Third National Sustainability Society Planning Meeting (October 2023)
The NSS Planning Committee met on the University of Michigan Campus to discuss next steps in the creation and implementation of the organization. A major outcome was the decision to hold a large public convening of sustainability researchers, educators, and practitioners in Seattle in September 2024. Details on that meeting can be found here.
Inaugural Public Event: Collaborative strategies for education, workforce development, innovation, and implementation
October 6, 2023, 8:45 am – 7:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Garden, Ann Arbor, Michigan
This free event marked the inaugural open event of the National Sustainability Society. The event includes a workshop on innovations in sustainability curriculum development, plenaries on education and workforce development, and co-designing sustainability solutions. The event enhanced conversations that bloomed through the summer webinar series hosted by the NSS, and informed the implementation of NSS goals.
Second National Sustainability Society Planning Meeting (February 2023)
Following on a successful first meeting (see below) and with enthusiastic support to create the National Sustainability Society, the planning committee met in Tempe, Arizona to develop strategies and next steps for launching the society. The meeting began with a panel discussion with three sustainability experts representing the private sector (Bruno Sarda, Principal of Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young), non-profit sector (Marilu Hastings, Executive Vice President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation), and public sector (Mark Hartmann, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix). The expanded planning committee reiterated its support for the National Society Sustainability, agreed to serve on standings committees, and accepted appointments as interim board members. There was unanimous support for officially launching the National Sustainability Society alongside a conference and workshop at the University of Michigan in fall 2023.
First National Sustainability Society Planning Meeting (August 2022)
Twelve thoughts leaders gathered in Union, Washington to explore the possibility of creating a new organization to serve the rapidly growing field of sustainability. Among the key takeaways from this meeting was that such an organization would add value and coherence to the field of sustainability in scholarship and practice. A second key agreement was that this organization needed to engage practitioners and constituents beyond academia because sustainability is an interventionist science, meaning that knowledge to action, and vice versa, is a central tenet of sustainability. Although many existing societies have sustainability working groups or sections, we and others we consulted agreed it was time for sustainability to have a society of its own.