SusTech 2023 Sustainability Forum


The Sustainability Forum is a unique conference track at SusTech 2023 that focuses on the aspirations and goals of industry practitioners and technical professionals. This one-day event features a unique blend of experts in policy, leadership, and technology. It features talks on: energy efficiency goals and barriers to achieve them; the role advances in electronic materials and components play in advancing sustainability; policy efforts to support sustainability; distributed power generation and storage; and the role of people in achieving sustainability. There will be a panel on “Implementing a Sustainable Future for Aviation: An Ecosystem Approach” organized by the AIAA.

The Forum is available as a one-day stand-alone registration. Lunch is included. CEU/PDH credit is available upon request.

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Sustainable aviation is a cross-industry priority requiring cooperation across aerospace disciplines, including both classical aeronautics science and engineering, as well as adjacent fields such as chemical engineering and transportation planning, to determine the priorities and implement a vision which can be both scaled and maintained. In this panel, organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), speakers will share their perspectives on sustainable aviation developments in policy, practice, and implementation. Panel discussion will emphasize an inclusive ecosystem approach that attempts to embrace a comprehensive view of all technology elements—vehicles, fuels, infrastructure—necessary for a sustainable future for aviation.



Time Session Speaker(s)
8:00 am Opening Remarks and Keynote 1: Where We Thought We Would Be and Where We Think We’re Going, Eric Olson, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)
9:00 am Keynote 2 Electronics materials and components enabling sustainability, Dan Donahoe
10:00 am Panel 1 Implementing a Sustainable Future for Aviation: An Ecosystem Approach (organized by AIAA)
11:45 am Special Session IEEE-USA’s policy efforts to support sustainable technology, Russell Harrison, Managing Director, IEEE-USA
12:15 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm Keynote 3 Distributed Power Generation and Storage for a Renewable Future, Mahima Gupta, Portland State University
2:15 pm Keynote 4 From Boundaries to Beauty – The Human Side of Sustainability, John Havens, Lead of Sustainability Practice, the IEEE Standards Association
3:15 pm Keynote 5 TBA
4:15 pm Student Poster Awards Prof. Sean Monemi, Cal Poly Pomona
4:30 pm Closing Remarks & SusTech 2024