Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (April 26, 2021) – Bruce Nilles, executive director of Climate Imperative, will speak at 7 pm Wednesday, May 5, in a talk titled “The Urgent Need to Stop Burning Gas: Electrify Our Economy with Clean Power Now!” To register for this online event visit click here. The program is free and open to the public.
Nilles, who has worked on climate change issues at the Sierra Club, the Rocky Mountain Institute and Energy Innovation, will focus on how we can and must move away not only from coal but also from burning gas in our homes, businesses and power plants. His talk will address the urgency of the climate threat we face and the consequences of failing to move quickly to electrify our economy with clean, renewable power.
Climate Imperative is a project of Energy Innovation, aimed at cutting carbon emissions at the speed and scale needed to avoid climate change’s worst impacts. For two years before joining Climate Imperative, Nilles was Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he designed and launched the Building Electrification Campaign, which aims to eliminate fossil fuels from 70 million buildings. In that role, he backed the City of Berkeley when it enacted the first ban on natural gas in new buildings, which rapidly spread to 26 other cities across California.
Before joining RMI, Bruce spent 15 years building and leading the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, a nationwide effort to replace coal plants with clean energy. Over a seven-year period the campaign stopped construction of nearly 90 percent of proposed new coal plants and played a leading role in retiring half of all existing coal plants.
Nilles was recognized by Politico in 2015 as “one of the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” He earned both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nilles’s talk is part of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s Season of Action, which also includes educational field trips and hikes throughout the summer and The Big Plant, a county-wide tree planting extravaganza now under way to plant more than 12,000 trees across Door County.