Negative Emissions & Positive Returns?
Climate Change & Economic Opportunity

Program Information

Climate change affects every sector of the economy. Achieving ‘negative emissions’ is seen as vital to bringing global warming under critical levels. Microsoft has pledged to be carbon negative by 2030, in effect reversing their total historic carbon emissions.  A recent rush of capital–from venture and corporate investors to philanthropic organizations–has gone into dedicated climate funds. For many, the goal is to remove—not merely reduce—greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Forests and soils can naturally remove emissions, while new technologies hold out a similar promise, but some are also worried we may rely on these limited tools at the expense of rapidly cutting emissions. Join us to learn how this sector is shaping up, and hear from some of the people forging this future.

Join us on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 for this FREE ONLINE EVENT.

This program will be moderated by James Temple, Senior Editor for Energy and Climate, MIT Technology Review.


  • Landon Brand, Co-founder and CEO of Wren
  • Gregory Landua, Co-Founder and Chief Regeneration Officer of Regen Network
  • Dr. Clea Kolster, Director of Science, Lowercarbon Capital
  • Maddie Hall, CEO and co-founder, Living Carbon

About the Speakers

Landon Brand, Co-founder and CEO, Wren

After graduating from USC, Landon started Wren: a website that makes it easy to calculate and offset your carbon footprint. Started by 3 college students in 2019, Wren has now sent nearly $800,000 in funding to some of the most transparent carbon offset projects in the world.


Gregory Landua, Co-Founder and Chief Regeneration Officer, Regen Network

Regen Network is leading the way towards tracking and funding ecological regeneration and carbon sequestration in ecosystems by leveraging remote sensing, machine learning and blockchain technology. Before founding Regen Network, Gregory co-wrote Regenerative Enterprise (2013), a groundbreaking book outlining pathways to achieve ecological and social regeneration through business, and co-founded and grew Terra Genesis International to become a leader in the Regenerative Agriculture and Economy movement. Papers written by Gregory include The Levels of Regenerative Agriculture, Regen Network Whitepaper and the Regen Network Economics Paper.

Clea Kolster, PhD, Director of Science, Lowercarbon Capital

Clea is the Director of Science at Lowercarbon Capital where she leads all of the firm’s technical research, development, diligence, and scientific strategy efforts.
Prior to joining Lowercarbon, she worked at San Francisco-based energy consulting firm, E3, where she worked with state agencies and utilities to develop electricity resource planning and economy-wide decarbonization plans with a focus on the role of emerging technologies like hydrogen, long-duration energy storage, carbon sequestration, geothermal energy and advanced nuclear. Clea also has experience working on clean energy access solutions and entrepreneurship across Africa as well as working in mineral value extraction from waste streams at Veolia, a global leader in waste management services.
Clea holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London (UK) where she focused on cost and process optimization of large scale carbon capture and storage systems.

Maddie Hall, CEO and Co-founder, Living Carbon

Maddie is the CEO and Co-founder of Living Carbon. Living Carbon’s mission is to responsibly rebalance carbon flux using the inherent capability of plants to capture carbon. They use advanced genetic engineering techniques to develop seedlings that grow faster, produce more durable wood, and draw down more CO2.

Their first seedling is a photosynthesis-enhanced hybrid poplar.Their team of former Dupont-Pioneer, Alpine Roads and Arcadia Biosciences scientists work across two labs in South Carolina and San Francisco.

Prior to Living Carbon, Maddie led special projects at OpenAI, an artificial general intelligence research lab.


James Temple, Senior Editor for Energy and Climate, MIT Technology Review

James Temple is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, where he covers clean energy, decarbonization, adaptation, and climate change. Previously, he was a senior director at The Verge, a deputy managing editor at Recode, and the technology columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.


Event & Ticket Information

Event Date:  Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: ONLINE EVENT – Zoom


  • 6:00 – 7:00PM Panel Discussion
  • 7:00 – 7:30 Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Networking on Preciate Social

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