2023 Prairie Springs Lecture Series
Jonathan Foley has made a career as a climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He has had a distinguished academic career, receiving his Ph. D from the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
From 1993 to 2008 he worked at UW – Madison where he launched the Climate, People and Environment Program, founded the Center for Sustainability and Global Environment, and served as the first Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies. From 2008-2014 he served as the founding director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, while also serving as the McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. Then between 2014 and 2018 he worked as the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. Since 2018 he has served as the Executive Director of Project Drawdown, “The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions.”
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