Philanthropic Wins

The Del Mar Quiet Zone

When Lee and his wife June tired of the train horns blaring insistently past their Del Mar community, Lee started looking for an alternative. After researching federal railroad law and involving the city manager, the North County Transit Board, and the Del Mar City Council, he formed a “Quiet Zone” Committee and within X years raised the…


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The Passage of CA’s AB‑32 Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions

The passage of AB-32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, marked a watershed moment in California’s history. By requiring in law a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, California set the stage for its transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future.


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The Carbon XPRIZE

In 2008, Lee’s Prize Capital initiated and spearheaded the process that lead to the launch of the $20M Carbon XPRIZE, a high profile, international competition to find viable technologies that can cost-effectively utilize carbon emissions from industrial facilities to produce valuable products.


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Philanthropic Wins

Stanford Woods Institute Osa & Golfito Initiative

The Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO) is facilitating the development of a strategy for sustainable human development and environmental stewardship in Costa Rica’s Osa and Golfito region. INOGO works hand in hand with Costa Ricans in local communities, government, the private sector and NGOs.


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Lee’s Unusual Role in the Passage of CA’s Landmark AB‑1493 Bill

Stein played an unusual role and was influential in the passage of California’s landmark AB 1493 legislation. This measure addressing global warming placed California at the forefront of one of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21’st century.


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Launching the $100M Earth Fund at the 2007 Climate Change Conference in Bali

Lee served as a contractor to design the World Bank Global Environment Facility’s “Earth Fund” which he formally launched with the GEF and IFC in Bali at the UNFCCC COP 13.


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Intensive Lifestyle Changes for Reversal of Coronary Heart Disease, Published in JAMA

In a 4-year follow-up of 35 patients with moderate to severe coronary heart disease who had previously participated in a 1-year trial of intensive lifestyle and dietary change, Ornish and colleagues found that patients in the experimental group had continued reduction in coronary artery percent diameter stenosis.


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Fundraising & Donating a Lab for Lymphoma Research

In 1983, a close friend of Lee Stein’s passed away from lyphoma. In honor of their friendship, Lee and friends Scott Isdainer and Nancy Dietch produced a fundraiser with Men at Work raising enough money money to open a cancer lab.


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Extracts of Polypore Mushroom Mycelia Reduce Viruses in Honey Bees, Published in Nature

Waves of highly infectious viruses sweeping through global honey bee populations have contributed to recent declines in honey bee health. Lee partnered with mycologist Paul Stamets and successfully published a study in Nature titled, “Extracts of Polypore Mushroom Mycelia Reduce Viruses in Honey Bees” indicating that honey bees may gain…


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An Interdisciplinary Collaboration Accelerating Breakthroughs in Medical Imaging

Lee talks about how his son Spencer's 150-foot fall led to a unique and urgent interdisciplinary medical collaboration, leading to accelerated breakthroughs in medical imaging.


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Serving as Delegate to the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

As a member of two important delegations, I was quite proud to be a citizen of the State of California and to be associated with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). SIO was very successful in bringing ocean acidification and remote monitoring advancements to positions of prominence on the international agenda.


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Wyoming Meets Saudi Arabia

Her Royal Highness Ambassador Princess Reema, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Juniper and Lee Stein.


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