What we're about

Welcome to the GreenTech South West community

We provide expert insight and thought provoking discussion on how technology can improve our physical environment and battle the massive, urgent issue of climate change.

We are a community/people focused group with an open and inclusive ethos.

We run regular meet-ups, both physical and virtual, from a range of speakers working in or researching green technology methods and their impacts.

Green Tech South West showcases a variety of topics, covering a broad range of considerations such as:

• How digital technology can help preserve our environment and tackle climate change

• The environmental impact of digital technology and how to mitigate it

• Actions we can take as individuals and businesses to harness technologies in a sustainable way

Your community organisers are:

Mike Harley and Ellen Davies from ADLIB - adlib-recruitment.co.uk (http://www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk)

Hannah Smith, freelance WordPress web developer and speaker - https://opcan.co.uk

If you would like to get involved in building and running our community please get in touch at greentechsw@gmail.com.

Find us on social media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenTech_SWest

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/greentech-... (https://www.linkedin.com/company/greentech-south-west/)

#GreenTech_SW

Managing our own environmental impact

We use Bristol based company, Ecologi, to offset the carbon emissions of our meetup and digital activities. You can view our forest here: https://ecologi.com/gtsw .

Feel free to donate some trees if you've benefitted from the Green Tech South West community is some way. It's a great way to show appreciation for what we're doing and make a positive impact on tackling climate change.

Sponsored by

ADLIB - http://www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

Supported by

Future Economy Network - thefutureeconomynetwork.co.uk (http://www.thefutureeconomynetwork.co.uk)

Climate Action Tech - climateaction.tech (https://climateaction.tech/)

Upcoming events (3)

Greener Hours: changing daily behaviours to use energy when its cleanest

Green Tech South West will welcome Vanessa Champniss, co-founder of Greener Hours, to talk about her mission to help people use energy when it's cleanest.

The Greener Hours app provides a personalised and real-time carbon energy forecast, that empowers people to chose to use electricity in their home when it's cleanest.

As the energy that flows into our homes every day is from a complex mix of sources that changes moment by moment, the information provided by the Greener Hours app means we can make an informed choice to switch appliances on and use electricity at times that we now know are best for the planet, whatever type of electricity tarrif we are on.

This talk will also explain how mass-scale mainstream behaviour change is needed to deliver on the UK's commitment to being carbon-neutral in its energy mix.

To meet this goal, we need more than just tech solutions. What’s needed is a focus on understanding and shaping behaviour and using behavioural science in our approach to the climate crisis. In this talk Vanessa will present an argument that says the only thing that truly disrupts markets is behaviour.

https://www.greenerhours.com/
Twitter: @greenerhours
FB: @greenerhours
IG: instagram.com/greenerhours

ABOUT VANESSA
Vanessa is one of the co-founders of Greener Hours along with Martin Pierini and Guy Champniss. Vanessa’s career started in marketing, for years focusing on electronics/domestic appliances having worked for Philips in both Asia and Europe. However, it wasn’t until she became a mum herself that her startup journey began, when the horror of her family’s carbon footprint drove her to start questioning her energy use.

Vanessa on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessachampniss/

This is a free online event streaming via the CrowdCast platform. You will see the link once you RSVP. The evening before the event, we'll email those that RSVPed with more details about what to expect when using CrowdCast.

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Our schedule is as follows:

🔓 12.20pm - CrowdCast room opens

👋 12.30pm - Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike

📢 12.35pm - Our famous 60 second intros - a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting

💚 12.45pm - Vanessa's talk

❓ 1.15pm - Questions

🗓️ 1.25pm - Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement

The event will be recorded and will be available along with the slides to view shortly afterwards.

Sponsored by:
ADLIB recruitment - www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

Supported by:
Future Economy Network - www.thefutureeconomynetwork.co.uk
Climate Action Tech - www.climateaction.tech

How to meaningfully engage SMEs in achieving net zero emissions

Green Tech South West welcomes George Sandilands, CEO and co-founder at Spherics to talk about how to help small to medium businesses measure, mitigate and manage their environmental impact.

99% of all businesses globally are defined as SMEs. According to EU statistics, they are responsible for around 64% of all emissions. They cross all sectors, they have unique challenges and they lack resources compared with larger organisations.

Whilst many smaller businesses are doing their best to be sustainable, we know that in practice it is often difficult to understand what to do, and how to do it. There is much confusion, jargon and so-called ‘greenwashing’ out there.

Spherics was formed when two colleagues at a Bristol-based creative agency Okoru began to look for tools to support decarbonisation. They concluded that what was on offer was either too expensive (consultants), too time-consuming (detailed surveys requiring much source data) or insufficient (such as a tool measuring fuel and electricity consumption alone). Spherics’ mission is to cut through the noise and make environmental action accessible and approachable for any business.

Working with a clever combination of technology and climate science expertise, Spherics evaluates a company's footprint and presents it back with actions and solutions that can bring organisations in line with the latest science-based targets.

George will explain the key features of the Spherics product, how it works and discuss some of the wider issues in relation to sustainability for small and medium-sized businesses.

https://spherics.io/

ABOUT GEORGE
George leads Spherics day to day as co-founder and CEO.

In 2009 he co-founded Okoru, a successful creative events agency. It was during his time as managing director of Okoru that he became more aware of his organisation's footprint and lack of support to smaller businesses seeking to track and reduce their carbon footprint. George has now refocused his efforts to respond to the greatest creative challenge of our time - climate change.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-sandilands/

This is a free online event streaming via the CrowdCast platform. You will see the link once you RSVP. The evening before the event, we'll email those that RSVPed with more details about what to expect when using CrowdCast.

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Our schedule is as follows:

🔓 12.20pm - CrowdCast room opens

👋 12.30pm - Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike

📢 12.35pm - Our famous 60 second intros - a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting

💚 12.45pm - George's talk

❓ 1.15pm - Questions

🗓️ 1.25pm - Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement

The event will be recorded and will be available along with the slides to view shortly afterwards.

Sponsored by:
ADLIB recruitment - www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

Supported by:
Future Economy Network - www.thefutureeconomynetwork.co.uk
Climate Action Tech - www.climateaction.tech

How green is your cloud? Tools for reducing your cloud carbon footprint

Green Tech South West will welcome Dan Lewis-Toakley, Green Cloud Lead for ThoughtWorks North America to talk about understanding, measuring and reducing the energy and carbon emissions of public cloud use.

Dan will breakdown how to look at this problem, as well as how we can approach calculating and reducing these emissions. He will also explore existing tools in the space, and introduce a new open source tool ThoughtWorks has launched called Cloud Carbon Footprint.

The talk is for anyone interested in learning how:

- To use tools to measure the energy and carbon footprint of data-centers and the cloud
- To evaluate cloud providers on their environmental sustainability
- Development teams can include sustainability and carbon emissions in decision making
- We can optimize our cloud usage to reduce energy and carbon emissions
- To contribute to open source tools in the space

https://www.cloudcarbonfootprint.org/

And for a good read about the principles of green cloud in general:
https://www.thoughtworks.com/insights/articles/green-cloud

ABOUT DAN
As the Green Cloud Lead for ThoughtWorks North America, Dan advises clients on strategies to help reduce the environmental footprint of their technology and oversees the open source project Cloud Carbon Footprint. He also works with climate justice movements to deliver software solutions to scale their growth and impact. Dan's pronouns are he/him, and he loves ramen.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danlewistoakley/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dtoakley

This is a free online event streaming via the CrowdCast platform. You will see the link once you RSVP. The evening before the event, we'll email those that RSVPed with more details about what to expect when using CrowdCast.

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Our schedule is as follows:

🔓 12.50pm - CrowdCast room opens

👋 1:00pm - Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike

📢 1.05pm - Our famous 60 second intros - a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting

💚 1.15pm - Dan's talk

❓ 1.45pm - Questions

🗓️ 1.55pm - Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement

The event will be recorded and will be available along with the slides to view shortly afterwards.

Sponsored by:
ADLIB recruitment - www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

Supported by:
Future Economy Network - www.thefutureeconomynetwork.co.uk
Climate Action Tech - www.climateaction.tech

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