New Report on Sustainability and the Federal Government


Sustainability challenges, such as improving the nation's disaster resilience or managing ecosystems, demand the expertise of many disciplinary fields and agencies. Federal agencies, meanwhile, tend to focus on a single resource area, such as energy, land, or water -- a specialization that makes it difficult for them to address these complex problems.


SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE NATION: RESOURCE CONNECTIONS AND GOVERNANCE LINKAGES, a new report from the National Research Council, recommends steps that federal agencies can take to cooperate more effectively with one another, nongovernment organizations, and the private sector to address sustainability challenges. The report also offers a decision-making framework to guide the implementation of sustainability-related projects and programs.


The report will be available under embargo to reporters only starting at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 27. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 28. To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail