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Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions

How can we design blockchain products and solutions that address urgent environmental and social challenges?

Join us for a student-initiated "Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions" conference that brings together students and blockchain innovators from corporate, academic, startup and non-profit organizations. At the event, we will explore how the technology can be harnessed to address issues like climate change, deforestation, and humanitarian crises. Speakers will discuss emerging applications for blockchain that range from energy and water trading, food and fashion supply chain transparency to voting and conservation finance.

Learn more about this event at the official website.




8:00 - 8:55 am - Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - 9:05 am - Business and Environment Club-Student Interest Group intro and Acknowledgements

9:05 - 9:15 am -  Opening Speaker

9:15 - 9:45 am - How Blockchain Works

   Martin Wainstein, Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking

9:45 - 10:35 am -  Panel I: ENERGY & WATER


      C.R. Rogers, AquaRights

      Doug Miller, Rocky Mountain Institute

      Christian Bilcheck, Avangrid

10:45 - 11:45 am - Panel II: SUPPLY CHAINS


      Azeem A. Malik, IBM Food Trust

      Martine Jarlgaard,  UK-based fashion designer

      Leandros Tassiulas, Yale School of Engineering

11:45 - 12:00 pm - Coffee Break

12:00 - 1.00 pm - Panel III: GOVERNANCE

      Nimit Sawhney, Voatz

      Will Turner, Conservation International

1.00 - 1.10 pm - Closing Remarks: Next Steps at Yale & Beyond

1.10 pm - 2.30 pm - Lunch and Networking




The Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions Conference is organized by “Business & the Environment” which is a joint club/student interest group between the Yale School of Management (SOM) and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) for students interested in the intersection of business and the environment.

Sponsors and co-organizers include the Yale Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (CITY), International Center for Finance (ICF), Center for Business and Environment at Yale (CBEY), F&ES Energy Student Interest Group.



QUESTIONS - general inquiries, governance panel - partnerships, energy panel - supply chain panel - energy panel