Billy Parish

Co-Founder and Coordinator,
Energy Action Coalition

Billy Parish maintains that “global warming is a call to arms” for his generation because “we are the ones who will have to deal with its growing consequences.” In his efforts to develop sustainable energy policies for the United States and Canada, Billy has brought together over 40 youth-led organizations into a joint campaign called The Campus Climate Challenge. “The Challenge” is focused on making schools models of sustainability for the rest of society and empowering young people to be at the forefront of the growing movement to end our reliance on fossil fuels and address global warming. With student groups at over 525 schools participating, The Challenge has already helped pass more than 150 campus climate policies and engage over 500,000 students in climate-focused events and activities on their campus. Billy was a 2004 Brower Youth Award winner, a 2005 Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and Mother Jones magazine’s 2006 “Student Activist of the Year.” A co-author of the report “New Energy for Campuses,” a guide for colleges and universities on how to cost-effectively cut their greenhouse gas emissions, Billy works to train students and equip them with the tools they need to implement local climate solutions. Billy has taken four years off from Yale, where he was co-chair of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and was majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics.