SF Bay Area CRC CoLab

SF Bay Climate Restoration Circle CoLab

Saturday, November 16, 2019
from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118

Our Featured Speakers Were

Thank you for attending our second one-day special event to encourage collaboration between Bay Area businesses and organizations that are working on climate restoration solutions.

Our Goal

To foster personal and professional relationships between leaders in Bay Area climate restoration and to raise awareness and support for climate restoration solutions!


Nayeli Maxson Velazquez

Nayeli Maxson Velazquez is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Community Development, an Oakland-based not-for-profit dedicated to economically empowering local residents, increasing access to capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs and small business owners across the Bay Area.

Jim Aldrich DAC City

Jim Aldridge is CEO and owner of DAC City, a startup company focused on bringing CO2 direct air capture technology to the myriad of industrial CO2 users around the world. He is an accomplished and integrity-driven entrepreneur committed to developing renewable energy and carbon restoration solutions. This September 2019, Jim was a delegate to the United Nations for the first annual meeting on Climate Restoration.

Sacred Water and Marine Restoration Panel Featuring

David Helvarg

David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier and author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens,50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He also the organized the ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists, the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (with Wendy Benchley), and chaired the first global March for the Ocean in 2018. David is presently working on an Ocean Climate Action Plan (aka Blue New Deal).

Margaret Ikeda

Margaret Ikeda,  a director of the Architectural Ecologies Lab and the Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab project along with Evan Jones and Adam Marcus. The idea behind the Float Lab is to create diversity through geometry so that small creatures can exist safely in small pockets without predators getting to them, to create a more robust food chain.

George Orbelian

George Orbelian, of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, has been a surfer for over 40 years. He is passionate about the ocean and is co-founder of Project Kaisei which received Google Earth Hero recognition for bringing engineering, science and technology together in researching solutions for plastic marine debris.

Andrew Haddad

PANEL MODERATOR: Andrew Haddad, researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, is focused on the nexus of energy and water. Andrew's research involves inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, catalysis, material surfaces to develop direct solar-thermal forward osmosis water desalination using solar responsive ionic liquids. In addition Andrew is conducting fundamental research for development of ionic liquids used for water treatment.

If you are interested in sponsoring our second CoLab in November, please contact us at info@sfbaycrc.org

SF Bay Climate Restoration Circle CoLabOrder of Events

9:30 - 10:00 am - Check in and registration
(hot drinks and food provided)
10:00 - 10:10 am - Introduction and blessing
10:10 - 10:30 am - Opening speaker Nayeli Maxson Velazquez - followed by short Q&A
10:40 - 11:00 am - Keynote speaker  - Jim Aldridge - followed by short Q&A
11:15 am - 12 noon - Panel on Marine Restoration 'Sacred Water'
12 noon - Companies and organizations present brief
introductions on their work
1:00 - 1:45 pm - LUNCH (included)
2:00 - 2:45 pm - first breakout session
(4 sessions: Carbon Capture & Utilization, Funding & Market Driven Solutions, Carbon & Soil, Business Development)
3:00 - 3:45 pm - Second breakout session (same topics as above)
4:00 - 4:15 pm - Closing and next Steps
4:30 pm - CoLab ends
This order of events is subject to change including on the day of the event.

Vegetarian and vegan lunch is included. (This is a zero-waste event so please bring a plate, cup, utensils, and dinner napkin if possible. )
Ticket price to offset costs: $25. No one turned away for lack of funds! Please contact us at info@sfbaycrc.org with any questions or for scholarship information.

Parking Information near the Internet Archive

On Saturdays: there is a parking lot in the Ross Building on 16th Ave. at Geary with $18.00 all day rates. There is also limited street parking adjacent to the venue and metered parking.

Thank you to our featured speakers at our first CoLab!

Thank you to our November 2019 Sponsor