Sustainability in Houston, in 20 slides

Jun 7, 2011 11:12 AM ET

Herman Miller Discover Blog

By John Kim

"We spend 19% of our money on cars."

Get your attention? I know it got mine.

That is the beauty of Pecha Kucha: 20 seconds per slide and only 20 slides is just 400 seconds to tell your story. Grab the audience’s attention early, move quickly, and be concise, and you will be successful.

Brian Malarkey, author of the “We spend 19% of our money on cars” quote, spent 400 seconds (6:40) making the case for a better approach to energy consumption. He feels that the future will require us to explore and support alternative transportation options, not just rely on cars.

Brian was among eight presenters who answered the question, “What does it mean to be a sustainable city?” as part of a themed Pecha Kucha night (PKN) event held in Herman Miller’s Houston showroom. From the built environment, to conserving the natural environment, to sustainability as a public-policy issue, everyone delivered a unique perspective on the theme

Sustainability is an important topic for Houston as it challenges itself to become a truly sustainable city. And for Herman Miller as well, as we move closer to our goal of zero waste by 2020.

Checkout Pechakucha’s website to find a PKN near you, and for information on starting your own event.

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