NATIONAL SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE. On behalf of a coalition of foundations, Kevin coordinated the National Security and Climate Change Project. The Project worked with eleven retired three- and four-star generals and admirals, and a leading defense research organization. It led to a ground-breaking report, issued in April 2007, that outlined the security implications of climate change. The report, widely covered by media around the world and the subject of multiple congressional hearings, has been praised for facilitating bipartisan discussions about America's response to climate change. The New York Times Magazine cited this work in its annual “Year in Ideas” issue, noting how swiftly the concept of “climate conflicts” was adopted in the wake of this report. The organization has issued multiple follow-up reports - on two, Kevin was a lead author. See: http://securityandclimate.cna.org
IRELAND AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Kevin directed the Irish American Climate Project. Their report, "Changing Shades of Green," described the projected impacts of climate change on Ireland. Additionally, it paired the work of climate scientists with Irish musicians, poets, filmmakers and others. The result was one of the more colorful, and moving, climate reports ever produced. The scientists helped audiences know the issues; the artists helped audiences feel the issues. The primary audience for the report was the more than 40 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry -- though the report received significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic. If these Irish-Americans fully understand the potentially significant impacts of climate change on Ireland, they may be more likely to push for climate solutions. See: http://www.irish-climate.org
ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION. Served as Chief of Staff for the Alliance for Climate Protection, the group founded by Nobel Prize winner Al Gore. Led staff during the launch of the Alliance's WE campaign, which brought positive messages about climate solutions to massive prime time audiences. Led staff during the launch of the Repower America campaign, which challenged America to generate 100% of its electricity from clean sources within 10 years. The Repower America campaign helped reshape the public debate on energy, climate and the economy.
On behalf of California State Parks, the Center for Environmental Law and Policy (at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law), and the Resources Legacy Fund, Kevin drafted a white paper to facilitate discussion at a symposium on climate change and public lands. The paper, and subsequent symposium, focused on adaptation needs that will face public land managers throughout the state under various climate change scenarios.
Strategic advice, research and writing on climate change issues to the Rockefeller Family Fund.
Presentations on the politics and economics of climate change to investor groups, hosted by a number of financial advisors.
Assessment of a five-year, $150 million wilderness preservation effort directed by Resources Legacy Fund.
Lead author of several public reports about land conservation issued by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
Drafted feasibility study and initial plans for a new program to build business support for wilderness preservation for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Photo: Paddock fences, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands