Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company Katie Hunt, Director, Technology Collaboration Development in Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company Michael Kavanaugh (NAE), Principal, Geosyntec Consultants Jack Kaye, Associate Director, Research of the Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration* Marcia K. McNutt (NAS), Director, U.S. Geological Survey*

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APPENDIX B 251 J. Todd Mitchell, Chairman, Board of Directors, Houston Advanced Research Center Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University Christopher Portier, Director, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Paul Sandifer, Senior Science Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce* Robert Stephens, President, Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance Denise Stephenson Hawk, Chair, The Stephenson Group, LLC Subra Suresh (NAE), Director, National Science Foundation* Dennis Treacy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods B.L. Turner II (NAS), Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences, Arizona State University *Denotes ex-officio member Staff Marina Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program Pat Koshel, Senior Program Officer Jennifer Saunders, Program Officer Dominic Brose, Program Officer Emi Kameyama, Program Associate Dylan Richmond, Research Assistant

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