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Council Member

Elisabeth (Beth) Sawin

Systems Thinker/Biologist

Beth Sawin is a biologist, and serves as Co-Director of Climate Interactive, one of the highest ranked climate think-tanks in the world, creating powerful simulations around issues of climate change, energy, and water. As a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker, she helps people transform systems towards sustainability. Beth leads Climate Interactive’s engagement with the climate science and policy communities; she contributed as a co-lead author to the UNEP report on pledges to the 2010 Copenhagen Accord. Previously she was at the Sustainability Institute (SI) with Donella Meadows, who applied systems analysis to the challenge of sustainability. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Utne Reader, Timeline, Population Press, Grist, and Annals of Earth.