Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS)

Agenda for DC site of the INSS meeting

Background:  The Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is assisting the University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC) in developing the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS). Broadly defined, social sustainability includes aspects of human welfare focusing on community, quality of life, social justice, democratic process, education, and health and safety. This network for researchers and practitioners aims to improve research, education and public understanding about the topic. CEES has a particular interest in the connections between engineering and social sustainability, which is an important element in meeting goals of sustainable development.

INSS seeks to create connections and ongoing collaborations between individuals and groups to foster activities to promote social sustainability. Last year, the network held a distributed virtual summit at four sites in the US and one abroad, at which members shared case studies and experiences and worked toward articulating a more definitive and inclusive concept of social sustainability that engages practitioners and academics alike.

Conference 2016: The fourth annual meeting of the network will be held June 8-10, 2016, at eight sites. Participants at the sites will have virtual access to shared activities through the UNCC site, and to particular activities at each of the sites.

On June 9-10, several sessions are scheduled at the historic building of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418) in room 125. The Academies site is planning to host several shared activities as well as individual activities and discussions during the meeting. See tentative schedule below.

So we in DC can prepare adequately, please register to attend the DC events at the INSS website. Please note that the only meals provided at the DC site will be lunch on June 9th and breakfast on June 10th, and that a government issued photo ID is required to enter the National Academies building. For guidance on getting to the building, please see the Driving and Metro Directions.

June 9, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Formal Welcome and Site Introductions (Simulcast from Charlotte)
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Keynote Speaker (Simulcast from Charlotte)
Nature provides many emotional, spiritual and health benefits to residents of cities. Biophilia argues that we have co-evolved with nature, and that we have a deep need to affiliate with the natural world.  But how can that connection to nature happen in in an increasingly urbanized world? ...
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Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Lunch Break
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Panel and Discussion: "Transportation and the Future of Communities" (in DC, shared across sites)
The predecessors of TRB at The National Academies date back to 1920. The TRB mission includes broad-based research and dissemination activities to address policy issues for transportation, and it manages over 200 committees and task forces to accomplish its mission. Sustainability has raised new ...
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Moderator: Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Panelist: Victoria Adams, Associate Director, Booz, Allen, Hamilton
Panelist: Neil Pederson, TRB Executive Director and former Director MD State Highway Administration, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Panelist: Sandra Rosenbloom, Research Professor and Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation, University of Texas at Austin
03:45 PM – 04:45 PM
Case Discussion: Community Leadership and Social Sustainability
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Richard Wilson, Loyola University and University of Maryland at Baltimore County
Upendra Sapkota, University of Maryland College Park
June 10, 2016
08:30 AM – 09:00 AM
Breakfast
Sponsored by the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maryland College Park.
09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Roundtable: "Social Sustainability and Baltimore's Future" (in DC only)
The recent unrest in a number of urban areas calls attention to roles of history and engineered infrastructure in affecting social sustainability in many cities in the U.S.  The INSS theme includes one question that particularly relates to these issues:  How do historical racial and ...
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This presentation addresses the relationship between investments in infrastructure and social equity in Baltimore.  It begins with a brief historical overview of how investments in infrastructure have shaped development patterns and social equity, including the impacts of redlining, highway ...
Gerrit Knaap, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland College Park
Roundtable Discussants
Moderator: William E. Kelly, Practitioner Adjunct Faculty in Sustainability, George Mason University
Brian O'Malley, President and CEO, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance
Rudolph Chow, Director, Baltimore DPW
Greg Sawtell, United Workers
Tylis Cooper, Coordinator for Student Academic Success (graduate)/Adviser, University of Baltimore
Gerrit Knaap, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland College Park
Denny Finnerin, Senior Project Engineer, RK&K
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel on "Invisible Disasters" (Simulcast from Charlotte)
12:30 PM – 01:00 PM
Cross-site Conference Conclusion (Simulcast from Charlotte)
June 6, 2017
03:30 PM – 03:45 PM
Break