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Mr. Gore Goes to Dreamforce: The First Climate Summit’s Focus on Net Zero

Mr. Gore Goes to Dreamforce: The First Climate Summit's Focus on Sustainability

They say never meet your heroes, but get an account of what it was like for our Sustainability team to host former Vice President Al Gore at Dreamforce's first-ever Climate Summit.

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Picture this — you’ve dedicated your life’s work to a specific cause and have the chance to pick the brain of the world’s most renowned leader in your respective space. Your personal idol is speaking a couple feet in front of you, you get to shake their hand, and they thank you for your dedication to the work. Is this real life, or just a fantasy?

This was the moment Salesforce’s Net Zero team met former Vice President, Al Gore at the first-ever Climate Summit at Dreamforce ‘18. Gore was invited to keynote this first-of-its-kind climate-centered day at Dreamforce, which featured sessions highlighting the incredible progress being made by environmental Trailblazers around the world, with speakers Sylvia EarleAdrian Grenier and more. In addition to the Climate Summit, we’re constantly working to integrate sustainability into our event operations, making Dreamforce ‘18 the most sustainable yet.


picture of audience at Climate Summit, Dreamforce '18
Al Gore on The Sustainability Revolution

To see sustainability, and what we consider to be the most urgent challenge of our time, elevated to center stage at the largest technology conference in the world… Let’s just say there was not a dry eye on our team.

Picture of Al Gore presenting at Dreamforce '18 climate summit
Dreamforce attendees inspired by Al Gore’s session

And we weren’t the only ones that left the day feeling inspired. The room was filled with over 8,000 attendees seeming energized by Gore’s impassioned talk, ignited by the opportunity to make an impact and empowered to take action. It’s a moment in Salesforce’s story we won’t soon forget.

Sammy Spiegel

Sammy Spiegel is the Program Coordinator for Sustainability and Pledge 1% at Salesforce. She's a storyteller at heart, and enjoys the creative strategy involved in communicating impact programs. When not writing, you can find her outside running, walking, exploring the coast and petting other people's dogs. TW: @sammyspiegs

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