Appendix H
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 are used to guide the Roundtable’s work in support of this goal. First, the Roundtable will focus on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contribute to the transition toward sustainability. Second, the Roundtable will focus 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 will focus 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 the summer of 2005, the Roundtable co-chairs convened a meeting with select leaders from the private sector, state government, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the National Academies to help develop a strategic outlook for the second phase of the Roundtable. Meeting participants suggested a number of potential topics and modes of operations for the Roundtable. These



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Appendix H 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 sus - tainable 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 are used to guide the Roundtable’s work in support of this goal. First, the Roundtable will focus on strategic needs and opportunities for science and technology to contrib - ute to the transition toward sustainability. Second, the Roundtable will focus 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 will focus 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 the summer of 2005, the Roundtable co-chairs convened a meeting with select leaders from the private sector, state government, nongovernmental or- ganizations, academia, and the National Academies to help develop a strategic outlook for the second phase of the Roundtable. Meeting participants suggested a number of potential topics and modes of operations for the Roundtable. These 6

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66 APPENDIX H ideas were used by the Roundtable co-chairs and staff to develop an action plan for activities to be undertaken by the Roundtable over the next few years. To date, the Roundtable has explored topics such as linking knowledge with action for sustainable development, environmental regulation and its alternatives, sustainability indicators, rapid urbanization, and rebuilding the Gulf Coast Region in a sustainable manner. Major activities currently are being planned to examine the effectiveness of public-private partnerships for sustainability, certification of sustainable goods and services, urban environmental sustainability, sustainable energy, food security, and to discuss federal research and development activities to address selected high priority challenges to sustainability. For Additional Information For more information about the Roundtable, please contact Marina Moses, Director of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, at mmoses@nas.edu or 202-334-2143. Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable Membership Emmy Simmons (Co-Chair) Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (retired), USAID Thomas Graedel (Co-Chair) (NAE) Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology, Yale University Matt Arnold Nancy Cantor Partner President and Chancellor PricewaterhouseCoopers Syracuse University Ann M. Bartuska John Carberry Acting Deputy Under Secretary Director of Environmental for Natural Resources and Technology (retired) Environment, U.S. Department of DuPont Agriculture* Leslie Carothers Arden Bement (NAE) President Director Environmental Law Institute National Science Foundation* William Clark (NAS) Michael Bertolucci Harvey Brooks Professor of President International Science, Public Interface Research Corporation Policy, and Human Development Harvard University

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6 APPENDIX H Glen T. Daigger (NAE) Jack Kaye Senior Vice President and Chief Associate Director Technology Officer Research of the Earth Science CH2M HILL Division National Aeronautics and Space Patricia Dehmer Administration* Acting Director Gerald Keusch (IOM) Office of Science U.S. Department of Energy* Assistant Provost, Medical Campus Associate Dean, School of Public Sam Dryden Health Managing Director Boston University Wolfensohn & Company Suzette Kimball Nina Fedoroff (NAS) Acting Director Science and Technology Advisor to U.S. Geological Survey* the U.S. Secretary of State Kai Lee U.S. State Department* Program Officer Marco Ferroni Conservation and Science Program Executive Director Packard Foundation Syngenta Foundation Thomas E. Lovejoy Mohamed H. A. Hassan Biodiversity Chair Executive Director The H. John Heinz III Center for The Academy of Sciences for the Science, Economics and the Developing World (TWAS) Environment Neil Hawkins Pamela Matson (NAS) Vice President for Sustainability Dean, School of Earth Sciences The Dow Chemical Company Goldman Professor of Environmental Geoffrey Heal Studies Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Stanford University Business Responsibility J. Todd Mitchell Graduate School of Business Chairman Columbia University Board of Directors Catherine (Katie) Hunt Houston Advanced Research Center Corporate Sustainability Director M. Granger Morgan (NAS) Rohm and Haas Professor and Head Lek Kadeli Department of Engineering and Acting Assistant Administrator Public Policy Office of Research and Development Carnegie Mellon University U.S. Environmental Protection Agency*

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68 APPENDIX H Prabhu Pingali (NAS) Staff Head Marina Moses, Director, Roundtable Agricultural Policy and Statistics on Science and Technology for Agriculture Development Division Sustainability Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pat Koshel, Senior Program Officer Per Pinstrup-Andersen Derek Vollmer, Associate Program H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Officer Nutritional Sciences Kathleen McAllister, Research Professor, Applied Economics and Associate Management Emi Kameyama, Program Assistant Cornell University Christopher Portier Associate Director National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Harold Schmitz Chief Science Officer Mars Inc. Robert Stephens International Chair Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance Denise Stephenson Hawk Chairman The Stephenson Group, LLC Dennis Treacy Vice President Environmental and Corporate Affairs Smithfield Foods Vaughan Turekian Chief International Officer The American Association for the Advancement of Science* *Denotes ex-officio member