Climate change philanthropist Jay Faison is the founder of the ClearPath Foundation, an entrepreneurial, strategic nonprofit focused on the acceleration of clean energy solutions. Mr. Faison joined the Blair community virtually on April 20 to talk about climate change politics and policy during his Society of Skeptics presentation, “A Way Forward.” Watch his presentation now:
During a highly successful entrepreneurial career, Mr. Faison founded, operated and sold three businesses, including SnapAV, a high-growth company that is the largest supplier in the custom audio-video industry. In 2013, he won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region. That same year, he founded ClearPath to pursue his passion for philanthropy and make a difference in the fight against global warming by advocating innovative, market-based solutions rather than reliance on government regulation.
According to its website, ClearPath’s mission is to develop and advance policies that accelerate breakthrough innovations that reduce emissions in the energy and industrial sectors. The foundation’s work includes educating the public and developing cutting-edge policy solution on clean energy and industrial innovation. In addition, the foundation “collaborates with public and private sector stakeholders on innovations in nuclear energy, carbon capture, hydropower, natural gas, geothermal, energy storage, and heavy industry to enable private-sector deployment of critical technologies.”
Mr. Faison is ClearPath’s managing partner, as well as chairman of the American Flood Coalition, and a member of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Council and the American Energy Innovation Council. In 2015, Politico.com included Mr. Faison, “a conservative for clean energy,” in the Politico 50, a list of “the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.” Mr. Faison holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
History of Skeptics
The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.
The program, which is funded in part by The Class of 1968 Society of Skeptics Endowment Fund, was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon. ’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller and his successor, history department chair Jason Beck, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.