I am Bill Weihl, former Director of Sustainability at Facebook and Google and current shit stirrer in the Tech community as Executive Director of ClimateVoice – AMA.
In 2004, I freaked out about climate. I was a computer scientist, a professor at MIT, then a CTO, and I realized that when I wasn't at work deeply engaged in some hard problems, I was thinking about climate change. That at three in the morning when I woke up and I couldn't go back to sleep my brain was spinning out thinking about the climate and the path the world was heading down so I changed careers.
I lucked out and in 2006 Google hired me as their Green Energy Czar to figure out how they could help solve the climate problem. I subsequently spent 6 years (2012-2018) at Facebook as Director of Sustainability where I built a team to direct their work on sustainability and energy efficiency across the company. In 2018, I left the cushy world of Tech to focus on directing the massive influence of companies to help address the climate crisis from the “outside” by starting my own initiative, ClimateVoice. Former colleagues have described me as a “shit stirrer and some might say I can’t keep a job…
I was honored by TIME Magazine as one of their Heroes of the Environment in 2009 in recognition of the work my colleagues and I did at Google, in 2016 I was honored with the Global Green Award for environmental leadership, and in 2018 I was honored by GreenBiz with the VERGE Vanguard Award. I’ve had op-eds published in Newsweek co-written with Michael Mann, The Hill, Fast Company, and The Chicago Tribune, I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Club Foundation and for Acterra, and I hold an SB degree in Mathematics, as well as SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Computer Science, all from MIT.
Ask me anything about:
- Why Tech needs to do more than just innovate when it comes to climate.
- How employees are the real power centers of large corporations - especially Big Tech.
- How corporations have been the driving force behind other consequential US policy.