Stephan von Muehlen – Co-Founder – Energy Hub

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Energy Hub helps consumer gain awareness of their energy consumption via simple networked devices. Their devices also communicate with the developing Smart Grid. Lots of great stats on US energy use.

Serge Appel, AIA – Associate Partner – Cook+Fox Architects

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Serge showcases the recent Bank Of America Building in NYC that uses a co-generation plant to produce “responsible” energy on-site. He then unveils plans for a complex in Boston that will use the same technology to produce more energy than the site consumes. The excess will be sold back into the grid, and will provide an energy back-up for government buildings in the area surrounding the site.

Brent Baker – CEO – Tri-State Biodiesel

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Tri-State Biodiesel takes used cooking oil and makes clean fuel for use in trucks and buildings. See this fuel is so much better than standard diesel and why manufactures are inhibiting the potential for expanding its use. Lots of digestible facts and statistics. He also touches on the insane potential of converting algae into a biofuel.

Anthony O. Pereira – President & CEO – altPower

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“Solar power is not more expensive than other soruces of energy…” according to Anthony, it just doesn’t get the same amount of subsidization. Anthony discusses our need for power in NYS, and the part solar plays in addressing that need. He shows NYC’s statistical solar potential and how current regulation helps or hinders the progress of solar installation, as well as what contexts provide realistic opportunities, financially and in terms of use.

Paul S. Mankiewicz, Ph.D. – Executive Director – Gaia Institute

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Gaia Soil, created by Paul, solves one of the biggest challenges in the wide spread adaptation of green roofs in urban centers. Paul provides of myriad of statistics on soil water and air quality as well as other solutions to solve the big challenges to generation sustainable urban environments.

Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D. – Co-Founder, Terreform 1

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Mitch offers road maps for cities without carbon, made from waste, that are soft like people and flocks of pneumatic cars that tickle you when they run you over. Other treats within this image and video filled presentation…

Jason Salfi – Co Founder – Comet Skateboards

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Jason gives a lot of statistics on the material economy in the US, and how Comet Skateboards use of bio-composites requires no compromise for people, planet or profit.

Andrew Dent – Vice President – Material ConneXion

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Andrew covers Biopolymers, advances in natural materials, and better recycling. He highlights innovative products such as fabric cars and single mold cast shoes.

Andrew Personette – Managing Partner – DMD Green

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In a city as dense as New York, space is still being wasted. Human productivity is working against nature’s innate ability to stabilize our environment, costing us millions of dollars and our health. Andrew talks about green roofs, rooftop farming, solar, and other productive uses of our rooftops in NYC.

Tiffany Threadgould – Chief Design Junkie – TerraCycle

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Poop, vomit and trash. All good fodder for new products. Tiffany lays out the path TerraCycle takes from waste to product.

Jorden Segraves – Principal – Jorden Segraves Architect

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Jorden inspires with real solutions to recapturing waste streams through product innovation. He also lays down the cold hard facts between us and sustainability, and how that leads to opportunity

Nathan VanHook – Art Director – Body Glove Wetsuits

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Nathan discusses the eco-wetsuits and life jackets made by Body Glove. He also points out some interesting conundrums between the impact of the product, and the impact of its use.

Sara Louise Todd – Senior Design Analyst – frog design

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Sara talks about what it takes for frog to bring sustainability into their practice, with multiple locations around the world.

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm – Adjunct Associate Professor – Art Center

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Heidrun lays down the call to action, and the need for leadership in green design. She also highlights sustainable initiatives and student projects at Art Center College of Design.

Bob Adams – Sustainability Lead – IDEO

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Bob gets to the crux of the matter, how “heat, beat and treat” is the added value in most product design, providing incentive to do more damage to the planet. How do we flip that? Some golden nuggets in this presentation…

Dawn Danby – Sustainable Design Consultant – Autodesk

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Dawn highlights the challenges sustainable designers face working with old school engineers and builders.

Yves Béhar – Founder – fuseproject

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Yves breaks down the real opportunity for green designers, right now.

Debbie Driscoll – Sustainability Group Account Director – Ziba

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Debbie shows how to position your brand in a sustainable market. She also covers Ziba latest project, green condo building for the creative class in downtown Portland.

Andrew Personette – Executive Director – EcoSystems

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Why do the social habits of humans inadvertently destroy our ability to exist on this planet, and how can design steer us in a sustainable direction? That and some hard core sustainable furniture frameworks are covered in this presentation.

Peter Kallen – Men’s Products Design Director – Nau

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Peter takes us to the root of Nau, the outdoor clothing company, including how sustainability is written into its corporate bylaws.

Richard Whitehall – Director of Industrial Design – Smart Design

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Richard keeps it simple, with a better wooden spoon. Smart.

Adam Richardson – Strategy Director – frog design

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Adam takes us through the material history of the world and the evolution of design practice.

Marc Stoiber – Founder – Change

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Do you really need 5 more flavors of Mr. Clean? Marc discusses the power of story telling to communicate green product advantages.

Arunas Oslapas – Associate Professor – WWU

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Highlights of WWU Sustainable design projects including public transportation and landfill theme parks.

Sophia Wang Traweek – Co-founder – o2 Cascadia

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Where is away? What is biomimicry? Just how do we design green products?

Video Teaser

Quick highlights from the San Francisco event. This video includes three of the four panelists: Dawn Danby – a consultant working at Autodesk, Bob Adams from IDEO, and Yves Béhar of Fuseproject.