Power Up for Climate Solutions works to activate and unite the quiet majority to solve climate change–because our future depends on it.




About Us

Power Up for Climate Solutions is a newly incorporated Oregon nonprofit corporation. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and you may take a tax deduction for contributions to the full extent allowed by law.

From the Founder

Since 2013, I’ve been a volunteer climate solutions advocate. Solving climate change is something I am passionate about, something I think about every day. I work with a small group of wonderful people who are similarly climate-obsessed. Yet outside our small group, most people’s primary focus lies elsewhere. For years, I’ve heard from friends and acquaintances that they too are worried about climate change and would like to do something but feel overwhelmed, confused, guilty, don’t have the time, or don’t know where to start. They–and you–are why I’m doing this!

I believe that every person who understands and cares about climate change (the majority of us) would like to find simple, effective ways to support climate solutions. I also believe that climate solutions cannot be enacted at the speed and scale we need in order to tackle the climate crisis unless many more of us find ways to engage.  So I founded Power Up for Climate Solutions to connect people who want to do something with the information, resources, and tools you need to contribute to solving the climate crisis. If you are not a climate expert and you are looking for simple, manageable, impactful actions and accurate, helpful, accessible information on climate change solutions, this group is for you! I hope you’ll join us, and contribute if you can!


Carla A. Wise, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Carla is a plant conservation biologist turned climate solutions advocate and writer. She has a master’s degree in environmental policy from Yale and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2006, she has been writing about climate change, agriculture, and environmental issues.  In 2013, she launched the Corvallis Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to building political will for a livable world; she has served as a congressional liaison and founded the progressive outreach action team, and continues to serve as chapter co-leader. In 2016, she published Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change with Sanity and Grace, a book about finding positive responses to the climate crisis.  She’s been thinking about helping concerned people find ways to enact climate change solutions for a long time, and in the fall of 2018, she launched Power Up For Climate Solutions to do just that.


Board of Directors

Jenny Nicole Myers, Board President
-Sustainability Instructor, Oregon State University

Phil Harding, Ph.D., Board Secretary 
-Director of Technology and Sustainability, Willamette Falls Paper Company

Amy M. Card, M.D., Board Member
-OB Hospitalist, Salem Health Medical Group

Mark M. Van Steeter, Ph.D., Board Member
-Chair, Dept. of Geography and Sustainability, Western Oregon University

Carla A. Wise, Ph.D., Board Member
-Executive Director, Power Up for Climate Solutions


Current Interns

Aoi Ueda

Aoi is currently an undergraduate at Oregon State University studying Earth Sciences with a Climate focus.


Past interns

Zoe Hershenson, Claire Watkins, Jessica Moore, Lauryn Guyton-Moore, and Melissa Carson.


Special thanks to Mark M. Van Steeter, Ph.D., photographer extraordinare, for use of his photos on this website.