Workshop 2023

Special Workshop Event (included with SusTech registration)

Wednesday April 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm PT (UTC-7)

Planet Positive 2030: Imagine the Future We can Build Together:
Sustainability by Design

What happens when sustainability programs and products are designed with a specific end in mind? By using a “backcasting” (versus forecasting) methodology, attendees can discover how to pragmatically work towards a 2030 where the world’s temperatures stay under 1.5 and we keep 30% of our planet’s land and water safe for all.  These boundary conditions leverage engineer’s systems thinking capabilities in a pragmatic and positive context.

In this workshop, we will first be presenting an overview of the Planet Positive 2030 Initiative,, created by the IEEE Standards Association that brings together a global, open community of experts to help envision and make recommendations to achieve a technologically supported, flourishing planet for many generations into the future. And we will share part of the work from our committee members.

During the second and highly interactive part of the workshop, you will have an opportunity to contribute to this initiative by adding your thoughts, comments, and recommendations: about the challenges posed by Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how to meet those challenges – utilizing science around climate change combined with technological solutions applied in the context of societal and economic reality.

Our panelist will consist of IEEE Members that are part of the IEEE-SA (IEEE-Standards Association) and are involved in the Planet Positive 2030 Initiative and in the development of standards and guidelines for technical professionals in the areas of sustainability, ethics, and professional development of professionals throughout our world.”


It takes all of us to meet the formidable challenges of out time – together we can and will succeed! we welcome participation by SusTech 2023 attendees.

Workshop Panelists:

  • Maike Luiken, chair of Planet Positive 2030 – an initiative of the IEEE Standards Association – as well as the P7800 Standards Working Group
  • David E. González, co-chair and co-author of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) P7800
  • John C. Havens, Lead of the Sustainability Practice of the IEEE Standards Association


Maike Luiken, PhD, SMIEEE, IEEE-HKN, FEIC, chairs Planet Positive 2030 – an initiative of the IEEE Standards Association – as well as the P7800 Standards Working Group: Recommended Practice for Addressing Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Challenges in Professional Practice. She served as the IEEE VP, Member & Geographic Activities, 2021, as President of IEEE Canada during 2018-19 and, 2018, as Chair, Policy Track, IEEE Internet Initiative.

Maike is and has been for more than 15 years a very strong supporter of sustainable development.

She is a managing director, R&D, at CARBOVATE, a start-up company and Adjunct Research Professor, Western University, Canada.

Previously, in Sarnia, she led the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, 2006 – 2013, and was the founding Director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre following eight years as Dean at Lambton College: School of Technology & Applied Sciences, Business Development, Sustainable Development & Applied Research. Her strategic leadership led to Lambton College becoming one of the three top Research Colleges in Canada.

Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from ICT, energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnologies and policy associated with their implementation. She has particular interest in how progress in one area, e.g., in ICT, enables advances in other disciplines and in how deployment of various technologies contributes – or not – to achieving sustainable development.

Maike has experience in the public & private sectors in Canada, USA, and Germany. She has 20+ years experience serving on Boards of Directors of local, regional, and global organizations.


David E. González is past chair of the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech) 2022.  He is also the co-chair and co-author of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) P7800 as well as an active member of the IEEE Sustainable Infrastructures & Community Development Program (SICDP). And finally, he is part of the Draft Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS).

With three decades of combined aerospace industry and federal government experience, Mr. González has served in leadership positions in the aerospace industry, U.S. Navy, local Rotary Club, and many IEEE committees and activities.

He has worked in aerospace industry and U.S. Federal Government as a software programmer, project manager, training coordinator, XML Subject Matter Expert (SME), member of DoD Cyber Security Workforce (CSWF) – IAT2, member of Department of the Navy Acquisition Corps, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) – Acquisition Level-3, CompTIA & Microsoft certified professional. He is also passionate about education of primary and secondary school age children, and adult education. His goal is to bring science and technology to socioeconomically depressed populations.

Mr. González earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from California State Polytechnic University Pomona (1996), Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Redlands (2000), and completed coursework of Masters in Science of Program Management (MSPM) from the Naval Postgraduate School (2009).


John C. Havens is Lead of the Sustainability Practice of the IEEE Standards Association where he drives the strategy, coordination, and vision for the IEEE SA Planet Positive 2030 Program.  He is also Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems which was responsible for the creation and iteration of a body of work known as Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems that was utilized by the United Nations, the OECD, IBM and dozens of organizations to create their AI principles, policies, and technology.

Previously, John was an EVP of Social Media at PR Firm, Porter Novelli, led Business Development at BlogTalkRadio, and was a professional actor for over 15 years. John has written for Mashable and The Guardian and is author of the books, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.  For more information, follow John on LinkedIn or @johnchavens on twitter. John currently has over ninety citations on Research Gate and dozens of articles for outlets such as The Guardian, Quartz, IEEE Spectrum and Mashable.




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