Today’s guest is Bill Weihl.
Bill was the Director of Sustainability at Facebook where he focused on energy efficiency initiatives. Prior to joining Facebook in early 2012, he spent 6 years as the Green Energy Czar at Google, where he led efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, spearheading Google's drive to become carbon neutral, founding the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and leading the Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C) Initiative. Bill has extensive business and technical experience in high-tech, including 10 years as a professor of Computer Science at MIT, five years as a research scientist at Digital's Systems Research Center, and five years as Chief Architect and then CTO of Akamai Technologies. In 2009, Weihl was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment. Bill currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club.
In this episode we discuss:
Bill’s early days and what led to his appreciation for climate and the environment
The definition of sustainability and how it differs from place to place
How the head of sustainability role was different at Google vs Facebook
Bill’s role at each, his charter, approach, and ultimate results
How he feels about sustainability now vs then and why
How policy fits in, how consumer behavior change fits in, and how the two interrelate
Where Bill will focus his activities in climate fight for his next chapter
How anyone listening who is intrigued could be helpful in Bill’s efforts
Bill’s advice for listeners trying to find their lane in the climate fight
Links to the topics discussed in this episode:
Bill Weihl’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bweihl/
Google X: https://x.company/
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance: https://rebuyers.org/
Citizens Climate Lobby: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/
Emily Cunningham from Amazon: https://twitter.com/emahlee
New York Times article on Amazon employees pushing for climate to be a top priority: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/technology/amazon-climate-change-letter.html
Sierra Club: https://www.sierraclub.org/
Sunrise Movement: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/
Union of Concerned Scientists: https://www.ucsusa.org/
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