It all began with a movie. After seeing An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, Dr. Leslie Field knew that the effects of climate change were here. The MIT and UC Berkeley Chemical and Electrical engineer, and inventor with 54 patents, decided to dedicate her life to ensure her two children would have a habitable planet. Drawing on her experience in chemical engineering, materials science, and microelectronics, Leslie approached climate change as a materials issue.

While leading her engineering consulting company, she began voraciously reading, speaking with experts, and attending seminars to determine what the single most important levers on climate change were. One that kept reappearing, but that nobody seemed to be addressing, was the loss of reflective multi-year ice in the Arctic. The Arctic ice albedo feedback effect is a system in which reflective ice melts due to higher temperatures, dark and absorbent open ocean is exposed and begins to warm, and then more ice melts from both the top and bottom because of both higher temperatures and warmer ocean water. 

Starting in 2007, she performed extensive testing in small tanks on decks and local areas to test different materials that might best reflect the sun. Fast forward to today and, after 12 years of testing, refining, and testing again, we have the material, the team, and the experience needed to significantly reduce the impacts of climate change and make a difference in the global climate before it’s too late.

 

Leslie interviewed by Xinova as part of its innovator profile series


OUR Founding Principles

1. Do no harm
Our material is safe for humans and animals and already exists in the environment, and we would never use a material that proves harmful even if it saves ice.

2. Don't give up
Our goal is to see the Arctic restored to its important role in keeping the planet cool. We have been working on this diligently for a decade, and will continue to do so until the goal is met.

3. Do the most with the least
A small amount of our material goes a long way when applied to a strategic location of the Arctic. Much like small, yearly contributions to an investment account, the results compound over time.

4. Work with full transparency and permission
We believe the public and relevant agencies must know about our climate restoration work.

5. Ask “if not now, when? If not us, who?” 
We don’t assume others will take care of climate change. Not acting to stop Arctic ice loss will affect everybody on the planet, and we have a feasible, scalable solution that’s ready to test and eventually deploy.