Beth is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive. Beth is an expert on solutions that address climate change while also improving health, well-being, equity, and economic vitality, and she is the originator of the term ‘multisolving’ to describe such win-win-win solutions.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beth has been writing and speaking about connections between climate change, inequity, and the pandemic, including opinion pieces in U.S. News, The Daily Climate, and Resilience.org. Additionally, she has conducted interviews in print, radio, and for podcasts, as well as online presentations to groups of funders, community-based activists, investors, and policy makers. To explore a full list of COVID-19 related articles and interviews, click here.
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Beth writes and speaks about multisolving, climate change, and leadership based on systems thinking to local, national, and international audiences. Her work has been published in Non-Profit Quarterly, The Sandford Social Innovation Review, U. S. News, The Daily Climate, System Dynamics Review, and more. She has trained and mentored global sustainability leaders in the Donella Meadows Fellows Program and provided systems thinking training to both Ashoka and Dalai Lama Fellows.
She is a frequent keynote speaker on ideas ranging from multisolving to leadership in complex systems before audiences that include investors, leaders in philanthropy, social justice leaders, and policy makers.
Since 2014, Beth has participated in the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, a continuing dialogue on issues of climate change and sustainability among a select group of humanities scholars, writers, artists, and climate scientists. Beth is also a member of the advisory board to the Kresge Foundation’s Climate Change Health and Equity Program.
A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Beth trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows and worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years.
She led the scientific team that offered the first assessment of the sufficiency of country pledges to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2008 and leads Climate Interactive’s efforts to integrate measures of equity, health and well-being into our tools and analysis.
Beth has two adult daughters and lives in rural Vermont where she and her husband grow as much of their own food as they can manage.