Future Earth accelerates transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation.  We facilitate and amplify research, convene and mobilize networks,  promote innovation and turn knowledge into action. 

As an organization, Future Earth is made up of global hubs, regional centers, and national structures in 20+ countries, and we support the work of 29 Global Research Projects that emerged from three previous global change programs – IGBP, Diversitas, and IHDP.

The US hosts the International Program Offices of IGAC and AIMES, and one of the 5 Future Earth global hubs (the hub itself hosted by three Universities – The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and George Mason University). 

Future Earth has over 20 National structures around the world, bringing together sustainability research and innovation communities at national scales.  We are in the process of establishing a national structure in the US, and the Sustainability Science 2.0 initiative is a part of that process. If you are interested in engaging in this process, please reach out HERE.

The overall objective of the National Academies Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) program is harnessing the power of science, engineering, and medicine to meet sustainability challenges from local to global scales. To achieve this as the institutional focal point for examining sustainability science and technology issues, the STS program will elevate the impact and visibility of the National Academies’ efforts and actions in this area by:

  • Facilitating diverse activities across the National Academies, which have implication for addressing sustainability challenges and stimulating action;
  • Convening multiple stakeholders to focus on sustainability issues and opportunities at the interface of science, engineering, public health sustainability and action; 
  • Catalyzing new approaches and activities across the institution to connect knowledge to action that promote and advise on sustainability, including learning from the experiences of other countries and advising on what is working and not working domestically and internationally; and 
  • Communicating and collaborating with diverse sets of domestic and international stakeholders and audiences impacted by the interface of science and engineering policies and actions related to sustainability.