Speaker: Jaron Rothkop
Main Talk: 501CTHREE and solutions for environmental justice
What began as an experiment to come up with an alternative to single-use plastic water bottles in Flint became the Water Box program and then 501CTHREE, a new type of nonprofit for a younger generation focused on Energy, Food, Water and Shelter. 501CTHREE is at the intersection of innovation and storytelling, and brings attention to the solutions that will help us build a cleaner, more sustainable and more hopeful future.
Musician: Ryan Adam Wells
Jaron is a board member and Director of Operations at 501CThree, a non-profit founded by Jaden Smith and Drew Fitzgerald that is dedicated to addressing issues at the intersection of climate change and social justice. 501CTHREE promotes climate change solutions through technology deployment and storytelling around global food, energy, water, and shelter challenges. Jaron leads 501CTHREE’s Water Box program, which is transforming how communities respond to water scarcity and water emergencies. Jaron is also the founder and President of The Last Kilometer, a non-profit dedicated to solving energy and water resource problems beyond the grid. The Last Kilometer designs and runs impact projects to study the deployment of clean technology solutions and has developed programs in partnership with the US Department of Defense, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, The Stimson Center, Coca-cola Bottling Company, Canadian Solar, CCM Group, Energy Peace Partners, and The International Collaborative.
Jaron is a non-resident advisor for sustainability to UAE-based Trends Research & Advisory and a an advisor to number of start-up companies including: Endectra, LLC, a sensor technology innovator working in partnership with the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer; Mana Pacific, a renewable energy project developer focused on the Pacific Islands; Ampere Technology Group, an energy storage and management company; GreenLancer Energy, the leading solar engineering services platform; and Drawdown Labs, an innovator in carbon-to-value consumer products.
Jaron held a number of industry leadership roles, including: President and CTO of ZeroBase Energy, a manufacturer of renewable energy systems; investment Advisor for sustainable technology to Pegasus Capital Advisors, a $2B private equity fund manager; Director of Automotive Consulting for J.D. Power and Associates; and management roles at Lear Corporation, a $17B global automotive systems supplier.
Jaron is a graduate of the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
Ryan Adam Wells is an award winning, world-traveled singer songwriter and storyteller.
Alternative Country, Folk-Rock sounds coupled with heartbreaking and intelligent lyrics have made Ryan a much beloved and sought after act from Texas to Australia.
He has a big following in Texas, as he calls Houston home, and can be seen weekly at the Texas Renaissance Festival in the Fall, as part of the Sound & Fury acting troupe.
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