Sustainability Award Luncheon
Saturday, March 30, 12:30 pm
A highlight of the OPEN conference, the Sustainable Practice Impact Award luncheon recognizes companies or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in developing clean technologies, implementing sustainable practices in their businesses, or providing exceptional educational opportunities to university students. The award reflects The Lemelson Foundation and our strong commitment to supporting technological innovation that improves the world. This year’s luncheon features a keynote speech by Melanie Nakagawa, an expert on environmental conservation and climate change.
Meet the 2018 Sustainable Practice Impact Award recipient, Professor Kiersten Muenchinger and the University of Oregon, pictured right with VentureWell President, Phil Weilerstein.
About Melanie Nakagawa
Melanie Nakagawa is the Head of Climate Initiative with Princeville Global, an investment firm focused on backing rapidly growing technology-enabled companies around the world. In this role, she is leading an effort to invest in global companies delivering transformative solutions to climate change with strong investor returns. Before Princeville Global, Melanie’s career spanned government and non-profit sectors. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation at the U.S. State Department. There she led efforts to support countries implementing clean energy commitments and shift toward a low carbon economy as integral to economic development and energy security. Melanie also served as a strategic advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry spearheading policy efforts focused on environmental conservation and climate change. She has served in the U.S. Senate as the Senior Energy and Environment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a global environmental organization.