SXSW Eco will feature a daily keynote address that will connect diverse aspects of our programming through the visions of thought leaders who are solving global challenges. These mid-day sessions will serve as an inspirational and informative experience for all attendees to share.
Adam Werbach is a lifelong activist and Co-founder of the sharing startup yerdle.com. Adam became president of the Sierra Club when he was 23, after founding the Sierra Student Coalition. He left to start Act Now and was criticized for helping Walmart launch their sustainability initiatives in 2005. He later sold Act Now to Saatchi & Saatchi and served as their Chief Sustainability Officer, until leaving to create yerdle.
He's the author of Strategy for Sustainability published by Harvard Business Press and serves as sustainability correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.
Founder & CEO
Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Buzzcar empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin 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. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.