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CoLab Talk: Crowds & Climate starts next week

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Crowds & Climate starts next week
Next week’s conference is packed with over 30 speakers, 10 breakout sessions, and presentations from the Climate CoLab winners who are joining us from 17 countries around the world.
Thanks to our generous supporters, we will be able to broadcast the plenary sessions and winner presentations online.

Recently confirmed speakers:

  • Dale Bryk of the National Resources Defense Council, who led NRDC’s engagement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce GHG emissions in the northeast U.S. states.
  • Vanessa Rule, who is the co-director of Mothers Out Front, a grassroots organization working to convince policymakers and business leaders to take action on climate change.
  • Dennis R. Costello of Braemar Energy Ventures, with over 30 years experience in the energy and venture capital industries, will speak about the increasingly important role of cleantech startups.
  • Curt Spalding of the US Environmental Protection Agency will discuss the EPA’s recently enacted regulations to limit CO2 emissions from power plants.
  • Noelle Eckley Selin, MIT professor who will speak about the interactions between science and policy in international climate negotiations.

Celebrating 34 Climate Action Projects

The winners of the 2014 Climate CoLab contests will present their work at conference breakout sessions, and attendees will have a chance to roll up their sleeves and help propel these projects into action. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the winning work:

Turn your phone into a virtual power plant and get paid to optimize your energy. We can pay people to use less electricity when their energy is coming from the grid’s most carbon-intensive power plants.

Recycling Debris for Climate Adaptation. Cement production is one of the largest carbon emitters. We have a way to reduce and recycle cement debris after severe events.

Sno-Caps: The People’s Cap-And-Trade. We can launch a global cap-and-trade today that sidesteps politics and incentivizes the masses.

Visualizing climate-changed futures with serious play. FutureCoast: a fun storymaking game with voicemails leaked from climate-changed futures. They appear in our time as mysterious “chronofacts”.

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Thursday & Friday November 6 & 7, 2014
MIT campus, Cambridge, MA

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