Bill Weihl

Building the Business Climate Voice with Bill Weihl

Episode 9

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Ron Kamen

Ron Kamen has decades of expertise & leadership in catalyzing exponential change in sustainable energy adoption with communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses.

Quantum Quote“The best way to predict the future – is to invent it”. – Alan Kay, former Xerox researcher.

Bill Weihl started his career in computer science on the faculty at MIT, then led climate and sustainability work at Google & Facebook. He founded Climate Voice to empower the workforce to urge companies to go “all in” on climate, both in business practices and policy advocacy. Take the Climate Voice Pledge at

SuperNova #1. Google, Facebook, Apple, Ikea, Walmart, Amazon, Sales Force & other large companies already are – or soon will be – climate neutral and 100% powered by clean energy.

SuperNova #2.  While it’s important for all of us – and all companies and organizations – to make the right decisions and move to clean energy – EVERYONE needs to do it. The only way to have everyone do it is with government policy, because that policy reduces the risk and drives innovation.

SuperNova #3. Policy is about influence. Businesses have a lot of influence. If businesses say they want good carbon policies – we’ll get them. 

SuperNova #4. Carbon reductions of 8-9% / year are necessary, technically doable,  & make economic sense. But – we need to change the rules of the system.

SuperNova #5. Companies can’t just “stay in their lanes”. Even though different policies might not directly apply to their particular situation – we need to unite around the comprehensive policy changes that are being held back from the established fossil fuel companies.

SuperNova #6. Get involved in local & state policy regarding utilities and local zoning. Over 30 communities have banned fossil fuels in new construction.

Ah-Ha:  Decide on where you want to go, then figure out how to get there

Best Advice he’s ever received: Fear is normal. The right response is action, not paralysis.

Personal Success:  Questioning many things – assumptions, statements of fact, received wisdom – leads to creative approaches & solutions 

Internet Resources: Climate Nexus:  

Book Recommendation: Designing Climate Solutions by Hal Harvey

Magic Wand: Restore trust in expertise. Question assumptions & facts, but trust experts & their expertise.

One thing Energized about today: This is a complicated time. Lots of disruption, and the world is turned upside down. But the door is opening for BIG CHANGE – racial, economic, & climate justice and civil rights. 

WTF or F:  On the beach having fun in North Carolina in 2004. Didn’t know that there was a hurricane coming & had to evacuate.

Parting Advice: Don’t just think about where we are and what seems possible – think about where you want to go and what it will take to get there – then go do it.

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