Sessions

The 2011 SXSW Eco Schedule is now live! Click here to view the schedule and read session descriptions.

Below you will find the alphabetical session list for SXSW Eco 2011. To learn more about each session, click on the title and the read the description. Please note that all items are subject to change. Like what you see? Click here to register to attend.

A Conversation with Bryan Walsh and Gov. Bill Ritter

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Speakers:
Bill Ritter
Bryan Walsh - Time Magazine

Achieving 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

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Speakers:
Tom Brookes - Energy Strategy Centre
Michael Hogan - RAP

An “Arab Spring” for the Environment?

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Speakers:
Chris Miglino - Social Reality
Justin Winters - Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Karl Burkart - Tcktcktck
Kevin Grandia - Greenpeace USA

Bright Green Urbanism

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Speakers:

Dana Bourland - Enterprise Community Partners
Elizabeth Galante - Global Green USA
Chris Koch - GTECH Strategies
Robin Rather - Collective Strength Inc

Building a Better Climate Movement

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Speakers:

Tom Brookes - Energy Strategy Centre
Courtney Hight - Energy Action Coalition
Bee Moorhead - Texas Interfaith Power & Light
John Pflueger - Dell

Building a Knowosphere to Foster Progress on Our Only Sphere

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Speaker:

Andrew Revkin - The New York Times/Pace University

Building Cleaner, Safer, and Healthier Communities: A Discussion with EPA and HHS

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Speakers:

Dr. Howard Koh - U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services
Bob Perciasepe - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Can We Feed a Growing World Without Destroying the Planet?

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Speaker:

Jonathan Foley - Institute on the Environment (IonE) , University of Minnesota

Climate is Culture

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Speaker:

David Buckland - Cape Farewell

Consuming Better: What Neuroscience Says about a Sustainable Future

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Speaker:

Matthew Nordan - Venrock

ECO-nomics: Re-envisioning Financial Services for the 21st Century

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Speaker:

Scott Edward Anderson - The Green Skeptic

Economics of Nature and Ecosystems

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Speaker:

Sabina Shaikh - University Of Chicago, Environment, Agriculture And Food Group

Electric Maxi-Scooters: A Fun, Fast, Affordable Way to Drive Your Green Point Home

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Speaker:

Lauren Flanagan - BELLE Capital, LP

Energy for the Next 20 Years: Protecting the Environment and Meeting Our Demands

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Speakers:

Karl Rabago - Austin Energy
Andrew Stern - Action for Clean Energy, Inc.
Scott W. Tinker Ph.D. - Bureau of Economic Geology
John Thompson - Clean Air Task Force
Chase Huntley - Wilderness Society

Experiential Date Visualization Leveraging Personal and Community Action

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Speakers:

Wendy Brawer - Green Map System
Beth Ferguson - SolarPumps/Sol Design Lab

Eyes in the Field, Boots on the Ground: Citizen Science

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Speakers:

Janis Dickinson - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Anne Haywood - National Geographic
Sandra Henderson - National Ecological Observatory Network
Damon E. Waitt Ph.D. - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Travis Gallo - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Feast and Famine: The Global Food Paradox

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Speakers:

Kristen Sitchler - FoodCorps
Marla Camp - Edible Austin
Neil Miller - World Hunger Relief, Inc.
Peggy Neu - Meatless Mondays

Fixing Broken Water Pipes in Africa: Lessons from the Real World

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Speaker:

Ned Breslin - Water For People

From Site to Corporate: Managing Energy and Utilities in a Global Economy

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Speakers:

Paul Allen - Constellation Energy
Alison Taylor - Siemens Corporation
Karl Van Orsdol - Hewlett Packard

God, Guns and Greens: Forging Unlikely Allies in the Fight for Safe Food

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Speakers:

Simran Sethi - William Allen White School Of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas

Growing an Eco-Culture to Replace our Consumer Society

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Speaker:

Erik Assadourian - Worldwatch Institute

Growing the Good: Solutions from the Land

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Speakers:

AG Kawamura - Former Secretary Of Food And Agriculture, State Of California
Jason Mark - Earth Island Journal
Danny Morris - Resources for the Future
Vicky Rateau - Oxfam
Donnell Roy - Conservation International

Importance of Cross-Sector Partnerships to Confront Global Environmental Issues

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Speakers:

Hilary Byerly - Global Greengrants Fund
Katie Galloway - Aveda Corporation

John Snow’s Legacy: the Next Generation of Water Solutions

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Speaker:

Adele Houghton - Biositu, LLC

Keep Austin Neutral – Austin’s Leadership in Climate Protection

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Speaker:

Zachary Baumer - City of Austin

Keynote: Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

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Speaker:

Philippe Cousteau, Jr. - EarthEcho International

Keynote: Alex Steffen

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Speaker:

Alex Steffen

Keynote: Mark Tercek Conservation in the 21st Century: Saving Nature to Save Ourselves

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Speaker:

Mark Tercek - The Nature Conservancy

Latinos and Sustainability

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Speaker:

Mando Rayo - Cultural Strategies

Legacy Land: The Future of Preservation

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Organizer:

J David Bamberger - Bamberger Ranch Preserve
George Cofer - Hill Country Conservancy
Blair Fitzsimons - Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Neal Wilkins - Texas A&M Institute Of Renewable Natural Resources

Let’s Stop Talking About Sustainability: How our current vocabulary is failing us

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Speakers:

Brooke Buchanan - Walmart
Andrew Hutson - Environmental Defense Fund
Gary Lawrence - AECOM
Jeff Nesbitt - Climate Nexus
John Rooks - The SOAP Group

Life at 2000 Watts

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Speaker:

Matthew Gardner - Sustainserve, Inc.

Life in the Big City: Unlocking Smart Development

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Speakers:

Alex Matthiessen - Matthiessen Consulting
Melanie Nutter - San Francisco Dept. Of Environment
Robin Rather - Collective Strength Inc
Jeff Smith - IBM

Living Laboratories: How Landscapes Give Back

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Speakers:

Michael Barrett, Ph.D., P.E. - University of Texas Austin Center for Transportation Research
Fritz Steiner - School of Architecture at UT-Austin
Mark Simmons P.h.D - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Steven Spears - Design Workshop

Mainstreaming Personal Sustainability with New Technologies

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Speakers:

Josh Dorfman - GoodGuide
Israel Ganot -
Gazelle.com
Susan Stevens -
Practically Green

Nature’s Operating Manual: Solving our biggest challenges utilizing 3.8 Billion Years of proven R&D

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Speakers:

Marc Airhart - The University Of Texas at Austin, Jackson School Of Geosciences
Erin Meezan - Interface Carpet
Edward Richardson - Clark Richardson Architects
Jennifer Tullis - BioMimicry TX
Jon Prange - San Diego Zoo Global

No More Coal: The Business Case for Ending an Industry

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Speaker:

Gil Friend - Natural Logic, Inc.

Reinvigorating Our Commitment to Environmental Justice by Promoting Healthy Communities

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Speaker:

J. Nadine Gracia - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Solving the First and Last Mile Commute Problem

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Speakers:

Geoff Wardle - Art Center College of Design
Asha Agrawal - MTI National Transportation Finance Center
Dan Dawson - Big Blue Bus
Gabriel Wartofsky - Conscious Commuter Corporation
Jane Choi - City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Citywide Planning Section

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Award-winning mobility designer Gabriel Wartofsky has designed a multi-modal design transit system that integrates an electric bike-share, smart bus hub network and a multi-tasking bus to increase both efficiency and desirability of public transportation. Panelists from the City of Los Angeles, Mineta Transportation Institute and Big Blue Bus,Santa Monica, CA, will debate the merits of this approach to solve the first and last mile commute problem, based on findings from their respective studies: “Maximizing Mobility in Los Angeles – First & Last Mile Strategies” and “Using Bicycles for the First and Last Mile of a Commute”.  

Sustainability as the Most Robust of All Risk Management Frameworks

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Speaker:

Gary Lawrence - AECOM

Texas and China: Non-Obvious Energy and Environmental Bedfellows

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Speakers:

Trevor Houser - Rhodium Group
Michael Webber - University of Texas, Center for International Energy

The Campaign to Bring Congestion Pricing to NYC -- and the U.S.

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Organizer:

Alex Matthiessen - Matthiessen Consulting

The Death of Green

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Speakers:

Kelly Cox - Iron Way Films
Kelleigh Dulany - Comedy Central
Ben Jervey - OnEarth Magazine
Morgan Clendaniel - Fast Company

The Future of Carbon After America's Silence

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Speakers:

Chris Walker - Carbon Trust
Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen - Vestergaard Frandsen
Shay Ohrel - Green Mountain Energy
Lara Gabriele - Cleantech Law Partners

The Gulf Coast: Aftermath of an Unnatural Disaster

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Speakers:

LaTosha Brown - Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health
Laura Huffman - The Nature Conservancy of Texas
Jackie Savitz - Oceana

The Networked Grid: The Convergence of IT and Electricity Distribution

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Speakers:

David Leeds - Greentech Media
Michael Legatt - ERCOT
Brewster Mccracken - Pecan Street Project
Adrian Tuck - Tendril Inc

The Role and Design of Sustainable Lawns and Urban Prairies

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Speaker:

Mark Simmons P.h.D. - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The True Cost Economy: Ecologizing Capitalism

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Speakers:

Gil Friend - Natural Logic, Inc.
Jean Brittingham - Brittingham Partners
Randy Hayes - Rainforest Action Network

The Women's Solution: Reshaping the Future of Sustainability

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Speaker:

Leslie Danziger - The GLASS Forum

Three Great Ideas That Won’t Be on the Rio Agenda

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Speakers:

Aimée Christensen - Christensen Global Strategies
Geoff Dabelko - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Roger-Mark De Souza - Population Action International

Training the New Generation of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs

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Speakers:

Rick Bunch - Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
Stuart Decew - Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Judy Samuelson - Aspen Institute
Bill Shutkin - Presidio Graduate School

Trends and Strategies: Employee Engagement and Sustainability

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Speakers:

Rick Bunch - Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
Erin Meezan - Interface Global
Jim Walker - UT Austin
Tim Mohin - AMD
Andrew Bryson - Saatchi & Saatchi S

Using Carbon Financing to Provide Sustainable Access to Safe Drinking Water

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Speaker:

Mikkel Vestergaard - Vestergaard Frandsen

What to Do About the Texas Drought

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Speakers:

Jennifer Walker - Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
Robert Puente - San Antonio Water System

Why We Still Need an International Climate Agreement

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Speaker:

Kelly Rigg - Global Campaign for Climate Action

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