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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A new impact report released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) showcases the groundbreaking work of NASA field centers and Department of Energy national laboratories in California, featuring stories of how they are leveraging their world-class expertise and technologies to invest in California’s resilience to disasters.
The report, “California’s Federal Labs and Research Centers: Stories of Economic Impact, Cutting-Edge Research, and Community Engagement Across California,” is available to download or view on CCST’s website.
Through research (on Earth and beyond) and community engagement, California’s federal labs and research centers bring large-scale solutions to some of our biggest challenges – including climate change, clean energy, disaster resilience, and national security.
Their cutting-edge initiative is a clear reminder of the world-class expertise and resources that each lab offers California’s policymakers, strengthening the state’s position as a global leader on science and technology. The 2023 impact report can help Capitol staff navigate the tremendous resources spread across federal labs and science centers in California.
“The unique nature of our federal labs and research centers puts them in an ideal position to pursue research and development in service of the public good,” says CCST CEO Amber Mace. “Whether it is developing tools to make our energy grid more resistant to external threats, using satellites to monitor emerging disasters to aid first responders, or deploying new technologies to decarbonize the transportation sector, the breakthroughs developed in these labs continue to benefit millions of Californians every year.”
A global leader in science and technology research and innovation, California is home to a diverse range of federal labs, science centers, and field stations, across several U.S. agencies, departments, and bureaus. Six of these entities are CCST Partner Institutions, highlighted in the report:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Field Centers:
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories:
The report profiles each institution—together representing billions of dollars of Federal investment and tens of thousands of jobs—providing specific examples of their work on issues of state, federal, and global importance. Examples of their work range from reducing carbon emissions and fighting fire with drones, to national security, laser power, electric grid resilience, the bioeconomy, and more.
Some examples include:
To learn more, visit ccst.us/report/labsimpact.
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers, ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.