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health care, and education. Steyer served on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University from 2012 to 2017. Tom Steyer was born in 1957 in Manhattan

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Tom Steyer Born Thomas Fahr Steyer
(1957-06-27) June 27, 1957 (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.Residence San Francisco, California, U.S.Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Stanford University (MBA)Net worth US$1.6 billion (September 2018)[1]Political party DemocraticSpouse(s) Kat Taylor (m. 1986)Children 4Family Jim Steyer (brother)

Thomas Fahr Steyer (born June 27, 1957) is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, and fundraiser.[2]

Steyer is the founder and former co-senior managing partner of Farallon Capital and the co-founder of OneCalifornia Bank, which became (through merger) Beneficial State Bank, an Oakland-based community development bank.[2] Farallon Capital manages $20 billion in capital for institutions and high-net-worth individuals. The firm's institutional investors include college endowments and foundations.[2] Since 1986, Steyer has been a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco–based $8 billion private equity firm.

In 2010, Steyer and his wife signed The Giving Pledge to donate half of their fortune to charity during their lifetime. In 2012, he sold his stake in and retired from Farallon Capital. Switching his focus to politics and the environment, he launched NextGen America, a non-profit organization that supports progressive positions on climate change, immigration, health care, and education.[3][4]

Steyer served on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University[5] from 2012 to 2017.

  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Philanthropy
  • 4 Political activity
    • 4.1 Ballot measures
    • 4.2 2012
      • 4.2.1 Democratic National Convention speech
    • 4.3 2013–2014
      • 4.3.1 Anti-Keystone rally
      • 4.3.2 NextGen America
      • 4.3.3 Electoral campaign activity
    • 4.4 2015
    • 4.5 2016
    • 4.6 Speculation about a run for office
    • 4.7 Trump impeachment campaign
  • 5 Views and positions
    • 5.1 Keystone Pipeline
    • 5.2 Campaign finance
    • 5.3 Environmentalism
    • 5.4 Taxation
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7 Personal life
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links
Early life and education

Tom Steyer was born in 1957 in Manhattan.[6] His mother, Marnie (née Fahr), was a teacher of remedial reading at the Brooklyn House of Detention, and his father, Roy Henry Steyer, was a partner in the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell,[7][8] and was a prosecutor at the Nuremburg Trials.[9] His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian.[6]

Steyer attended the Buckley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and later graduated from Yale University summa cum laude in economics and political science, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was captain of the Yale soccer team. Steyer received his MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.[6][10] He has served on the Board of Trustees.[11]


After graduating from Yale, Steyer began his professional career at Morgan Stanley in 1979.[2][6] After two years at Morgan Stanley, he attended Stanford Business School.[6] Steyer worked at Goldman Sachs from 1983–85 as an associate in the risk arbitrage division, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions.[6] He later became a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco-based private equity firm.

In January 1986, Steyer founded Farallon Capital, an investment firm headquartered in San Francisco, California.[12][13] Steyer made his fortune running Farallon, which was managing $20 billion by the time he left the company.[14] Steyer was known for taking high risks on distressed assets within volatile markets.[6]

In October 2012, Steyer stepped down from his position at Farallon in order to focus on advocating for alternative energy.[15][16] Steyer decided to dispose of his carbon-polluting investments in 2012, although critics say he did not dispose of them fast enough, and noted that the lifespan of the facilities he funded would extend through 2030.[17] A 2015 New York Times article said coal-mining companies which Farallon invested in or lent money to under Steyer had increased their coal production by 70 million tons annually since receiving money from Farallon, and that Steyer remained invested in the Maules Creek coal mine.[17] Prior to Steyer leaving Farallon, a student activist group called UnFarallon criticized the company for investments in companies with anti-environmental policies.[6] In 2016, some critics noted that Farallon had also invested in private prisons while Steyer was leading the hedge fund.[18] According to SEC filings, Steyer was at the helm as the hedge fund purchased nearly $90 million of Corrections Corporation of America stock (5.5% of the company's outstanding shares).[19] After leaving Farallon, Steyer hosted a two-day think-tank titled the 'Big Think Climate Meeting' to discuss how to address climate change.[20]


In 2006, Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, founded OneRoof, a business designed to bring technology to rural India.[21]

In 2007, Steyer and Taylor founded Beneficial State Bank, a community development bank, for the purpose of providing commercial banking services to underserved Bay Area businesses, nonprofits and individuals.[22][23]

Steyer and Taylor put up $22.5 million to start the bank and create the One PacificCoast Foundation to engage in charitable and educational activities, provide lending support, investments and other services for disadvantaged communities and community service organizations in California.[16][24]

In August 2010, Steyer and his wife signed onto The Giving Pledge, an initiative of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The pledge urges individuals and families to give at least half their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetime.[25][26]

Steyer and Taylor created the TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California, near Half Moon Bay.[27] The ranch is meant to research and demonstrate a sustainable way of doing agriculture.[28] The ranch's activities include underwriting healthy food programs and co-producing an independent film, La Mission, starring Benjamin Bratt, about San Francisco's Mission neighborhood.[29] Around 2011, Steyer joined the board of Next Generation, a non-profit intending to tackle children's issues and the environment. In 2013, Steyer founded NextGen Climate, an environmental advocacy nonprofit and political action committee.[6]

In August 2015, Steyer launched the Fair Shake Commission on Income Inequality and Middle Class Opportunity, which was intended to advocate policies for promoting income equality.[30]

Political activity

Steyer is a leading Democratic Party activist and fundraiser. In 1983, he worked on Walter Mondale's presidential campaign.[31] He raised money for Bill Bradley in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.[32][33]

An early supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2008, Steyer became one of Barack Obama's most prolific fundraisers. Steyer served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2004 and 2008.[34] Steyer has been a member of the Hamilton Project[35] and has been involved with the Democracy Alliance, a network of progressive donors whose membership in the group requires them to donate at least $200,000 a year to recommended organizations.[36][37]

After the Obama victory in 2008, Steyer was considered for appointment as Secretary of Treasury. Jim Steyer, Tom's brother, told Men's Journal that Obama and his advisors would regret having chosen someone else, due to his expertise.[6] In January 2013, rumors briefly arose that Steyer might be named as a replacement for Energy Secretary Steven Chu.[38] Asked whether he would accept such an appointment, Steyer said he would.[39]

Steyer has been compared with and contrasted with the Koch brothers, billionaire businessmen who engage in extensive political activity, and has been viewed as a Koch adversary.[40][41][42]

Ballot measures

In 2010, Steyer joined former Secretary of State and Republican George Shultz, to co-chair the No on Prop. 23 campaign, the measure on the November 2010 ballot concerning California's environmental legislation, AB32. He donated $5 million to the campaign, which was ultimately defeated.[43][44][45][46]

In 2012, Steyer was the leading sponsor of Proposition 39 on the ballot in California. Its purpose was to close a loophole that allowed multi-state corporations to pay taxes out of state, mandating that they pay in California. Steyer contributed $29.6 million, saying that he could wait no longer for the change.[47][48][49]

While supporters of Steyer's effort said it would "help break the partisan gridlock in Sacramento," critics objected that "the increasing involvement of rich individuals perverts the original intent of the initiatives". Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, said that the level of giving was unprecedented for an individual donor.[49] Some critics called the initiative an ineffective jobs stimulus, Steyer labeled it a success for closing a corporate loophole.[50]


In 2012, Steyer hosted a fundraiser at his home for President Obama. At a private meeting, Steyer, along with fifteen other top donors, reportedly pressed the President regarding the Keystone pipeline, which Steyer opposed. Obama was said to be supportive of Steyer's views but reluctant to put his full weight behind any initiatives without better proof. Steyer was critical of Obama's decision to keep an energy initiative as a low priority.[51]

Democratic National Convention speech

Steyer gave a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention,[33] saying that the election was "a choice about whether to go backward or forward. And that choice is especially stark when it comes to energy." Steyer said that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would take no action to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels; rather, he said he would increase it. Steyer went on to support Obama's policies, which he described as investments to "make us energy independent and create thousands of jobs."[52]

2013–2014 Anti-Keystone rally

In February 2013, Steyer spoke at an anti-Keystone XL Pipeline rally on the Washington Mall organized by Bill McKibben and attended by tens of thousands. McKibben asked Steyer to join the protest by tying himself to the White House gate and getting arrested, but was dissuaded by his brother.[20]

NextGen America

In 2013, Steyer founded NextGen Climate (now NextGen America), an environmental advocacy nonprofit and political action committee.[6] NextGen Climate provided the environmentalist movement with significant capital and political influence.[17] Steyer spent almost $74 million on the 2014 elections.[34][53]

In October 2017, NextGen America donated grants totaling $2.3-million to eight national immigration law service organizations, including the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law, UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Center for Community Change, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.[54]

Electoral campaign activity

In 2014, Steyer funded political campaigns to advocate for the election of at least nine candidates and to influence climate change policy through NextGen Climate.[55] Those races included helping elect Ed Markey of Massachusetts over Steven Lynch to the Senate in a special election in 2013.[34] Steyer spent a reported $1.8 million attacking Lynch, including for a plane Steyer paid to fly over a Boston Red Sox game with a banner that read, "Steve Lynch for Oil Evil Empire".[20][56]

Steyer supported Democrat Terry McAuliffe's successful 2013 campaign for governor of Virginia through his NextGen Climate Action, contributing funds for paid media (such as television advertisements) and get-out-the-vote efforts.[57] Steyer also supported Democrats in Senate races in Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire and Michigan and in Gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania, Maine, and Florida.[58] Steyer cited Florida's pivotal role in the 2016 presidential election and its geographic position, which makes it highly vulnerable to climate change, as reasons for his focus on the state.[59]

In June 2014, Steyer said he planned to get involved in California legislative races, targeting three to four races in each house of the Legislature in a bid to affect climate change policy.[60] The Guardian reported in 2014 that Steyer had become the single largest donor in American politics and is the leading advocate of environmental issues.[61]

Steyer spent about $67 million of his personal fortune in the midterm elections and had a 40% success rate: of the seven Senate and gubernatorial candidates NextGen Climate supported, three won their races.[34][62]


In April 2015, Steyer testified before the California Legislature in favor of a greenhouse-gas reduction bill.[63] In August 2015, Steyer was the guest of honor at the California Democratic Party headquarters to discuss bills to cut gasoline use in half by 2030, although Steyer did not commit to spending large sums of money to support the bills.[64]

In July 2015, Steyer called on 2016 candidates to develop strategic plans to provide the United States with at least 50% of its energy from clean sources by 2030.[65] The message was reportedly targeted at Hillary Clinton, who had yet to outline an environmental policy. It was suggested that this was a strategic move to secure a political alliance with Clinton.[66]


Steyer has raised money for Hillary Clinton,[28] and hosted a fundraiser on her behalf at his San Francisco home.[67][68] Steyer contributed $87,057,853 in funds exclusively to Democratic Party candidates during the 2016 election cycle.[69][70]

Speculation about a run for office

In 2015, the 4 reported that Steyer is "keeping alive a possible bid for governor in 2018."[71]

In early November 2016, Steyer told KQED's The California Report that he may rethink his position on running for governor stating, "I hadn't decided. I thought Hillary would win. But I wanted to get the facts before I made a decision. My thinking has changed. We're in a very tough spot. And I'm damned if I'm not going to fight about it."[72] Six months later, in May 2017, it was reported that Steyer was testing the waters for the California governor race by fielding a poll that tested his strengths and weaknesses. Regarding the race, Steyer said he would make a "decision in the next few months".[73][74]

On January 8, 2018, Steyer announced he would not run in the 2018 California gubernatorial election.[75]

Trump impeachment campaign

In October 2017, Steyer spent around $10 million for a television ad campaign advocating the impeachment of President Donald Trump and plans to spend millions more on a digital ad campaign to call for Trump's impeachment.[76][77] In the ad Steyer identifies himself only as an "American citizen" and alleges that Trump "brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and, in direct violation of the Constitution, has taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth." Trump has responded by calling Steyer "wacky and totally unhinged."[78] Steyer's "friend' and "former neighbor" Nancy Pelosi and other powerful Democrats who claim impeachment is off the table are also at odds against Steyer.[79]

The Need to Impeach campaign had led to speculation that Steyer might campaign for California Governor or California Senator in 2018.[80] In March 2018, Steyer launched a 30-city town hall tour[81] and, going into the fall election season, the campaign had amassed close to 6 million petition signatures.[82]

Views and positions Keystone Pipeline

After holding several conversations in the summer of 2012 with environmental writer Bill McKibben, Steyer decided to focus much of his attention on the Keystone Pipeline.[citation needed] Steyer officially left Farallon in 2012.[83] He was criticized by some Republicans for attacking the pipeline even though he himself held some investments in the fossil-fuel industry, including stock in Kinder Morgan, which had its own pipeline connecting the Canadian bitumin sands to a port on the Pacific, which could be seen as a rival to the Keystone pipeline. Steyer promised to fully unload his holdings there within a year.[20] In September 2013, Steyer appeared in a series of commercials in opposition to the proposed pipeline.[20]

In a November 2015 interview, Steyer described the Obama administration's decision to reject the Keystone pipeline as "fantastic".[84]

Campaign finance

Asked in a November 2014 interview why he invests his money into elections rather than philanthropic organizations, Steyer stated that the price of inaction is too high to not take a direct role.[85]

He has said that he opposes Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate donations to super PACs, but since climate change is urgent he will take necessary actions to provide funding nonetheless.[85]


In 2008, Steyer and Taylor gave $41 million to create the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University. Part of the Precourt Institute of Energy, it is focused on the development of affordable renewable energy technologies, and promotion of public policies to make renewable energy more accessible. Projects included the creation of lighter, less toxic, and more durable batteries, and an analysis of the then-current the power grids' ability to support future renewable energy technologies.[86][87]

In October 2013, Steyer launched a bipartisan initiative to combat climate change along with then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.[20] The initiative, called the Risky Business Project, focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks of climate change in the United States. Bloomberg, Paulson, and Steyer serve as co-chairs.[88] The Project has published three reports—a National Report in June 2014, a Midwest Report in January 2015, and a California Report in April 2015.[89][90][91][92]

In 2015, Steyer signed on to Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to jumpstart the demand and availability of green energy sources.[93]


In an interview in October 2017, Steyer said that he was in favor of raising personal taxes. He said that upper-income people in the United States had done "disproportionately well" at the expense of working families.[94]

Steyer called one version of a 2017 Republican tax reform proposal a "thinly veiled reverse Robin Hood".[95]

Awards and honors

Steyer has received a number of awards and honors for his environmental work, including the Phillip Burton Public Service Award of Consumer Watchdog (2011),[63][96] the Environmental Leadership Award of the California League of Conservation Voters (2012),[97] the Environmental Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute (2013),[98] the Land Conservation Award of the Open Space Institute (2015),[99] and the Advocate Award of the Environmental Advocates of New York (2016). He received Equality California's 2015 Humanitarian Award, "for his work advancing progressive causes that benefit the LGBT community."[100]

Personal life

In August 1986, he married Kathryn Ann Taylor. She is a graduate of Harvard College and earned a J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University. The Rev. Richard Thayer, a Presbyterian minister, and Rabbi Charles Familant performed the ceremony.[7] Steyer and his wife have four children, Samuel Taylor ("Sam"), Charles Augustus ("Gus"), Evelyn Hoover ("Evi"), and Henry Hume ("Henry").[13] His wife was on the President's Council for the United Religions Initiative whose purpose is to "promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings."[101]

Steyer is the brother of attorney, author, and Stanford University professor Jim Steyer.[102]

Steyer has a net worth of $1.6 billion.[1] Men's Journal mentioned the modest aspects of his lifestyle, noting that he owns an "outdated hybrid Honda Accord" and eschews luxury items such as expensive watches.[6]

In his late 30s, Steyer had "a revelation" and began an involvement in the Episcopal Church.[6] He has stated that during this time he became much more interested in religion and theology. This new interest also galvanized his political advocacy.[20]

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Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
• New York Times bestseller •The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming “There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox“This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLAIn the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

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Tom Steyer: Impeachment
Tom Steyer: Impeachment
Tom Steyer advocates impeaching Donald Trump. I believe Steyer is right.

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Into the Water: A Novel
Into the Water: A Novel
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERGOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR MYSTERY/THRILLERAn addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train. “Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors—think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott—who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease… there’s a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light.” —Vogue A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.   Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.   With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.   Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

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Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Carl Pope comes a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous, aiming to begin a new type of conversation on the issue that will spur bolder action by cities, businesses, and citizens―and even, someday, by Washington."Climate of Hope is an inspiring must read." ―Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of The Climate Reality Project“Climate change threatens to reshape the future of our world's population centers. Bloomberg and Pope have been leaders on fortifying our cities against this threat, and their book proves that victory is possible―and imperative.” ―Leonardo DiCaprio"If Trump is looking for a blueprint, he could not do better than to read a smart new book, Climate of Hope." ―Thomas Friedman in The New York Times~The 2016 election left many people who are concerned about the environment fearful that progress on climate change would come screeching to a halt. But not Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader, approach climate change from different perspectives, yet they arrive at similar conclusions. Without agreeing on every point, they share a belief that cities, businesses, and citizens can lead―and win―the battle against climate change, no matter which way the political winds in Washington may shift. In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.

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Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Now fully revised-the classic study of Neo-Paganism Almost thirty years since its original publication, Drawing Down the Moon continues to be the only detailed history of the burgeoning but still widely misunderstood Neo- Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. In this new edition featuring an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals, Margot Adler takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern America's Pagan groups.

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The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability (Collins Business Essentials)
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability (Collins Business Essentials)
“The first important book of the 21st century. It may well revolutionize the relationship between business and the environment.”—Don Falk, Executive Director, Society for Ecological Restoration The Ecology of Commerce is the provocative national bestseller that addresses the necessity of merging good business practices with common sense environmental concerns. Nearly two decades after its initial publication, this controversial work by Paul Hawken has been revised and updated, arguing why business success and sustainable environmental practices need not—and, for the sake of our planet, must not—be mutually exclusive any longer. An essential work, Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce belongs on the bookshelf of every concerned citizen—alongside Capitalism at the Crossroads by Stuart Hart and Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance and An Inconvenient Truth.

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Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy
Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy
With the effects of climate change already upon us, the need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions is nothing less than urgent. It’s a daunting challenge, but the technologies and strategies to meet it exist today. A small set of energy policies, designed and implemented well, can put us on the path to a low carbon future. Energy systems are large and complex, so energy policy must be focused and cost-effective. One-size-fits-all approaches simply won’t get the job done. Policymakers need a clear, comprehensive resource that outlines the energy policies that will have the biggest impact on our climate future, and describes how to design these policies well.Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy is the first such guide, bringing together the latest research and analysis around low carbon energy solutions. Written by Hal Harvey, CEO of the policy firm Energy Innovation, with Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey Rissman of Energy Innovation, Designing Climate Solutions is an accessible resource on lowering carbon emissions for policymakers, activists, philanthropists, and others in the climate and energy community. In Part I, the authors deliver a roadmap for understanding which countries, sectors, and sources produce the greatest amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and give readers the tools to select and design efficient policies for each of these sectors. In Part II, they break down each type of policy, from renewable portfolio standards to carbon pricing, offering key design principles and case studies where each policy has been implemented successfully. We don’t need to wait for new technologies or strategies to create a low carbon future—and we can’t afford to. Designing Climate Solutions gives professionals the tools they need to select, design, and implement the policies that can put us on the path to a livable climate future.

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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
This groundbreaking book reveals how today's global businesses can be both environmentally responsible and highly profitable.

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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World
The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawken?s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the world?s fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.

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Growing a Business
Growing a Business
Paul Hawken demonstrates that the answers to small business problems today cannot be solved by college degrees, training or money—but only by you.Nearly everyone harbors a secret dream of starting or owning a business. In fact, a million businesses start in the United States every year. Many of them fail, but enough succeed so that small businesses are now adding millions of jobs to the economy at the same time that the Fortune 500 companies are actually losing jobs. Paul Hawken—entrepreneur and bestselling author—wrote Growing a Business for those who set out to make their dream a reality. He knows what he's talking about; he is his own best example of success. In the early 1970s, while he was still in his twenties, he founded Erewhon, the largest distributor of natural foods. More recently, he founded and still runs Smith & Hawken, the premier mail-order garden tool company. And he wrote a critically acclaimed book called The Next Economy about the future of the economy. Using examples like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, and University National Bank of Palo Alto, California, Hawken shows that the successful business is an expression of an individual person. The most successful business, your idea for a business, will grow from something that is deep within you, something that can't be stolen by anyone because it is so uniquely yours that anyone else who tried to execute your idea would fail. He dispels the myth of the risk-taking entrepreneur. The purpose of business, he points out, is not to take risks but rather to get something done.

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