Green Tech South West are delighted to showcase a set of lightning talks from three fantastic Bristol Green Tech innovators, as part of the Bristol Technology Festival 2021.
“Seeing the wood for the trees with corporate activism”
With recent press coverage on afforestation being a way to “fix the planet”, there is dire need for decent LIVE data on land ownership to identify where trees can be planted. There is also a complexity when it comes to the most effective land use once that land has been identified.
Corporate land ownership data is a missing piece of this puzzle. It is our intention to fill in some blanks using available corporate transparency data and technologies. This talk is about what we’re doing right now and how we’ll achieve world-afforestation.
“Building up Buttercup, creating a sustainable e-learning and publishing business”
Buttercup Learning creates educational content to inspire children, their carers and teachers alike to care for our planet. Rachel shares her experience developing sustainable web design and digital products that match her larger vision for Buttercup Learning.
Rachel will draw on her 20 years of experience in education and animation production to share how she:
- Rebuilt the company’s website to one that was cleaner than 71% of pages tested.
- The company’s efforts to reduce the impact of all their physical and digital products.
- Her goal to explore and provide digital and craft based carbon literacy to other creative tech, ed tech businesses and creative students.
- How she is embedding regenerative principles into her company’s business model.
You can read our short interview with Rachel ahead of her event.
Browse Rachel’s slides below:Buttercup-Learning-green-tech-south-west-talk
“The cooling crisis: How global cooling is contributing to global warming”
Air conditioning alone accounts for 20% of electricity usage from buildings and 10% of total global electricity usage. To stop this cycle in its tracks, we need to make better use of our natural resources and find more sustainable alternatives to air conditioning.
Molly will take about how she develops paints that are designed to reflect the sun’s rays at high temperatures, reducing solar gain and helping to cool buildings without burning fossil fuels.
She’ll also explain what the cooling crisis really means for our future on this planet and how we can go about mitigating its effects.
You can read our short interview with Molly ahead of her event.
Browse Molly’s slides below:Green-Tech-SW-Presentation
Watch the event video
👋 07:10 – A welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike with a brief overview of GTSW and what we’re about
💚 14:15 – Jaya’s talk
💚 41:47 – Rachel’s talk
💚 01:06:18 – Molly’s talk
❓ 01:21:14 – Q&A session
🗓 01:32:00 – Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement
Resources and links
One of the perks of holding events online, and having such a wonderful and engaging community, is we share a huge amount of useful resources and information throughout the event. Here’s a summary of what we unearthed.
Links and resources
- Project Vana
- Buttercup Learning
- B Corporation UK
- GTSW talk – Reducing the environmental impact of websites
- GTSW Alumni – our past talks on sustainable software
- Website carbon calculator
- ClimateAction.tech – Reduce the carbon emissions of your website
- Eden Projects
- GTSW talk – Spherics: How to meaningfully engage SMEs in achieving net zero emissions