How to Advance Economic Prosperity and Reverse the Climate Crisis – Host David Ponraj sits down with David Kenney, Executive Director of VertueLab, to discuss entrepreneurial solutions at the intersection of economic recovery and climate change. They explore how the acceleration of cleantech startups can contribute to shared prosperity and additional investment in a region while addressing racial inequities in both the economy and the environment. Vertue Labs is a non-profit economic development engine funded by the State of Oregon to support cleantech startups.

Learn more about VertueLab’s work: vertuelab.org/about

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