What is PlanetVision?
Presented by the California Academy of Sciences, PlanetVision is a science-based plan that inspires individuals, communities, businesses, and governments to put environmental solutions into action. Join the PlanetVision community online and discover how we can reinvent our food, water, and energy systems to build a healthier, more sustainable future for our planet.
Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
Jon Foley is the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In this role, Foley oversees the institution’s programs of scientific research, education, and public engagement. A world-renowned scientist, his work focuses on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. Throughout his career, he has made major contributions to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, and global food security. Foley has won numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (awarded by President Bill Clinton). In 2014, he was named winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment.
A noted science communicator, Foley has written many popular articles, op-eds, and essays in publications like National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Guardian, Ensia, Yale's Environment 360, and bioGraphic, among others. His presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED.
Manager of Environmental Sustainability Education and Engagement
Elizabeth Bagley integrates sustainability messages into education and engagement efforts at the California Academy of Sciences. Bagley earned joint PhDs in Environment & Resources and Educational Psychology, designed video games at LeapFrog, and studied coral reefs, sea turtles, and butterflies in Kenya. She taught science in Glacier National Park, Louisiana, and universities.
Sustainability Science Manager
Emily Cassidy develops sustainability-themed communications and outreach for museum exhibits, public programs, and community outreach efforts based at the California Academy of Sciences. She also manages PlanetVision’s website and social media pages. Before joining the Academy, Cassidy worked in communications at the University of Maryland and spent two years lobbying Congress on sustainable agriculture and energy policies. Cassidy has a master’s degree in Natural Resources Science and Management.