• An Evening with AutoGrid


    Agenda: 6:30pm: Doors Open 7-8pm: Talk and Q&A We will hear from Quique Schwarz, Chief Data Scientist at AutoGrid! https://www.auto-grid.com/ Quique is responsible for developing forecasting, optimization, and customer segmentation capabilities in the AutoGrid platform. He brings more than 20 years experience designing and delivering decision support solutions in a variety of verticals, including digital advertising, air cargo, long-haul trucking, ride sharing, and retail pricing/promotions. He has pioneered the application of revenue management and demand-side optimization in a number of these industries. Prior to AutoGrid, Quique developed forecasting and optimization capabilities at Uber and Brand.net, a leading ad network specializing in brand advertising. Before that he consulted for Polar Air Cargo and Schneider National, where he delivered novel demand-side forecasting and price optimization capabilities. He previously worked for a leading boutique solutions firm specializing in revenue management, Decision Focus (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics), where he designed the analytics behind the first successful revenue management system in the air cargo industry for Continental Airlines, as well as a promotions optimization system for Ford Motor Company. Quique has an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Operations Research and Statistics, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Sustainable Agriculture with LBL

    Granular, Inc.

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with the University of Arkansas and Glennoe Farms, are bringing together molecular biology, biogeochemistry, environmental sensing technologies, and machine learning, to help revolutionize agriculture and create sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and farms. If successful, we envision being able to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and enhance soil carbon uptake, thus improving the long-term viability of the land, while at the same time increasing crop yields. Through its pilot project in 2017, the team established a large-scale field research site which has produced extensive datasets and actionable insights for future land management strategies. The role of microbes in the health of the soil is at the center of this research. -- Decreased Economic Risks: Revolutionize agriculture and create sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and farms. -- Reduction of Inputs: Diminish the need for chemical fertilizers and enhance soil carbon uptake, thus improving the long-term viability of the land. -- Improved Value of Crops: Provide farmers with methods for tracking sustainability practices that can lead to increased marketing opportunities. -- Auxiliary Value Streams for Farmers: Data-driven farming practices allow farmers to quickly attribute positive and negative factors and uncover additional opportunity. Speakers: - Ben Brown Staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Department Head for Molecular Ecosystem Dynamics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics at the University of Birmingham, UK, Adjunct Faculty in Statistics at UC Berkeley, and Senior Scientific Advisor for Preminon, LLC. He leads integrative analysis for the Consortium for Environmental Omics and Toxicology and is a founding member of the Microbes to Biomes Initiative, leading analysis for a project aimed at understanding host-microbiome interactions in adaption to environmental challenges. He is a member of the EcoFAB project, which aims to re-invent ecosystems biology through the innovation of reproducible bench-top ecologies. - Nicola Falco Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth & Environmental Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Nicola does research in remote sensing image analysis and processing with applications in environmental monitoring and climate change. His interests include multi- / hyper-spectral image analysis, data fusion and applied machine learning for land surface characterisation and estimation of vegetation’s structural and biophysical properties. BS and MS in Telecommunication Engineering, Università degli Studi di Trento, Ph.D. (joint degree) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iceland, and in Information and Communication Technology, Università degli Studi di Trento. -Dr. Eoin Brodie Deputy Director of Climate and Ecosystems Sciences at Berkeley Lab Dr. Brodie is a microbiologist with over 20 years experience studying the feedbacks among soil microorganisms and the physical, chemical properties of the environment. Brodie is a leader in using molecular biology approaches to reconstruct genomes and predict microbial functional traits. He uses stable-isotope tracers to quantify microbial metabolism and trait-based models to predict the role of soil microorganisms in soil biogeochemistry and plant productivity. https://ar1k.org/

  • Data-driven methods for building load modeling and space utilization

    Agenda: 6:30 Doors Open 7:00pm Talk and Q&A **THIS EVENT IS IN MILLBRAE** We will hear from Jonathan Roth and Andrew Sonta, PhD candidates and researchers at Stanford's Urban Informatics Lab. Jonathan will talk about his work creating an urban building energy model (i.e., modeling hourly energy demand for individual buildings in NYC) using machine learning and optimization techniques Using data-driven methods, Andrew studies the relationship between the built environment and human behavior in order to inform more sustainable design. At the building scale, he uses distributed sensor data to monitor space utilization in commercial buildings and ultimately design new layouts that optimize both energy efficiency and organizational outcomes like productivity. ===== Many thanks for Stem for hosting us again! Stem’s mission is to build and operate the largest digitally connected energy storage network for our customers. Our world class analytics will optimize the value of customer’s energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid. Our current job openings are listed here: https://www.stem.com/about-us/careers/

  • An Evening with Station A

    The Climate Corporation


    Agenda: 6:30pm: Doors open 7-8pm: Talk and Q&A === We are excited to hear from Sam Steyer of Station A: https://stationa.com/ Sam's talk will focus on assessing the viability of behind-the-meter clean energy projects without requesting data from the customer. What information can we find publicly? How can we use data science to estimate information that we don't have? How do we balance industry wisdom around finding customers and designing projects with statistical looks at what has worked in practice? And, best of all, what can we do once we have a fully-automated process? Sam Steyer is the Head of Analytics at Station A, an SF-based startup building a software platform that provides clean energy developers and energy users the insight they need to take any building to zero carbon emissions. Sam is interested in data problems across energy, agriculture, politics, and health. Sam holds an M.S. in Computational Math from Stanford and an A.B. in Applied Math from Harvard. === Many thanks for Climate Corp for hosting again! The Climate Corporation aims to build a digitized world where every farmer is able to optimize and flawlessly execute every decision on the farm. Our mission is to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools. Climate Corporation is hiring for data analyst, data scientist, data engineer and other roles. Check out our current openings here: https://climate.com/careers

  • DSfS: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board



    **Pizza and EANABs* will be provided!** Speaker's Topic: US listed companies file their annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Companies are expected to disclose financial and operational risks to investors and SEC. SASB uses machine learning to analyze these public filings to determine if companies are indeed disclosing on the financial impacts of sustainability related risks. This analysis helps both our internal research as well as our stakeholders understand the current state of disclosure. Speaker Bio: Madhu Mathew is the Director of Technology for SASB. In this role, he leads the technology initiatives that supports SASB’s standards research, stakeholder engagement, and market adoption of SASB standards. Mr. Mathew has over 15 years of experience in Technology. Before joining SASB, he worked as a Technology Strategy Consultant at Accenture. Prior to Accenture he led technology initiatives at Caterpillar, Inc. Mr. Mathew holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. About SASB's goals: Financially Material: SASB’s mission is to help businesses around the world identify, manage and report on the sustainability topics that matter most to their investors. Market Informed: SASB standards are developed based on extensive feedback from companies, investors, and other market participants as part of a transparent, publicly-documented process. Industry Specific: SASB standards differ by industry, enabling investors and companies to compare performance from company to company within an industry. *Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • An evening with BERC on cybersecurity in power systems

    This is the rescheduled event of the one we had to cancel in November due to air quality. Hope you can join us! ==== Join us for our first collaborative event with BERC @ Berkeley's campus! (Chou Hall at the Haas School of Business, on the sixth floor in room N640, also named "Spieker Forum") We will hear from Dr. Ming Jin on the topic of cybersecurity in power systems. Agenda 6:30pm: Doors open (note: we may not have the space prior to 6:30) 7:00-8:00pm: Talk and Q&A Ming Jin is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctoral degree from EECS department at University of California, Berkeley in 2017. His current research interests include nonlinear optimization, data-efficient analytics, learning and control with applications to energy cyber-physical systems. He was the recipient of the Siebel scholarship, Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services, Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies, Electronic and Computer Engineering Department Scholarship, School of Engineering Scholarship, and University Scholarship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  • DSfS and ClimateLink: Commissioner Hochschild and Annual Holiday Party

    PG&E Pacific Energy Center


    *Please RSVP only once, either here or with Climate Link* Commissioner David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission will be sharing his thoughts on the clean energy transition with us. The event is not to be missed! We will be partnering with ClimateLink for our second annual holiday party following the talk. There will be sparkly beverages and tasty treats again, along with a raffle after the talk. This year's raffle items: Google home mini, Nest E learning thermostat, and Google dream view VR goggles. We look forward to seeing you all there! About the speaker: https://www.energy.ca.gov/commissioners/hochschild.html David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In[masked], he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. ==== Thank you to the PG&E Pacific Energy Center for hosting us!

  • The Water-Energy Nexus: Water Withdrawals for Energy Generation

    WeWork Golden Gate


    Please remember to provide your full name and the names of all guests when you RSVP. Thanks! Doors open at 6:30PM Talks start at 7pm *** Talk abstract: The US energy system requires large amounts of water for primary energy extraction, processing and refining, conversion, waste disposal, and remediation. Recent work shows that the energy system withdraws about 40% of US water and consumes about 10% (of both freshwater and total water), which is particularly significant given that agriculture consumes an estimated 70-80% of US freshwater. Data on water withdrawal and consumption are sparse, which makes it difficult to characterize human water uses. In turn, lack of data is a challenge for comanagement of interconnected systems. This talk will address some of the challenges and solutions for finding physical data in a low-information context, in addition to best practices for reporting data to improve usability. Speaker bio: Dr. Emily Grubert studies how we can make better decisions about large infrastructure systems, with a particular focus on energy and water systems in the US. Emily will be joining Georgia Tech in January 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford.

  • DSfS Community Night!

    General Assembly

    We are excited to partner with General Assembly for this meetup! Due to their site access requirements, we are NOT managing RSVPs through Meetup. Please RSVP directly via GA at the following link: https://generalassemb.ly/education/data-science-for-sustainability/san-francisco/55631 Doors open at 6:30PM Talks start at 7pm For our second annual community night, we will be hearing shorter talks from a few speakers from our own community! Talk 1: Sam Penrose helps his colleagues at Stem, Inc. shape the data streaming from batteries into "virtual power plants" that provide energy services to utilities. Previously he worked with big distributed data at Mozilla and at Industrial Light & Magic. Sam's talk: How should businesses work with data? The Internet has answers! Hundreds of challenging online courses, thousands of profound reports, and ... many exuberant Medium posts offer insights in such profusion as to constitute a big data problem of their own. We will not solve it. Bypassing the challenging, the profound, and the exuberant in favor of the practical, we'll review a simple model for data analysis and its sub-tasks data science and data engineering. We'll consider how they fit together in principle, why competently run organizations can have a hard time fitting them together in practice, and how to make data serve, rather than "drive", decisions. Talk 2: John Romankiewicz has been an energy analyst for over 10 years and has master's degrees in energy and public policy from UC Berkeley. He is now at the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign working an equitable transition form coal to clean energy across the U.S. by 2030. He will be talking about two tools which track how electricity is generated physically by state and where it is consumed contractually by utility. Talk 3: Carson Moore is a software engineer and resident machine learning expert at OhmConnect, using the power of data and automation to aggregate residential demand response for California's investor-owned utilities.  Prior to OhmConnect, he spent five years trading energy futures at a quantitative trading firm in DC before moving to the Bay Area as a data scientist and business analyst at LinkedIn. Carson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his talk, Carson will provide a brief overview of what OhmConnect does and will discuss how we're using data to predict user behavior and maximize the potential of their user base.