Long Range Planning - Not particularly fun but essential
For this week’s blog I did some research. I wanted to write about SNA’s 2015 Long Range Plan which was just published to the SETAC website (http://www.setac.org/?page=SNAPlanningCom) a few days ago. (It’s only 6 ¼ pages long and double spaced so go ahead and read it.) I needed some substance. Something that would help me express why long range planning is an essential, even if not a particularly fun, activity that gives an individual, family, community, or organization direction toward a desired goal. Through a bit of searching and internet wandering I found some engaging quotes:
But the one I decided best captured my murky musings came from John Galsworthy, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature:
“If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one.”
SNA’s Vision is and has been Environmental Quality through Science®. We now have a Mission and Core Challenge to help guide us toward that vision.
Advance and communicate reliable environmental science and applications to effectively inform decisions to protect, enhance, and manage sustainable environmental quality, health and ecosystem integrity in North America, and to support global activities in the same context.
Amplify the Impact of Science and its Applications on Environmental Decision-Making through:
Objective 1 - Recognition and advancement of our environmental and engineering sciences expertise.
SETAC-NA will be widely recognized as the North American society for integrated multi-sector expertise and inter/multi-disciplinary science to identify, inform, educate, and help solve complex regional and global environmental challenges.
Objective 2 - Maximizing the impact of our network and services.
SETAC-NA will be recognized as the North American scientific society of choice for environmental scientists and environmental-policy professionals. Member services and professional opportunities provided by the Society will be a highly valued part of the member experience and will keep members actively engaged in the Society’s mission and purpose.
Objective 3 - Promoting multidisciplinary, multi-sector, and integrated science and engineering to solve environmental problems.
SETAC-NA will continue its fundamental practice of promoting the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impact of stressors, including chemicals and technology, on the environment and to advance the science of sustainability and ecological integrity. SETAC-NA will remain an open and collaborative forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing.
A fellow I once worked with and for for many years once said to me as we were working through the plan for what turned out to be a very impactful project, “A failed plan is forgiven but failure to plan is not.” With this in mind, future blogs will spotlight our Long Range Plan and the exciting activities we, including you, are taking on to make it happen.
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