America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century: A Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education at NSF

Friday 1:30pm REC Center Medium Ice Overlook Room
Oral Presentation Part of Sustainability and the Environment


David Blockstein, Bard College
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (ACERE) is drafting a 10 year vision for ERE at NSF. The Vision document will update previous ERE reports over the past decade. The working title of this document expected in fall 2015 is America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century

The report will include:

-Understanding the challenges and opportunities of complex environmental systems.

-Designing the future: science, engineering, humans and control.

-Securing the future with sustaining the future with a sound environment.

-Enabling the future: big/small data; education, infrastructure.

Science is at an exciting point of convergence where despite the continuing rapidly deteriorating condition of the global environment, we have powerful new tools, including observational systems and new approaches to data and have also had a major increase in the human capacity for interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability research and education. We also have new digital and other technologies that are transforming education. Education research is providing important insights into how people learn and what methods are effective in teaching and learning, including integration of new technologies. These provide opportunities for improved student learning about the Earth.
The Rendevous will be one of the first public presentations of the draft report. All participants will have an opportunity to participate in discussion of the ERE portfolio at NSF.
What do Rendevous participants consider to be the most important environmental education challenges to be addressed in the context of NSF's mission?
What innovative programs and approaches should NSF and the scientific community be made aware of?
How does environmental education provide opportunities to increase diversity, serve society and expand broader impacts of our work?
What improvements in NSF's approach would help increase its effectiveness in supporting interdisciplinary environmental research and education?

Presentation Media

NSF Draft Vision for Env Res and Ed (PowerPoint 884kB Jul13 15)