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  • Partnering for Solutions

    When: Thursday, June 30, 3 p.m. ET
    Where: Folklife Studio, National Mall
    Category: Narrative Session
    Real-time captioning available

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    What do winegrowers, electric trucks, soil carbon, cow poop, and artificial intelligence have in common? Watch a conversation between thinkers and doers in sustainability who are working on projects to build a better future for crops and communities.

    About the Participants

    Bill Weir is the chief climate correspondent with CNN.

    Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation, a documentary film about climate change solutions. In 2020, Byck completed Carbon Cowboys, a ten-part documentary short film series, focused on regenerative grazing.

    Steve Dutton is a fifth-generation Sonoma County farmer and lifelong resident of Sebastopol, California. He is partners with Dan Goldfield in Dutton-Goldfield Winery and is also partners with his brother Joe in Dutton Ranch and Dutton Bros. Farming, in which they farm over 1,200 acres of certified sustainable wine grapes and 200 acres of certified organic apples all within the Russian River Valley appellation.

    Karissa Kruse is president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. She has twenty years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning, and business development.

    Juan M. Lavista Ferres is currently the chief scientist and lab director of the Microsoft AI for Good Research Lab, where he works with a team of data scientists and researchers in AI, machine learning, and statistical modeling, working across Microsoft AI for Good efforts. These efforts include projects in AI for Earth, AI for Humanitarian Action, AI for Accessibility, and AI For Health.

    Dr. Deborah Mielewski is a technical fellow of sustainability at Ford Motor Company.

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