NCSE 2018 National Conference and Global Forum: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure

Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 to Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Description: 

The 2018 NCSE National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure will explore how systems thinking and a sustainability framework can serve society through investment in natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure. We will engage people from multiple perspectives, sectors, and disciplines in a rich conversation that will expand personal perspectives, change the way we operate in our professional lives, and influence the policy and scholarly agenda moving forward.

Topics and Themes

Sustainable Infrastructure refers to:

  • Natural Infrastructure provides ecological services such as clean air, water, biodiversity, food, and fiber
  • Built Infrastructure enables transportation, housing, energy and communications services
  • Cyberinfrastructure supports the data, technology, and transmission to technological advancements and provides technical capacity
  • Social Infrastructure enables education, research, and other human services

Topics include:

  • Emerging megatrends and their consequences
  • Integration of natural and built environments
  • Convergence between humans and technology
  • Ecological design
  • Ecosystem services
  • Life cycle resilience
  • Food, energy and water systems
  • Resilient urban systems
  • Connections between urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Decarbonizing infrastructure investments
  • Mobility and transportation systems of today and tomorrow
  • Infrastructure, sustainability, and security
  • Smart systems and evidence-based decision making
  • Financing infrastructure through public and private investments
  • Interdisciplinary education about infrastructure
  • Governance, collaboration and citizen engagement at local, state, federal, and international levels
  • Modeling and measuring sustainable infrastructure
  • Equity as a core aspect of sustainable infrastructure
  • Consequences of innovation and technological transformation, and continuous and instantaneous sharing of information