Singularity University - Global Solutions Program 2017

Photos: Roy Natian, Justin Simpkins and Personal Archive

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The Global Solutions Program (GSP) is an immersive, residential experience at SU campus at NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA. GSP brings together dreamers and inspired solvers with unique skill sets, experiences, and passions, and empowers them to develop moonshot innovations addressing humanity’s grand challenges by leveraging exponential technology and entrepreneurial tools. 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

Specifically, GSP exists to foster the development of viable startups (for-profit or not-for-profit) that will positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years or less.

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

I was selected to be part of the 2017 cohort, together with 90 people from 47 countries, where 54% were women. This year's program was about climate change and all of us had a background related. We learned about exponential technologies and other topics related to climate change, i.e. nanotech, synthetic biology, AI and machine learning, digital fabrication, AR/VR, space tech, human rights, oceanography, food tech, mindfulness, radical candor, leadership, design thinking sprint, XPrize, blockchain, just to name a few. 

Project Drawdown Advisor

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, it is described its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works.

Images: Project Drawdown

Images: Project Drawdown

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world. 

 

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

Advisors are an exceptional group of individuals with deep experience and passion in climate and related fields. Advisors assist with visioning, strategy, and perhaps most importantly, they help edit, improve and refine the information presented on climate change.

Video: USGBC

Sustainable Hospitality Workshop - Chilean Patagonia 2017

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

Event Remote Latin America, held by SUL Hotels, is 4 immersive days, on a memorable journey through landscapes, glaciers, and wilderness of Chilean Patagonia, with business roundtables, talks, debates, social events, and expeditions.

 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

As one of the largest and fastest-growing socio-economic sectors of our times, tourism can stimulate economic growth; create decent jobs and business opportunities, helping millions of people escape poverty and improve their livelihoods; contribute to gender equality; the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity; the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and offer solutions to many other pressing challenges our world is facing today.

 

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

I hold a workshop for around 20 hotel owners in Latin America and more than 100 tourism agencies around the world, to inspire and show hospitality stakeholders how to embrace sustainable concepts into their own properties’ operation and when talking to potential clients that would support sustainable travels.

Photos: Andre Conti

'She is hot' - Maria Fujihara: Generations without contradictions

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

She is Hot is a project of a Blog that tells the stories of women who are helping to tackle Climate Changing effects around the world.

The name is a tease. After all, what it is to be hot? In this project hot means to be in action, to promote changes, to protagonize ideas that help to tackle Climate Change effects, among them – look at that! – accelerated global warming!
 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

This blog wants to inspire people through women. Stories for a less hot world in terms of temperature, and hotter in actions that improve people’s lives.

 

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Photos: Evelyn Araripe

Women in Green Power Breakfast

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The strengthening of the women’s movement is an important conversation for women all over the world, especially because the way women conduct business, allows the contribution to a green economy and growth of sustainable construction as a whole.

 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

In this meeting, we celebrate together the growth of women in our industry, as great leaders of sustainability, and their legacy in shaping the sustainable building movement. We also gather new participants in the movement to encourage, inspire, guide and motivate other women. The intention is to strengthen women’s empowerment of different generations.

 

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

Coordinated the first and second events in Brazil, inviting speakers and deciding the theme and content of presentations. Participated as a speaker (2015) and panel moderator (2016) in the Women in Green Power Breakfast hosted by Greenbuilding Brasil, the biggest event on sustainable construction in the country.

Photos: GBC Brasil

Calculation Methodology of GHG Emissions from a Low Carbon Urban Development in an Underdevelopment Country

Photos: World Sustainable Built Environment Conference

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

This paper presents the GHG calculation method for a neighborhood located in São Paulo.

The GHG emissions were calculated for the three main urban activities in this neighborhood - stationary power, ground transportation and household waste - using as a base, reputable international calculation methodologies adapted to the scale of the neighborhood.

 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

The direct action in urban areas is essential to the success of global climate change adaptation. Urban areas concentrate today more than half of the world’s population and much of its constructive aspects and economic activities. 

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

My paper was selected to present at the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017, to be held on 5-7 June, in Hong Kong, jointly organized by The Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC).

 

 

 

 

 

Homes Certification for Brazilian Projects

Photos: GBC Brasil and Personal Archive

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The Homes Referential is a Certification for Sustainable Homes. Was developed by the Green Building Council Brazil`s Technical Committees, formed by over 200 professionals from the construction industry, academics, and government staff. The Referential provides the tools and knowledge needed to design, build and operate homes that have high economic, social and environmental performance.

 

WHY IS IMPORTANT?

Creation of the first reference guide for sustainable homes in Brazil, which will develop the local industry in different fonts, like: professional training and qualification; raise the technical standard of the residential market; encourage tax incentives and public policies for the construction of sustainable homes; combat social informality in the construction market; among others.

WHAT WAS MY INVOLVEMENT?

I was the lead coordinator of all Technical Committees, including the main writer of the Homes Reference Guide. Coordinated the pilot phase project for homes and created its entire certification process, including the pilot initial phase of the certification for residential buildings & condominiums in Brazil.