Burning Man’s Fly Ranch: Sustainability at the Playa

Talk and Q&A at 5:30pm (Pacific)
Breakout Rooms Networking at 6:30pm

Burning Man Project shared a 10-year environmental sustainability roadmap in July of 2019 with three goals for our events and properties: no matter out of place, be regenerative, and be carbon negative. The intent is for this to be an open-source project. This talk will cover Burning Man’s goals, possible software approaches, a sustainability design challenge at Burning Man’s 3,800 acre ranch Fly Ranch, and more.

Every August, the annual Burning Man event transforms a desolate corner of northern Nevada into a thriving temporary metropolis fueled by creativity, experimentation. In 2016, the organization behind this city acquired Fly Ranch, a 3,800 acre property just north of the event site. This property is home to dozens of hot and cold springs, three geysers, acres of wetlands, dozens of animal species, and more than 100 identified types of plants. The Fly Ranch project is an opportunity to create a year-round rural incubator for Burning Man culture and a catalyst for innovation and creativity in the world.

Read more about Burning Man’s Sustainability Plan: https://medium.com/beyond-burning-man/burning-man-project-2020-environmental-sustainability-report-df757260c9c5 and the Fly Ranch design challenge: https://lagi2020flyranch.org.

About the speaker:
Matt Sundquist studied philosophy at Harvard College, where he was the student body president. Previously Matt has been a writer for SCOTUSblog.com, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Student Fellow at Harvard Law School. He worked as a Product Manager at Water.org and Change.org, and was on the Privacy Team at Facebook. He was previously the COO of Plotly, where he was a Co-Founder. He is currently the General Manager of Fly Ranch, Burning Man’s 3,800 acre ranch in Nevada. See his talks, papers, and a bio here: http://matthewsundquist.com/

The event is finished.



Local Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Sep 27, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am


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