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Aclima CEO Davida Herzl Named in Fast Company’s Annual List of the 100 Most Creative People in Business

Herzl joins the 10th annual list of 100 women and men from such companies as Apple, Levi Strauss & Co., Google, Microsoft, Lego, Nike, Starbucks, CVS Health, and Twitch.  

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, May 22, 2019  Fast Company today announced its 10th annual list of the Most Creative People in Business, honoring an influential and diverse group of 100 leaders from a vast range of global industries including tech, design, entertainment, health care, media, government, nonprofit, finance, food, and more.

Fast Company editors and writers spend a year researching candidates for the list, scouting every sector of business: technology, fashion, cybersecurity, biotech, entertainment, beauty, social good, food, data, consumer goods, and more. The people selected have all accomplished something truly innovative within the past 12 months or so that is having a meaningful effect within their industries. They’re also discoveries — none has ever been profiled in Fast Company before. Taken together, they represent where business is heading right now.

“I founded Aclima to deliver a new class of tools to make air pollution visible and catalyze action to protect the health of our communities and our planet,” said Aclima CEO Davida Herzl. “It’s an honor to be named alongside this incredible group of innovators, who are pushing boundaries in business to make a real difference in the world.

“This year’s edition acknowledges society’s increasingly fraught relationship with technology. It is light on people inventing new apps to sell us more stuff—and mine our personal information—and heavier on leaders trying to protect consumers and companies from unscrupulous actors online,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Aclima CEO Davida Herzl, 100 Most Creative People in Business write up:

“Once you have this information, it becomes difficult to understand how we lived without it,” says Davida Herzl, whose 10-year-old company, Aclima, delivers block-by-block air-quality measurements and analysis. Its technology shrinks the work of a trailer-size EPA station down to sensors no bigger than a shoebox, which are installed as networks on buildings or in fleets of cars. They instantly measure CO2, methane, and other pollutants known to cause health issues and climate change, and use machine learning to generate live maps of where these substances are present and in what quantities. Last fall, Aclima announced a partnership with Google Street View that will put sensors in 50 of its globe-traversing cars in 2019, with the potential to expand to the entire 500-car fleet in the future; each car will now collect about 350,000 air-quality data points daily. This information, Herzl says, can impact environmental, health, and urban planning decisions. In 2017, California passed an air-quality law requiring communities to monitor air quality locally, based on a study that used Aclima data. More than 100 local governments and municipalities in the state now use Aclima to diagnose and manage air-quality problems.

Ms. Davida Herzl is the CEO and co-founder of Aclima, a pioneer in the field of environmental intelligence addressing the urgent global need for hyperlocal, actionable information about air pollution and climate emissions. Under Ms. Herzl’s leadership, Aclima has developed a groundbreaking sensing platform that combines climate science, cloud computing, and machine learning to make sense of the invisible world around us, at scales never before possible and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. This new approach creates transformative opportunities for increasing the resilience of our communities, cities, and industries.

Ms. Herzl is a champion of collaboration and cooperative advantage to tackle today’s global climate challenge. She has brought together public and private players, including Google and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to unleash the power of environmental sensor networks to map pollution at the human scale. In 2018, Herzl raised a $24 million Series A from leading investors and announced a global scaling partnership with Google Street View to integrate the Aclima platform into the global fleet.

Aclima was named a 2017 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a 2018 Cleantech Global 100 Company, and one of Fast Company’s top World Changing Ideas of 2018 and 2019. In June 2017, Aclima’s methods were featured in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, when Aclima, Google, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the University of Texas at Austin published results of a year-long mobile mapping campaign to measure hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland, CA. This research was selected as the journal’s “Best Environmental Technology Paper” of 2017.

With a lifelong commitment to big impact, Ms. Herzl’s entrepreneurial journey previously led to the founding of NextEarth Group in 2004 — a family of entrepreneurs and companies dedicated to a more compassionate, equitable, and environmentally intelligent world. At NextEarth, she was a trusted advisor to leading philanthropists and Fortune 500s working to invest capital and resources for the advancement of global sustainability. The inspiration for Aclima emerged from this work, with the realization that society lacked the measurement infrastructure to understand and manage hyperlocal emissions.

This year’s group represents Fast Company’s hallmark of diversity: 52 are women, 48 are men, with more than 25 hailing from outside the United States, and nearly one-third are people of color.

To see the complete list go to: fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2019

Introduced in 2009, the Most Creative People list was quickly established as one of Fast Company’s most esteemed franchises. Each year, the magazine’s editors present an all-new list of 100 people chosen according to a proprietary methodology.

Fast Company‘s Most Creative People in Business issue (Summer 2019) is available online now at fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2019 and on newsstands beginning June 4. Join the Most Creative People conversation using #FCMostCreative.


Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers on the future of business. Since 2011, Fast Company has received some of the most prestigious editorial and design accolades, including the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) National Magazine Award for “Magazine of the Year,” Adweek’s Hot List for “Hottest Business Publication,” and six gold medals and 10 silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta and the publisher is Amanda Smith. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.


Aclima delivers hyperlocal air pollution and climate emissions intelligence at unprecedented block-by-block resolution. Aclima’s air quality mapping and analysis platform combines our breakthrough mobile and stationary sensing technology, climate science and machine learning to provide next-generation diagnostics of critical air pollutants — from CO2 and methane to particulate matter. With our web-based software, governments, companies, researchers and the public can see and track pollution hotspots and impacts over time. This new capability empowers informed action to reduce emissions and exposure, at both the local and global level, charting a new course for improving human and planetary health. For more information, visit www.aclima.io.