In January, Dr. Nelson was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The advisory board works directly with the Office of Research and Development to offer scientific advice and recommendations on technical and management issues of EPAs research programs. He is a member of the Sustainable and Healthy Communities subcommittee. SHC research "considers the full range of interactions between people and our environment to incorporate the three pillars of sustainability—economics, society, and the environment—into a seamless research portfolio that not only helps the Agency and its partners meet today’s most pressing environmental challenges, but do so while laying the groundwork for healthy, prosperous, and just communities well into the future.
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