Holiday Happy Hour & Good Carbon Gifts Fair

On Friday, December 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM PT, the E8 cleantech investing community has assembled a carbon-negative holiday catalog, and you’re invited to help raise awareness by joining us for a virtual holiday networking party!

Amidst the holiday green gift guides and articles, and especially during this extraordinary 2021 holiday season, we feel all of our organizations can make a difference by adding hope, science education, and actions & transactions specific to decarbonization into the mix. Have fun discovering over 20 unique gifts and join us to have some fun, spread the word and celebrate and share innovation available right now!

Featured Speakers:

Madison Savilow, Chief of Staff, Expedition Air

Madison Savilow is the Chief of Staff at Carbon Upcycling Technologies and leads the company’s consumer brand, Expedition Air. Madison joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers as the Co-Lead for Climate Action for the Calgary Hub and is now the Curator of the Hub. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2019 with a BComm in Accounting and a BA in Sociology with a dissertation on the effects of water insecurity on First Nations reservations. She interned at the US Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC, and spoke at TEDxYouth@VictoriaPark on the importance of maintaining hope during the climate crisis. Most recently, Madison was listed as a Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader. 

Anjulina Desai, Co-Founder, DEZEN

As a serial entrepreneur I have a breadth of experience across several industries – ranging from personal finance to mobile apps, to SaaS ERP platform, to now sustainable circular fashion.  My current venture DEZEN has pioneered the first circular fashion accessory brand by combining proprietary technology, environmentally sustainable renewable materials, and world-class luxury design.  Allowing us to immediately respond to fashion trends with on-demand manufacturing, and zero-waste production.  My background is in Product Management, Finance and I have a CPA. Before going on my entrepreneurial journey, I spent time in management consulting and banking.

Benjamin Arizmendi, Artist, Arzimendi Gallery

Benjamin Arizmendi is a visual artist residing in Oakland, California. Influenced by abstract expressionism, photography and digital media, Arizmendi uses color and composition in various forms to explore human consciousness and subjectivity.  The purpose of art, for Arizmendi, is to freely explore and express the internal world of the mind in its various emotional, intellectual, and spiritual modalities.  More boldly, Arizmendi believes these subjective explorations and expressions can help human beings understand external, objective reality.  Arizmendi believes that art can be a profound tool for understanding the world that science unveils, a tool that unifies internal, subjective truths with external objective truths.  While science quantifies the empirical world, abstract art can be used to “quantify” the world of mind and consciousness.  Arizmendi’s thesis is that mind and consciousness are central to our understanding of reality, and that artistic abstraction can bring mind and consciousness to bear upon rational, scientific inquiry. 

Arizmendi has created art inspired by and in collaboration with leading scientists and philosophers from the University of Vienna, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NYU, Oxford, and the University of Washington.  Notably, he was commissioned by the UC Berkeley Physics department to create art pieces for the new Center for Quantum Coherent Sciences, as well as the Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory at that institution.  He is currently creating pieces for a new, Quantum Computing facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Arizmendi’s art has been shown throughout Northern and Southern California, as well as East Hampton, NY and Vienna, Austria.  He has been represented by Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach, California and Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California.  Arizmendi received his BA in philosophy with honors from UCLA.  Before becoming a full time artist he was a lawyer and a financial advisor.  He holds a JD from the George Washington University Law School.

Matthew Harband, Business Development Specialist, Beta Hatch

Matthew Harband graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a B.S. in biology, a minor in entrepreneurship, and a sales certificate. His passion for sustainability in business led him to an internship with Beta Hatch during his senior year. Upon his 2021 graduation, he joined Beta Hatch full-time as Business Development Specialist, where he is focusing on developing markets for mealworm frass.

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