Cool City Challenge
Cool City Challenge – Team
David has overall leadership responsibility for Cool City Challenge. He is co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute. David has spent four decades designing and implementing second order change solutions around many critical planetary issues. He has spent the past three decades applying this expertise to climate change. He is author of twelve books, including the award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World and the best-selling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It. Based on this transformative social change experience, he has architected a global grand strategy called “Reinventing the Planet.” Cool City Challenge is a part of this larger strategy.
Miranda is Director of Operations for Empowerment Institute’s Center for Reinventing the Planet. She is in charge of operations for the Cool City Challenge. Her skillset incudes non-profit leadership, whole system community design, partnership development, technology integration, and large-scale event management. As former Executive Director for Unify she brought tens of millions of people together around the world in multiple unitive events. She is passionate about second order change, climate and regeneration initiatives.
Mo is the Moonshot Climate Action Plan Director responsible for helping cities implement the plan. She is the is former Director of Sustainability at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she served in this role for 25 years. She was the architect of UCSB’s carbon neutral by 2025 initiative, the first carbon neutral plan in the UC system and the most aggressive in the country. Mo subsequently guided all ten campuses down this path. She has also consulted to numerous cities and institutions on the development of carbon neutrality initiatives.
Carlen is Chief Technology Officer for Empowerment Institute Center for Reinventing the Planet. He is responsible for the Cool Block platform and technology for the Cool City Challenge. Carlen is passionate about community psychology, empowerment and second order change solutions. He applies these passions to increase personal agency and planetary well-being through designing social impact web and app platforms. As a psychology researcher with the University of California, Santa Cruz, Carlen spent a decade researching community building strategies and tools.
Kerim supports clean tech strategies for Cool City Challenge. He is the founder of SolarAcademy, a social learning platform for the solar industry. Prior to SolarAcademy, Kerim co-founded CivicSolar, a leading national solar equipment distributor. Kerim serves as an investor and advisor to early-stage clean energy companies.
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