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Boyd Cohen

Climate strategist

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., LEED AP, is a climate strategist helping to lead communities, cities and companies on the journey towards the low carbon economy. Boyd is a writer, researcher, professor, consultant and entrepreneur with a focus on climate capitalism and resilient cities. Along with Hunter Lovins, Boyd released the long-awaited sequel to Natural Capitalism, entitled Climate Capitalism in 2011. Climate Capitalism demonstrates how communities, cities, countries and companies around the globe are profiting from the transition to the low carbon economy.

•After finishing a three-year stint at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001). He has spent the decade since teaching, researching and consulting with cities, developers and companies on how to envision a low-carbon future and to develop a strategy, along with goals and actions to achieve the vision, never losing site of the importance to maintain an eye on all the bottom lines. Boyd has been an advisor to green developments such as the Vancouver Athlete’s Village, cities such as Beaverton, Oregon and Richmond, BC and even worked with Al Gore’s Live Earth Organization to help them track and transparently report their carbon footprint. Boyd is the co-founder of CO2 IMPACT, a carbon consultancy based in Vancouver, Canada, with most of its projects being private sector clients in Latin America. Boyd is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) having taught MBA courses in sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain) and INCAE (Costa Rica). Boyd has also been a full-time, and/or adjunct faculty member at UVIC, SFU and UBC in Canada. During his stint with SFU, he served as the only business faculty member on the Committee for the Centre for Sustainable Community Development with Mark Roseland.

After finishing a three-year stint at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001). He has spent the decade since teaching, researching and consulting with cities, developers and companies on how to envision a low-carbon future and to develop a strategy, along with goals and actions to achieve the vision, never losing site of the importance to maintain an eye on all the bottom lines. Boyd has been an advisor to green developments such as the Vancouver Athlete’s Village, cities such as Beaverton, Oregon and Richmond, BC and even worked with Al Gore’s Live Earth Organization to help them track and transparently report their carbon footprint. Boyd is the co-founder of CO2 IMPACT, a carbon consultancy based in Vancouver, Canada, with most of its projects being private sector clients in Latin America. Boyd is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) having taught MBA courses in sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain) and INCAE (Costa Rica). Boyd has also been a full-time, and/or adjunct faculty member at UVIC, SFU and UBC in Canada. During his stint with SFU, he served as the only business faculty member on the Committee for the Centre for Sustainable Community Development with Mark Roseland.

Aside from Climate Capitalism Boyd has published numerous academic articles at the intersection of innovation and sustainability in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Business Strategy and the Environment. He is a regular contributor to Triple Pundit and Corporate Knights on the topics of Climate Capitalism and Resilient Cities. He has also been developing criteria and metrics to rank cities in the U.S. and around the Globe on their resiliency based on their plans and efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
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Globally Resilient City Number 7: San Francisco

All cities around the globe are facing the risk of some kind of climate change. A resilient city is one that understands the risks and adequately develops strategies and implements actions to minimize the risks.
08/01/2011 03:19 EDT

Globally Resilient City Number 8: New York

In this series, I will be reviewing best practices in mitigating and adapting to climate change in cities, also known as resilient cities, around the globe, starting with the top 10 cities from my glo...
07/25/2011 12:54 EDT
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Globally Resilient City Number 9: London

In this series, I will be reviewing best practices in mitigating and adapting to climate change in cities, also known as resilient cities, around the globe, starting with the top 10 cities from my glo...
07/15/2011 09:45 EDT

Globally Resilient City Number 10: Tokyo

While we in North America are still waiting for a cap-and-trade system, cap-and-tax, or really anything to put some kind of price on carbon or incentive to reduce emissions, Tokyo is already taking positive strides.
07/06/2011 07:51 EDT