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Building answers for the climate crisis.

And empowering sustainable communities around the world.


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Each day that we wait to address climate change, we lose:


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1.75 days of natural resources
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24 animal species to extinction
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.02% of our remaining CO2 budget

Our actions in the next 10 months could determine the future of our planet.


We don't have a day to waste.



Our Story


Around the world, innovators and local leaders are developing critical solutions to fight the climate crisis.

Tools that empower people, while making our planet cleaner, healthier, and more resilient.

These innovations could be making an impact around the world.

But today, they're isolated in their local contexts.


Time to Solve is an effort to spread sustainable innovations through an open-source framework.

So that anyone -- students, teachers, makers, leaders -- can locally adopt + build on critical projects.

And instead of waiting to take action, we can start leading sustainable transitions in our communities -- today.



Focus Areas

Broken Systems

We're subsidizing our most harmful industries (fossil fuels, factory farming, industrial agriculture), because the real costs -- in terms of drinking water, soil and the air we breathe -- of those industries is hidden.

Water Crisis

Across Asia and the Americas, communities depend on runoff from glaciers for water and agriculture.

Those glaciers are vanishing, putting the water reserves for 4 billion people at stake.

Unsustainable Cities

Smog. Sprawl. The privatization of public infrastructure. Miles and miles of waste.

The way our cities behave today is not compatiable with a future that we want to live in.

Carbon Emissions

We're seeing the consequences already.

75% of flying insects are dissapearing. Rapid changes to the jetstream are driving extreme weather events. And at this rate, we only have 60 years of harvests left.


Our Solutions

Fixing Systems

(See more on Trello.)


True Cost Accounting

Once we account for the value of vital resources -- think water, soil, and clean air -- we can see the industries and supply chains doing the most damage.

Simply by putting honest prices on the tag, we can start incentivizing sustainability instead of pollution.

Our Work

Collaborate with innovators (Focafett) to build tamper-proof public database and supply chain validation.

Through visualization and transparency, make resource costs legible for consumers.

Help form industry-wide solutions at the Strike Two Summit.

Democratic Innovation

Environmental protection and sustainable innovation are supported by the majority. But across the world, political systems have been twisted into a tool to favor the few over the many.

From approval voting to digital organizing tools, we need mechanisms to ensure our democracies are accountable.

Our Work

Collaborate with advocacy organizations + innovators (Peeps Democracy, Represent.Us, Code for America, 80000 Hours) to help secure and expand these democratic pillars.

ESCo Financing

A ESCo (Energy Service Company) provides people and communities with sustainable infrastruture. The beneficiaries pay the same utilities, but now to the ESCo, so it can recoup the investment throught the clean energy generated.

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This model empowers rapid CleanTech development, with a clear path to returns.

Our Work

Build ESCOs w/ wealth funds and foundations, and implement them for future-proof infrastructure (retrofitting homes, vehicle electrification)

Protecting Glaciers and Water Reserves

(See more on Trello.)


Satellite Mapping

Observe shifts in the glacial landscape, and determine the most important locations for intervention.

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Our Work

Connect Ellipsis Earth Intelligence with Ice911 (reflective sand), to optimize Ice911's location strategy.

Reflective Sand

Nature-friendly and minimally intrusive, tiny silicon beads can reflect harsh sunlight and protect the surrounding ice.

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Our Work

Collaboration with Ice911 to support their efforts, learn how the beads are produced, the geographic availability of raw materials and production, and explore trials on continental glaciers.

Floating Solar

Over lakes and reservoirs, floating solar panels can preserve freshwater stores while generating new energy.

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With a vertical model, floating solar could protect glaciers on the terrain below.

Our Work

Explore wider implementation of floating solar in underleveraged areas, and collaborate with researchers to design vertical concepts for glacier protection.

Sustainable Cities

(See more on Trello.)


Shared Mobility

Micromobility vehicles, like electric bicycles and scooters, are 100x more efficient than gas cars.

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With innovations in software and electronic locks, we can build transportation platforms that look much like the Birds and Limes of today -- but owned by people, so the profits go back to people.

Our Work

Jumpstart development of Commons Sharing Platform (Common Bike, Common Scooter, Common Tools) as Public Code

Circular Economy

The average cotton shirt costs 600 gallons of water -- and 87% of our textiles end up in landfills or incinerated. That means, with every new shirt, we lose 512 gallons of water.

With resource consumption set to double by 2050, we have to reduce, resuse, and repair across industry.

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If we do, we can halve our carbon emissions, and generate 1.8 trillion dollars in net economic benefit by 2030.

Our Work

Through existing industry knowledge and True Cost Accounting, determine the most impactful and realistic opportunities for circularity. Share this knowledge with those industries, and connect producers who can realize it.

Create a Token Curated Registry for sustainable businesses, enabling dollars to flow into circular economies and catalyze them.

Electrification

Electric cars reduce emissions by 50% -- and when powered by solar energy, that figure jumps to 95%. But we don't have the time or resources to replace the 1.2 billion cars on our roads today.

We see the electrification of gas vehicles as the sustainable bridge. With innovations in solid state batteries, they're lightweight and powerful enough to replace combustion engines in most of our cars today.

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Our Work

Identify the car models producing the most CO2 emissions (# of cars, average distance traveled, fuel efficiency). Beginning with these models, develop an electrification guide for both independent mechanics and corporate repairs. Explore Tesla's service model and solid state battery producers (QuantumScape, Enovate)

Carbon Sequestration

(See more on Trello.)


Divestment

In the words of Jeremy Grantham, the co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo ($118 billion in assets under management):


We took out each of 10 major groups and ran consistently with the other 90 ... There's 50 basis points difference between the best and the worst.

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They're all the same.

If you go in there and take out fossil fuels, your starting assumption is not death and destruction. Your starting assumption ... is that it will have very little effect, and it's just as likely to be positive (by 17 bips) as negative.

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If I were you, as investors, I would make sure (if you have a long-range horizon) you absolutely, categorically avoid chemicals as well as absolutely avoiding fossil fuel companies.

They face a headwind.

Our Work

Empowering investors and funds with this knowledge. Collaborate with groups like the Grantham Foundation, creating innovative and high-output campaigns to disseminate this knowledge and have an impact.

Regenerative Agriculture

Trees and forests are our greatest carbon capture technology. Saving tropical rainforests can produce 6x the results of electric cars.

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Our Work

Build a database for regional and local permaculture, empowering people around the world to green their communities with the most positive impact.

Oceanic Forests

Seaweed farms are oceanic forests, and can sequester 5x as much carbon as land-based plants.

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More, seaweed has as much protein and amino acids as beef (per gram), as well as fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin B12, and Omega 3.*

And it can even replace plastics in single-use packaging.

*NOTE: As beneficial as it may be, there are dangers to both overharvesting wild seaweed and overconsuming it.
This is why responsible, cultivated seaweed farms are so important, and be careful when you eat -- you can get all you need in just 5 grams!

Our Work

Connect with GreenWave and Zeewar to understand international applications of 3D Ocean Farming. Research consumption levels for high-quality seaweed with Wageningen. Determine development locations of strategic importance, where seaweed farms can help protect the marine ecosystem and contribute to a local circular economy (food, plastic, byproducts)

Sustainable World

(See more on Trello.)


Plant-Rich Diets

By reducing our meat consumption and incorporating healthy + sustainable nutrition, we can reduce 70% of our carbon emissions -- while saving $1 trillion every year in health-care costs and lost productivity.

Our Work

Eco Impact Visualization

A database for food producers and restaurants to track their environemental impact data, and publicly visualize that data.

Introduces the selection + quality of sustainable foods to new communities, while helping consumers understand the impact of their food choices.

New Learning

As our communities and systems change, we need to prepare for that transition, and understand our how our roles and responsibilities will evolve.

Our Work

Create practical and effective learning materials -- including stories, games, and experiences -- to provide support and understanding for people as we traverse these changes.

Liberty Gardens

75 years ago, Americans planted nearly 20 million gardens across the U.S.

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Today, a coordinated home gardening movement could help save our soil, drastically reduce our carbon emissions, and help feed society.

Our Work

Building on resources like cocoons and seed tape, create fun + simple tools that empower a sustainable gardening revolution.