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Meeting 2: September 5-7, 2017, in San Francisco, CA. (Agenda PDF)

Public Session: September 5, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PDT

The Future of Water, Food, and Energy

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California Academy of Sciences
African Hall
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

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.

This event is part of the National Academies study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science. The talks will be followed by a Q&A with the committee that is authoring the study. The session will be moderated by Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The event is free and open to the public, and will be webcasted.

Public Session: September 6, 1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PDT

Challenges Presented by Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Franciscan Room
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

The public is invited to join this session on meeting the challenges of sea-level rise in the San Francisco Bay area. The session will explore the latest projections, adaptation efforts already underway, and how environmental engineering and science education, research, and practice must evolve to address the challenge. The public is invited to attend person but it will not be webcast.

The open session begins at 1:00 p.m. PDT with a welcome and overview from Committee Chair, Domenico Grasso of the University of Delaware.

September 6, 2017 OPEN SESSION (abridged agenda)

1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

1:15 p.m. Challenges Presented by Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area

3:15 p.m. Adjourn Open Session

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Upcoming Meeting

Meeting 3: January 11-12, 2018, in Washington, DC.

This meeting is closed in its entirety.

Previous Meetings

Meeting 1: May 4-5, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Agenda PDF)

Public session: May 4, 10:30am-4:30pm

The public is invited via webcast to the first meeting of a study to identify grand challenges in environmental engineering and science on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The committee of experts who will conduct the study are tasked with identifying the biggest challenges that will need to be addressed in the next few decades and how the field might need to evolve to better meet those challenges.

The open session begins at 10:30 EST with a welcome and overview from Committee Chair, Domenico Grasso of the University of Delaware. Lessons learned from other “grand challenges” programs will be shared, including a 1:30 presentation by Dan Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) about the popular NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering program.

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May 4, 2017 OPEN SESSION (abridged agenda)

10:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Motivation for the Study

11:15 a.m. Lessons Learned from Global Grand Challenge Programs

1:30 p.m. NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Process, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned

2:50 p.m. NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program

2:50 p.m. Findings from the AEESP Grand Challenges in Environmental Engineering workshops

3:45 p.m. Discuss statement of task with study sponsors

4:15 p.m. Public comment period

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