Stephen Bernow was a founding member of the Tellus Institute. His work spanned a wide variety of issues in environment and development with a focus on energy systems and climate change policy. He conducted pioneering research on incorporating environmental externalities into planning and pricing, implementing ecological tax reform, designing sustainable transportation strategies, promoting renewable resources, and modeling climate policy. Before joining Tellus, Dr. Bernow received a PhD in physics from Columbia University in 1970 and taught at the university level.
This founding proposal of the Great Transition Initiative laid out GTI’s original aims: to involve an expanding group of engaged thinkers and thoughtful activists in an exploration of ways to envision and crystallize a transition to a future of hope. The document describes the motivation for GTI and proposes tasks for launching the process. It was shaped by the comments of scores of GTI endorsers worldwide, representing the concerns of North and South, environment and justice, peace and liberty, and reflecting the diversity that is the bedrock of the Initiative.