Jonathan Webb grew up in Kentucky, the 3rd largest coal producing state in the US, and has been committed to finding sustainable projects that can be developed on the 1.2 million acres of reclaimed coal mine lands in Central Appalachia. Webb has been calling on leaders in the environmental community to reinvest in a region that has experienced devastating job loss due to the war on coal.
Webb is the founder and CEO of AppHarvest. The sustainable agriculture company is bringing the future of farming to Appalachia with high-tech greenhouses. Paul Mastronardi is one of the most influential names in produce and he and his company SUNSET Produce have partnered with the AppHarvest team to bring this vision to life.
Prior to founding AppHarvest, Webb was based in Washington DC supporting the Executive Director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives to help meet their White House goal of supplying 20% of DoD electricity usage from renewable sources by 2025. The Office leveraged private sector capital to develop large scale renewable projects on Army land and is considered to be a leading public private partnership program at the U.S. Department of Defense.