Erin Zimmerman

Climate Reality Leader at Climate Reality Project


Environmental Columnist

Erin Zimmerman PhD is a Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project – Silicon Valley Chapter.

The Climate Reality Project was founded by former Vice-President Al Gore in 2009 with the goal of “catalyzing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.” Erin was trained as a climate reality leader in 2019 but has been an environmental activist since she completed her Masters degree in 2010 which focused on environmentally-induced migration and its impacts on national stability. Erin went on to earn a PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in political science in 2013.

She has been active in the environmental movement for more than a decade and has worked with local organizations in Australia, Switzerland and the United States to address issues across the spectrum including addressing food waste, implementing sustainable agriculture, encouraging voter engagement and many other aspects of the environmental agenda. After relocating to the Bay Area in 2019 she joined the Climate Reality Project – Silicon Valley Chapter where she has served as the co-director of its education and outreach-focused Speakers Bureau as well as been actively involved in supporting San Jose Clean Energy and the legislative and policy team.

Zimmerman: San Jose’s solar threatened by new utility rules

On Jan. 27, California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will vote on a revised set of rules applying to Net Energy Metering (NEM 3.0). If you care about climate change, are considering investing in solar or are one of the approximately 28,500 Net Energy Metering customers in San Jose, NEM 3.0 will impact you. Under current...

Zimmerman: San Jose’s trees improve human health and save money

Anyone who has ever read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein knows humans take for granted the benefits and gifts of the trees around us. We underestimate how they impact our lives and the weight of our responsibility to protect them. It seems like, finally, we are learning how important trees are, not only to...

Zimmerman: Taking action after a useless U.N. climate conference

It is a surprise to no one—or no one familiar with climate diplomacy—that the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) has failed to produce a significant agreement on addressing the climate crisis. As it stands, mankind will not limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In the unlikely event that countries stick to all the agreements...

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