Funding agencies are positioned to deliver a message – (i) a sustainable approach is expected, (ii) sustainability is a priority for funding, (iii) industry wants to embrace sustainable practices, and (iv) the world wants to make the best use of its resources. Sustainable development continues to be a high priority for the European Commission, and it has helped develop and then adopt the 2030 Agenda including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Similarly, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has embraced Canada's sustainable development priorities and their Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes actions in support of achieving a smaller environmental footprint. Recently, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) developed a program on the Critical Aspects of Sustainability. Many sectors of NSF are involved: chemistry, materials, systems engineering, manufacturing innovation, and earth sciences. Sustainability efforts go beyond research priorities and stand to impact standards, exchange/trade, and industrial development.