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Carl Pope

A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope is the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club. He is now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior advisor to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope is the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club. He is now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior advisor to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

During Mr. Pope's eighteen years tenure as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club led the charge in helping to block more than 125 proposed new coal fired power plants, achieving a 40% improvement in the pollution and fuel efficiency of America's passenger vehicles, and launching the Club's Climate Recovery Partnership. Mr. Pope has had a distinguished record of progressive activism and leadership. He has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics Inc, and Zero Population Growth.

Currently, Mr. Pope is  is on the Advisory Board of America India Foundation, on the Board of Directors of As You Sow, Ceres and Member for Track II US-India Climate Dialogue.

Mr. Pope is the author of Strategic Ignorance – Why the Bush Administration is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress (2003), Hazardous Waste in America (1981), and Sahib, an American Misadventure in India (1971). Mr. Pope is also the Co-author and campaign director for Proposition 65 and California’s Toxic Enforcement Act of 1989.

Mr. Pope graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India, where he helped communities and families address the human and environmental impacts of overpopulation.