On Haiti; Development, Aid, and Hurricane Matthew – 10/24/16

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Room 112, Social Ecology 1 (Building #210 on the campus map)

The Blum Ambassadors Council will be hosting an event led by Jesse Baker and Eli Marmar, both of whom are humanitarian environmentalists working to provide clean drinking water to areas in need. As a result of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s limited access to clean water has become an even more urgent issue.

Jesse and Eli will discuss community and humanitarian efforts to improve water access in remote mountain areas, as well as the power of partnership and collaboration. Both will share direct experiences related to the approach, hit, and passing of Hurricane Matthew. The event includes a video presentation and a Q&A session.


Jesse Baker
Jesse earned his PhD in Environmental Policy from the School of Social Ecology at UCI in 2010; upon finishing, he co-found a non-profit organization as a means to explore sustainability and sustainable development as they relate to policy and practical implementation at various levels within different contexts. Project 509 was conceived to improve access to clean drinking water in remote mountain areas of Haiti. Jesse has consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations, media outlets, educational institutions and private businesses on solutions to problems related to sustainability and development, environmental justice, and nonprofit management. Learn more HERE.

Eli Marmar
After graduating from Art Center College of Design’s prestigious Industrial Design program in 2000, Eli spent the next eight years pushing the limits of wetsuit design as Senior Designer for O’Neill. In 2010 he co-founded Freewaters Footwear and is responsible for all marketing and managing the water projects. Freewaters Footwear has committed to giving 1% of all sales to clean water access projects, and has chosen Project 509 as one of their main beneficiaries. Eli accompanied Project 509 in Haiti over World Water Day 2016 to learn about critical water access issues. Learn more HERE.