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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) Grantees Workshop

in Concert With the P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) National Sustainable Design Expo

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 582-1234

April 22 - 23, 2008

Print Version (PDF) (6 pp, 47K, about PDF)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Welcome
Leanne Nurse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER)
8:05 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
William H. Sanders III, EPA, ORD, Director, NCER
8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CNS Project Briefs (10 minutes per project)

Energy, Water, and Land Use:  A Framework for Incorporating Science Into Sustainable Regional Planning (PDF) (6 pp, 23 K)
Richard Taupier, University of Massachusetts

Building Sustainability Indicators To Assess the Physical, Social, and Economic Values of Greening Cities - A Study of the Million Trees Initiatives in Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (6 pp, 206 K)
Jean-Daniel Saphores, University of California at Irvine

Promoting Sustainable Pollutant Control Policies Through Consideration of Social and Biological Indicators:  An Application to Mercury Control in New England (PDF) (7 pp, 467 K)
Mark Borsuk, Dartmouth College

Sustainable Building Materials and Practices During Gulf Coast Reconstruction (PDF) (6 pp, 275 K)
Jack Geibig, University of Tennessee

Metropolitan Accessibility and Transportation Sustainability:  Comparative Indicators for Policy Reform (PDF) (9 pp, 1.05 MB)
Jonathan Levine, University of Michigan

Mapping Regional Development for Smart Growth Planning To Minimize Degradation of Water Quality and Enhance Green Infrastructure (PDF) (7 pp, 167 K)
Donald Katnik, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Reality Check Plus:  Envisioning a Sustainable Maryland (PDF) (6 pp, 340 K)
Jason Sartori, University of Maryland
Glenn Moglen, University of Maryland

Sustainable Lake Management in Maines Changing Landscape (PDF) (8 pp, 701 K)
Kathleen P. Bell, University of Maine

Partnership for Industrial Ecology in Central Ohio (PDF) (12 pp, 820 K)
Joseph , Ohio State University

Grant Protection of Critical Source Areas for Achieving Long-Term Sustainability of Water Resources(PDF) (6 pp, 35 K)
Zeyuan Qiu, New Jersey Institute of Technology
10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CNS Grantees’ Visit P3 Expo and Lunch
(on your own)

For more information on the P3 Expo, please visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/expo/index.html
  Interagency Panels (at the Grand Hyatt Washington)
1:00 p.m. 1:05 p.m Welcome to Panel Discussions
Diana Bauer, EPA, ORD, NCER
1:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Energy and Materials
Grecia Matos, U.S. Geological Survey
Joseph Fiksel, Ohio State University, Co-Director, Center for Resilience (CNS grantee)
Laura Draucker, EPA, ORD, National Risk Management Research Laboratory
  • What types of models and metrics are most useful to understand materials and energy sustainability at a regional scale in transportation, energy supply, the industrial sector, and the built environment?
  • How can these analyses inform development patterns or economic activity?
  • How do regional scale decisions regarding energy and materials relate to larger scale effects?
2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Water, Urban Forests, and Land Use
Heather Whitlow, Casey Trees
Hannah Campbell, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program
Zeyuan Qiu, New Jersey Institute of Technology (CNS Grantee)
John Lyon, EPA, ORD, Office of the Science Advisor
  • At the regional scale, how can water management be informed by development patterns; how can development decisions be informed by water management needs; and how can both take into account uncertain changes beyond local and regional control such as climate change?
  • How do urban forests and other ecosystems located in densely developed areas affect greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, local water quality, local temperatures, etc., and how is this measured?
  • How can this knowledge and information best inform economically sound land use planning at a regional scale?
3:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Getting to Shared Information (Distributed Decision Making)
Stuart Schwartz, University of Maryland (former CNS Grantee)
Richard Taupier, University of  Massachusetts – Amherst, The Environmental Institute, Associate Director, International Research (CNS grantee)
Britta Bierwagen, EPA, ORD, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA)
Steve Young, EPA, Office of Environmental Information
  • What are some approaches to make the concept of sustainability easy to understand and compelling to act on across a diverse population? 
  • What is the role of geographic information, material flow data, and other data and models?
  • When and how does scientific understanding best interface with a collaborative process to inform creative and effective solutions? 
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CNS Grantees’ Opportunity To Attend the P3 Awards Ceremony
For more information on the P3 Expo, please visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/expo/index.html

Wednesday, April 23 2008

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  CNS Grantees Meet With EPA Programs
(P3 teams welcome to attend at EPA offices)
EPA program offices host individual interactive conversations with CNS grantees and other federal, state, and local sustainability leaders. Grantees will briefly review their project goals and findings to date. This also will be an opportunity to provide input and suggestions to the projects and identify opportunities for future collaboration and exchange.
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CNS Group Lunch/Networking (individually paid)
Location:  TBA
2:00 p.m. Adjournment

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