Yale Club Luncheon with Joe Furia, '00, Policy Director and General Counsel, Fresh Water Trust: Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Yale Club of Oregon and SW Washington proudly presents: Joe Furia, '00, Policy Director and General Counsel, Fresh Water Trust.
Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy
Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber: companies like these have come to embody innovation, efficiency, and success. How often is the environmental movement characterized in the same terms? Sadly, conservation is frequently seen as a losing battle, waged by well-meaning, but ultimately ineffective idealists. Using the book “Quantified” (authored by The Freshwater Trust’s President, Joe Whitworth) as a framework for discussion and pulling from his own experience in the Pacific Northwest, Yale and the Silicon Valley, Joe Furia will discuss how conservation can and must evolve if we are to maintain our economy, let alone our own health. The principles of this approach, dubbed quantified conservation, will be familiar to any thriving entrepreneur: situational awareness, bold outcomes, innovation and technology, data and analytics, and gain-focused investment. This no-nonsense strategy builds on the inspirational environmental work begun in the 1970s, while recognizing that the next economy will demand new solutions.
Joe Furia is the Policy Director and General Counsel for The Freshwater Trust, a conservation nonprofit dedicated to restoring and protecting freshwater ecosystems. Prior to The Freshwater Trust, Joe worked as an attorney at the Portland, Oregon office of K&L Gates LLP, where he practiced in the areas of environmental, land and natural resources, energy regulation, corporate transactions, commercial litigation and real estate. Previously, he was the business development manager for an alternative energy company where he co-managed a federal affairs program that secured federal funding for the company’s hybrid vehicle program, and solicited investments from accredited investors, qualified institutional investors and strategic partners. Joe got his start out of college working in marketing and sales at a Silicon Valley technology startup focused on automating marketing decisions based real-time data generated from online advertising. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale College (’00) and a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.