ECO delegation to the MIT with sustainable success 

International transatlantic cooperation – that was the goal of a high-level Austrian economy and science delegation. Beside numerous networking meetings with US decision-makers, companies and educational institutions in Boston, New York, Washington and Chicago, the agenda also included a meeting with the aspiring US politician Joseph Kennedy III.

Inspiration, communication and innovation – the Austrian communications entrepreneur Josef Mantl, spokesman of the sustainability initiative Sustainable Future Campaign and Al Gore Climate Leader, together with US State Senator Marc R. Pacheco from Boston, the international green-tech expert Klaus Tritscher (CEO of EnTri Consulting in Vienna) and the Styrian green-tech entrepreneur Mario Müller (CEO of fibag) started the “Green Tech Bridge USA – Austria. “From Harvard to Kennedy” ranged this extraordinary economy and science mission to the northeast of the USA for an inspiring exchange of ideas with leading representatives of US policy, green-tech industry and world-famous research and educational institutions, which resulted in the foundation of the information exchange and networking platform “Green Tech Bridge”.

During this mission, the agenda also included a high level meeting with a young aspiring member of the Kennedy family: Joseph Kennedy III. (33), son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy II. and grandnephew of John F. Kennedy, who last year was elected to the House of Representatives of the United States as representative of the 4th District of Massachusetts and there is a member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the Economic Committee. Josef Mantl was able to meet him at his premises at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

The “Green Tech Bridge USA – Austria”
The new project “Green Tech Bridge” is to ensure and expand the subject of sustainability and the international networking required for that across the Atlantic in the long term. “With economy and science missions, cross-border events and the use of digital media, we want to build an international bridge, so that new trends are set in the green-tech business with meetings and cooperation of the best minds from economy, policy and society”, Josef Mantl explains. In that, he was particularly happy about the return to Boston, where he studied with a Fulbright Scholarship at the Emerson College of Communications from 2006 to 2008, and together with US State Senator Marc R. Pacheco started the sustainability initiative “Sustainable Future Campaign”. Pacheco as founder and head of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is an American spearhead in sustainability policy.

“As is known, success is made up of 20% of inspiration, 70% of transpiration and 10% of luck”, co-initiator Klaus Tritscher says motivatedly, who contributes his years of green-tech expertise to the travel programme’s contents design: “During meetings of this kind, new ideas and promising contacts are practically handed over on a silver tray.”

Beside the cross-border effect, Mario Müller also emphasises the strong regional rootedness: “While having dinner in Graz one day, Marc Pacheco and I had the idea to build a “bridge” – Green Tech Bridge – to act at an international level with the power from the Green Tech Valley Styria, from the heart of Austria!”

Full schedule
In and around Boston, the agenda included, among other things, visits to the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton (hometown of Senator Pacheco), the University of Massachusetts, Boston’s Venture Development Center, the Massachusetts State House with representatives of the local industrialists’ association and chamber of commerce, as well as a personal reception by the President of the Senate, Therese Murray. The MassCEC Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainability Systems in Boston gave a trendsetting insight into new technologies of energy generation. And of course, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were also on the agenda: thus, among other things, the Harvard Innovation Center and the MIT Energy Initiative were paid a visit as well.

Further events and actions of the “Green Tech Bridge USA – Austria” have been planned for the near future.