Each evening of the ride, speakers educate and inspire Climate Riders with their experiences as green leaders in business, government, cycling, sport, media, art, and policy.
Click here to view the Climate Ride California 2013 speakers. Visit us again to see the speakers for Climate Ride NYC-DC this September 21-25, 2013.
The long (and growing!) list of amazing speakers we've had join us for Climate Ride in the past includes activists, athletes, politicians, businesspeople, authors, and visionaries of all kinds. Please read below to see a list of the interesting people who have given their time to delight, challenge, and inspire the Climate Riders.
Environmentalist and writer, author of “The End of Nature” and “Deep Economy,” founder of 350.org
President, American Council on Renewable Energy
Founder Save Our Snow Foundation, US Champion Freeskier
Director, Earth Policy Institute
President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Ocean rower, author, motivational speaker, and environmental campaigner
Nationally recognized sustainable food and farming advocate, and author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Benjamin Cardin
Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Congressman Edward Markey
AIA, LEED AP. A leader in straw-bale construction.
aka NO IMPACT MAN, lived one year with zero carbon impact
NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Vegan, ultra-marathoner, author and expert on plant-based nutrition for athletes
Artist for 1% for the Planet and Clif Green Notes, Executive Director, Focus the Nation.
Rebecca Calahan Klein
Vice President, Organizational Development at 1% For the Planet
Program Director for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition
MPH, UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group. Human health and climate change mitigation.
Acterra's home energy audits to reduce energy use and GHG emissions in the home
Vice President of Climate and Air at the Environmental Defense Fund
Denmark's leading bicycle ambassador and advocate
Director, The Lazy Environmentalist
Dr. Philip Duffy
Chief Scientist at Climate Central, Inc. and visiting scholar at Stanford University and at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Deputy Director of Sustainable Communities with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
President and CEO of ClearSky Climate Solutions
Lead Educator, Alliance for Climate Education - A peek into ACE's award-winning, high-energy multimedia assembly that teaches high school students about climate science.
Inventor of the mountain bike
Director of Strategic Planning at ClimateWorks
Policy Researcher, Greenbelt Alliance
Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania, LEED-certified architect
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TOTSY and Founder of Sequoia Lab
Executive Director, Green America
Director of Finance, Working Assets/Credo Mobile. Green business and social activism.
Director of Development, Climate Protection Campaign
President, Blue Frontier Compaign; author of “50 Ways to Save the Ocean” and other books
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
350.org Communications and Development Director
Design Manager at Cambi (working on biogas plant at the Blue Plains WWTP in Washington DC)
AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Senior Associate, EHDD. A peak at leading sustainable buildings including the new net zero energy and LEED Platinum headquarters for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
Photographer and social activist
Director of Sustainability at Dartmouth College
Policy Coordinator, 1Sky campaigns for energy and climate legislation
Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council. The litigation aspect of sustainability.
Sustainability Manager and Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia
Founding Director of Schatz Energy Research Center and Professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University
Senior writer, Climate Central and former senior science writer at Time Magazine
Managing Partner, LEED AP, Nixon-Peabody Washington DC. A talk about applying sustainable development and financing techniques to affordable housing and community development transactions and on educating developers, investors, and government agencies about green development and finance.
President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation's largest trails organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters.
China Climate and Energy Policy Director at Natural Resources Defense Council, Beijing
Acclaimed journalist and environmental writer for National Geographic, Time, and others, author of "Ragged Edge”
Road and mountain biking champion and Olympian, cycling advocate and spokesperson
Alliance For Climate Education - Lead DC Educator - A peek into ACE's award-winning, high-energy multimedia assembly that teaches high school students about climate science.
Daniel Mira Salama
Sustainable Development Network at the World Bank
Mayor's Sustainability Advisor for the City of Berkeley
Johanna Gregory Partin
Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, Office of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Friis Arne Petersen
Denmark's Ambassador to the US, host of the COP15 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen Dec. 2009
Executive Director, Will Steger Foundation. A presentation on polar exploration.
Head of ratings at B-Lab, helping corporations improve social and environmental performance
Executive Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Advocate, International Program, Tar Sands/Keystone XL & Global Safe Drinking Water Project at Natural Resources Defense Council
Cellist, vocalist and bike touring musician
Associate director at Climate Central, founding board member of Grist.org and founding director of the Environmental Leadership Program
Executive Director, American Wind Energy Association
Communications Coordinator, Alliance for Biking and Walking
Adviser to several climate donors and foundations and advisory board member of 350.org. Co-founder and Board President of 1Sky and Founder and former president of the Center for a New American Dream.
Executive Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Activist, writer, and documentary filmmaker.
Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning, where she works to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and sustainable city.
Executive Director, Climate Counts
Lauren Van Ham
Interfaith Eco-Chaplain and Sustainability Consultant
Director of Strategic Climate Initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Climate policy in California and the US.
A presentation from NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) at Princeton University