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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.