M. Sanjayan, Lead Scientist for the Nature Conservancy and science and environmental contributor for CBS News, is on a mission to make climate change a pervasive topic in our society. Watch M's excellent talk from SXSW Eco 2013 and learn about his global journey to discover what is really happening to our planet. M also shares with us a sneak preview of Years of Living Dangerously, the star-studded miniseries from Showtime that premieres in April 2014. Years explores the implications of climate change in the US and across the world through the eyes of the people most affected by it. Check back often as we release more fascinating content from SXSW Eco 2013!
Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and living cleaner and more efficiently has become one of the most pressing issues of this age. For SXSW Eco 2013 we brought together a diverse array of experts showcasing a variety of perspectives and solutions to our current energy crisis. From next generation power grids to consumer behavior change to envisioning the possibilities of a nuclear future, this year's provocative program facilitated exciting discussions regarding the potential future of energy.
One of many stellar sessions brought together IBM & Schneider Electric to discuss why these companies are turning their sights toward creating smarter cities and how their efforts are changing the urban world around us. Listen to IT vs Infrastructure in Developing the Smart City of the Future now and see the rest of the energy podcasts below. Stay tuned as we continue to release content over the coming weeks!
Design is an omnipresent force in our lives, defining our daily experiences through the products, processes and places that we encounter. In the search for sustainability, adaptation and resilience, design has the potential to spur great change and innovation. Our programming for 2013 covered various areas of design and included experts in a variety of fields, from urban planning to product design to data visualization.
A crowd favorite (and standing room only session) was Collaborative Communities: Share, Build & Create. This session brought together community and city leaders from across the country to discuss emerging trends in community collaboration including placemaking, tactical urbanism and the sharing economy. See the rest of the sessions below and stay tuned as we continue to release audio and video from SXSW Eco 2013!
The work of renowned artist Mary Miss explores the ever-changing intersection of the built and natural environments and reveals the fragility of our cities. Mary's ongoing project City as a Living Laboratory(CaLL) unites science and the arts in an effort to bring sustainability issues to light through public art installations. Watch as Mary describes her work that led to the creation of CaLL, CaLL's current projects and her visions for where she would like to go next. To learn more about Mary's current efforts check out this month's feature in Art in America and the Marfa Dialogues, of which Mary is playing an integral role.
Our business programming at SXSW Eco 2013 brought together leaders in startups, investing, the corporate sphere and more to discuss strategies and solutions. Listen now to all of these excellent sessions to gain insight into the challenges your business faces and learn the newest trends occurring in sustainability and responsibility.
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Jo Confino, Executive Editor of The Guardian joins Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Corp to discuss the sea change that is redefining success in business from the bottom line to the triple bottom line. Learn about Jay's journey in founding the B Corp movement and how you can benefit your company or organization from B Corp principles. Jo and Jay took a conversational approach with the session which led to a lively and informative Q & A with SXSW Eco attendees from a variety of professional backgrounds. Watch now and stay tuned as we release more videos and podcasts from SXSW Eco 2013 in the upcoming weeks!
Behavior change, communication and engagement were hot topics of discussion at SXSW Eco 2013. Hear what you missed now by listening to podcasts of these sessions:
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the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business, which has been creating quite a lot of noise on Twitter following the launch of the US edition earlier this month. Jo will be hosting two Distinguished Speaker interviews during SXSW Eco during which he will probe for deep insights into his particular area of expertise - the convergence of business and sustainability. We're looking forward to what should be a provocative and timely discussion with Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, on the role of B Corporations in driving change in corporate America. The next day Jo will interview Nicolas Keutgen, Director Americas of Schréder Group about his personal journey in one of the oldest family run companies of its kind and how it's not always the newest companies that drive innovation. This family business, with 4th generation Nicolas Keutgen now at the helm, has revolutionized lighting efficiency for municipalities world wide.SXSW Eco is excited to welcome back Jo Confino, executive editor of
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Electric utilities are arguably the industry with the most to gain and lose from a diffusion of renewable, distributed technologies such as wind and solar. The century-old industry has a reputation for resisting change and so it is no surprise that the current push for a sharp increase in distributed assets has created tension between utilities and environmentalists. NRG Energy is one of the utilities that has made headlines in recent years with CEO David Crane making numerous public appeals for a greater role for solar photovoltaics. One area where NRG is putting its money has been a big bet on electric vehicle infrastructure, which brings us to Arun Banskota, head of NRG Energy’s Electric Vehicle Services also known as eVgo.
In less than 2 years, eVgo has committed over $135 million to EV infrastructure and established itself as a major implementer and thought leader in the electric vehicle space. This includes a commitment to installing over 500 quick-charge stations over the next year and a half. At Eco 2013, Arun will speak about some of these transformative changes in the energy industry, where new technologies like electric cars are bringing with them a suite of software and hardware technologies that require new infrastructure and new business models. Register now for SXSW Eco 2013 to see Arun and other foremost experts in sustainability discuss the innovations leading us to resilience.
We're busy confirming more and more sustainable innovators for 2013. Just-announced speakers include: