We have held two dialogue events to date.  One in Denver, and another in Arlington. All participants came into the dialogue having reflected on the following catalyzing question:

What are the key changes in the US sustainability research system that will optimize the US contribution to US and international sustainability work?

Angela Bednarek and Josh Tewksbury rank their top choices of the most urgent key challenges.

 We used the responses to this question to develop key work areas, using a three-horizon model to 1) highlight the key elements of the current research system that need reform, 2) co-construct the critical features of a high-impact future US sustainability research system, and 3) identify the transitional technologies and enabling programs that will get us from where we are now to where we need to go. The first dialogue was hosted by Colorado State University, the second dialogue was hosted by George Mason University. Presidents of both universities attended.

Graphic Recording was provided by Karina Branson, at ConverSketch, process support was provided by E3Uni. 



Maria Uhle summarizes the findings from her team.


The intensive full day workshops build on listening to each other. Here, Victoria Lee considers different perspectives.


Dusan Pejakovic and Patty Romero Lankao high five after reaching concensus.

Active listening

Tom Lovejoy, Mark Rosegrant and Michael Mascia take in the information


Cyrus Wadia provides valuable input from the private sector perspective.


Ed Maibach and Kiki Jenkins continue the discussion even during the snack break.


Rebecca Shaw adding to a cluster of ideas developed through pre-work by participants. Elana Irwin and Sally Jewell leaning in to confer.


Michael Mendez building a case, with Amy Luers, Judit Ungvari, Patty Romero Lankao and Heather Tallis.

Taking notes

Sally Jewell and Karen Bailey discussing the future of sustainability.