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Bringing a problem-solving mindset to climate action

Here’s a simple truth that every med student knows: For a cure to be effective, the patient must live long enough to receive it.

The CO2 Foundation was founded on the belief that the same principle should inform the global response to climate change.

As we look at the current pace of change in global weather patterns, we see symptoms of an underlying disease that must be addressed immediately. For that reason, we are dedicated to providing catalytic funding for bold, proof-of-concept solutions to the most urgent aspects of the changing climate.

Co2 Foundation Founders

William Calvin

Bill is a theoretical neurophysiologist and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of fourteen books, including A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Climate Change and Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change. With a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington and a BA in physics from Northwestern University, Bill brings a unique perspective to his research on climate change, grounded in his understanding of human evolution, the enormity of the difficulties that we currently face, and the human capacity to rise to even the most daunting challenges.

Karen Graubard

Katherine is a marine invertebrate physiologist and research professor emerita at the University of Washington. With an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Katherine created what was affectionately known as the “CrabLab” at UW. Together with a team of graduate researchers, Katherine explored the possibility that crab and lobster physiology may provide a model system for study of the mechanisms underlying the functional plasticity of neurons and of animal behaviors. She has dedicated her professional life to the advancement of scientific inquiry as a means of understanding the world and solving complex problems.

Katherine Graubard

Katherine is a marine invertebrate physiologist and research professor emerita at the University of Washington. With an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Katherine created what was affectionately known as the “CrabLab” at UW. Together with a team of graduate researchers, Katherine explored the possibility that crab and lobster physiology may provide a model system for study of the mechanisms underlying the functional plasticity of neurons and of animal behaviors. She has dedicated her professional life to the advancement of scientific inquiry as a means of understanding the world and solving complex problems.

Our values and guiding principles

Our team

Sarah Myhre, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Karen Wolfgang, MA

Associate Director