On Arbor Day, during the final of the brownbag lunchtime speaker series at Philly Tech Week headquarters WHYY in Old City, five groups will present their environmentally-focused innovations in Philadelphia:
(1) Christine Knapp, formerly of PennFuture, will discuss the Navy Yard-located Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings, one of three Energy Innovation Hubs the U.S. Dept of Energy has funded throughout the United States with goals of improved energy efficiency and operability, reduced carbon emission, stimulation of private investment and quality job creation.
(2) The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and Azavea will unveil PhillyTreeMap.org, a website that enables organizations and the public to collaboratively build and map an inventory of the Philadelphia urban forest. Amanda Benner from PHS, Sarah Low from Parks and Rec and Debora Boyer from Azavea will all be on hand to answer questions.
(3) Micah Gold-Markel, the CEO of Solar States, will discuss the technology behind and immediate lessons from the company's first major commercial installation on top of the Crane Arts Building in Kensington.
(4) A representative of the Mark Group will show off their proprietary technology that marries high speed thermal imaging with satellites to create heat maps of energy loss from homes, while driving by in an equipped vehicle.