PlanetVision:
A Global Plan to Build a Better, More Sustainable Future

Climate change… Extreme weather events… Tropical deforestation… Worldwide overfishing… Plastics in the ocean… Collapsing water supplies… Emerging threats to our health, economy, and security…

The news on the global environmental front is grim. But what if there was a practical plan, based on the latest science, that could turn it around, and help us build a better future? That’s what PlanetVision is all about. PlanetVision is a multi-faceted set of solutions – focused on fixing the world’s food, water, and energy systems – that can help us pivot to a better, more sustainable world. Rich with recent insights from science, emerging solutions from every part of the globe, powerfully motivating stories of hope, and beautiful images and multi-media, PlanetVision engages large audiences, asking them to help address our biggest environmental issues.





About Speaker Dr. Jonathan Foley

Dr. Jonathan Foley is a world-renowned environmental scientist, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.

Foley's groundbreaking research and insights have led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders around the world. He and his colleagues have made major contributions to our understanding of global ecosystems, food security and the environment, climate change, and the sustainability of the world’s resources. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including many highly cited works in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2014, Thomson Reuters named him a Highly Cited Researcher in ecology and environmental science, placing him among the top 1 percent most cited global scientists.

A noted science communicator, his presentations have been featured at hundreds of international venues, including the Aspen Institute, the World Bank, the National Geographic Society, the Chautauqua Institution, the Commonwealth Club, the National Science March in Washington, D.C., and TED.com. He has taught at several major universities on topics ranging from climate change, global sustainability solutions, the future of the food system, and addressing the world’s “grand challenges”. He has also written many popular pieces in publications like National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Scientific American. He is also frequently interviewed by international media outlets, and has appeared on National Public Radio, the PBS NewsHour, the BBC, CNN, and in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Salon, WIRED, the HBO documentary on climate change “Too Hot Not to Handle”, and the upcoming film series “Let Science Speak”.

Foley has won numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Clinton; the J.S. McDonnell Foundation’s 21st Century Science Award; an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship; the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America; and the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. In 2014, he was also named as the winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment.

Foley is currently a Senior Scholar at the California Academy of Sciences, where he also served as Executive Director between 2014 and 2018. In this role, he led the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world. Previously, he was the founding director of the Institute on the Environment(IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. Prior to that, he was Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). He earned his Bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. at the Univerity of Wisconsin - Madison.

Originally from Maine, Foley enjoys nature photography, hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places. He lives in San Francisco.