Empowering Environmental Entrepreneurship: Green Drinks June Forum @ Arup
- 12-06-2014 18:30 - 21:00
- Arup Associates, Shanghai
Much of green is about solving old problems in new ways. For years conventional businesses have operated without accepting much responsibility for the environmental outcomes of their products or services. With increasing global environmental challenges and a push for sustainable business frameworks, opportunities for environmental entrepreneurs are greater than ever before.
But where do you start? What are the key challenges that you need to prepare yourself for?
Our last Green Drinks forum of the Conscious Consumption series at Arup Associates aims to bring you a range of stories and insights from current environmental entrepreneurial ventures across China and the globe that may motivate you to become a ‘green entrepreneur’ sooner than later.
We will also inform you of the opportunities and challenges in the environmental entrepreneurship space and provide you with necessary tools that you will need to get started as also the support available in the community.
Note: This event is free to everyone who registers, so PLEASE REGISTER below. A token RMB20 will be collected from non-registered guests.
Joey Lei, Service Designer and Researcher, Design Harvest (initiative of Studio Tao and Tongji University)
Subject: The vision for the Design Harvest project is to make a specifically Chinese example of how to practice ecological sustainability, while simultaneously improving daily life and socio-economic opportunities within a rural community. A successful outcome inChongming will serve as a prototype using the design process to improve human life, in China and beyond.
Alex Ng, Founder and CEO, The Verdura
Professor Hu Xiaojun, Professor, Energy Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Project Leader, River Sunvelop
Subject: A behind story of River Sunvelop. A hundred college students and faculty members from ten more majors get together and dedicate the whole three years for a house, a small but a eco, smart, energy-positive one. Who is them? Why and how they work together. What they lose and what they get and where will they go?
Background: Dr.Hu Xiaojun graduated from School of Public policy and Management, Tsinghua University, now works for Energy Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Since 2011, he led a cross-disciplinary team of a hundred students and faculty members to design and build a eco, smart, energy-positive solar building- River Sunvelop, with help of around 30 business partners. The River Sunvelop team is working on populizing eco and smart building, system and lifestyle.
Prof. Xiaojun will be further supported by WANG Yawei, Senior student, Antai Economy and Management School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Li Tianni, Senior student, School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The Chongming sustainable community project is a design research initiative led by Studio TAO and Tongji University. The research team is coordinating all the participants in the project, including the local government of Chongming Island, village communities, business partners and university re -sources. The Chongming initiative seeks to use expanded de -sign as a new tool to promote solutions toward a sustainable future for rural china. Through a collaborative effort involving multidisciplinary teams, knowledge is being generated relevant to improving the outlook for this island and its people in the coming decades. The vision for this project is to make a specifically Chinese example of how to practice ecological sustainability, while simultaneously improving daily life and socio-economic opportunities within a rural community. A successful outcome in Chongming will serve as a prototype for using the design process to improve human life, in China and beyond.
- 18.30 – 19.15: Registrations & Networking
- 19.15 – 20.00: Speakers' Presentations
- 20.00 – 20.30: Q&A / Discussions
- 20.30 – 21.15: More Drinks & Networking
Green Initiatives’ six-part ‘Conscious Consumption’ series will explore current consumption practices and the steps we can all take as individuals to ensure we consume sustainably. The series, proudly supported by Arup Associates Shanghai, will feature a number of local Shanghai speakers, with a particular focus on providing you with local knowledge and tips.