April 9th, 2009
Molly’s success is known throughout the city and her product is the source of our continual enjoyment. Not only has she taken ice cream a whole step forward, she’s done it in a way that smartly incorporates sustainability as she’s leveraged local ingredients and compostable everything. If we’re really lucky she’ll introduce a new flavor on stage.
Inspired by the cargo trikes and rickshaws of Southeast Asia and Northwest Europe, Segue sought to develop a zero emissions, all-terrain vehicle that would be practical in the urban environment. Combining human power with battery-assist, a Frankentrike can scale most hills, carry up to 1/4 ton of stuff and travel at speeds of up to 25mph. It is 15x more energy-efficient than a small car, is quiet and non-polluting. Welcome to the kinder, gentler world of small EV’s.
Brett Horvath & Zach Silk, Re-vision Labs
We are entering a new era where our understanding of communication, production and power are shifting. The proliferation of social media, the disaggregation of one-way media vehicles and the need for nimble, creative economies are changing the way we think of ourselves and our relationships with each other and institutions of all kinds. This new dynamic has the potential for amazing gains. Brett and Zach will explore the topic and connect it to green innovation. Brett helped T. Boone Pickens leverage the power of the internet to build $1 Trillion worth of Wind Farms and build a 1,000,000 person army to take on the Oil Lobby. Zach is an innovative strategist, with extensive experience in non-profit, advocacy and electoral fields, and has recently worked in some of the most competitive electoral races in the country. They are both founding partners of Re-Vision Labs.
Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Erikseen,
The Algalita Marine Research Foundation built a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles and sailed from California to Hawaii during the summer of 2008 to bring attention to the issue of plastic marine debris. Hear in person what they have told to ABC News, Martha Stewart, NY Times and the TED conference about their extraordinary discoveries. They will be in Seattle as part of their route traveling by bicycle from Canada to Mexico. Along the 2000 mile coastal route samples of plastic debris collected from the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) will be given to legislators, educators and organizations–sharing Algalita’s research and education programs with 1000’s of people.
Joe Whinney, Theo Chocolate
Founder and CEO of Theo Chocolate, which describes itself as the only roaster of organic cocoa beans and the first roaster of Fair Trade certified cocoa beans in the United States, Joe has paved the path of socially responsible chocolate. Paying from two times to four times the futures price of cacao, based on quality first, Theo helps bring the farmers further up the brand equity chain and take them out of the commodity status. Further, through their strict adherence to organic standards, Theo is helping promote sustainable agriculture around the world – all while turning out delicious chocolates.
Sage K. Saskill,
s.a.g.e. has been practicing and promoting sustainable design since long before green was cool. Utilizing almost three decades of knowledge and passion for both cutting edge methods & time tested techniques s.a.g.e. is not your ivory tower type. He gets his kicks architecturally from manifesting dreams initiated by his clients and helping to massage those ideas into buildable form within the design program & available “green”. sage firmly believes that a dense footprint is a more ecological solution.
As Executive Director of Sustainability, Auden oversees Aspen Skiing Company’s environmental efforts, corporate contributions, and civic engagement. Auden’s work at Aspen has been covered widely, including in Outside, Fast Company, Businessweek and Travel and Leisure, on Nightline and The Jim Lehrer News Hour. Named a “Climate Crusader” in TIME magazine’s 2006 special issue on climate change, Auden also received the 2007 EPA Climate Protection Award. His new book, Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution, just got released.