Bethesda Green is conducting their fourth Summer Speaker Series

July 21, 2023
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Bethesda Green is conducting their fourth Summer Speaker Series, where they bring together founders, industry experts, and policymakers for a series of conversations on sustainability that will inspire and educate all who attend.

At Bethesda Green’s Innovation Lab, we are constantly looking for leaders who build for-profit business models around innovative and sustainable solutions to address environmental and social challenges.

These speaking sessions will showcase the most innovative and effective green solutions that businesses are implementing to address the world’s environmental challenges.

The 2023 Summer Speaking Session Topics Include:

Session #1 – How Do We Achieve “Responsible Fashion”? – Tuesday, August 14th, 3pm ET

“Responsible Fashion” aims to reduce the negative impact that the fashion industry has on the environment and society, by promoting sustainable practices and circularity. In this session, we’ll tackle fashion, an industry that is inherently unsustainable, and discover some of the local brands that have turned fashion into a climate friendly practice using sustainable materials and encouraging repair and reuse.


  • Michelle Jaffe: Founder and Creative Director, Jolie Kai
  • Joelle Firzli: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tribute Collective
  • Rafiq Jennings: Fix-It DC Program Developer, DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)

Session #2: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Sustainable Urbanization – Wednesday, August 16th, 3pm ET 

With ⅔ of people expected to live in cities by 2050, what must businesses do to evolve and help their cities thrive sustainably? Green infrastructure, ranging from green roofs, vertical farming systems, and smart buildings, seem to be an answer to our urbanization issue. During this session we’ll discuss some of the innovations and technologies used to “green” our urban spaces, and some of the trends we can expect to see in the future.


  • Brad Dockser: Founder and CEO, Green Generation
  • Jörg Breuning: CEO, Green Roof Technologies
  • Dave Tilley: Founder and CEO, Living Canopies

Session #3: Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the Climate – Thursday, August 24th, 3pm ET 

Emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are already changing the ways people work and interact, but what role could they play in our rapidly evolving fight against climate change? Explore how AI is used in mapping, modeling, and predicting changes in various natural ecosystems, as well as the potential challenges and considerations of using AI in the pursuit of sustainability.


  • Kumar Mainali – Senior Data Scientist and Data Science Lead, Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Leslie Canavera – CEO and Managing Partner, PolArctic

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