Seeking a Sustainable Path

Desta Gallery is pleased to present climate change experts Bruce Nilles and Patrick Gallagher to share their knowledge on the debated topic.
Gas in Your Home: Is it Safe?
Local climate activist and writer Anne-Christine Strugnell will moderate as the two discuss the health risks and climate implications of gas appliances.
This event will be part of our environmental exhibition, Seeking a Sustainable Path, featuring Michael Kerbow’s work.
April 15, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm


Bruce Nilles is the Executive Director of Climate Imperative, a foundation dedicated to fighting climate change in the U.S. and internationally. Nilles previously established the Building Electrification program at Rocky Mountain Institute (now RMI) and ran the Beyond Coal campaign at the Sierra Club. Nilles is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Packard Foundation Climate Breakthrough Award, and was recognized by Politico in 2015 as “one of the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” Nilles earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Nilles emphasizes that “Indoor pollutants of nitrogen dioxide and benzene leak from gas stoves, endangering the health of families” – Bruce Nilles

Patrick Gallagher recently retired as the Legal Director of the national Sierra Club after twenty years of overseeing a large team of professionals working on climate change and wilderness protection. Gallagher earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan. Gallagher continued to focus on climate change as an attorney in private practice. “Gas in buildings leads to large greenhouse pollution from stovetops, ovens, furnaces and water heaters, with many stovetops venting directly into the indoors,” says Patrick Gallagher.

Anne-Christine Strugnell is a climate activist and a writer who frequently contributes articles on environmental issues to Marin Magazine. She will moderate the discussion and add her own practical perspective as a Marin homeowner who has just completed a multi-year project of swapping out her major gas appliances, including her gas stove in December.