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Matt Banks

Manager, Climate & Business

Matt Banks
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For more than a decade Matt has worked to reduce the carbon footprint of companies. By working methodically sector by sector, Matt and his team help companies and industries overcome big obstacles and set aggressive carbon reduction goals.

Matt works with businesses and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, a voluntary program that mobilizes companies to set world-class carbon reduction goals. Since Matt joined WWF a decade ago Climate Savers has expanded from contracts with IBM and Johnson & Johnson to contracts with 30 major corporations. Collectively, these companies have cut emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road!

Twice Matt has traveled to Churchill, Manitoba in northern Canada for WWF to train field guides about how Climate Savers companies work to reduce carbon pollution that threatens the habitat of polar bears and walrus in the Arctic.

With an educational background in sustainability and economics, Matt has a strong background in advancing sustainability initiatives, from championing climate action planning for the cities of Boston and Pittsburgh to consulting for clients on topics such as vehicle emissions testing and corporate energy efficiency. Matt was honored with the Business Sustainability Initiative award from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. He has also co-authored the book Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business.

“Redesign of climate protection strategies periodically is a good thing, and as necessary in the business world as in the political. This process can enhance resilience.”

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  • BA – Political Economy, The Colorado College
  • MS – Sustainability Science & Environmental Policy Studies, Lund University

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate climate protection
  • Clean energy
  • Change management
  • Sustainability strategy
  • Resource economics
  • Systems Dynamics