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Circular Economy in the Buildings Sector

November 30 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm ET

Featuring pitches from the Go Build 2023 finalist startups, in partnership with Saint-Gobain

Join us to celebrate the kickoff of Go Build 2023, a Greentown Go startup-corporate partnerships accelerator program focused on advancing circularity and decarbonization in the built environment, in partnership with Saint-Gobain.

At this event, attendees will hear lightning pitches from startup finalists in the buildings industry with innovations that extend product life cycles, further develop raw materials, revalorize waste, or act as other enabling technologies. 

Innovation in the buildings sector is critical to achieving decarbonization. Buildings are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions globally, with a staggering 11 percent of global emissions coming from the construction of buildings and manufacturing of building materials. To change this, we need innovations that reinvent how buildings and their materials are planned, built, sourced, and managed. 


in ET:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Arrival and Networking

6:00 – 6:04 p.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks with Nour Ghadanfar, Senior Director of Partnership Programs

6:04 – 6:10 p.m. Saint-Gobain remarks with Sven Harmsen, Director External Ventures at NOVA by Saint-Gobain

6:10 – 6:30 p.m. ‘Making the Built Environment Circular: Perspectives from Industry and the Public Sector’ Panel featuring

  • Dennis Wilson, VP, ESG & Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Circular Economy Solutions NA at Saint-Gobain
  • Bev Craig, Program Director, Buildings at MassCEC
  • John Crowley, Senior Advisor, Innovation, Technology, and Strategy at Asahi Kasei

6:30 – 6:50 p.m. Lightning Pitches from startup finalists:

6:50 – 6:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

6:55 – 8:00 p.m. Networking

About Greentown Go

The climate crisis urgently demands sweeping climatetech deployment. While startups bring the solutions, corporates often bring commercialization pathways and scale. That’s why Greentown Go builds partnerships that propel climatetech solutions to market—at the pace needed to tackle climate change.

With a mission of decarbonizing the key greenhouse gas-emitting sectors, Greentown Go programs inject momentum and traction into startup-corporate collaborations, unlocking the power of climate solutions at scale.

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If you have questions or need to request accommodation, please reach out to Greentown Labs’ Events Coordinator, Kelly Wilson (kwilson@greentownlabs.com)

Please note that by registering to attend this event you are accepting these terms: You acknowledge that alcohol will be served and all attendees are subject to be ID’ed (only those 21+ will be served); You consent to your image or likeness being used in content associated with the event; You release Greentown Labs and all partners from any and all liability stemming from any event-related incident.

Venue Information

Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. We’re a short walk from the newly opened Union Square station, as well as 1 mile away from the Harvard MBTA station. Union Square in Somerville is also easily accessible via the #86 and #91 MBTA buses. We offer bike parking on-site and the closest Bluebikes stations are at Dane St., Conway Park and Union Square.

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444 Somerville Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143 United States
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Event Health + Safety Policy

This event is in-person and masks are encouraged but not required Greentown Labs. We recommend a medical grade or K/N95 mask; Greentown provides medical grade masks at the front desk of each location.

Greentown Labs is committed to the health and safety of our team, startups, partners, and attendees, and is actively monitoring local guidelines and CDC recommendations. Please reach out Kelly Wilson (kwilson@greentownlabs.com), Events Coordinator, with any questions on our safety policy.