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Karl Burkart

Karl Burkart is the Director of Innovation, Media & Technology at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) overseeing the foundation’s website and social media properties, the Before the Flood website launched in tandem with the release of Mr. DiCaprio's climate documentary, and other initiatives supporting advocacy for key social and environmental issues connected to the work of the foundation. He also manages the portfolio of LDF grants that seek to scale innovation in both conservation and grassroots organizing. Karl received his Masters degree in Architecture with a special focus on passive energy buildings and environmental systems design. He was an early advocate in the green building movement and created an award-winning web tool used by architects and clients such as Kaiser Permanente to develop their sustainable design initiatives. He later went on to develop several online and mobile applications that help individuals and companies better understand their environmental impact, and he led digital advocacy for the TckTckTck campaign, a global network of 500 NGOs working for an international climate agreement. Karl also created the blog Greendig that explored the intersection between innovative technology and environmental sustainability and was the creator and producer of Planet100, the Discovery Network’s first daily online news show for the Planet Green network. He has authored over 200 articles on climate science, cutting-edge environmental solutions, and digital tools for public advocacy, with articles appearing in Mother Nature Network, Forbes, CNN, TrendHunter, Alternet, Huffington Post, SHFT, and CleanTechnica.

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