Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resources base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving using biological, physical and social sciences, and design and engineering disciplines.

RNRF's misson is to advance the application of science and related disciplines in decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and educate policymakers and the public on managing and conserving renewable natural resources.

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EPA Releases Report on Risk Evaluation of Chemicals

EPALast week, the Environmental Protection Agency released an annual report on risk evaluation of chemical substances. The annual report is a requirement of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The report lists the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation including those that will be initiated within the year and those that are expected to be completed within the year, and identifies resources necessary to complete these tasks.

Read more about the EPA's report on risk evaluation of chemicals on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.

worldwide March For science to be held on april 22, 2017

The March for Science is a celebration of passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The March will take place in public spaces around the world on April 22, 2017. Activities will include marches and rallies, open houses, children's science festivals and teach-ins.

For more information on the March for Science, to find a local march, or to register a satellite march, please visit the following website.


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Renewable Resources Journal
Volume 30 Number 4

Report of RNRF Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment

The volume of data generated today – and our ability to process and analyze it – are unprecedented. Ubiquitous sensors, expansive data storage systems, and increasingly advanced computational capabilities have changed the way we generate, store, and analyze data. This new big data paradigm results in data sets that are too large and too complex to be processed by traditional applications. When supported by emerging analytical capabilities, big data represents a source for ongoing and refined discovery and analysis of social, market, and environmental trends and opportunities.

Big data represents a new frontier in data collection and analysis, but is not without challenges. These include the cleaning, storage, and visualization of raw information, as well as information privacy...


• Executive Summary: Observations for the Future
• The Data Revolution and What it Means for the Environment
• Frontiers in Data Collection, Storage and Sharing
• Frontiers in Data Analysis, Visualization, and Application
• Data Needs for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Policy:
        Land Cover
• Continuing Sequestration Under the Budget Control Act of 2011: Impacts on Science and Technology Funding
• Private Sector Capabilities
• Public Sector Role and Capabilities

Case Studies:
• U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
• Global Forest Watch
• Vital Signs
• Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)
• IBM Smarter Cities: Infrastructure (Water, Transportation, Energy)


Call for 2017 Awards Nominations


RNRF's 2016 Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment took place in Washington, DC on December 6-7, 2016.

The congress website can be accessed here. The congress report can be accessed here.

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