Humanity passed an important milestone recently: the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere reached an average of 400 parts per million. Evidence suggests that these levels haven’t seen these heights since the Pliocene Epoch.
This was the climate when Robert Kuhn recently attended the 2013 Ceres Conference in San Francisco. Ceres, an advocate for sustainability leadership, has been holding their annual conference for 10 years. The conference seeks to discuss sustainability trends, address new and emergent sustainability threats and opportunities and to develop a path to a sustainable global economy.
Nike, NASA, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development kicked off their two-day LAUNCH 2020 summit to discuss the sustainability of materials and unveiled the LAUNCH 2013 Challenge Statement open call for innovation to transform the system of producing fabrics. 150 materials specialists, manufacturers, scientists and entrepreneurs convened to kick off the summit at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon, all focused on improving sustainability within the supply chain by seeking innovation in material production.