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  • Our Mission

    Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy. It brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future.

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    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Greg's Arctic Voyage

    In 2007, Greg Dalton and a group of Commonwealth Club members visited the Arctic Circle aboard a Russian icebreaker to witness the effects of climate change firsthand. After being informed, alarmed, and compelled to do something, Greg founded Climate One, a branch of the Commonwealth Club dedicated to promoting dialogue on clean energy, economy, and the environment between business leaders and community activists. In 2011, Climate One began examining strategic climate change issues with a specific focus on food and agriculture, transportation, and building and land use.





    Building & Land Use: According to the famous McKinsey carbon abatement curves, transportation and commercial and residential buildings offer some of the greatest opportunities for lifecycle cost savings and carbon reductions.



    Food & Agriculture: Agriculture’s sensitivity to dramatic changes in weather puts our food production in grave danger. With Silicon Valley nearby, California's Central Valley provides not only sustainable food and agriculture, but also sustainable innovation.


    EVs & Transportation: With rising oil prices and President Obama instating a vehicle fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, car companies will need to invest heavily in change to keep up with green demand. What changes are needed for car companies to develop sexy electric vehicles and reach the new CAFÉ standard?

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  • Nicholas Stern Receives 2013 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication

    Lord Nicholas Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics and former World Bank Chief Economist, was presented with the $10,000 Climate One award for 2013. Few people have impacted the discussion of carbon pollution economics more than Stern, who authored the highly influential 2006 “Stern Review." He has more recently emphasized opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy and now leads a think tank at Imperial College London created by Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of one of the largest money managers in the world, GMO. 

  • Climate One Wins Best of the Bay 2013: Best Guide for a Challenging Future

    San Francisco Bay Guardian editors voted Climate One as the winner of the 2013 award for “Best Guide for a Challenging Future.” The award gives special recognition to organizations that brighten the Bay Area experience. For the award's announcement, SFBG editors wrote, the “Climate One series deserves a shout-out for bringing the most pressing environmental issues of our time to the fore.” See the official announcement here.

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