accelerating progress in emerging climate fields, towards repairing the climate

It takes a village to raise a climate solution.

In order to stabilize our climate, we’ll need dozens of solutions tailored to the unique challenges of each emitting sector and each greenhouse gas.  Some, like solar or EVs, are already poised for rapid, global scaling today.  But many others are years (or decades) away from meaningful scale.

These emerging solutions risk getting stuck.  Stuck in the lab, stuck in an entrepreneurial valley of death, stuck without a proper roadmap, or stuck without the right advocates or government support. So how can we avoid these traps that may leave important tools for climate stabilization undeveloped?

Developing a climate solution from theory to impact takes a diverse, yet coordinated cast of characters working together for years.  Policy advocates, scientists, entrepreneurs, governments, climate activists, private funders, and frontline and impacted communities all play critical roles in what we call a climate solution ecosystem.

At Spark, we are obsessed with understanding climate solutions and diagnosing their ecosystems. We find the solutions that have the most potential impact, but that exist in nascent ecosystems that are under-developed or under-resourced.  Our role is to fix that.  We help bring more money, more talent, more planning, and more coordination to accelerate the realization of a climate solution’s full potential.

Spark is a US-based non-profit organization focused on field-building in emerging climate areas. Spark recognizes the need for all available solutions to the climate crisis: mitigation, adaptation, and emerging, as yet unexplored areas. Spark focuses on under-addressed areas of science and technology that have the potential for large-scale mitigation of climate harm, addressing near-term warming, and contributing to climate repair. Spark works to accelerate these fields through building shared strategic roadmaps, providing research funding, seeding new organizations, coordinating a variety of stakeholders, engaging with experts, and communicating with the public. Our core team has deep expertise in science, engineering, and climate-focused philanthropy.

Current Focus Areas

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and Near-Term Warming

We have parallel climate crisis today: mitigating long-term warming, as well as managing near-term warming. Greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide are causing the majority of near-term warming, and are critical to rapidly cut alongside carbon dioxide in order minimize the rate of warming, and peak temperatures we see, which impact natural system feedbacks.

Natural System Feedbacks

Given the warming has already been caused, natural systems are starting to respond in ways that may be irreversible, and some of which further emit greenhouse gases or increase radiative forcing. Better understanding these system dynamics, improving monitoring, and developing ways to manage or respond to these changes will be critical to reducing tail risks of more extreme warming.

Climate Resiliency

Our climate has already changed, and the impacts are very unevenly distributed. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet hit peak warming, and these impacts will be exacerbated further. We need to accelerate our response to those changes, and advance the state of research and action for what may be coming in order to mitigate the worst possible outcomes.

Leadership Team

David Mann, Ph.D.

Co-founder

David is a climate-focused advisor, investor, and consultant. He is a senior fellow at RMI, and co-founder and advisor to The Climate Map.

Previously, David led product teams at Dropbox, invested in climatetech at Khosla Ventures, and led climate-focused teams at McKinsey & Company. David studied Applied Physics at Stanford (PhD '06) and Physics at Harvey Mudd.

Erika Reinhardt

Co-founder

Erika is a seasoned leader of engineering groups at high-growth software companies. Previously, she started and co-led U.S. Digital Response's work to provide local election offices across the country the products and technical expertise they needed to run a smooth election, led the Payments Experience engineering group at Stripe, served as the Director of Engineering at OpenAI, and was the Director of Product Engineering at Planet Labs after being an early engineer there. Erika studied computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering at MIT.

Remi Bouteille

Co-founder

Remi is passionate to discover and scale a wide array of solutions to ensure a stable climate. Remi is also the co-founder and Strategic Advisor for the Climate Pathfinders Foundation, and instigated the formation of Carbon Gap and The Climate Map.

Remi spent 20 years at JPMorgan Chase as Deputy CIO and CRO of the hedge fund business.  He has a Science and Engineering BA from the University of Paris VI and a double MBA from UMass and Neoma.

Cooper Rinzler, Ph.D.

Founding advisor

Cooper is a technologist, entrepreneur, and investor with a history of building and leading teams to develop and commercialize technologies in early stage ventures. He has a background in methane mitigation as both an investor and operator. He brings a strong impact- and roadmap-driven frame to everything he does.

Cooper is also an ARPA-E reviewer, ambassador for Activate, and was an early advisor to the Prime Coalition.  He has more than 100 climatetech-related patent filings.

Cooper is a Hertz Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a joint AB in Physics and Engineering Physics from Harvard University.

Jobs

Our open positions are listed below.  If you don’t see anything that fits your profile, we’d still love to hear from you - please get in touch using the form below!

Partners

Spark Climate Solutions was created with support from Climate Pathfinders Foundation and The Primordium Foundation

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