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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability


Project Scope:

Established in 2002, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability represents one element of the robust sustainability activities within the National Academies. The Roundtable draws on the expertise of leaders from research institutions as well as senior decision-makers from government and industry who deal with issues of sustainable development, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies and resources for sustainability. The Roundtable works to provide a high-level forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability, and then catalyzing follow-on advisory work through the Academies.

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.

The Roundtable has adopted a two-pronged strategy to address sustainability. The first part of this strategy attempts to define inter-sectoral dynamics and linkages essential to long-term science and technology approaches to sustainability. The second looks to apply these 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. In 2018, the Roundtable contributed to the emerging dialogue on deploying sustainable energy during transition by involving current and former Mayors.   

  • 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 Roundtable 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 Academies. The Roundtable is being supported by the National Academies’ George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science. 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.  

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-STS-18-P-34

RSO: Carrero-Martinez, Franklin

Topic(s):

Agriculture
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Earth Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Food and Nutrition
Industry and Labor
Transportation and Infrastructure
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
Global
North America

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/25/2018

David A. Dzombak - (Co-Chair)
DAVID DZOMBAK (NAE) (Co-Chair) is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water resources and water quality engineering, and energy-environment issues. Dr. Dzombak is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a Diplomate Water Resources Engineer. His professional service activity has included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (2002-2016); the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board (2013-2016); the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Environmental Technology Subcommittee (2004-2008); the National Research Council (various committees, boards, and roundtables, 2000-present); Editorial Advisory Board for Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2012-2016); Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology (2005-2012); chair of committees for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and Water Environment Federation; and advisory committees for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many other organizations. Dr. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1981) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980) from Carnegie Mellon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).
Bernard Amadei
BERNARD AMADEI (NAE) is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Founding Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR (Engineering News-Record) Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL (American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Projects And Leaders) awards; the recipient of the 2016 C. H. Dunn Award of the Construction Industry Institute; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds six honorary doctoral degrees (University of Massachusetts Lowell; Carroll College; Clarkson; Drexel; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Technion in Israel). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.
E. W. Colglazier
E. WILLIAM COLGLAZIER is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. From 1994 to 2011, he was Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective scientific advice on domestic and international public policy issues. Dr. Colglazier received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Caltech in 1971, and prior to 1994 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Tennessee. He is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the AAAS and APS. In 2015 he received the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award from the APS for “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society,” and from the Japanese Government the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.” In 2016, Dr. Colglazier was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General as one of the ten international members to promote the role of science, technology, and innovation for achieving for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Frances A. Colon
FRANCES COLÓN is Chief Executive Officer of Jasperi Consulting and a 2019 recipient of the Leadership in Government Fellowship of Open Society Foundations, an initiative supporting seasoned public servants chosen from the senior ranks of federal, state, and local government who have advanced economic and social. Dr. Colón is the former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State (2012-2017) where she promoted integration of science and technology into foreign policy priorities. In her role as science diplomat, Dr. Colón led reengagement of scientific collaboration with Cuba and coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama. Dr. Colón is founding board member of Cenadores Puerto Rico, a non-profit that provides a platform for Puerto Rican diaspora and friends of Puerto Rico to strengthen civil society on the island. Dr. Colón is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Austria Leaders Program. In 2016, Dr. Colón was named one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology by CNET. She is recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Inspira Award and a 2015-2016 Google Science Fair judge. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.
Nancy B. Grimm
NANCY GRIMM (NAS) is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology, Regents Professor, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1985 and her M.S. in 1980. Her B.A. is from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She has been a faculty member in the School of Life Sciences (and its previous incarnations) since 1997, is an affiliate of the School of Sustainability, and has held visiting or adjunct appointments at the Center for Advanced Studies in Blanes, Spain, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the University of New Mexico. She was President and is fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Freshwater Science, and is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has served as a National Science Foundation’s program director, a staff scientist and lead author for the National Climate Assessment, and is currently an editor of AGU’s Earth’s Future. International and national advisory board service includes the Margalef Prize Selection Committee, the National Research Council’s Standing Committees to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and on Hydrological Sciences, and the Advisory Committee for the Australian CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, among many others. Dr. Grimm studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. As the founding director of the interdisciplinary Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, she brought together earth, life, and social scientists to develop new frameworks for understanding urban social-ecological-technological systems (SETS). She currently co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, for which the SETS framing is central.
Susan Hanson
SUSAN HANSON (NAS) is Distinguished University Professor Emerita and longtime professor of geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with interests in gender and economy, transportation, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility within cities; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her books include Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World; Gender, Work, and Space (with Geraldine Pratt); and The Geography of Urban Transportation. Dr. Hanson has been the editor of several academic journals, including The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Urban Geography, and Economic Geography and has been the geography editor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first and second editions. She has led the School of Geography at Clark and is a past president of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a recipient of the Honors Award and of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAG and of the Van Cleef Medal from the American Geographic Society. In 2000 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently Division Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council (NRC) and is on the TRB Executive Committee and the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and before earning her M.S. and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
Marilu Hastings
MARILU HASTINGS is chief innovation and strategy officer (CISO) for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) in Austin. She is the former vice president, sustainability programs at CGMF. As CISO of the foundation, Ms. Hastings is strategic philanthropic advisor to the board, CEO, and program staff with the charge to take an entrepreneurial approach that complements the work of the foundation’s core programs and mission by identifying and seeding emergent, disruptive, and breakthrough sustainability solutions and opportunities. She also directs CGMF’s Mitchell Innovation Lab and Philanthropy Accelerator, a varied portfolio of breakthrough sustainability ideas and opportunities that the foundation develops and incubates. Ms. Hastings convenes high-profile, collaborative efforts to promote Texas’s transition to sustainability, including initiatives to protect habitat and species from energy sprawl, address ongoing drought and water management challenges, foster sustainability education curriculum and practices, and adopt clean energy policies. She is also a sought-after strategic and organizational-development advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations, and academic organizations. Prior to the foundation, Ms. Hastings held leadership positions from 1996 to 2008 at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit research organization founded by George P. Mitchell. She is a member of the Energy Institute Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Austin; a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin; a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago; and a trustee of the Regional Endowment for Sustainability Science. Ms. Hastings earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kara Hurst
KARA HURST leads Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. In that role, she is responsible for renewable energy and energy efficiency, Frustration Free Packaging programs and customer packaging experience, circular economy, social responsibility, sustainability science and innovation, and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining Amazon, Ms. Hurst was Chief Executive Officer of The Sustainability Consortium, named one of Scientific American’s “Top Ten World Changing Ideas” of 2012. For eleven years before that, Hurst worked at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), serving in her last role as Vice President of BSR, building several global industry practices and leading BSR’s New York and Washington, DC offices, as well the global partnership practice with governments, multilaterals and foundations. Ms. Hurst co-founded the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (now the Responsible Business Alliance). Ms. Hurst has also worked in Silicon Valley as Executive Director of the public-private venture OpenVoice and at the Children’s Health Council. In her early career, she held roles at the Urban Institute as a Research lead and worked for two elected officials – Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and in New York for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Ms. Hurst holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gary E. Machlis
GARY MACHLIS is University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, and served as Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service (NPS) during both terms of the Obama administration. He was the first scientist appointed to this position within the NPS, and advised the director on a range of science policy issues and programs, as well as serving as the Science Integrity Officer for the agency. Dr. Machlis was co-Leader of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group, which conducts scientific assessments during major environmental crises. He joined the Clemson faculty in 2013; he was on the faculty at the University of Idaho from 1979-2013. Dr. Machlis received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale University. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, human ecology, and sustainability. His most recent books (co-authored) are The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems (2017), which received an award as an Academic Title of the Year from Choice), and The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water (2018). His research has been published in journals as varied as Bioscience, Climatic Change, Conservation Biology, Society and Natural Resources, and Science. Dr. Machlis is active in international conservation, and is a member of the IUCN's Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas. He worked in China in 1981 and again in 1986-87 and 2004 on the Giant Panda Project for the World Wildlife Fund, and has conducted research on conservation and sustainability issues in the Galápagos Islands, the national parks of Kenya, and in Eastern Europe. Most recently, he has helped advance environmental science and sustainability collaborations between the U.S. and Cuba. As co-leader of the Strategic Sciences Group, Dr. Machlis led the Group’s response and assessment related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy. He also led the AAAS project to rebuild science capacity in Haiti after its devastating earthquake. In 2010, Dr. Machlis was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jeff Martin
JEFF MARTIN is Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tribal Planet, Inc. Through the marketing and development of groundbreaking technologies, Mr. Martin has spent his career applying innovation to multimedia product design. Mr. Martin continues to build new mobile commerce channels by changing the way consumers engage with entertainment, industry and philanthropy. In 2001 and 2008, Mr. Martin founded Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies, respectively. Tribal Brands developed mCommerce solutions for a variety of consumer brands and was one of the first companies to drive more than one billion dollars in mobile-based sales for the entertainment industry through 17 global carrier alliances. Tribal Technologies created the first intelligent database behind mobile applications that predicted consumer behavior and interactions, powering unique mCommerce channels, and providing incentive programs for customers. The extensive mobile analytics platform captured actionable, psychographic data highlighting user tastes and preferences collected through mobile devices. In 2014, Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies were combined to create Tribal Planet. Prior to Tribal Planet, Mr. Martin helped pioneer the entertainment and new media markets divisions at Apple in the early 1990s for 9 years and was a direct report to Steve Jobs after the NEXT acquisition.
Jacqueline McGlade
JACQUELINE MCGLADE is currently Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at the University College London Institute for Global Prosperity and Faculty of Engineering, and Professor and Director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University, Kenya. She was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013, where she was on leave from her post as Professor of Environmental Informatics at University College London. Between 2014 and 2017 she was Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi. Over the past 40 years Professor McGlade has worked at the interface of sustainable development, science, society and policy. She has established and led science and research initiatives across the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and around the world. Professor McGlade is known for her research on data and informatics and the use of earth observation, and assessments on biodiversity, climate change, ecosystems, oceans, social dynamics and indigenous knowledge, sustainable development, and non-linear dynamics. She is an author of more than 200 publications, including as lead author and editor in chief of more than 45 major EU and UN publications and research reports. Professor McGlade completed her B.S.c in Marine Biology, Biochemistry and Soil Science at Bangor University (then known as the University College of North Wales), UK, in 1977. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1980 on aquatic sciences and zoology from the University of Guelph in Canada. In 1987, she obtained a M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge.
Stanley Meiburg
STAN MEIBURG is the Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University. He began in this position in 2017, and leads an innovative, interdisciplinary program for training the next generation of leaders to build businesses and communities that are economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound. Before coming to Wake Forest, from 2014 to 2017 Dr. Meiburg was the Acting Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC, the culmination of a 39-year career with the EPA. During his career he served in senior career positions as EPA’s Deputy Regional Administrator in the Southeast and South Central regions of the United States, as well as in EPA’s air office in Research Triangle Park and in Washington, DC. He received EPA’s Distinguished Career Service Award, EPA’s Gold Medal for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, and was recognized by President Barack Obama as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012, the highest civilian award for a Federal senior executive. In 2017 he was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper as a member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, and was designated by the Governor as Chair of the Commission in February 2019. Dr. Meiburg holds his B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.
Nebojsa Nakicenovic
NEBOJSA NAKICENOVIC is the Executive Director of The World In 2050 (www.TWI2050.org). He was the Deputy and Acting Director General of the International Institute for Applies Systems Analyses and tenured Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna Technology University. Among other positions, Dr. Nakicenovic has been a member of the Earth League; Earth Commission of the Global Commons Alliance; Multi-stakeholder Technical Group of Advisors on Sustainable Development Goal 7; Scientific Advisory Boards of the Potsdam Institute from Climate Impact Research; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei; Japanese Institute of Environmental Studies; German Aerospace Center; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century; OMV Advisory Group on Sustainability; and Climate Change Centre Austria. He has also been a Technology and Innovation Advisor to the Government of Montenegro. He serves on many Editorial Boards of peer-reviewed journals, including Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Institution of Civil Engineers; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Energy Sector Management; Ecosystem Health and Sustainability; Scientific World Journal; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions; and the Energy Strategy Reviews. Dr. Nakicenovic’s research interests include the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, digital technologies. Dr. Nakicenovic holds bachelors and master’s degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa Ph.D. degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Miguel Roman
MIGUEL ROMÁN is the founding director of The Earth from Space Institute (EfSI) - an independent program of Universities Space Research Association (USRA) dedicated to supporting the development of long-term strategies for reducing disaster risk and promoting community resilience, using the unique vantage point of Space. Román currently serves as NASA's Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP's Land discipline leader, helping manage a worldwide team of investigators in charge of generating long-term data records from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS); two of the largest and most comprehensive instrument suites ever launched to systematically monitor our planet's vital signs. Before joining USRA, Román served for ten years as a civil servant scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he pioneered the iconic Black Marble - a suite of satellite products that provide daily global views of Earth at night, with an emphasis on tracking the signatures of recovery across vulnerable communities affected by major disasters. Román, who continues to serve in the role of Black Marble team leader, has also led international activities under the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). President Barack Obama named him a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on researchers beginning their independent careers. His writings have been featured in numerous news outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, NBC, The Economist, Telemundo, Smithsonian Magazine, and BBC World News. Dr. Román received his Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University, his M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Cornell University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
P. Lynn Scarlett
LYNN SCARLETT, former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is global Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In this role, she influences climate and nature-based solutions policy—in the United States and the 79 countries in which TNC influences conservation, oversees global corporate engagement on climate and sustainability, and oversees our impact-investing team, NatureVest. She also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, the Honorable Lynn Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior’s Ocean and Coastal Activities office to coordinate cross-departmental ocean and coastal work. She chaired the nation’s Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Management Council. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which she previously chaired, served on the U.S. Global Change Research Program Committee, and is a co-convening lead author of the 2014 National Climate Assessment. She also chaired the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California (UC) Santa Barbara and the Advisory Board of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She also serves on the board of trustees of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the UC Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.
Klaus Tilmes
KLAUS TILMES is a Senior Policy Adviser and Economic Development Consultant who most recently worked with the Office of the World Bank President to develop the institution’s strategy on emerging technologies and scaling adoption through financial assistance, policy advice, and partnerships. He also works closely with the African Center for Economic Transformation and the United Nations Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum. Previously, Mr. Tilmes served as Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank, overseeing operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and global teams on Trade and Competition Policy and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his 30-year career at the World Bank, Tilmes held positions as Director of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network; Knowledge Strategy Advisor; and Manager at the Independent Evaluation Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Mannheim.
William E. Easterling, III - (Ex Officio Member)
WILLIAM E. EASTERLING is the assistant director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). GEO supports fundamental research spanning the atmospheric, Earth, ocean and polar sciences. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Easterling was dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University and led strategic planning for research initiatives focusing on the food-energy-water nexus, clean carbon energy, additive manufacturing, Big Data challenges in forecasting, and risk and uncertainty in environmental decisions. In 2001, he became the founding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the focal point for interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental science and engineering at Penn State. A self-described enthusiast of multiple disciplines of science, Dr. Easterling served as professor of geography and earth system science at Penn State since 1999. He has written or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers, reports and books. He has served on numerous committees, panels and boards for NSF, the National Research Council and other organizations, and has been a principal investigator on dozens of highly competitive federal awards. Dr. Easterling has won numerous awards and honors, including election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 for his contributions to climate change and food security science. He was a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for its 1999-2001 and 2005-2007 reports, having been nominated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Easterling received a Ph.D. in Geography-Climatology, a M.A. in Economic Geography, and a B.A, in Geography and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Scott H. Hutchins - (Ex Officio Member)
SCOTT HUTCHINS is the Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Research, Education, and Economics mission area which is comprised of the Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Together these agencies cut across every USDA department and have unique federal leadership responsibility to advance agricultural research, extension, and education. Dr. Hutchins was sworn-in by Secretary Perdue on January 29, 2019. After nearly 32 years, he retired from Corteva Agriscience™ where he held many roles in Program Management, Human Resources, Six Sigma, R&D Portfolio Management, and Global Administration. In addition, he is a Board-Certified Entomologist, Adjunct Professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Past President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), and Fellow of the ESA. Dr. Hutchins received a B.S. in entomology from Auburn University, an M.S. in entomology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University.
Jack A. Kaye - (Ex Officio Member)
JACK KAYE currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his more than 34-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA Headquarters. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Kaye represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal; from January 2009 through May 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for the parent Subcommittee on Global Change Research. He previously completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System. Dr. Kaye has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010. He was named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010 and the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2014, and was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society in 2015. In 2017 he received the “Order of Merit Award” from the International Coordination Group for Laser Atmospheric Studies. He recently completed a three-year leadership term for the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of the American Association for the AAAS. Since 2014 he has been the chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Expert Team on Satellite Systems. He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society.
Craig McLean - (Ex Officio Member)
CRAIG MCLEAN is the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and programs including the Climate Program, National Sea Grant, Ocean Exploration, and Weather Research. Internationally, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and as the Co-chair of the U.S. European Union Marine Working Group, and in the US-Canada-EU North Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance under the Galway Statement. Mr. McLean has previously served as NOAA’s Acting Chief Scientist, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean served aboard hydrographic, oceanographic, and fisheries research ships. Mr. McLean led NOAA’s innovation and planning for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, and achieved a National Ocean Action Plan goal of securing a permanent, dedicated US ship for the ocean exploration, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Mr. McLean is also an attorney and has practiced marine resource law for NOAA. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Marine Technology Society, a 250th Anniversary Fellow of Rutgers University, and a past-president of the Sea-Space Symposium.
Franklin Carrero-Martinez - (Staff Officer)
FRANKLIN CARRERO-MARTINEZ joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2018 where he directs the Global Policy and Development and the Science and Technology for Sustainability program within the division of Policy and Global Affairs. Prior to this appointment, he was the Acting Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. Dr. Carrero-Martínez holds a B.S. in biology, with honors from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), a Ph.D. in cell and developmental neurobiology, and a certificate in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His multidisciplinary career includes several roles in academia and government: from researcher and educator, science administrator, to science policy and diplomacy. Previously, Dr. Carrero-Martínez held appointments as associate professor at the UPR, Mayagüez, Adjunct Professor at the UPR Medical Science Campus, and as visiting scholar at Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Japan’s Institute of Genetics. Dr. Carrero-Martínez started his career in science diplomacy and policy as the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship. He served this prestigious fellowship with a joint appointment between the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (STAS) and the National Academy of Sciences. At the end of his fellowship, he served as program director at the National Science Foundation supporting the foundation’s diplomatic and representational obligations, while managing a portfolio of international basic science collaboration grants before returning to STAS in 2016. As the Department’s senior advisor on science, technology and innovation issues (STI), he directed the STAS Office. In this role he provided senior officials with analysis, guidance, recommendations and strategic planning to anticipate the foreign policy impacts of emerging STI issues, built STI capacity within the Department, and engaged the National Security Innovation Base to promote Department priorities.

Events


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The Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, in collaboration with the Ocean Studies Board (OSB), convened a virtual discussion on the blue economy and sustainability in our pandemic-modified world.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the oceans provide significant economic benefits, which accounted for 1.8 percent ($372.8 billion) of national gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. As the World Bank defines the blue economy as “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health,” the need to balance the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability related to oceans is a key element of the blue economy. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected ocean resource sustainability activities in a variety of ways. For example, with the global response to COVID-19, consumption of single-use plastic may have grown by 250-300 percent in the U.S., and companies have less incentive to use recycled materials as plastics have become less expensive with a collapse in the oil price.

Goals of this virtual session were to discuss challenges and opportunities for a robust blue economy in the ocean-related sectors in the U.S. in the context of the pandemic, with special attention to marine plastic pollution, recycling of materials, and other relevant aspects, encouraging active participation of the private sector, young people, and underrepresented groups, and enhancing global collaboration. Discussions will inform OSB and NOAA efforts to coordinate U.S. contributions to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.


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2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on February 27-28, 2020 in Washington, DC. During the session on Sustainability across the National Academies, senior staff from different divisions and programs within the National Academies as well as several Roundtable members discussed current projects and possible areas of collaboration in their field. Building upon the discussions of our most recent July 2019 Roundtable meeting, this meeting also focused on two areas: 1) Rethinking Cities for Sustainable Development and 2) Communicating about Ocean and Coastal Sustainability with Young People. Each Roundtable member participated in a final session to discuss future Roundtable topics and activities. 


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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on July 30-31, 2019 in Washington, DC. A working dinner on July 30 included new member introductions and presentations on Roundtable history and future vision by the co-chair David Dzombak and STS director Franklin Carrero-Martínez. The morning of the second day focused on a new vision for the Roundtable. During the session on Sustainability across the National Academies, senior staff from different divisions and programs within the National Academies discussed possible areas of collaboration with the Roundtable. The afternoon session focused on strategic planning for future Roundtable activities in the context of collaboration with other Academies groups and activities. Two breakout discussions were held:  one focused on domestic opportunities, and one on global opportunities. Each Roundtable member participated in one of the breakout discussions to develop plan of actions for potential Roundtable initiatives. 


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On January 30, 2018, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on deploying sustainable energy after human caused and natural disasters (view recorded webcast). Workshop participants discussed specialized social, economic and engineering challenges to and opportunities for deploying sustainable energy in areas that are rebuilding after major disasters, including Florida, California, Puerto Rico, and other areas. The workshop also explored how regions are building renewable energy into their longer-term planning in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The morning session focused on the role of sustainable energy sources in post-disaster response, while the afternoon session addressed the role of sustainable energy sources for transition planning.

The dinner speaker was Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston, who shared her perspectives on managing sustainable energy and environmental issues in Houston.

The main objective of the second day was to advance progress on our new priorities for future Roundtable activities. The members discussed the best use of the Roundtable and the program's capabilities to keep the sustainability momentum moving forward.


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500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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On June 12, 2017, the Roundtable hosted a public workshop on issues related to sustainable materials and manufacturing for renewable energy technology development. The morning session focused on the renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, storage) and their related materials and manufacturing implications, while the afternoon session addressed demands for copper and rare earth elements in renewable energy technology development and social dimensions of meeting this demand.

The dinner speaker was Joseph Kiesecker of The Nature Conservancy, who shared his perspectives on siting decisions for mining issues in the global context, including Mongolia, Brazil, and Australia.

The main objective of the second day was to advance progress on our new priorities for future Roundtable activities. The members identified next steps for each of the four priority activities: 1) sustainable materials and manufacturing; 2) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; 3) sustainable food systems; and 4) ocean sustainability. The members also discussed the best use of the Roundtable and the program's capabilities to keep the sustainability momentum moving forward.


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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on January 30-31, 2017 in Washington, DC. On January 30, the Roundtable continued its strategic planning exercise by developing a work plan for its priority activities: 1) sustainable manufacturing and sustainable mineral extraction; 2) sustainable food systems; 3) ocean sustainability; and 4) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The day was capped by a dinner speech from Jean Rogers, CEO and Founder of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, describing industry-based standards for effective disclosure of material sustainability information to investors. The second day featured panel discussions addressing issues related to investing for sustainability. 


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Meeting Objective:  To lay out a viable and productive work plan for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Science and Technology for Sustainability Program for the next three to five years using information developed during the June and November 2015 Roundtable workshops and the January 2016 workshop in Newport Beach. 

Notes:  Several topics and themes were identified during the July 26-27 Roundtable discussion regarding potential ideas for future Science and Technology for Sustainability program activities. Topical areas include ocean issues, urban sustainability, agriculture, sustainable mineral extraction, and sustainable manufacturing. The nexus issues in sustainability were also discussed, including interconnections among cities and food (agriculture); energy-food-water-health; ocean and cities; and ocean-food-energy-mining. Roundtable members suggested that the cross-cutting analytical themes could be incorporated into potential Roundtable agendas, including the importance of integration, whole systems framing, systems modeling, life-cycle assessment, decision support and understanding decisions, and scale issues (not only geographically but also temporally).


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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on November 12-13, 2015 in Washington, DC.  As the second event of the Roundtable’s 2015-2016 initiative, the November 12 Roundtable meeting evaluated economic and social indicators and metrics in the context of urban sustainability.  The purpose of the session was to assess what indicators and metrics have been found to be the most useful for promoting sustainability as well as identify knowledge gaps related to developing indicators that integrate across the ecological, social, and economic sciences.  During the meeting, panelists from government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropic community examined examples of select social and economic indicators and metrics that incorporated various disciplines, particularly those being used to inform policy and action related to sustainability practice and research.  A published summary of the event will be issued in early 2016.  

Our dinner speaker was Katherine Wallman, Chief Statistician at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, who described the U.S. coordination of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator selection and monitoring of progress.

The second day featured presentations addressing issues related to developing indicators and metrics for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To support the goals, the UN is preparing to catalyze a global partnership for sustainable development data, including plans to build capacity of countries to collect data to monitor and evaluate progress on the SDGs.  Given the broad nature of the SDGs, it is critical that there will be a wide availability of well-defined indicators firmly grounded in science, with data that can support them, to underpin targets for each of the Goals. The Roundtable heard presentations of examples of current UN and USAID efforts related to UN SDGs process.  

For the session on NRC updates, Roundtable members reviewed and provided suggestions on current and planned STS program activities. Roundtable members raised suggestions for future Roundtable topics and activities.  


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The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on June 4-5, 2015 in Washington, DC.  As a first event of a year-long initiative, the June 4 Roundtable meeting hosted a session that provided an overview of the state of the science on sustainability indicators and metrics in the context of climate change and infrastructure vulnerability.  The purpose of the session was to assess what indicators and metrics have been found to be the most useful for promoting sustainability as well as identify knowledge gaps related to developing indicators that integrate across the ecological, social, and economic sciences.  During the meeting, the Roundtable heard presentations on examples of select sustainability indicators and metrics that incorporate various disciplines and sectors and that are being used to inform policy and action related to sustainability practice and research.  A published summary of the event was issued in October 2015.  

The day was capped by a dinner speech from Patricia Beneke, Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America, describing the United Nation’s sustainable development goals and post-2015 agenda including the role of science and technology.

The second day featured presentations addressing issues related to sustainability and climate change adaptation for infrastructure. Sustainability is a becoming a key consideration as the public and private sectors engage in climate change adaptation planning efforts, particularly given the impact of climate, weather, and extreme events on the engineering and design of built and natural environments.  The sheer increase in the number and scope of national and international sustainable engineering activities as part of climate change adaptation planning is further evidence of this increased focus.  However, a more strategic discussion on how sustainability can and is being integrated into climate change adaptation planning for infrastructure is needed.  To begin this discussion, the presenters reviewed examples of public and private sector efforts related to climate change adaptation in select infrastructure sectors and discussed approaches for how to move this topic forward.

For the session on NRC updates, Roundtable members reviewed and provided suggestions on current and planned STS program activities. An update on the recent NRC report from the Ocean Studies Board and Water Science and Technology Board, Reducing Coastal Risks on the East and Gulf Coasts (2014), was also provided. Roundtable members raised suggestions for future Roundtable topics and activities.  


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