EnSE Webinar Invited Speaker Series: Dr. Jonathan Foley

EnSE Webinar Series Invited Speaker

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 04:00 – 05:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Link: https://kaust.zoom.us/j/481635969 


2020-EnSE-Jonathan Foley


Dr. Jonathan Foley

Executive Director of Project Drawdown (https://drawdown.org/)


Prof. Matthew McCabe

Associate Director of WDRC


Reaching Drawdown: Climate Solutions for the New Decade


Founded in 2014, Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach "Drawdown"— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller, Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. They continue to develop that resource by conducting rigorous review and assessment of climate solutions, creating compelling communication across mediums, and partnering with efforts to accelerate climate solutions globally. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. The Project aims to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward Drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. The recently released 2020 Drawdown Review can be found here: https://drawdown.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Drawdown_Review_2020_march10.pdf 


Jonathan Foley is an environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on. Foley's groundbreaking research and insights have led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders around the world. He and his colleagues have made major contributions to our understanding of global ecosystems, food security and the environment, climate change, and the sustainability of the world's resources. He has won numerous awards and honors for his work, 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 also named as the winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment.

Before joining Project Drawdown, Foley led a number of world-leading environmental science and sustainability organizations. From 1993 to 2008, he was based at the University of Wisconsin, where he launched the Climate, People, and Environment Program (CPEP), founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and served as the first Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies. From 2008 and 2014, he was the founding director of the Institute on the Environment(IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was also McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. Then, between 2014 and 2018, he served as the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, the greenest and more forward-thinking science museum on the planet.See more at https://globalecoguy.org/about-2988257cab5e 


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11 May, 2020
04:00 PM - 04:00 PM