Building ecosystems of paradigm-shifting solutions that foster economic and planetary sustainability
About the event:
SSV and NASA Ames Research Center are embarking on a partnership to identify and showcase solutions that can scale to have a positive impact for sustainability on a planetary scale. The organizers invite inventors from businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, research institutions and labs to contribute solutions.
The Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability aims to highlight solutions that not only address challenges facing humanity, such as climate change, ocean acidification and loss of biodiversity, but also create public demand for action and market demand for results.
The showcase will identify game-changing technology, policies and approaches that can radically improve utilization of energy, water and materials resulting in economic and environment resilience. It will also offer participants opportunities to network, collaborate and build relationships with business and sustainability leaders who have put into practice game-changing solutions in areas such as water, transportation, fuel, materials, energy, policies, communication and social change.
The Showcase is a year-long project, authorized by a formal Space Act Agreement, to solicit, review, publicize and showcase solutions that can scale to have true impact at a planetary level.
|August 23, 2012:
September - December 2012:
March 7, 2013:
May 23, 2013:
|Exclusive gathering to launch the showcase process
Call for Solutions
Announcement of finalists
Solutions fair and Annual WEST Summit (conference for over 600 people and event webcasting)
Agenda for August 23, 2012:
5:00 – 6:30 pm: Display of solutions
6:45 – 8:00 pm: Speaker Program & Space Act Agreement Signing Ceremony
8:00 – 9:00 pm: Networking
“Climate change is real and it is going to get worse. This is a fact. We all have to play an active role in this. We all have to be socially conscious, environmentally conscious and make some kind of active contribution to try to minimize our impact.
In the Valley because we have such a rich entrepreneurial spirit, there are so many people in that sector who are focusing now on energy efficient technologies. Sustainable Silicon Valley helps shape their consciousness and serves as a source for networking, exchanging of ideas, and engaging the entire community.”
Dr. Steven F. Zornetzer, NASA Ames Research Center