Science Policy

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Climate Solutions

GSA recently gathered ideas for translating scientific research into climate change solutions that can be implemented within a short timeframe.

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Position Statements

GSA Council recently approved minor revisions to three position statements related to geoscience education and diversity in the geosciences.

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Events & Briefings

Geoscience Policy Update Webinar
Join us for an update on science policy legislation and how you can get involved. Learn more and register.

Posted 10/4/2021

The Devastating Power of Tsunamis & What They Mean for the Coastal U.S.
Fri., 15 Oct., Noon–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance present this virtual briefing, which will highlight the science of tsunamis, their effects on coastlines and coastal communities, and how science and communities can work together to minimize human and economic losses. Learn more and register.

Posted 9/27/2021

Connecting Close to Home: Engaging Federal Policymakers in Your Community
Fri., 16 July, Noon–1 p.m. EDT
In this webinar, government relations experts will discuss how to schedule and prepare for a meeting with a congressional office in your community, as well as highlight other ways to engage your policymakers in your community. Learn more and register.

Posted 7/7/2021


Times are Changing: How the New Biden Administration and 117th Congress are Addressing Climate Change
Since Inauguration Day on 20 January, 2021, the Biden Administration has focused on addressing the climate crisis.

Posted 2/22/2021

Energizing the Nation: The Energy Act of 2020 becomes Law
In December 2020, the 116th Congress successfully passed an omnibus package, including the first “major modernization of our nation’s energy policy in 13 years.”

Posted 2/22/2021

Sliding through Congress: The National Landslide Preparedness Act becomes Law
The National Landslide Preparedness Act became law in January, authorizing funds for a National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program and a national 3D elevation program.

Posted 1/13/2021

Testimony & Letters

CNSF Statement on Reconciliation
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) "applauds the strong allocation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the budget reconciliation bill, and urges Members to at least meet or ideally increase the level of funding for NSF in the final bill."
Posted 10/4/2021

Letter Supports DOE Funding
The Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting "at least $15.5 billion for Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory infrastructure and associated research and development activities in a final reconciliation package."
Posted 9/24/2021

GSA Welcomes OSTP Director
GSA endorsed a letter congratulating Dr. Lander on his confirmation as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and thanking the Administration for elevating the OSTP Director to a Cabinet-level position.
Posted 7/23/2021