Electric Vehicles: Sustainability Perspectives from Lyft & Elemental Excelerator

ClimateLink San Francisco
ClimateLink San Francisco
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Orange Silicon Valley

60 Spear St #1100 · San Francisco, CA

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The US is the "Auto Nation" thanks to 100 years of marketing, lobbying, and inexpensive gasoline. Now, we need to transition all of our cars to EVs as quickly as possible, or perhaps better yet, not own cars ourselves and use bicycles, shared cars and mass transportation.

Also, don't forget that our meetups are announced first in our monthly newsletter (http://bit.ly/clMonthlyNewsletter) before they're announced here along with funding opportunities, partner events, and video from our past talk.

Our Schedule
6:00PM - 6:30PM - Food and networking
6:30M - 6:45PM - Intro and Announcements
6:45PM - 8:15PM - Presentations and Q&A
8:15PM - 9:00PM - Further refreshments and networking

Our Speakers
Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability, Lyft (http://bit.ly/samArons)
Sam joined Lyft in 2018 as the Director of Sustainability, where he oversees Lyft’s sustainability and climate impact efforts. In April 2018 Lyft announced that all rides are carbon-neutral going forward, and in September 2018 doubled down by making Lyft fully carbon-neutral and covering 100% of electricity consumption with renewable energy.

Prior to Lyft, Sam spent 10 years at Google as Senior Lead for Energy & Infrastructure, where he co-led Google's achievement of 100% renewable energy in 2017, making Google the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy on the planet with over 3 GW of wind & solar energy under contract.

Before Google, Sam earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on wind energy and plug-in vehicles, respectively.

Danielle J. Harris is the Director of Mobility Innovation at Elemental Excelerator ( http://bit.ly/danielleJHarris)
Danielle works with portfolio companies, partners, community groups and cities to catalyze collaboration within the mobility industry. As a thought leader in new mobility with 10 years of experience in transit planning, street design, and transportation policy, Danielle provides a systems approach to help both startups and companies strategize and thrive within the ever-evolving mobility revolution.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Danielle was the Innovation Strategist for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Office of Innovation, where she created dynamic teams with both city departments and tech companies. Under her leadership, the Office of Innovation implemented innovative service design projects to enhance people's experience on San Francisco streets. She also instituted business transformations within the SFMTA to increase internal collaborations in an effort to prepare for the mobility revolution.

Our Companies
Lyft (Lyft.com)

Elemental Excelerator (https://elementalexcelerator.com/)

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Building cool sustainability tech? Please let us know either via this email or Slack so we can schedule you to speak.

Thank you to our hosts Orange Silicon Valley for sponsoring the venue and food for this event.