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Project Title: Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering for the Twenty-first Century

PIN: DELS-WSTB-15-01         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
National Academy of Engineering

Sub Unit:
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology
Board on Life Sciences
NAE Office of Programs
Ocean Studies Board
Water Science and Technology Board

Johnson, Stephanie

Subject/Focus Area:
Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies

Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science for the Twenty-first Century
September 5, 2017 - September 7, 2017
California Academy of Sciences - 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sir Francis Drake Hotel - 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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: Brendan McGovern
Phone: 2023342496


Tuesday, September 5

Location: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, African Hall

OPEN SESSION (All welcome)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Committee Dinner (seating is limited, please contact Carly Brody (
if you are interested in joining.

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The Future of Water, Food, and Energy
Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
Jonathan Foley, California Academy of Sciences
Saul Griffith, Otherlab
The demand for clean water, food, and energy is expected to rise sharply as the global population expands toward 10 billion by 2050, while at the same time standards of living are increasing for much of the world. Meeting that demand will be difficult enough in itself, but the challenge is even greater in the context of global climate change and the pressing need to reduce the environmental impacts of human activities.
Join us for an evening with three experts who have studied the past, present, and future of these basic human needs. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute will share his thoughts on the evolving technologies that could be vital to providing water to a growing global population. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences will outline the size of the food challenge and the new approaches and technologies that are needed to sustainably meet demand. Saul Griffith, CEO of Otherlab, will share his recent work on mapping energy flows in the U.S. economy and how those might shift to address a host of issues including climate change. The three presentations will be followed by discussion and questions from the committee.
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9:30 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, September 6

Location: Sir Frances Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St.

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

8:30 – 1:00 p.m. Committee work session

OPEN SESSION (All welcome)

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1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Domenico Grasso, Chair

1:10 p.m. Overview of the Challenges Presented by Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area

• How much is sea level projected to rise in the Bay area by 2050 and 2100 and what is the uncertainty associated with rates of sea-level rise?
• How does uncertainty affect the necessary adaptations?
• What efforts are currently underway to address these challenges?
• What are some opportunities for environmental engineers to work collaboratively with experts from other disciplines and with stakeholders to help address these challenges?
Gary Griggs, UC Santa Cruz

1:40 p.m. Panel Discussion:
Helping Environmental Engineering and Science Education, Research, and Practice Evolve to Address SLR Challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

Panelists each have 8 minutes to address some or all of the following questions:
• How can environmental engineering and science education, research, and practice evolve to address the SLR challenges in the San Francisco Bay area?
• How can environmental engineers engage with other disciplines to work collaboratively to address SLR challenges?
• What tools of engagement can be used by environmental engineers and scientists to improve the public understanding of SLR challenges and to more effectively work with members of the public on these issues?
• What best practices should environmental engineers use to ensure that the needs of all communities are considered in strategies to mitigate or adapt to SLR?
Panelists: Nahal Ghoghaie, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Larry Goldzband, San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
J. Letitia Grenier, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Susan Leal, Urban Water Works
Mark Stacey, UC Berkeley

3:15 p.m. Adjourn Open Session; BREAK

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

3:45 p.m Committee work session

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Domenico Grasso
Craig H. Benson
Amanda Carrico
Kartik Chandran
G. Wayne Clough
John C. Crittenden
Daniel S. Greenbaum
Steve P. Hamburg
Thomas C. Harmon
James M. Hughes
Kimberly L. Jones
Linsey C. Marr
Robert Perciasepe
Stephen Polasky
Maxine L. Savitz
Norman R. Scott
R. Rhodes Trussell
Julie B. Zimmerman

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Conflict of interest and bias discussion
Committee writing assignments and report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: