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Community - March 20, 2019

Panel features local experts on changing climate

A group of local climate experts will take part in a panel titled "Living Locally, Acting Globally: Celebrating Local Climate Leaders" at Woodside's Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, on Tuesday, April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Woodside Mayor Daniel Yost will moderate the free event, which is sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley. Children are welcome.

Space is limited, so seats should be reserved by Tuesday, March 26, at

A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be provided.

Panelists are:

• Michael Bruce of Woodside, director of Emerson Elemental, a part of Lorene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective, which has the mission of strengthening the relationship between humanity and nature through scalable, equitable, and innovative solutions.

• Leslie Field of Portola Valley, founder of Ice 911, a nonprofit working to save polar ice.

• Philip Gregory of Woodside, co-lead counsel for the Juliana v. United States court case, representing young people who say federal fossil fuel policies are violating their constitutional right to life.

• Cliff Kalinowski of Woodside, president of SunSystems Technology, a solar energy equipment provider.

• Jan Pepper of Los Altos, CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy, which provides energy from renewable sources to San Mateo County, and member of the Los Altos City Council.

• Noel Perry of Woodside, founder of Next 10, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues in California.

• Steve Westly of Atherton, former California state controller and founder of the Westly Group, a venture capital firm that focuses on sustainable companies, including the sharing economy and the "internet of things."

Daniel Yost is the mayor of Woodside and a partner in the Orrick law firm, specializing in technology companies and transactions.


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