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Divest-Invest: A Key to meeting the Paris Promise

June 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The fossil fuel divestment and renewable energy reinvestment movement is accelerating the transition away from an extractive economy powered by coal, oil and gas, to a regenerative economy powered by sun, wind and water. Come hear how this grassroots movement is shaking up the status quo and giving the world a fighting chance of meeting the Paris climate treaty’s pledge to bring carbon emissions to near-zero by mid-century, thereby avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.

Clara Vondrich is the Global Director of Divest-Invest Philanthropy. In this role, she manages the foundation sector for the broader Divest-Invest movement, which now spans universities, sovereign wealth funds, cities, pension funds, insurance companies, health organizations, faith groups and individuals.

Until June 2015, Clara served as Account Director for Climate & Energy at Fenton Communications. There, she led client efforts on a range of campaigns, including divest-invest, anti-fracking, defending climate science, and the clean energy transition. Before joining Fenton in June 2013, Clara was Director of Leadership Initiatives at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with thought leaders to further ClimateWorks’ mission of promoting global and national policies to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius

Clara is a frequent speaker and writer on climate change. She sits on the Board of Directors of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a multi-stakeholder think tank working to align the financial sector with 2°C climate goals, as well as the Dogwood Alliance, a nonprofit working to preserve and restore native forest ecosystems in the southeastern United State. She is a member Steering Committee of 350NYC, the local affiliate of the national climate advocacy group 350.org.

An attorney by training, Clara served as Counsel to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, focusing on ecological restoration and environmental justice. Before that, she worked for three years at the Washington DC office of Arnold & Porter, where she focused on international arbitration and energy policy. Clara clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 2006. She continues to collaborate with visionary litigators Matt Pawa, who brought Connecticut v. AEP and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil and David Bookbinder, former climate counsel for the Sierra Club now devoted to carbon pricing.

Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead (212-874-5210 x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.


June 12, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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