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State Task Force Report Provides Blueprint To Improve STEM Education In California

STEM Blueprint

California is in a prime position for enhancing science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education, and the state needs to do so in order to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, according to a report released on June 30 by State Superintendant Tom Torlakson, INNOVATE: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education.

Former CCST Council Chair Larry Papay Dies

Larry Papay

CCST Board member and former Council chair Larry Papay passed away on July 28, 2014 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 77. "Larry was an outstanding, thoughtful, and intelligent leader," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "His passion, influence, and compassion had a significant impact on CCST. He will be sadly missed."

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The California's Energy Future Projects

The California's Energy Future projects explore what's needed meet the state's goal, answering the call of S-3-05 - the executive order from 2005 mandating the reduction of the state's emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050.

Reports released to date include "California's Energy Future - The View to 2050" and "Possibilities, Problems And Potential Envisioned For Nuclear-Powered California in 2050". Other reports in progress will cover issues such as the transportation infrastructure. Click the link below for access to all related projects and resources.

2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows Praised by Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg

The fifth cohort of CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received formal recognition for their service by the leadership of both the California State Assembly and the Senate, with the Fellows earning praise for their contributions and dedication. "This is a terrific program," said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in acknowledging the Fellows who worked with the California Senate this past year.

CCST Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California

California's Energy Future Policy Report 2

"Policies for California's Energy Future - Scaling Up Advanced Biofuels" is the second report in a series which analyzes how California can effectively construct a policy framework to help the state meet its ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals over the coming years. The California's Energy Future - Policy (CEF-P) project follows on CCST's landmark California's Energy Future study, which explored the technical feasibility of California reducing its GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 while still accommodating projected growth in its economy and population.

CCST Delivers Roadmap to a Sustainable Water Future for California

California's Water Future

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report today which envisions a path toward a sustainable water future for California achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management. Such an approach would rely on currently available and new science and technology, yielding greater efficiencies and opening new sources of supply for managing California water through future multi-year cycles of drought and flooding.