What can I do about climate change?
We had the same question. So we created Giving Green.
Giving Green is a guide for individuals and businesses to make more effective climate giving decisions. We perform rigorous research and recommend highly effective climate initiatives, so you can give with confidence.
Giving Green is incubated at IDinsight, a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that uses data and evidence to improve lives worldwide. We are also inspired by the principles of effective altruism, which seek to find ways of doing good that actually work. We bring IDinsight’s deep expertise and effective altruism’s research rigor to everything we do.
Our work is funded by generous climate donors like you who believe in high-impact climate action and evidence-based climate giving advice. We receive no funding from and have no formal relationship with any of the organizations we study or recommend. If you share our mission, please consider donating to Giving Green directly.
We also provide consulting services to individuals and organizations that want to give more effectively to fight climate change. Learn more about how we create bespoke climate giving recommendations here.
To guide our search for effective climate projects, we strive to uphold four values. These are our commitments to teammates, supporters, and the planet.
We ask challenging questions and perform rigorous research, guided by evidence and reason.
We value different perspectives and acknowledge our own limitations.
We share research and deliberations publicly to encourage dialogue.
We foster catalytic partnerships to amplify climate actions and maximize impact.
Dr. Dan Stein
Dan Stein is Giving Green's founder and director and the Chief Economist at IDinsight.
Dan is passionate about using evidence-based approaches to fight the climate crisis. Prior to IDinsight, Dan worked as an Economist at the World Bank, where he launched a program of impact evaluations in energy and environment.
Dan holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Physics and Political Economy from UC Berkeley.
Emily Thai is Giving Green's manager.
Prior to joining Giving Green, Emily worked at the University of Chicago’s Center for RISC, conducting climate research and managing social impact partnerships between academics and social media platforms, and at Rhapsody Venture Partners, investing in sustainable technology.
Emily holds bachelor’s degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Women’s and Gender Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Justin Labeille is the Associate Director of Climate Research.
Prior to joining Giving Green, Justin identified and evaluated new funding opportunities for GiveWell. Justin has held positions at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Living Goods, Innovations for Poverty Action, and The Motley Fool.
Justin received an MA in Economics from the University of Auckland as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and dual BAs in Environmental Studies and Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
Dr. Kimberly Huynh
Kimberly Huynh is a Climate Scientist for Giving Green.
Prior to joining Giving Green, Kimberly worked as a Content Editor and Summer Research Analyst at GiveWell and conducted environmental fieldwork in Canada, New Zealand, Chile, and the United States.
Her PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley focused on estimating methane emissions from wetlands. She earned both a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering & a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.
Dr. Lucia Simonelli
Lucia is a Senior Climate Researcher for Giving Green.
Prior to joining Giving Green, Lucia was a Senior Policy Fellow at Carbon180 where she specialized in federal policy for direct air capture (DAC) and other carbon removal pathways. She also served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, working on climate initiatives and learning about the legislative process. Before pivoting to policy, Lucia was a postdoc in mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.
Lucia holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Texas and PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland.
Sunnie Huang is Giving Green's communications and development officer.
She began her career as a journalist, first at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, then at The Economist in London. After moving to the nonprofit sector, she worked with Generation Pledge to grow the community of ultra-high-net-wealth inheritors who want to do good with their resources.
Sunnie holds degrees in journalism and environmental economics. She is passionate about helping impact-oriented organizations grow.
Dan Plechaty is an Associate Director at ClimateWorks. As part of the Global Intelligence team, his work involves data analysis, policy modelling, economic valuation, and data visualization.
Daphne Yin is the Head of Climate and Sustainability at Indufor. She advises on investments and programs to strengthen the resilience of rural landscapes, combat climate change, and ensure sustainable sourcing of forestry and agricultural products.
Michelle Levinson is a Manager in eMobility at the World Resources Institute. She has over a decade of experience working on US climate policy and electricity markets.
Dr. Neil Buddy Shah
Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and previously the Managing Director of GiveWell. Buddy has a decade-plus track record of taking cutting-edge ideas from academia and industry and applying them to the needs of the social sector.
Shu Dar Yao
Shu Dar Yao is the Founder of Lucid Capitalism, an advisory firm that educates and guides VC and PE funds and their portfolio companies on ESG issues, including climate change and social inequality. Her career has spanned finance and nonprofit ecosystems; she led the Investment Committee at RSF Social Finance and previously has worked at Social Finance, Citigroup's Inclusive Finance, the World Bank Group's IFC, and JPMorgan.