Jeff Horowitz

Jeff Horowitz founder

Avoided Deforestation Partners

Phone: (510) 654-9514

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Jeff Horowitz is the founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners, an international network of extraordinary individuals around the world who are dedicated to advancing U.S. and international climate policies, with particular focus on ending deforestation. 

Most recently, AD Partners facilitated a partnership between the U.S. Government and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a network of 400 CEOs representing US $3.1 trillion in commodities. The CGF has committed to removing deforestation from their supply chains by the year 2020, thereby creating an incentive to accelerate demand for sustainably-produced agricultural commodities that are deforestation-free. The AD Partners Rio+20 high-level event served as the platform for the announcement (see AD Partners continues to play a leadership role in establishing public-private partnerships between governments, NGOs and major international corporations.

Prior to the USG-CGF partnership, ADP forged a landmark consensus agreement on U.S. forest-climate policy between leading environmental and business groups, and was responsible for creating “The Tropical Forest & Climate Unity Agreement. The TFCC agreement formed the basis for forest protection provisions in the Waxman-Markey Bill, representing a package of funds and offset crediting amounting to $14 billion per year to protect rainforests. This “Unity Agreement” was subsequently adopted by the U.S. Administration and became the basis for their policy on international forest protection.

Jeff is concurrently serving as an Associate Producer and story consultant for the upcoming SHOWTIME climate change TV series called “Years of Living Dangerously” with Executive Producers James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub, and former 60 Minutes Emmy Award winners David Gelber, Joel Bach and Solly Granatstein. Scheduled to air early in 2014.

Prior to establishing AD Partners, Jeff was an internationally recognized architect and leading advocate for progressive urban and economic development policies. He directed scores of large-scale architectural projects in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Jeff and his wife Lynn own and operate Rio Lago Ranch and Vineyard in California’s Sonoma County, which produces high-end, sustainably produced, cabernet sauvignon wine grapes. Jeff received an MA in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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  • Commentary

    A New Year's Wish: More Tree Hugging CEOs

    by Jeff Horowitz

    Jan-22-2015 | Article

    With the close of yet another UN climate meeting (this last one in Lima), we have more than a little hope that this year's gathering in Paris will result in a truly global consensus on climate change actions. But though there has been some progress on the geo-political front, the stark reality is that any agreement will take time to implement, and time is a luxury we cannot afford. More and more, many of us find ourselves searching for solutions that don't require a worldwide accord before we can begin to save the planet. It turns out that one such solution comes from a rather surprising place: the corporate boardroom... Read More »

    Connecting the Dots: from Christmas Cookies to Climate Change

    by Jeff Horowitz

    Dec-26-2014 | Article

    Most people simply do not know that what we eat, drink and buy here in the developed world is playing a big role over there, in those far away tropical countries like Indonesia. It turns out that our ever-increasing demand for raw ingredients like palm oil is causing rampant deforestation and contributing significantly to climate change ... Read More »

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  • In the Press

    Behind the Scenes of Showtime's Blockbuster Series on Climate Change

    Jeff Horowitz

    Apr-18-2014 | Interviews

    Jeff Horowitz explains more about his role in the "Years of Living Dangerously" project and talks about the catastrophic effects of deforestation... Read More »

    How to Balance Forests and Food?

    Jeff Horowitz

    Apr-02-2013 | Quotes

    Though the problem of deforestation is not yet solved, it is no longer out of control... Read More »

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