Keynote Speakers

Rachel Cleetus | Policy Director | Union of Concerned Scientists

rachel cleetus photoRachel Cleetus is the policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She leads the program’s efforts in designing effective and equitable policies to address climate change, and advocating for their implementation. Dr. Cleetus is an expert in policies to promote clean energy and drive deep cuts in heat-trapping emissions from the power sector, including carbon pricing and complementary sector-based policies. She also does research on the risks and costs of climate impacts and is an expert on policies to promote climate resilience. She has co-authored numerous reports and articles including the recent UCS reports Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate; Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change; and The US Power Sector in a Net Zero World: Analyzing pathways for deep carbon reductions.


Keith Ellenbogen | Underwater Photographer

Keith Ellenbogen is a celebrated underwater photographer working with conservation-based organizations to showcase the visual complexity of underwater environments within the Gulf of Maine and Mid-Atlantic region. Through his photography Keith seeks to evoke a sense of discovery of fantastical creatures to captivate our imagination and create intimate, personal connections, that inspires positive social change. Keith is the recipient of National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Earnest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award focusing on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He is an Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY/FIT; Visiting Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sr. Fellow, International League of Conservation; Fellow, The Explorers Club; Affiliate Partner, Mission Blue – A Sylvia Earle Alliance; and a TED Residency that included a TED Talk to raise environmental awareness through photography. Keith currently resides in Brooklyn New York. To learn more about Keith visit: www.keithellenbogen.com

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