C3's Guide to All Things Environmental at 2018 Tom Tom Festival

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C3's Research Assistant, Caroline Denney, put together this handy guide to this year's Tom Tom Festival.  We hope this helps you select all the best environmental programming this event has to offer!  Please check out https://tomtomfest.com/schedule/ for more details, information, and how to sign up.

Time: Monday, April 9th- April 15th

Description: Farm to Table Restaurant Week

-       Charlottesville’s top chefs highlight local farms and artisans through exclusive menus April 9-15.

-       The City’s finest restaurants and chefs highlight their commitment to sourcing local through special dinner menus that emphasize craft preparation and local artisans.

Location: Varies

Access:  FREE, of course you need to pay for your meal

 

 

Wednesday, April 11th 4:30pm-6:00pm

Description: Rivanna River Clean Up

-       Join Charlottesville Families in Action and Rivanna River Company to get our beautiful river cleaned up and ready for the season! Meet at Rivanna River Company's headquarters to clean the river up by boat or by foot. Join us afterward for dinner by the river a la food truck! Information available at Charlottesville Families in Action's Facebook page.

Location: Rivanna River Company 1538 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access:   FREE

 

 

Thursday, April 12th 10:00am-11:30am

Description: Community Workshop: Coffee Roasting: Seed to Cup

-       Do you know the process behind your morning cup of joe? Find out in this workshop hosted by Travis Mason, Grit's director of coffee. Attendees will visit the roasterie to watch the roasting process, bag the beans, and learn the ins and outs of different brew methods. Also, there will be samples!

Location: Grit Roasterie 313 2nd St SE #111, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access:  FREE tickets required (Full, but waitlist available)

 

 

Thursday, April 12th   10:30am-11:40am

 photo credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

photo credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

Description: Roundtable: Redefining Farm to Table

-       The "Farm to Table" movement has the power to create equitable, sustainable wealth in rural and urban communities. To do so requires that it's products be understood not as luxury or "positional" goods, but as a set of resources for building community wealth across demographic boundaries.

Location: Common House - Vinegar Hall North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Tickets (Summit Badge-Advanced Badge)

 

 

Thursday, April 12th  11:00am-11:15am

Description: Velotonomy: An Alternative Self-Driving Revolution from the Bike Lane

-       In contrast to the industry’s dominant car-centric approach of concentrating on the 4-wheel automobile and its individual computation power, the PEV project focuses on the human-scale, pedestrian-friendly mobility solutions that bring more convenience, style and well-being to contemporary urban life.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 5 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: FREE

 

 

Thursday, April 12th  12:00pm-1:40pm

Description:  Just Eat: The Future of Food

-       From climate change to immigration, what we eat and where it comes from stands at the center of the world stage - without ever leaving the intimacy of our homes and daily rituals. In this session, three incredible innovators share how they changed the food we all eat, and offer insights into the next goalpost for a sustainable, fair, and healthy future. Lunch Included.

Location: The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Tickets (Or Summit Badge)

 

 

Thursday, April 12th  2:00pm-3:15pm

Description: Grow Different: AgTech and Urban Farming

-       How are we going to feed the next billion? As populations continue to urbanize, the future of food might be more concrete jungle than farm to table. Join these visionaries on the cutting edge of biology, architecture, and nutrition.

Location: Common House - Vinegar Hall North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Tickets (Summit Badge-Advanced Badge)

 

 

Thursday, April 12th   3:30-4:40 pm

Description: Fueling the Next Wave: Food Incubators

-       How do food companies access the networks and expertise to expand operations and achieve significant growth? A panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs discuss tricks, tactics, and systems for connecting producers to markets and innovators to scale.

Location: Common House - Vinegar Hall North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Tickets (Summit Badge-Advanced Badge)

 

 

Thursday, April 12th 4:15-4:30pm

Description: Mapping Deforestation Trends in the Brazilian Amazon Using Machine Learning

-       Monitoring deforestation across the globe is important for understanding macro-scale impacts on carbon sequestration and climate change. Find out more about how data scientists at Astraea, Inc mapped and visualized forest change in Mato Grosso over the past 17 years.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: FREE

 

 

Friday, April 13th 8:00am – 9:00am

Description: Clean Energy Coffee and Networking

-       Start your day with some caffeine and conversation alongside energy innovators from across the Mid-Atlantic.

Location: Violet Crown Charlottesville 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 photo credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

photo credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

Friday, April 13th 9:00am-10:10am

Description: The Future of Energy Storage

-       In January of this year, two of the largest players in the renewables industry, Siemens and AES, launched Fluence, a new company dedicated to innovating modern electric infrastructure and overcoming renewable energy’s biggest hurdle: storage. Hear how CEO Stephen Coughlin envisions the new generation of energy choices.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 4 200 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th 9:00am-10:10am

Description: What’s Next for Energy Policy in Virginia?

-       A conversation about Virginia’s fast-changing regulatory landscape, recent legislation, and what the future holds for energy businesses and consumers.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 5 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   10:30am-11:40am

Description: Clean Capital: Financing the Transition to Renewable Energy

-       The transition to clean energy represents a $6 trillion market opportunity. Join the financial leaders at the forefront of a renewable energy investment movement that is leveraging billions to reinvent the way the world generates and uses power.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 5 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   10:30am-11:40am

Description: The Darkest Hour: Leading Through Natural Disaster

-       This year has seen some of the most devastating hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes in memory - possibly the first taste of a “new normal” in global climate weirding. What is the impact of these devastating events on cities? How can communities rebuild and confront this crisis?

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 4 200 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   12pm-1:40pm

 Photo Credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

Photo Credit: Tom Daly/Tom Tom Festival

Description: Founders’ Luncheon: The Energy End Game

-       In their implications, changes in the power landscape today mirror those of the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. Beyond the incremental fluctuations in regulation, technology, and the market, where is all this innovation headed? What will the grid look like in 25 years, or storage, or utilities? Join renewable energy legend Jigar Shah for a conversation about the big picture of power.

Location: Downtown Grille 201 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Ticket required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   2pm-3:10pm

Description: Life After Coal

-       Where oil and coal have generally left legacies of human and environmental exploitation in places like Appalachia and the Gulf of Mexico, clean power presents the an opportunity to build wealth and skills. Can we rise to the challenge? Hear from social innovators and workforce champions on the choices before us, and how communities can chart a path to renewal and resilience.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 4 200 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit Badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   2pm-3:10pm

Description: Master Class: The ABCs of Socially Responsible Investing

-       Sometimes referred to as Socially Responsible Investing or as Sustainable, Responsible & Impact investing, SRI focuses on the opportunity to invest for return AND make a difference at the same time.  This masterclass will run through the evolution of SRI, review the different methodologies, how to select the right vehicle and then discuss growth in the market.

Location: Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Summit Badge Required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   3pm-3:50pm

Descritpion: Corporate Demand: Changing the Energy Equation

-       Over 60% of Fortune 100 companies have set clean energy targets with many committing to 100% renewable energy. These commitments are driving the solar and wind markets forward and forcing open utility business models. What is the role of corporate demand in defining the future of energy?

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 5 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit Badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   3pm-3:50pm

Description: Making Energy Efficiency Sexy

-       The cheapest, cleanest way to reduce carbon is to just use less of it. But what makes energy efficiency a habit and priority for consumers? Learn about strategies that entrepreneurs and business leaders can employ to market the value of energy efficiency to potential customers.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 4 200 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   3:30pm-4:40pm

Description: Virginia Is For Impact Investing Lovers

-       Central Virginia has the ingredients to be a national, even global leader in the nascent field of impact investing. Join this conversation with Virginia Impact Investing Forum, a consortium of leaders from the academic, business, government, non-profit and foundation sectors, to talk about building the knowledge, profile and practice of impact investing in Virginia.

Location: Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

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Friday, April 13th -   4pm-4:50pm -- C3 will be here!

Description: A Vision for Charlottesville Climate Leadership - Grey McLean, C3's Founder will be on this panel.

       While many individuals and organizations are reducing energy use and climate pollution, the reality is that, to lead as a whole community, Charlottesville has to do a lot, lot more. To make the needed community-wide change will take representatives from all parts of our community coming together to define success and a path forward.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 4 200 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Free

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   4pm-4:50pm

Description: Master Class: Can Business Save the Planet?

-       Increasingly, business leaders are tasked with developing new products, services, and business models that minimize environmental impact while driving economic growth. It's a tall order—and a call that is only getting louder.

-       Many believe that markets will inevitably demand sustainable practices and force them to emerge. But a bright green future is only possible with dramatic innovation across multiple sectors at the same time.

-       To achieve this, a broader ecosystem of players—including inventors, executives, customers, investors, activists, and governments—all must play a role. Learn how and the extent to which each group can serve as a driver of green growth; where economic incentives currently exist, or could exist with institutional change; and how far well-coordinated efforts can take us in addressing the current environmental crisis.

Location: Violet Crown - Theater 5 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 

 

Friday, April 13th -   4pm-6pm

Description: Community Workshop: Hydroponics: The Future of Food Production

-       Have you heard of hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil? Join Babylon Microfarms to learn more about this technique of food production and its implications for agriculture. Dive deep into the history of hydroponics, learn the science behind its success, and consider how hydroponics may provide the foundation for a sustainable future.

Location: Babylon Micro Farms Office 700 Harris Street #107, Charlottesville, VA, 22903

Access: FREE

 

 

Friday, April 13th 5pm-6pm

Description: Data and Energy Networking Happy Hour (hosted by Sun Tribe Solar)

-       Grab a drink and swap business cards with other energy industry professionals before heading on to Tom Tom’s Friday Night Block Party.

Location: Violet Crown Charlottesville 200 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access: Summit badge required

 photo credit: Unsplash

photo credit: Unsplash

Friday, April 13th 5pm-8pm

Description: Tech Mixer

-       Get connected! Tech firms have the chance to network and recruit talent from across the State at the annual Friday Block Party--all while enjoying craft beer, a one-of-a-kind food truck roundup, and a great lineup of music.

Location: Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

Access: FREE

 

 

Saturday, April 14th 10am-12pm

Description: Partner Event: Group Trail Ride

-       Bring your bike out of hibernation and pedal your way through the great outdoors! Join staff at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Saturday morning for a beginner friendly group ride. Participants of all ages are welcome, regardless of skill level, but every rider must come equipped with a helmet and bike.

Location: Darden Towe Park 1445 Darden Towe Park, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Access: FREE
 

We hope this helps!  And we hope to see you Friday at 4pm at the Violet Crown Theater 4!

--C3 Team

https://tomtomfest.com/schedule/