SXSW Eco Announces Keynote and Initial Programming for 2013 Event

      SXSW Eco Announces Keynote and Initial Programming for 2013 Event

Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Buzzcar and former CEO of ZipCar, to keynote
the third-annual event

PR Newswire

AUSTIN, Texas, June 20, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SXSW Eco, a conference focused on
progressing innovation and action around environmental and sustainability
initiatives, today announced Robin Chase, founder and CEO of car-sharing
company Buzzcar, as keynote speaker to engage attendees around the role of
business and innovation in addressing climate change. SXSW Eco also announced
initial programming for the show's third-annual event, which brings together
attendees at all levels to share best practices, innovations and
forward-thinking initiatives around climate change, energy, technology,
design, food, policy, education and more. SXSW Eco takes place October 7-9,
2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car
owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Chase is also founder and
former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco,
an online ridesharing community. She is on the Board of the World Resources
Institute, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for
the US Department of Commerce, and the OECD's International Transport Forum
Advisory Board. She also served on the Intelligent Transportations Systems
Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the
Massachusetts Governor's Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston
Mayor's Wireless Task Force.

"We are excited to have Robin keynote as a part of our lineup of speakers,
panels, workshops, multimedia presentations and competitions. Her topic is
exactly in line with our aim to bring together people from various industries,
trades and regions to apply what's worked and can work across the board," said
Chris Sonnier, program manager at SXSW Eco. "SXSW Eco is focused on breaking
down the barriers between sectors, and equipping individuals at any position
to take action. We hope to elevate business innovations that create so many of
the solutions that can also work for the economy, environment and society."

The three day event will offer a diversity of top-level programming with over
100 sessions from distinguished speakers tackling critical topics, including:

Energy: Arun Banskota, president of eVgo, NRG Energy's Division that is
creating America's first comprehensive and privately-funded electric vehicle
charging infrastructure, will deliver a presentation on how they are working
to redefine the utility business model to make the energy industry a
technology industry. Also, hear from IBM's Smarter Cities, Schneider Electric,
and Boston University's Sustainable Neighborhood Lab about their visions for a
smarter, more-connected energy system. The session "Big Oil: An Ally for
Cleantech?" will explore the philosophical and practical tensions that have
emerged as large oil and gas companies begin to make large investments in
renewable energy projects.

Policy & Activism: Leading water policy thought leaders from Ceres, Circle of
Blue, Pacific Institute, Banyan Water, and Coca-Cola will participate in a
round table on global choke points for water availability. In another panel,
cultural leaders Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (Hip Hop Caucus), Paul D. Miller
(a.k.a. DJ Spooky), and Dr. Michael K. Dorsey (Dartmouth College Climate
Justice Research Project) will explore the impact – health, environmental and
social – of fracking on our culture, particularly for those of
low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Design: Mary Miss, the prominent artist behind City as a Living Laboratory,
will deliver a session on making sustainability tangible by uniting science
with participatory public art. Also, Pliny Fisk III, co-director for the
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, discusses revolutionizing the
world of building materials and the field of architecture.

Climate Change: World renowned climatologists, Alan Townshend and Jim White,
will speak to the ethics and science of our planet's future. The New York City
Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability will be joined by the
C40 and Environmental Defense Fund to discuss novel and impactful ways to
communicate levels of carbon pollution at the city level. The Climate Wise
Women, a consortium of brave individuals who are leading their communities
response to climate change, will be joining SXSW Eco from endangered
communities in the Maldives, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and the Gulf Coast.

Food & Agriculture: Join discussions of the future of urban farming (Urban
Patchwork), 3D printing as the answer to food security (Cabot Creamery) and
farming solutions that produce healthy food without antibiotics (Children's
Mercy Hospitals & Clinics and Heritage Acres Foods).

A number of additional sessions will look at everything from big data, energy
efficiency, water scarcity, sustainable packaging, behavioral change, social
good, finance, technology innovation, and much more with speakers from
Safeway, National Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy,
Greenpeace,, NAACP, WWF, Autogrid, Retroficiency, Austin Energy,
CBRE, Greentech Media, and others.

SXSW Eco also presents the Startup Showcase, a one-day venture capital
tournament exhibiting the best of cleantech startups. And, the Place by
Design competition will exhibit design projects that achieve a positive
community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces.
Interested participants can submit their works through July 31 deadline here:

SXSW Eco Exhibition occurs through October 7-8, 2013 and is expanding into a
full size exhibition featuring compelling exhibitors, meet ups, startup
events, and other opportunities to interact, learn and relax. For more
information, please go to

To register to attend, please go to SXSW Eco is
sponsored by Sierra Club, Austin Energy, ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Lagunitas
and the Austin Chronicle. Media partners include Guardian Sustainable
Business, Green Building & Design (GB&D), Greentech Media (GTM) and

About SXSW Eco:

South by Southwest (SXSW) is world renowned for cutting edge cultural, music,
interactive, and film conferences and festivals. For SXSW Eco, it employs this
experience in creating dynamic forums for innovation and collaboration to
likewise serve the sustainability community. SXSW Eco presents a diverse array
of interrelated programming. With this diverse programming comes a unique set
of participants with which to connect. The laid back atmosphere facilitates
open discussion which has led to a number of unexpected collaborations and
projects. For more information go to

Media Contacts:
Paul Brady
Carve Communications
Tel. 646-491-2777

Elizabeth Derczo
Tel. 512-467-7979 ext. 209

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.