About DRAWDOWN Bay Area

WHY WE'RE HERE, and why we're glad you're here with us.


To go fast, go alone.  To go far, go together.  Okay, now do both.

Mission & Vision

DRAWDOWN Bay Area connects Business, Community, and Government to leverage the best practices, policies, and solutions that will have the most significant impacts on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area: 80% by 2030, and "Fossil Free by '33". 

Dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and, to the extent possible, elimination of fossil fuels; 

Reducing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to sustainable levels by sequestering carbon in the landscape

and the built environment.

Our vision is a regionally coordinated and collaborative effort that responds to the challenges of global warming: rapidly rising temperatures that pose an existential threat to the planet and, more immediately, to the Bay Area. By focusing on the causes that we have control over and implementing existing solutions, the Bay Area’s greenhouse gas emissions can be dramatically reduced with concerted citizen action, proactive business engagement, and strategic government policies. The goal is to do our part to slow and reverse global warming by achieving:



About our logo

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Back to that familiar proverb:

     To go fast, go alone.

     To go far, go together.

 We need to go far and fast.


Collaboration is the key

to to doing both.

We don't believe that we live and work in isolation.​  

We see the intersections where people, ideas, and lives overlap, where community, business, and government can and must work together. Our logo represents that.

We're committed to working across sectors, making the connections that help everyone take the climate actions that work for them, because we all have a part to play. 


We want to hear from you

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DRAWDOWN Bay Area Climate Solutionists!

Join the collaboration and take action in the Bay Area!

Please support the effort - it would mean a lot!

DRAWDOWN Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) under the fiscal sponsorship of
The Praxis Group

all donations are tax-deductible
EIN 94-3169015

PO Box 7042
Corte Madera, CA 94976

The Leadership Team

Leslie Alden
Co-Founder and Chief Instigator 
Executive Director

Denise Donaldson

Co-Pilot and Director of Marketing


Anjali Ponnekanti

Research Associate

Susan Wright 


and Senior Advisor

Like everyone else, we've been working remotely for the last two years.

(Pictured: Denise Donaldson, Leslie Alden, and Mike Robinson)

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The Backstory

How we got started and why

DRAWDOWN Bay Area was inspired by the catalogue of solutions and the science and data developed by Project Drawdown. In conjunction with Governor Brown's  Global Climate Action Summit and encouraged by the team at Project Drawdown, the co-founders of DRAWDOWN Bay Area held a forum in October 2018. Over fifty climate leaders from around the Bay attended, from public agencies, nonprofits, and business associations, to discuss what was needed to form a regional collaboration that could connect and leverage the work that was being done, share best practices, and start implementing solutions quickly.  


The message was clear: lots of great work was being done, but no one knew much about it. We needed to "connect the dots", build a network, share best practices and tools, and engage everyone. DRAWDOWN Bay Area is doing just that: building the network of community members and organizations, businesses large and small, and local and regional government. We're making sure that everyone can find the information they can use, the people they can join, and the actions they can take - aided by the best science, innovations, and funding tools, to collaboratively meet the Regional 2030 Climate Challenge of reducing our emissions 80% by 2030.

By creating a collaborative coalition we can successfully draw down regional greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon in our landscapes, and restore our communities: creating a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient Bay Area now and for future generations. As we go forward, we will vet ideas with key advisors across sectors and continue to iterate based on feedback. Let us know what you want to see, what's missing and what we should add. Your input is what makes this a truly collaborative effort.


the book of solutions:

“Is it possible to reverse global warming?” 

Environmentalists Paul Hawken and Amanda Joy Ravenhill asked that question. The world lacked a comprehensive, convincing path forward to address climate disruption. They gathered a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policy-makers, business leaders, and activists worldwide to assess, map, and model the most substantive solutions. In 2017, the results were published in this book that has changed how we approach our future.

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The 80 solutions documented in the book already exist and we can implement them now. They are ranked according to their potential to reduce or remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and their cost effectiveness, but it's clear that there is no one silver bullet, and we need to use all the tools.


While there are numerous global solutions, there are specific solutions that will have the most impact and can be implemented here in the Bay Area, now and throughout this decade, as we race to reduce the causes of climate change before it is too late: an 80% reduction in our emissions by 2030, and drawing down the gases already in the atmosphere that threaten life on our planet.


Our Partnerships Matter

These are just some of the organizations and people working with DRAWDOWN Bay Area:

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thank you to all of our 


Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

Kirsten Liske, VP, Community Programs, Ecology Action 

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Patty Cook, Senior VP, ICF International

Ann Hancock, Founder & Chief Strategist, The Climate Center

Shawn Marshall, Founder, Local Energy Aggregation Network

Carleen Cullen, CEO, Drive Clean Bay Area

Cynthia Koehler, JD, Executive Director, WaterNow

Abby Young, Principle Environmental Planner, BAAQMD

Laura Neish, Executive Director, 350BayArea

Mark Westwind, Executive Director, The Praxis Group

Maura Fallon-McKnight, ED, Business Council on Climate Change 

Bill Weihl, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Voice

Debbie Raphael, Director, SF Department of the Environment

Lauren Wylie, Sustainability Director, Oliver Wyman

Crystal Chissell, VP, Operations & Engagement, Project Drawdown

Doug Karpa, Snr. Regulatory Policy Analyst, Peninsula Clean Energy

Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research

Bruce Riordan, Director, Climate Readiness Institute, UC Berkeley

Cyane Dandridge, CEO, Strategic Energy Innovations

Nils Moe, Executive Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Suzanne Reed, The Collaboration Connection

David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, Principal, SERA Design

David Kunhardt, All-Around Good Guy


The William H. Donner Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, and Praxis in Action for their support.

We want to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers along the way, without whom we would never have gotten this far:

Kiki La Porta of Descom Studios for our logo & identity design, Mike Robinson for website help, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg of Moving Art for the video "What's Possible", Gil Friend, Kirsten Liske, Mark Westwind, Charlie Chesney, Lynda Deschambault, Alejandro Moreno, Chris Yalonis of VenturePad, Catchafire, Joel McKinnon, and John Logan, Jr. of the Marin Community Foundation.

We're grateful to our circle of extraordinary advisors and supporters. The COVID pandemic changed our plans, as it did for so many, but it also showed what can happen in response to a global challenge. Countries all around the world pivoted in a matter of weeks to respond to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic crisis, and mobilized extraordinary technology and collaborative efforts, even as hundreds of thousands of people rallied to help in any way they could, from delivering meals to hospital workers to making masks, and so much more. The "pause" also gave DRAWDOWN Bay Area's team the opportunity to take a step back, re-assess economic and equity priorities, connect with more partners, and engage a fiscal sponsor. As we launch the 2030 Regional Climate Challenge, we will grow our tools, our research, and outreach throughout the Bay Area. We're excited about the growing commitment to collaborative engagement, as we work towards a healthier, economically strong, and sustainable future for all, doing our part here in the Bay Area to address this global challenge.

If ever time was of the essence, it is now. 

If ever a region could meet the challenge, it is the Bay Area.