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Batting 1,000 for kids and the climate

A triple play is an uncommon event in the sport of baseball – a subject fresh on my mind thanks to our San Francisco Giants’ winning the NLCS pennant this week.  Only 696 triple plays have ever occurred in the entire professional history of the sport. This week, however, our Too Small To Fail Initiative pulled off the rare act with three successful high profile events on two coasts.

On Sunday, in San Diego, the Too Small team, with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the American Academy of Pediatrics, announced the launch of a new early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents, a joint product of Too Small To Fail and the Academy. It is available online for free at

On Tuesday, at the Dreamforce 2014 software and technology conference in San Francisco, Secretary Clinton joined Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, representatives from our local partner organizations, and hundreds of conference participants in a Too Small volunteer event. Together they filled thousands of tote bags with educational materials that will help families in Oakland, California, close the word gap.

On Thursday, in Washington D.C., the team participated in a day-long White House event with partners, early childhood advocates, pediatricians, city mayors, and more than 100 federal agency representatives to discuss new ways to close the word gap and support America’s youngest citizens.  For more on that event and all that Too Small To Fail has accomplished this week, check out their newsletter here.

Our Energy and Climate Team has been hard at work too, publishing newly revamped interactives on the Risky Business Project website that show not only the most likely economic impacts of climate change, but also the tail risks at the state level. And finally, Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of the Climate and Energy Program, just published a grand-slam of a blog post, covering the new climate economy, the advancement of solar businesses, a Nobel Laureate’s take on climate change, and California’s leadership on advanced energy. Hopefully the Giants will continue to perform as well as this team as they head to the World Series – and maybe, next year, my Detroit Tigers will too.

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