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


There's a 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.

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We don't live or 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. 


DRAWDOWN Bay Area was formed in 2019 to bring together our communities, businesses, and local and regional government to implement climate solutions that will dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions: solutions that are based on sound science, are community-focused, are technically and financially feasible, have measurable outcomes, and will help ensure a better future for all.

How we got started and why

The idea for DRAWDOWN Bay Area was first explored by several people who were all working on different approaches to implementing climate solutions - science and technical data, community organizing, non-profit efforts, and government policies. What was clear was that there wasn't coordination among all the different efforts and programs, and the general public had no idea what was possible.  In October 2018, just after the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, we hosted a Drawdown "salon" to discuss a regional approach to implementing climate solutions. 

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. We vetted ideas with key advisors and continued to iterate based on their feedback.

The Regional 2030 Climate Challenge is a Bay Area-wide campaign to help all of us take meaningful climate actions now and throughout this decade: at home, at work, at our businesses, and in our communities. The Regional 2030 Climate Challenge is the  initiative of DRAWDOWN Bay Area that brings together the remarkable efforts that are happening all around the Bay, connecting people, communities, strategies, tools, and ways to afford making the solutions a reality, and not just "nice ideas". Together, we have extraordinary opportunities and potential. Welcome!

We'd love to hear from you!

Please join our mailing list and send any questions, comments, and ideas to info@DrawdownBayArea.org

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The team that's getting it done:

Denise Donaldson, Mike Robinson, and Leslie Alden


like everyone else, we've been working together remotely this year and only met for the first time in October 2021

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, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg of Moving Art for the video "What's Possible", Gil Friend, Kirsten Liske, Mark Westwind, Charlie Chesney, Lynda Deschambault, and John Logan, Jr. for the generosity of the Marin Community Foundation and the Catchafire organization.

thank you to all of our


Gil Friend, CEO, Natural Logic

Kirsten Liske, Vice President, 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

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.