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Fall Public Lecture: Bill Weihl

  • The Foster 940 Commercial Street Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

From Action to Advocacy: "One Giant Leap for Mankind" that Companies Need to Take on Climate

Companies have led the way in the last decade on climate action - decarbonizing their operations at a rapid clip. And yet, global emissions are still rising, when they need to be falling to have a hope of keeping warming below 1.5 deg C. We need policies that set the market rules to rapidly scale solutions beyond the few early adopters to the entire economy - and to do it in a just and equitable way. It's time for companies to step up and make the "giant leap" to be strong and consistent advocates for science-based climate policies. We'll discuss what that looks like, and how companies can work together to drive rapid progress.

As Director of Sustainability at Facebook from 2012 to 2018, Bill Weihl and his team advanced projects to reduce the company's environmental footprint and boost energy efficiency in all aspects of its operations. 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. He has received Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment recognition in 2009, a Global Green Award for environmental leadership in 2016, and the VERGE Vanguard Award from GreenBiz in 2018. Earlier in his career, Bill was a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, a researcher at Digital's Systems Research Center, and CTO of Akamai Technologies. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics, as well as B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from MIT.

All lectures are FREE for Acterra members (promo code “member”), free for students (code “student”) and $10 for non-members. Advance registration is recommended: visit

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Self-guided gallery walk-through and light refreshments at 6:30 pm.