Project Climate


How do we move the best climate change solutions more quickly into policy and to worldwide scale?  That’s the object of Project Climate: identify solutions, promote adoption, and spread them far and wide.  And do it with alacrity. 

About Project Climate

Climate change is the 21st century’s greatest environmental and health challenge, yet policy and solutions lag far behind our understanding of the underlying science and the magnitude of the risk. We must drive climate change solutions more rapidly and effectively into policy and action to prevent ecological and social catastrophe. This is the guiding premise of Project Climate.
Right now, the means of advancing from climate scholarship and technological innovation to policy and action are often haphazard or even arbitrary. Project Climate connects academic expertise with California government and sub-national entities (such as the Under2 Coalition), improving the dynamic between academic work and climate action. 

Meet the Director

Ken Alex

In Yosemite Oct 2018

Ken spent eight years as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council, focusing on climate, environment, and land use issues.  Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, He led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis. Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz

Read more about Ken in CalMatters

Examples of solutions with significant potential include:

  • “Climate smart agriculture” techniques (such as shorter rotation periods for cattle grazing, spreading of compost on rangeland, and use of gypsum on cultivation lands),
  • Remote methane leak detection (both ground and satellite) and dairy digester technology,
  • Direct air carbon capture, and
  • Integration of health care and climate change awareness. 


 Each of these solutions involves different sectors, technologies, and policy makers. As a result, each requires different approaches. Project Climate focuses on devising and initiating individual strategies and action plans for each solution selected.
Project Climate promotes as many projects and solutions as staffing and funding will support, engaging faculty, students, entrepreneurs, foundations, governments, and companies.  As funding allows, Project Climate will include scholars-in-residence; an accessible digital library that compiles climate science and data, scholarship, policy papers, and solutions; collaboration with local, state, and national planners and decision-makers; opinion and editorial content for newspapers and journals; and background and research support for journalists. 
The solutions are within reach; we need to bring them to fruition. 


Gifts to Project Climate can be made online and are tax-deductible.  


Ken Alex