Next week, I am pleased to speak on a panel at the second annual SXSW Eco Conference. My panel will explore How "Big Data" Fits into the Smart Grid Evolution. Each day, people generate billions of data points and this “big data” is all around us. How we manage this highly valuable data will be of utmost importance and poses many challenges. I will engage in discussion with partners from Pecan Street Inc., to discuss how big data is key in evolving the smart grid. Specifically, my focus will be on the environmental benefits that can be realized from enabling consumers with this information.
Another panel I am excited to attend will feature EDF Health Scientist Elena Craft and attempt to answer the question: Can Natural Gas be Sustainable? Increased natural gas production has made a remarkable impact on electricity generation, but its use is not without controversy. Public concern is growing about the health and environmental impacts of drilling. Elena, along with representatives from industry, NGOs, and the community, will explore how stronger standards and best practices can minimize impacts.
Additionally, EDF Conservation Scientist David Wolfe will present a panel on how Habitat Credit Trading Markets Save Rare Species. Conservationists have known for decades that vast landscapes must be conserved in order to ensure the survival of many species, yet we struggle with how to transform this knowledge into action. The power of the market can be substantial in achieving landscape-scale conservation goals by transforming the way that developments mitigate their impacts on wildlife. David and his partners will describe how these regional habitat credit trading markets are being established throughout the country to create a win for wildlife recovery.
EDF will also be a sponsor of the Eco Connect event at SXSW Eco. This recruitment opportunity will allow us to showcase EDF Climate Corps, our innovative summer fellowship program that places specially-trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. Stop by Eco Connect next Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to learn more about becoming a Climate Corps fellow or host organization.