Be sure to register now for “Climate Week (From Home): How Business Can Meet the Moment with Urgency” on Tuesday, September 22 at 1pm ET | 10am PT | 6pm BT.
Climate Week certainly is arriving at a most urgent time this year. Record-breaking wildfires are raging through California, temperatures in Colorado have plunged from sweltering to freezing – and Los Angeles County recently set a new high temperature of 121°F degrees.
In the moment we’re in today – months away from a pivotal presidential election, in the midst of a global pandemic and a reckoning around social and racial justice in our country – many citizens and leaders are justified in their concerns that climate change issues may be pushed to the back burner.
Despite this, we’ve seen many climate activists become further galvanized by all that’s happening, pointing out how climate justice and racial justice are inextricably linked and warning that the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic are merely a dress rehearsal for what’s to come in a scenario of unchecked climate change. As a result, this year’s Climate Week may be largely virtual, but it is still hugely relevant.
To that end, we encourage you to join Hannon Armstrong CEO Jeffrey Eckel and 3BL Media on September 22 at 1pm ET/9am PT for a conversation with TriplePundit’s Mary Mazzoni on how business leaders can harness the moment in which now we find ourselves to push for greater urgency on climate action.
According to Eckel, the success of the company he leads lies in the fact that it has not diverted from its core strategy – and relies on everyone in the company to believe in the fight to take on climate change. Based on the company’s long-term financial performance, the strategy he’s chartered for Hannon Armstrong is certainly paying off.
“We will earn better risk adjusted returns by investing on the right side of the climate change line,” Eckel said during a 2019 interview with 3p. “It’s simple in concept, but very tricky in practice. But that bottom line is that we’ve simplified our mission, which is to use finance so that companies can accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies and other sustainable solutions.”
A little more about Hannon Armstrong: it’s is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions, providing capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets.
During this Climate Week webcast, Eckel will also discuss why he penned an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg advocating for Facebook to flag and remove misinformation about climate change and how business can play a role in “Building Back Better” by creating new systems with eyes toward environmental justice and decarbonization.
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