James Hansen, Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions Program, Columbia University, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor and at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.
Michelle Marvier is professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University
Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden.
Winner of the National Medal of Science, 2001
Burton Richter, Nobel Prize Winner, Physics, 1976
Stewart Brand, founder, Whole Earth Catalogue
Norris McDonald, founder and president, Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy
Norris McDonald is founder and president of the African American Environmentalist Association, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement, and the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy. McDonald worked at the Environmental Policy Institute from 1979 - 1986 (now Friends of the Earth). The AAEA has also sponsored creek walks, tours of inner city toxic waste sites, power plants, drinking-water plants, sewage treatment plants, and conservation farms, all with the idea of bringing together mostly white environmentalists with black inner city residents. McDonald won the Environment Magazine Award in 1991, the Conservation award from the National Wildlife Federation in 1997, and the Green Room Energy and Environmental Leadership Award in 2012. In December 2012 he was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100.
Gwyneth Cravens, author, Power to Change the World
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
David W. Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics for the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Stephen Pinker, Harvard University, Better Angels of Our Nature
Rachel Pritzker, co-founder, Pritzker Innovation Fund
Daniel Aegerter , Chairman, Armada Investment
Chris Foreman, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Chris Foreman is professor and director of the social policy program at the University of Maryland 's School of Public Policy where he teaches courses on political institutions and the politics of inequality. Professor Foreman came to the school in 2000 after more than a decade at the Brookings Institution, where he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the governance studies program. His bookSignals from the Hill: Congressional Oversight and the Challenge of Social Regulation (Yale University Press, 1988) won the 1989 D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. He is also the author ofPlagues, Products and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking (Brookings, 1994). In The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice (Brookings, 1998) Professor Foreman addresses the opportunities and constraints facing advocates and policymakers in the search for environmental equity. He is also the editor of The African American Predicament (Brookings, 1999). His interests include the politics of health, race, regulation, and government reform. Professor Foreman taught previously at American University . He served on the board of governors of The Nature Conservancy from 1999 to 2005, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia in 2008-2009.
Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, University of Cambridge
William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ;
Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate; Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation; Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science
Mark S. Boyce, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Martin Lewis, Department of History, Stanford University
Robert May, Oxford OM AC Kt FRS, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Reed Noss, Provost's Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida
Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roland Pritzker, Pritzker Innovation Fund
Peter Schwartz, author, Art of the Long View
F Stuart Chapin III, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Tom Wigley, Climate and Energy Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Tom Blees, Executive Director, The Science Council
Chris Dickman, conservation scientist, University of Sydney
John Crary, Crary Family Foundation
Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paul Robbins is the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he guides the institute in serving as a world leader in addressing rapid global environmental change. He is spearheading several new initiatives in educational innovation, including the establishment of a professional master's degree in Environmental Conservation. He also oversees a rapidly growing undergraduate environmental studies program.
Robbins is also strengthening the Nelson Institute's commitment to the Wisconsin Idea through the expansion of its innovative service-learning and internship programs, partnerships across campus and with outside agencies and organizations, and community programs and public events.
Robbins has years of experience as a researcher and educator, specializing in human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. He has taught topics ranging from environmental studies and natural resource policy to social theory. His research addresses questions spanning conservation conflicts, urban ecology, and environment and health interactions. He has done extensive fieldwork in rural India, where he has focused his work on the politics surrounding forestry and wildlife conservation in Rajasthan, India, as well as recent research examining the wealth of biodiversity (frogs, birds and mammals) in commercial coffee and rubber plantations throughout south India.
Robbins has also led national studies of consumer chemical risk behaviors in America, including research on the abiding passion of Americans for their lawns and mosquito management policies in the Southwest. In addition, he has studied the complexities of elk management policy on the settled fringes of Yellowstone Park.
With writing focused on diverse interdisciplinary audiences and the broader public, he is author of the foundational textbook Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction and numerous research articles in publications that address conservation science, social science, and the humanities. His award-winning book Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are is widely recognized as one of the most accessible books on the environmental politics of daily life.
Robbins previously led the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, which he helped establish and served for two years as director. A UW-Madison alumnus with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, Paul Robbins also holds a master's degree and doctorate in geography, both from Clark University. He was raised in Denver, Colorado.
Joe Lassiter, Professor, Harvard Business School
Joe is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Retired. He focuses on one of the world’s most pressing problems: developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy all around the world. He studies how high-potential ventures attacking this problem are being financed and how their innovations are being brought to market in different parts of the world. In the HBS MBA and Executive Education programs, he teaches about the lessons learned as well as potential improvements in business practices, regulation and government policy. On retiring in 2015, Joe was appointed as a Senior Fellow to continue his work on energy and climate change related issues at HBS as well as in supporting University-wide efforts as a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE).
After joining HBS in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer, he was appointed a Professor of Management Practice in 1997. He was awarded the MBA Class of 1954 Chair in 2000 and the Senator John Heinz Chair in Environmental Management in 2012. From 2010 until 2015, Joe was Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (Harvard i-lab). Joe's academic and professional work focused on the creation of high-potential ventures --both as new companies and within existing companies-- and the efforts of their managers to turn these ventures into high-performance businesses. At HBS, he taught courses in Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurial Management, Building Green Businesses and Innovation in Business, Energy & Environment. For Harvard University, he taught courses in Innovation & Entrepreneurship to undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from across the University and its affiliated hospitals. Outside Harvard, Joe was active as an investor in and director of a wide range of both new ventures and public companies.
David Lea, Professor of Earth Science, Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara
David Lea is Professor in the Department of Earth Science, Affiliate Faculty in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and a member of the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been a faculty member since 1989. He received his B.S. in Geology from Haverford College (PA) in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 1990 (Thesis Supervisor Prof. Ed Boyle, MIT - member NAS). His research interests include Ice Age climate change, marine geochemistry/carbon cycle, and global climate change. He has published 100 scholarly papers on these topics, including 18 in the high profile journals Science and Nature. Lea has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and University of Cambridge, UK. His awards include the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (2001), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-03), a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, a Clare Hall Visiting Fellowship (both 2002-03, Cambridge, UK), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Emiliani Lectureship (2007) -- awarded to "individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions to our understanding of past oceans and climates" --, a Leopold Leadership Fellowship (2009), a Jefferson Science Fellowship (2010), and a Google Science Communication Fellowship (2011). Lea was elected a Fellow of AAAS in 2012 and AGU in 2013. He developed and chaired UCSB’s 2007 Global Warming-Science and Society Event Series, which drew over 3600 attendees. In 2010-2011, as a Jefferson Science Fellow, Lea served as science advisor in the U.S. Department of State to the Honorable Todd Stern, President Obama’s Special Envoy on Climate Change (SECC), and to the Office of Global Change (EGC).