First look: The infrastructure bill and ESG Episode 26

Episode Summary

Steve is joined by Craig Jonas, the CEO and founder of CoPeace, for a high-level discussion on the infrastructure bill that has passed the House of Representatives and is making its way through Congress. They chat about the current status of the bill, what might change before it becomes law, what it does for sustainability and what opportunities it creates for investors. Steve also shares his recent experience with a much smaller infrastructure project: the opening of a Little Free Library in his hometown and why that matters to us all.

Episode Notes

In this episode, you’ll hear about:  

  • Free Little Libraries — take a book, leave a book initiative to improve kids reading.
  • Read in Color — a program to promote diversity in children’s books.
  • The importance of local projects.
  • Craig Jonas’ background.
  • The current status of the infrastructure bill.
  • What will it do for sustainability and equity?
  • What opportunities will be opened for investors and entrepreneurs?
  • CoPeace’s mission of bringing impact investing to all people.

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Read in Color

Books by and/or about Black, Indigenous and People of Color

Guest Bio: 

Craig Jonas is a lifelong entrepreneur with a history of success across the fields of business, academics and athletics. He has over 30 years of experience in management with a passion for team-building and drawing individuals with big ideas together. Craig founded CoPeace in 2018, put together a highly-talented team and board, and quickly helped CoPeace achieve Certified B Corp. and Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) status. He launched CoPeace’s holding company with strong initial investments in sustainable infrastructure and impact-related services. In order to democratize access to the equity game, Craig spurred the creation of a successful crowdfunding investment vehicle. He has been featured in ForbesWorthTriple Pundit and numerous other publications and outlets and is a frequent guest on investing-related podcasts.

Prior to CoPeace, Craig served as COO of Basketball Travelers and BTI Events, an elite sports event management and media conglomerate. In this role, he supervised international sporting events and tours worldwide. He served as the head or deputy head of the American delegation for the Summer and Winter World University Games from 2007-17.

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