Can We “Build” Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?
— Free Online Event —
Record-breaking temperatures. Millions of acres engulfed in wildfires. Storms that are stronger and more frequent than at any time in recorded history. The effects of the rise in greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere seem to be more devastating every year.
While many of the major contributors to the climate crisis are familiar to most of us — automobiles, power plants, factories, agriculture, etc. — there is one source that may surprise you: concrete. With the explosion of construction in developing and developed countries around the globe, the production of concrete accounts for approximately 7% of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
As the demand for more construction globally continues unabated, the world is building the equivalent of twelve New York Citys every year! Several companies are exploring ways to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete and cement — and even make them carbon-negative. These new technologies could scale to trap up to 25% of yearly CO2 emissions. When the market size for concrete and cement is $440B worldwide, there is ample potential to make money and make progress toward saving the planet.
- How are startups maximizing the potential of carbon-negative concrete and cement?
- Will synthetic materials fill a role in the construction industry?
- How will concrete and cement be able to terraform our planet?
Join us on October 27 to find out.
Marcius Extavour, Ph.D., Executive Director, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, Xprize Foundation
Brent Constantz, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Blue Planet Ltd.
Tom Schuler, CEO, Solidia Technologies Inc.
Jeremy Gregory, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, MIT
Arvind Gupta, Partner, Mayfield Fund
Free admission for this online event.
Details will be sent to registered guests.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Note about Ticket Sales
We understand that many people may be having a rough time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the tickets for this online event will be offered free of charge to anyone who is interested in attending.
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