Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Where: The Paramount
Cost: FREE WITH REGISTRATION
Debate over the utilization of carbon-based energy to power the global economy is driving dramatic change in business, policy, and social behavior around the world. One person stands at the intersection of all three. Jeremy Leggett is an advocate, an entrepreneur, and founder of a think-tank widely credited with catalyzing the global carbon divestiture movement.
Apex Clean Energy is honored to welcome Jeremy Leggett to The Paramount Theater to explore his 25-year journey, captured in his recent book Winning the Carbon War. This free event will feature Leggett’s singular perspective as he provides an in-depth review of the process – and progress – to drive the global transition to renewable energy.
Leggett, who began his career as an award-winning earth scientist who researched exploration opportunities for oil and gas energy companies, left the industry to join Greenpeace in the 1990s. In 1998, Leggett founded Solarcentury, which remains the UK’s largest independent solar electric company today. He subsequently set up the global non-profit SolarAid in 2006 to help African and other developing nations access solar power, funding this venture by utilizing 5% of the proceeds of Solarcentury’s annual profit. This work has introduced more than a million solar lights in Africa, helping reduce dependence on the kerosene lantern.
Leggett also serves as the chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, which has successfully worked to drive global attention toward the risk to capital markets of stranded carbon assets, also known as the carbon bubble. He is the author of four books, is a contributor to The Guardian and the Financial Times, lectures on business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St. Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University.
[40th anniversary multicolor] Apex Clean Energy is hosting An Evening with Jeremy Leggett in part to generate wider community understanding of the work of AHIP, Charlottesville and Albemarle’s home repair nonprofit, and more specifically, its efforts to enhance energy efficiency. In tandem with its emergency repair and rehab services, AHIP began providing energy efficiency upgrades to low-income households in Charlottesville in 2010 in order to reduce household costs, increase families’ health and comfort, and reduce our community’s energy usage. AHIP is now embarking on an unprecedented effort to rehabilitate and weatherize 30 homes in Alberene, a historic community in rural southern Albemarle. Attendees are encouraged to consider AHIP in their philanthropic and volunteer plans.