SXSW Eco brings together a unique mix of leaders spanning multiple disciplines to share their breakthrough ideas and insights with our audience. Each year, our speakers deliver inspirational and informative talks designed to spark collaboration and action. We are proud to present these individuals and their stories at SXSW Eco 2016.
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SXSW Eco 2016 Keynotes
Lead for Sustainability, Google
Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensures the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy.
Previously Kate served under President Obama as the Nation's first Chief
Sustainability Officer. She was responsible for promoting sustainability
across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000
vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Prior
to the White House, Kate served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. DOE and
Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President, Waterkeeper Alliance
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is President of Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest-growing global movement for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water, with over 275 Waterkeeper organizations spanning the globe. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. A high-profile speaker and activist, he has used numerous media outlets, including his 2004 book, Crimes Against Nature, to call into question the environmental policies of the United States. As the 2016 SXSW Eco Opening Day Keynote speaker, Mr. Kennedy will deliver a passionate defense of the environment and of how its continued neglect affects the future of the planet and the health of future generations.
Architect, Designer, and Author
For more than 40 years, William McDonough—through his companies McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement and created flagship projects at all scales. The radical Cradle to Cradle® philosophy he co-created with Michael Braungart and codified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, is a framework for understanding what we make as biological or technical nutrients that can be returned to the soil or upcycled endlessly, with clean water, renewable energy, and social fairness. What this means for every material and product that humans create is nothing short of a transformative reimagining of how we design, manufacture, and distribute, and upcycle everything in the circular economy powering a positive future for all.
Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, Inventor
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Nye has been doing most of his life. He fights to raise awareness of climate change and the value of critical thinking, science and reason. Through all his work, Nye hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world. Nye will offer a unique insight into the science behind our changing climate and how we can alter its course.