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Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and leads sustainable and energy finance initiatives at Stanford law and business schools as well as at the Precourt Institute for Energy. In this interview, Alicia shares the hopes and challenges towards creating financial structures that will support a Clean Energy Economy. This inspiring and educational talk will open your eyes and highlight the changes needed for a green new deal to gain traction.
[:01] Carley Hauck introduces herself as the founder of Living Well Awake, the new Shine podcast, and her upcoming new book — Shine- Ignite your inner game to lead consciously at work and in the world, available March 2020.
[2:16] Carley introduces Alicia Seiger, lecturer at Stanford Law School and sustainable and energy finance initiative leader.
[4:20] Definitions of the terms you will hear during this conversation, including IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Paris Agreement, and SDG (Sustainable Development Goals).
[7:20] Alicia explains the focused efforts of the Stanford Sustainable Finance Initiative, including private investment, risk management, stranded asset compensation, and integration of new systems.
[11:45] Alicia’s passion for this work stems from an early childhood appreciation of nature, her college studies and an entrepreneurial drive.
[14:36] Advances toward sustainable initiatives starts with identifying the real dangers of current global conditions and making positive, immediate policy and planning changes.
[19:12] Dollar figures that illustrate the economic losses that will come if changes are not made now.
[23:11] Alicia’s daily practices to stay grounded in her work include yoga and running, interacting with innovative students and colleagues, spending time in nature with her family, and a desire to protect her daughters.
[29:24] Navigating the big emotions that come with conquering climate change for Alicia means coming face to face with mortality and embracing the inevitable future of the Earth.
[33:40] How can we inspire big companies, cities and states to better align with sustainable development goals?
[40:31] Alicia’s recommendations for inspiring businesses and investors to initiate better spending starts with understanding climate and transition risks as well as the economic opportunities that will come with implementing change now.
[44:52] The Green New Deal is all about people — the poor, vulnerable, and women in particular are especially affected by climate.
[48:17] A look at the employment opportunities that are available to the next level of emerging leaders in climate change business.
[51:10] Carley’s invitation to attend Planet Home in San Francisco on September 13-15, 2019.
This Episode Sponsored By:
Stanford Sustainable Finance Initiative
Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore