The Clean & Cool Mission to San Francisco is going very well, though I’m finding my frequent flights of recent days have hammered whatever it was that I got a week-and-a-half ago down into my lungs. Still, I managed not to collapse into paroxysms of coughing during the Green Cities event last night. Great to see Tim Brown of IDEO, one of the other panellists – and a member of the Volans Advisory Board.
Extraordinary event last night hosted in a humungous house on Outer Broadway/The Gold Coast by Bebo founders Michael and Xochi Birch. Had great conversations with the likes of Edie Lush, who had moderated the panel session, and with Chris(tina) Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo!, who I first encountered when she was with the Rocky Mountain Institute. Sara Olsen, a long-time friend, drove me back to the hotel.
Today, the city is cloaked in rain, but I ventured out to have lunch with Jennifer Biringer and Patrin Watanatada of SustainAbility’s San Francisco team at a nice vegetarian restaurant. This evening: an event at Arup – cities again, a theme that makes much sense, since that’s where the bulk of us now live, and that innovations tend to evolve not independently but in clusters. Jean Rogers took us through two key Arup projects: the sustainability aspects of the planning of the redevelopment of two old naval bases, Treasure Island and Hunters Point.