The Climate Challenge: A Panel Discussion
Climate change is the existential threat of our time. It affects not only our personal lives, but businesses as well. The Federal Reserve has identified climate change as an important factor in determining long term interest rates. Many large investment funds, including the University of California endowment fund, have divested their fossil fuel investments of more than $13 trillion to date. BlackRock Investments’ Larry Fink has stated that “climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long term prospects”. To help you unravel the complexities of this challenge, join a distinguished panel of climate activists to learn about the science of climate change, the solutions presently available, the new technologies on the horizon, and the actions you can take from a personal and business perspective to address this problem. Register for this timely online seminar now.
28 year career in accounting and finance related fields, at the VP Finance/CFO level last 10 years. 25 year career in teaching at San Jose State University, and was named outstanding lecturer at the University in 2009. Served on many non-profit Boards of Directors, including 11 years at the Foundation for Global Community and 7 years on Silicon Valley Federal Credit Union, 3 years as Chairman of the Board. I’ve always had a strong interest in ethics and the environment, conducting research and presenting on topics such as: Sustainable business practices, business ethics, integrating values and business smarts, your money or your life, and inserting environmental topics into the business curriculum. Now that I am retired (for the 3rd time), I am interested in pursuing what I consider the most vital issue of our time, the impact of climate change on our planet. In 2018, I joined the Elders Climate Action leadership team, and Elders Action Network Board of Directors, and was elected Vice-President/Treasurer. I have attended the Climate Reality Project (CRP) training with Al Gore in August, 2018, joined the Santa Clara County Chapter of CRP, and am actively participating in their speaker’s bureau, presenting the Climate Crisis and solutions and publish a weekly climate newsletter. In June, of 2020, I founded the Sustainable Villages Club in my community, the Villages Golf and Country Club. We have grown to over 50 members and 6 action teams. I am married 53 years, living in San Jose, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. They are who I am devoting my climate and sustainable living related activities to.
Bill Weihl is the Founder and Executive Director of ClimateVoice, a non-profit initiative launched in February 2020 that is mobilizing the workforce to encourage companies to go “all in” on climate – especially in their use of their voice and influence to support public policy, everywhere they operate.
From 2012 to 2018, Bill was Director of Sustainability at Facebook, leading work on sustainability across the company, and helping to launch the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. Prior to Facebook, Bill was Green Energy Czar at Google, where his team pioneered Google’s work to buy clean energy for its data centers and helped found the Climate Savers Computing Initiative with Intel and WWF.
Gary White is a Climate Activist trained by Former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project (CRP). Gary’s role with the CRP SF Bay Area chapter is to educate and motivate people in the Bay Area to learn about and address climate change. Mr. White has given 240 climate presentations to over 16,000 people to date.
Mr. White is also the Founder and Group Leader of the San Mateo chapter of Extinction Rebellion. XR uses non-violent direct action tactics to call attention to the increasing severity of the climate emergency and demand an aggressive response by the U.S. government and the business community to limit the damage.
Currently retired, Mr. White spent nearly 30 years as a Human Resources Executive in the Silicon Valley with Apple, Intuit, and Palm. In addition to HR, Mr. White was responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at his workplaces over the final 15 years of his career in high tech.
He holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University, a Masters from UC Berkeley, and an Executive Education Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School. Mr. White lives in Belmont, CA with his wife of 20 years and is an active member of the Rotary Club of San Mateo.
Erin Zimmerman received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2013. She has been an environmental advocate for the past decade and is currently a Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project, an NGO founded by former Vice President Al Gore to push for systemic change to fight the climate crisis. Erin is a member of the Santa Clara County Chapter and Co-director of their education-focused Speakers’ Bureau. She is also an Associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (based in Hamburg, Germany) where she continues to publish academic papers on non-traditional security and emerging forms of governance.
Thursday, March 25th
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Greeting/Presentation
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Networking
One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBA
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