“Climate game changer” Wrangling consensus and mobilizing action on climate change just could be the ultimate challenge. But Bob Perkowitz, President of ecoAmerica, goes big on everything. He’s also an extreme distance cyclist with a plan to ride across all the continents on the planet. Bob’s already polished off North and South America, Australia, Europe and most of Asia. Africa and Siberia are next. We weren’t surprised when Bob pointed out cycling is an environmentally friendly way to explore the world. Bob “retired’ when he was 50 years old, but he hasn’t slowed down. After a successful career in the consumer products, equity investing, and direct marketing fields, Bob shifted to the non-profit world. He now works to build leadership to address climate change and sustainability at ecoAmerica. He quips, “I used to sell people things they want but don’t need. Now I sell people things they need but don’t want.” The management and marketing skills he used most recently as President of Cornerstone Brands, the parent company of Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Smith and Noble, Travelsmith and four other retailers, instilled a focus on customers, service, and results that serves him well as President now of ecoAmerica. “People are conflicted about climate change,” Bob says, “because it is a huge, critical issue fraught with economic and political implications.” That challenge motivates him. Bob and his team are working with a diverse coalition of over 150 leaders of national organizations including the United Church of Christ, the American Public Health Association, the American Sustainable Business Council, the Salt Lake City and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to build leadership on pragmatic climate and sustainability solutions that will grow our economy and provide our children with a healthy and secure future. Through its flagship initiative MomentUs, ecoAmerica provides organizations with the programs and resources they can use to make a difference, including Solution Generation, Climate for Health, and Blessed Tomorrow. Click here to read the full interview. Connect with Debbi and Jen on Linkedin
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