Circular Economy Roundup in Austin, TX

Dr. Layton and BiSSL Master’s student Jewel Williams will help Austin Technology Incubator celebrate its launch as the new Circular Economy Incubator! Discussions with industry experts and entrepreneurs about real-world solutions, including leading Circular Economy companies: Wisetek, Remade, re:3D, and Leaf and Flour. Keynote to be given by BiSSL collaborator Dr. Ahmed Ali on Circular Design for the Built Environment.

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) is the deep technology incubator of The University of Texas at Austin working with university and community entrepreneurs to commercialize their breakthrough innovations. For over 29 years, ATI has used a customized approach to support entrepreneurs addressing the world’s most pressing problems by connecting startups with the expertise, relationships, and funding sources they need to succeed in the marketplace.

Read more about the event and the companies presenting here…

Discussions before the presentation
BiSSL collaborator Dr. Ahmed Ali’s keynote talk

“Want to fight climate change? Educate a girl”

TED Oct. 9, 2018 / Shabana Basij-Rasikh

A coalition of researchers, scientists, business leaders and policymakers came together in 2017 to identify the most substantive solutions to not just halt global warming, but actually cause an annual decline in the concentration of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The result was a ranked list of the 100 most powerful solutions to reversing global warming, educating girls was number 6.

To put that in perspective: Rooftop solar panels are #10. Electric vehicles come in at #26. Educating girls ranks at #6.

Read the article here… 

BiSSL Undergrad Shelby Warrington travels to the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), held in Pittsburgh, PA

“We stand at a key moment in history. As sustainability challenges intensify and the window for action grows smaller every day, the need for leadership by higher education is greater than ever. With a theme of “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge,” the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the world’s governments in September 2015, the 17 SDGs establish ambitious global targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.”