JANUARY GREEN BUSINESS FORUM: JIGAR SHAH, FOUNDER, SUN EDISON
Wharton DC Green Business Forum
Jigar Shah, Founder, SunEdison & Author,
Creating Climate Wealth
All interested in business & sustainability welcome
Please join us for our FORUM where we discuss topics at the intersection of business and our environment.
When and Where:
The DC Wharton Club's Green Business Forum, will hold its upcoming meeting on day, January 31, 2014.
Lunch will be held from 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Please arrive no later than 11:45 to get your lunch without interrupting the program), including time for networking
LOCATION: Bernstein Global Wealth Management, 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, 11th Floor Washington, DC 20036 (near Metro Farragut North (Red) & West (Blue/Orange lines) Metro stops)
The Wharton Green Business Forum invites you to join us at lunch from 12-1:30 on January 31 at Bernstein Global Wealth Management, with Jigar Shah.
The Wharton DC Green Business Forum meets regularly with speakers in varied facets of the cleantech. energy and sustainability fields to learn about new developments and business opportunities. Sponsored by the Wharton School Club of DC, announcements of upcoming events reach over 3,000 Washington area alums of Wharton, Harvard, Columbia and other top business schools, entrepreneurs and executives. Attendance at the programs is open to anyone interested in business and the environment, with advance signup recommended.
MEET THE SPEAKER, JIGAR SHAH (edited from the websites of EmpowerEmergies.com and Amazon.com)
Mr. Shah is CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, focusing on the key issues necessary to implement profitable solutions to climate change. Until earlier this year, Mr. Shah also served as CEO of the Carbon War Room, a
non-profit organization whose mission is to harness the power of entrepreneurs to unlock market-driven solutions to climate change.
He is the author of the bestseller, Creating Climate Wealth. Creating Climate Wealth is about how climate change - the biggest challenge of our time –can be turned into a $10 trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. Author Jigar Shah, internationally recognized for revolutionizing the now multi-billion-dollar solar energy industry, outlines how entrepreneurs and investors can unlock the massive potential that climate change represents. Shah argues that, while new technical innovation is valuable, deployment of existing technologies is the key to reaching our near-term climate targets. Rather than waiting for yet to be developed technology, business model innovation is the key to attract mainstream capital and unlock transformational change. Shah makes a compelling case for reaching our 2020 climate change goals through 100,000 companies worldwide, each generating $100 million in sales.
Unlocking our next economy will be driven by thousands of companies deploying existing clean and resource-efficient technologies in electricity-supply (like solar), transportation, building materials, industry
, forestry, waste, and agriculture. Shah is not alone; according to the International Energy Agency, and others, $10 trillion can be invested profitably—today—in the world’s existing technologies, making Shah’s plan of 100,000 companies each generating $100 million in sales a reality in catalyzing a new economy in the process.
Creating Climate Wealth is also the personal story of Shah’s journey through the solar industry and the founding of SunEdison, the world’s largest solar energy company. SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model, an innovation that is recognized as the key catalyst that turned solar PV into
a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. SunEdison was sold to MEMC for over $200 million.
Through business model innovations, SunEdison helped trigger the multi-billion dollar solar energy services industry. Shah’s revolutionary approach has been emulated throughout the solar industry. But perhaps more important, it is also being adapted for other industrial sectors like agriculture and transportation – unlocking incredible new revenue streams, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, and positively transforming the planet on a global level.
This implementation of business-based solutions to solve complex social problems represents a new economic movement; driven by “Impact Investments.” Impact Investments are changing the world for the better, promoting development and economic growth, and encouraging local entrepreneurship. Unlocking these opportunities represent the largest wealth creation opportunity of our generation. Whether you are interested in climate change, poverty alleviation, or just promoting projects that make financial sense, this book is for you. Jigar Shah provides a proven roadmap to understanding the Impact Economy, and creating the lasting changes that will improve our world for future generations.
Previously, Mr. Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
He sits on the Boards of Directors of Empower Energies (Troy, MI; shareholders include General Motors Ventures, the venture cap arm of GM), Carbon War Room, SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute, and Greenpeace USA.
Register Today: We expect this event to sell out early!!
- Wharton Club, WNG, Williams or HBS Club Members and first guest: $23/Person w/o book; 35/person with copy of book through Noon, four days prior (includes lunch, program, networking, copy of book with that option)
- Non-Members, at all times, and members after 4 days prior, and all walk-ins: $35/person without book, 47/person, including book.
- Extra copies of Jigar Shah's book: 15/book. All books purchased in connection with this event (and not those purchased aside from other sources) will be available for signing by Mr. Shah
- ***Green Business Forum Jan. 31 with SunEdison Founder and author of Creating Climate Wealth, Jigar Shah, will sell out quickly.
- MEMBERS ONLY through Monday, January 13 (and also Early Bird rates for Members)
The DC Wharton Club's Green Business Forum meets periodically for either breakfast or lunch.