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Four Twenty Seven Founder & CEO Receives 2016 Berkeley Visionary Award

From left: Michael McCormick, Senior Planner in the Governor of Californias Office of Research and Planning; Kirsten MacDonald, CEO of Operations at the Berkeley Chamber; Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven; and Polly Armstrong, CEO of Community Relations at the Berkeley Chamber

On Monday, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce honored climate risk expert Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven, with the 2016 Berkeley Visionary Award. Four Twenty Seven is a climate risk analytics company known for driving climate risk intelligence into the strategic decision making of Fortune 100 companies and government institutions. The ceremony was held at the Berkeley Peets’ Repertory Theater.

“The Chamber of Commerce is excited to recognize Emilie Mazzacurati and the team at Four Twenty Seven for their role in making the world a more climate-resilient place. Four Twenty Seven work guiding organizations that need to understand, quantify, and monetize the impacts of climate change on their operations and the communities that surround them is quite unique,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Polly Armstrong.

Recent Four Twenty Seven projects include performing large scale climate vulnerability assessments for the world’s largest companies, building a climate health risk dashboard for a consortium of hospital networks, and developing a mapping tool on heat and social inequity in the US.

Introducing Mazzacurati at the event was Michael McCormick, AICP from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. “Emilie’s passion and ability to move complicated projects forward with successful results continues to raise eyebrows in a highly competitive industry. The cross-sectoral and cutting edge nature of her work is transformative and helping to inspire policy initiatives that will benefit climate change discussions in California and around the world for many years to come.”

Emilie Mazzacurati accepts the 2016 Berkeley Visionary Award.

“Four Twenty Seven captures the essence of Berkeley by blending an unwavering commitment to social equity with intellectual rigor and technological savviness. Our success depends upon our ability to leverage the work from world-class climate scientists at UC Berkeley and beyond, and we help broadcast critical findings from the scientific community to business leaders and investors,” emphasized Mazzacurati.

 

The Visionary Award catalyzes Berkeley’s long tradition of cultivating local entrepreneurs and establishing a regional advantage for Berkeley’s startup activity. “Transformational companies like Four Twenty Seven are moving the needle for the city by putting Berkeley on the map as a hub for job creation in the East Bay through startup activity,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

This award also puts Emilie Mazzacurati among the ranks of the other notable recipients including Chris Anderson (formerly the Editor in Chief at Wired Magazine) for his work with drones and Will Wright (SimCity) for his “entertainment think tank” Stupid Fun Club. Four Twenty Seven’s analytics products have already won a long list of awards for their work on climate resilience and adaptation.

Recipients of this year’s awards also included cancer immunotherapy company Aduro Biotech CEO Stephen Isaacs and desktop manufacturing company Other Machine Co. CEO Danielle Applestone. The awards were covered in The Daily Californian, and as the cover story for a special issue of the San Francisco Business Times.

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