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Project Title: Incorporating Sustainability in the US Environmental Protection Agency

PIN: PGA-STS-10-04         

Major Unit:
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit:
Science & Technology for Sustainability Program

RSO:
Moses, Marina

Subject/Focus Area:
Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies; Policy for Science and Technology


Incorporating Sustainability in the US Environmental Protection Agency
December 14, 2010 - December 15, 2010
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Capitol Room
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC



If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:


Contact Name: Dominic Brose
Email: dbrose@nas.edu
Phone:
Fax:


Agenda:

Provisional Agenda First Committee Meeting

NOTE: Space is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis until capacity is met. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to sustainability@nas.edu by 5:00 pm Monday, December 13th.

Day One

10:30 am Charge from Sponsor
Speaker: Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

11:15 am Brief History of USEPA and Sustainability
Speakers: Terry Davies, Resources for the Future
John Dernbach, Widener University Law School

12:15 Lunch

1:15 pm Basic Principles and Decision Criteria for Incorporating Sustainability in USEPA Programs
Speaker: Charles Power, Vanderbilt University

2:00 pm Open Mic Session: Brief Comments from Interested Public Groups (Comments will be limited to 5 minutes, if you would like to address the committee please send an email to sustainability@nas.edu)

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm State Perspective on Sustainability: How would States Use the Sustainability Framework?
Speakers: Ellen Gilinsky, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Justin Johnson, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Moderator: Leslie Carothers, Environmental Law Institute

3:30 pm Open Mic Session: Brief Comments from Interested Public Groups (Comments will be limited to 5 minutes, if you would like to address the committee please send an email to sustainability@nas.edu)

4:15 pm Industry Panel Perspective on Sustainability
Speakers: Ann Klee, General Electric Company
Linda Fisher, DuPont
Moderator: Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company

5:00 pm End open session

Day Two

9:30 am Specific EPA Sustainability Activities Part I
Speakers: Ira Leighton, USEPA (Region 1)
Jim Jones, USEPA (Green Products and P2-Sustainability)
John Frece, USEPA (Sustainable Communities)

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Perspectives on Advancing Sustainability from the USEPA Science Advisory Board
Speaker: Deborah Swackhamer, University of Minnesota

11:30 am Risk Activities in EPA – Brief Chronology
Speaker: E. Donald Elliott, Yale Law School

12:30 pm Lunch

Specific EPA Sustainability Activities Part II
Speakers: Mathy Stanislaus, USEPA (Vision 2020 Managing Materials not Waste
Randy Hill, USEPA (Office of Wastewater Management)
Alan Hecht, USEPA (Sustainability Research and Metrics)

2:30 pm End open session


Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Bernard Goldstein (Chair)
Leslie Carothers
J. Clarence Davies
John Dernbach
Paul Gilman
Neil Hawkins
Armistead Russell
Susanna Sutherland
Lauren Zeise

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Discussion of bias and conflict of interest
Discussion of statement of task and committee’s approach
Review of open session
Review of report outline
Discussion of data-gathering needs
Need for additional committee expertise



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
Anastas, P. 2010. Memo. ORD: The Path Forward

Martin, L. 2010. EPA Framework for Sustainability Solutions: A Discussion Paper Using EPA Assessment Frameworks to Understand Sustainability. US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Science Advisor

Fiksel, J., T. Graedel, A. D. Hecht, D. Rejeski, G. S. Sayler, P. M. Senge, D. L. Swackhamer, and T. L. Theis. 2009. EPA at 40: Bringing Environmental Protection into the 21st Century. Environmental Science & Technology 43 (23):8716-8720.

Hecht, A. 2009. Government Perspectives on Sustainability. Chem. Eng. Press. Vol. 105 No. 1.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 2010. Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Office of Sustainable Communities. EPA 231-K-10-002.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 2009. Sustainable Material Man
agement: The Road Ahead. The 2020 Vision Working Group. EPA530R09009. Executive Summary.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 2007. Sustainability Research Strategy. EPA660/S 07/001. Executive Summary.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 1993. Sustainable Development and the Environmental Protection Agency. Report to Congress. EPA203-R-93-005. Executive Summary.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 1990. EPA: The First Twenty Years. EPA Journal 16 (5).

Elliott, E. D., and M. Tarifi. 2003. Integrating Sustainable Development into U.S. Law and Business. ELR News and Analysis 33 ELR 10170.

Dernbach, J.C. 2009. Progress Toward Sustainability: A Report Card and A Recommended Agenda. Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis.

Dernbach, J.C. 1998. Sustainable Development as a Framework for National Governance. Case Western Reserve Law Review 49 (1). Introduction.

Fiksel, J. 2006. A Framework for Sustainable Materials Management. Journal of Materials. 15-22.

Fiksel, J. 2006, Sustainability and Resilience: Toward a Systems Approach. ejournal.nbii.org. 2 (2). 1-8.

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). 2008. Everyone’s Business: Working Towards Sustainability Through Environmental Stewardship and Collaboration. Executive Summary.

SoL Sustainability Consortium. 2000. Integrating Frameworks for Sustainability. Draft. Working Group on Sustainability Frameworks.

Sustainable Community Development Group. 2010. Statement to Committee.

MacNeill, J. 2007. Chapter 2 Leadership for Sustainable Development. In Institutionalising Sustainable Development. Paris, France: OECD Publishing.

Salim, E. 2007. Chapter 3 The Paradigm of Sustainable Development. In Institutionalising Sustainable Development. Paris, France: OECD Publishing.

Wanson, D. and L. Pinter. 2007. Chapter 4 Governance Structures for National Sustainable Development Strategies. In Institutionalising Sustainable Development. Paris, France: OECD Publishing.

George, C. and C. Kirkpatrick. 2007. Chapter 8 Approaches for Evaluation National Sustainable Development Strategies. In Institutionalising Sustainable Development. Paris, France: OECD Publishi

Volkerly, A. et al. 2006. Coordination, Challenges, and Innovations in 19 National Sustainable Development Strategies. World Development 34 (12):2047-2063.

Congressional Research Service. 2005. The Role of Risk Analysis and Risk Management in Environmental Protection. IB 94036.

National Research Council. 2009. Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment. Executive Summary.

US Environmental Protection Agency. 2004. An Examination of EPA Risk Assessment Principles and Practices. EPA/100/B-04/001.


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: December 20, 2010