The Department of Education, the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
should support education and training, including curriculum
development on sustainability for teachers of grades K-12.
2. Legal Guidance
The Department of Justice should develop guidance for judges
to use in litigation involving resource management. Scientists
should be involved in developing these guidelines.
The Administration should examine jurisdictional conflicts in
natural resource management and make recommendations for
better coordination of the planning process across agency
boundaries and across media including freshwater, marine,
coastal, land, and air.
4. Scientific Uncertainty
Congress should fund a National Research Council (NRC)
study to reexamine and develop an analytical framework for
assessing the environmental impacts of various proposed
management actions under the National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA) in the face of scientific uncertainty.
5. Council on Environmental Quality
The President and Congress should evaluate the role of the
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in overseeing the
assessment of environmental impacts and the sustainability of
The relevant Federal agencies (including NSF, EPA, DOE,
USDA) should undertake comprehensive research efforts
(including modeling) on complex environmental systems to
better understand the interactions between human and natural
systems with respect to long-term sustainability.