Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation
Arun Majumdar speaking at an event


Main content start

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.

This series is finished for the 2023-24 academic year. 

Please check back in August 2024 to see the list of speakers for the 2024-25 academic year.

Past event recordings

Scaling Sustainability Innovation: Insights from DOE and Beyond - A Conversation with Dr. Steve Chu

Steven Chu
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of Energy Science and Engineering

Professor Chu, shares his unparalleled insights on scaling sustainability innovation as well as key learnings from his experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) and beyond. His expertise deeply aligns with our mission to accelerate sustainability innovation.

Recording from May 22, 2024
Watch video 

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
Watch video

SynBio Solutions: Advancing Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Christina Smolke 
Co-founder and CEO of Antheia

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

Recording from April 24, 2024
Watch Video

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
Watch Video

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
Watch Video

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
Watch Video