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Big Idea Salon - Climate

Impact Hub Bay Area

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (MST)

Big Idea Salon - Climate

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General Admission Ended $10.00 $1.24
HUB Members Ended $5.00 $1.12

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Join us at HUB San Francisco June 18th for the first Big Idea Salon, an interactive evening event focused on big ideas, new directions, and emerging initiatives to address the challenges we face.

The topic of the first Big Idea Salon is “Climate.” The event will feature industry experts and a diverse community discussing their big ideas for climate stability and adaptation.

We know that Climate Change is an incredibly pressing issue with no single, silver-bullet solution. While still recognizing the challenges, let us also explore new ideas and opportunities. What is not happening yet that would be impactful if it were started? What is currently working, and how do we support those efforts? What are the leverage points for change, and how can we come together as a community around these initiatives?

Come to the event ready to listen, share, and get involved.

Evening Flow

6:30-7 – Arrival, drinks, and mingling
7-8pm – Experts and Industry Leaders Discusses Their Big Ideas
8-8:45pm – Big Ideas from the Community
8:45-9:30 – Networking

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Makower-WorldInnovationForum2010Joel Makower - Sustainable Business, Cleantech and Beyond

Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, is an award-winning author and a leading voice on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology and innovation. He is founder of GreenBiz.com and hosts its annual GreenBiz Forums as well as the VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company. Joel speaks widely to companies around the world. He is author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), along with GreenBiz’s annual “State of Green Business” report. The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices."



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Rachel Barge - Partner and Head of Communications, Greenstart

Rachel Barge is a partner and head of communications at Greenstart, a venture firm and design studio for cleanweb startups. At Greenstart, Rachel helps entrepreneurs that are solving energy and resource problems tell their story in ways that are crisp, effective and inspiring. Rachel founded her first social enterprise at age 22, a consultancy that helped universities establish multi-million dollar funds for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. She later directed the Business Council on Climate Change, a network of CSR professionals in the Bay Area. Rachel was named a “30 under 30” in energy by Forbes in 2013, and is a recipient of the David Brower Youth Award, Wild Gift Fellowship, and is a Morris K. Udall Scholar. Rachel holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies and Forestry from the University of California – Berkeley.


Louis BloombergLouis Blumberg, Director of Climate Change at The Nature Conservancy

California Chapter, leads a multidisciplinary team in developing a comprehensive suite of nature-based responses to climate change, including strategies to reduce risk to human and natural communities from climate driven hazards such as rising sea levels, flooding, wildfire, and disruption of water supplies. Mr. Blumberg has been directly involved in developing climate policy in California since 2000, working with a variety of government and non-government partners, including Climate Action Reserve and the California Air Resources Board, in the development of forest carbon protocols for use in the emerging carbon market. He is a member of the Conservancy’s international climate change team, which is collaborating with Conservancy colleagues in Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia to promote actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in tropical forests. Mr. Blumberg joined the Conservancy in 2004 as director of its new Forest Initiative. Working with our North Coast staff and partners at The Conservation Fund, he helped place the Garcia River Forest Project at the forefront of work on sustainable forestry and climate change. Before that, he served as deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as assistant regional director of The Wilderness Society, and as a management analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He holds an M.A. in urban planning and environmental policy from the University of California–Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of California–Santa Barbara.


jeff1Jeff Cohen - Co-founder of EOS Climate

In 2008, with two Presidio MBA classmates, Jeff co-founded EOS Climate. Based in San Francisco, EOS Climate is the leader in leveraging carbon markets to ensure the complete life cycle management of refrigerants. EOS has projects in the U.S. and around the world that are preventing emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, while accelerating the transition to cutting edge sustainable technologies across multiple industrial, commercial, and consumer sectors.
Jeff has over 25 years of national and international experience with the US EPA, including managing US implementation of the Montreal Protocol, launching government/private partnerships across multiple industry sectors to reduce GHG emissions, and developing national regulations on air and drinking water quality.
In addition to the MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio, he holds an M.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York, Albany.


MNutter Head shotMelanie Nutter - Director, SF Environment

Nutter leads the San Francisco Department of Environment since 2010, which helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting and enhancing the urban environment, produces and publicizes information on sustainable practices, and develops innovative and practical environmental programs for all residents on zero waste, green building, climate and energy, toxics reduction and clean transportation.

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Amanda Joy RavenhillAmanda Joy Ravenhill

Amanda Joy Ravenhill is an expert in biochar, a carbon negative and systemic solution to energy, food, climate and desertification challenges. She founded and runs the Biochar Association, an industry association for US-based biochar companies. She is a graduate of the MBA program at Presidio Graduate School where she now teaches Principles of Sustainable Management. Her passion for global issues comes from the intersection of two forces: being a TCK (Third Culture Kid: her parents were anthropologists in Africa, where she was born), and her muse: Buckminster Fuller (skilled at solving myriad problems at once).

She is a yogini, urban farmer, biker, and mapper who spends her summers in Maine running her own non-profit that teaches children to build traditional wooden boats.



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