Unlocking the Impact Economy with Jigar Shah

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Unlocking the Impact Economy with Jigar Shah


Content: Video Webinar Presentation with Q&A

Length: 1:10:41

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Stream our April 18, 2019 webinar with Jigar Shah, co-founder and CEO of Generate Capital.


The October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report states that “limiting global warming requires limiting the total cumulative global anthropogenic emissions of CO2 since the pre-industrial period, that is, staying within a total carbon budget.” The report further states that “pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems. These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale, but not necessarily in terms of speed, and imply deep emissions reductions in all sectors, a wide portfolio of mitigation options and a significant upscaling of investments in those options.

As the founder of solar pioneering SunEdison, the leading renewable energy development company in the world, founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, an NGO focused on market-based solutions to climate change, and co-founder and president of Generate Capital, a sustainable infrastructure impact investment company, Jigar Shah has been at the forefront of transformative thinking and business innovation that address the climate crisis. His book Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy makes the case that rather than waiting for yet to be developed technology, business model innovation is the key to attract mainstream capital and unlock transformational change.

In this virtual fireside chat and Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker discusses with Shah the achievable pathways to meeting the IPCC’s short, twelve-year timeline for addressing the climate crisis, and other insights Shah has gleaned from his years as a pioneering entrepreneur and impact investor about how we can most effectively and efficiently build an impact economy.

JIGAR SHAH is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change.

Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room, and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will have an outsized impact on bringing about the next productivity revolution: resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “no money down” project finance models.

Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business, and its Center for Social and Environmental Innovation, where he curates the global Impact Entrepreneur Network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars, produces educational in-person and online programming with the leading individuals and organizations active in impact economy building, and consults with early stage impact companies, investors and educational institutions. He is an award-winning editor and publisher of bestselling, sustainability-oriented books and magazines, including works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan, and is a prolific writer on entrepreneurship and impact investing. He was the founding executive director of The Orion Society, which publishes the acclaimed Orion Magazine, a journal focused on people, nature, and place, and is the former executive director for the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating wisdom that informs social transformation and environmental healing. He is also the co-founder of the Place-based Education movement, which laid essential groundwork for the emerging practice of place-based investing. Lane-Zucker did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and Edinburgh University and graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Load School of English.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as part of its Scaling Solutions initiative.