Coffee and Jam #318

This is a very special edition of Coffee & Jam as we welcome Mike Hart – CEO of Sierra Energy – a US based startup who have just raised $33m USD to develop their waste to energy gasifier technology.  This disruptive technology takes virtually any type of human generated waste and converts it into gas that can power communities.  Mike is in New Zealand as a visiting Edmund Hilary Fellow and will be introduced by Huia Lambie, Connector at Edmund Hillary Fellowship.  This C&J will be a busy one so come along early, be inspired, and meet your city’s startup and innovation tribe!About Mike HartMike G. Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy, has over 26 years’ experience forming and running industrial companies. Mike has served as Sierra Energy’s CEO since the company was founded in 2004. He also serves as President of Sierra Railroad Company, Sierra Energy’s parent which also has freight, passenger, and real estate divisions. Mike is a passionate environmentalist who has been named an “Environmental Hero” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration. Mike actively works with public agencies, local and regional governments, academia, and private industry on regulatory and environmental issues ranging from waste processing and disposal to renewable energy production. More about Sierra Energy –