Dr. Jonathan Foley

Guest Speaker

Environment, Energy

Areas of Expertise

Energy  •  Environment  •  GGC-Food  •  GGC-Energy  •  GGC-General

About Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Foley is a renowned climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He is also executive director of Project Drawdown — the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.

Foley’s work has led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-profits, and business leaders around the world. He and his colleagues have made major contributions to our understanding of climate change, ecosystems, and the sustainability of the world’s resources. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including many highly cited works in Nature and Science. He is among the top 1 percent most-cited scientists in the world.

A noted science communicator, his presentations have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Institute, the World Bank, the National Geographic Society, the Chautauqua Institution, the Commonwealth Club, the National Science March, and TED.com. He has also written many popular pieces in National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Scientific American. He has appeared on National Public Radio, the PBS NewsHour, the BBC, CNN, and in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, WIRED, the HBO documentary “Too Hot Not to Handle”, and the film series“Let Science Speak”.

Foley has won numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Clinton; the J.S. McDonnell Foundation’s 21st Century Science Award; an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship; the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America; and the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. In 2014, he was named as the winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment.

2015 Commonwealth Club Panel on Climate Change

TedX: The Other Inconvenient Truth

‘This May Be The Single Biggest Business Opportunity In Human History’ (Interview w/ Forbes)

Speaking Topics

  • Building a Climate-safe Future

    Our civilization has a simple choice when it comes to climate change: do nothing and wait for disaster to strike, or stop it head-on, with tools and technologies we already have today. The second choice is a completely viable one, and it would also create many other benefits and opportunities for the world. But we have to do it right, and focus on the whole suite of solutions—not just one. In this presentation, Dr. Foley will present the concept of “Drawdown”—the point in the future when greenhouse gasses start to steadily decline, reversing global warming—and review the suite of viable climate solutions available today. These solutions have been carefully studied, analyzed, and modeled, giving rigorous, quantitative assessments of what’s possible and what it would cost. Moreover, Foley will review technologies that are not yet here, but could soon be—making it even more likely to achieve Drawdown.

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