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Sustainability Accelerator Speaker Series

The Stanford Sustainability Accelerator Speaker Series invites entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, and others working in sustainability to share their stories about transitioning innovative ideas into scalable solutions.

Past event recordings

Book Launch: “Making Climate Tech Work: Policies that Drive Innovation”

Alon Tal
Visiting professor at Stanford University

Alon Tal, assesses which strategies around the world have effectively reduced emissions while accelerating climate tech development and adoption. 

Recording from May 8, 2024
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SynBio Solutions: Advancing Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Dr. Christina Smolke 
Co-founder and CEO of Antheia

Dr. Christina Smolke, explores the profound impact of synthetic biology on pharmaceutical biomanufacturing and global sustainability.

Recording from April 24, 2024
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Lighting the Way: The d.light Journey from Stanford Class Project to Impacting 150 Million Lives

Nedjip (Ned) Tozun
Co-Founder of d.light

Ned Tozun, co-founder of d.light, shares the transformative journey from a Stanford class project to impacting 150 million lives in Asia and Africa through innovative solar energy solutions.

Recording from March 13, 2024
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Ocean Solutions to Global Climate Challenges: ARPA-E’s Perspective on Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) at Scale

Simon Freeman 
Program Director 

Dr. Freeman discusses ARPA-E’s significant investments in ocean farming, carbon capture measurement technologies at sea, and the broader vision for the 2050 blue economy.

Recording from February 27, 2024
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Creating Sustainability Impacts: Journey from Academic Innovation to Entrepreneurship

Yi Cui
Faculty Director 
Stanford Sustainability Accelerator 

Professor Cui delves into the transformative journey from academic research to real-world entrepreneurial solutions in the field of sustainability. This session promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of how academic innovations can create significant, sustainable impacts in our world.

Recording from January 24, 2024
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Related Events

Coming soon

Scaling Sustainability Innovation Conference

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Doerr School of Sustainability are pleased to host a conference on the subject of Scaling Sustainability Innovation. This conference seeks to bring together leading academic scholars, sustainability focused entrepreneurs and business leaders working on and interested in scaling sustainability innovation.

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Building clean energy infrastructure: Roadblocks, tradeoffs, and solutions - The Hamilton Project

Infrastructure plays a critical role in advancing a clean energy future. The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will host an event exploring the roadblocks and tradeoffs that policymakers need to confront to create a resilient and clean electricity grid.

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