Terry Tamminen | CEO - The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Updated: Mar 31, 2019


Ranked by The Guardian as #1 of the Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet, Terry Tamminen is a man on a mission. He is the former Chief Policy Advisor under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the author of "Cracking The Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy", and today serves as the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. 


In this episode, we discuss exciting opportunities in the green economy and the current administration's take on environmental policies



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Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.



In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership bringing together subnational governments, businesses, financial markets, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing.


In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO. An accomplished author, Terry's books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.


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