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Elizabeth Sawin

Climate Interactive
Beth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability. Beth leads Climate Interactive’s engagement with the climate science and policy communities – for instance she contributed as a co-lead author of the UNEP commissioned report on the pledges associated with the 2010 Copenhagen Accord. She also leads the effort to make Climate Interactive’s tools and analyses available to civil society leaders and grassroots groups.Before co-directing Climate Interactive, Beth worked for thirteen years at Sustainability Institute (SI) where she worked closely with SI’s founder, Donella Meadows, the internationally known thinker and writer who applied systems analysis to the challenge of sustainability and whose approach continues to influence the work of Climate Interactive.Beth is also a writer who focuses on the systemic leverage points for a sustainable society. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including, Utne Reader, Timeline, Population Press, Grist, and Annals of Earth. She was also a lead writer of Sustainability Institute’s report on Commodity Systems.Beth is a biologist with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beth lives in rural Vermont and is a member of Cobb Hill Co-housing along with her husband and their two daughters.

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