LISI at the R20 Conference in Vienna
2013/01/31 | events, photogalleries,

Founded in 2010 by Governor Schwarzenegger in cooperation with the United Nations, the R20 Regions of Climate Action is a non-profit organization focused on promoting economical and environmental benefits on a subnational level. On january 31st and february 1st the R20 Conference was held in Vienna and LISI was there!

We were lucky to be among a very select 200 students invited to watch a live podium discussion between Governor Schwarzenegger, Mr. Yumkella, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Mag. Karlheinz Toechterle, Austrian Minister of Science and Research, highlighting some of the environmental issues facing us today as well as some of the successful measures which have been taken so far. Excited and eager to learn more, we headed to the Austrian House of Science the next morning for an entire day of key-note speeches and expert panels. As we listened to CEOs, politicians and professors from all over the world presenting hard facts, exciting projects and innovative new technology we could not help but feel that we are on the right track of making our contribution to a better tomorrow with the LISI house. After the closing ceremony we had the chance of speaking to Daniel M. Kammen, Distinguished Professor of the University of Berkeley and Director of the Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory, who expressed his enthusiasm about the Solar Decathlon and commended us on our participation. To round of the day we enjoyed an excellent lunch buffet and test drove some electric cars.

Ultimately the R20 Conference left us inspired and fired up to pursue our high goals for LISI.

Decathletes gathering to listen to Schwarzeneggerhttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-1-437x240.jpg 437w, http://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-1-220x122.jpg 220w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Crowd gathers for Arnold. Everybody's looking at the stagehttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-9-440x231.jpg 440w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research Töchterlehttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-5-320x240.jpg 320w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Arnold has the microphone. On his finger: a ring in the shape of a skullhttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-7-388x240.jpg 388w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

The TV anchor is asking Arnold a questionhttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-8-414x240.jpg 414w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Special UN guestshttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-3-368x240.jpg 368w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Töchterl and Arnold discussionhttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-4-397x240.jpg 397w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Arnold with a definitive hand gesturehttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-6-411x240.jpg 411w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Students gathering around Arnold, taking photoshttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_R20-2-339x240.jpg 339w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />

Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature on a LISI contact cardhttp://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_Arnold-Schwarzenegger-signature-157x240.jpg 157w, http://www.solardecathlon.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130131_Arnold-Schwarzenegger-signature-657x1000.jpg 657w" sizes="(max-width: 920px) 100vw, 920px" />