Who We Are

Power Up for Climate Solutions is an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

 


Executive Director and Board Member

CARLA A. WISE, PH.D.

Carla is a plant conservation biologist, 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. Since 2006, she has been writing about environmental issues and climate change. In 2013, she helped launch the Corvallis Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, where she has served as chapter co-leader, congressional liaison and coordinator of the progressive outreach action team. In 2016, she published Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change with Sanity and Grace, a book about finding positive responses to the climate crisis.

In 2018, with the scientific warnings growing ever more urgent, the impacts more catastrophic, and the politics in the U.S. more discouraging, she resolved to find a way to offer those concerned about the climate crisis but uncertain what to do simple, impactful ways to take action on climate.

Carla believes that to have a chance of tackling the climate crisis, people who understand the facts but aren’t sure what to do find ways to take action on climate. This led her to found Power Up For Climate Solutions.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JEN MYERS, Ph.D., Board President
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Sustainability, Wells College

Jen Myers (she/her/hers) has a master’s in Environmental Ethics and a doctoral degree in Sustainability Education. Jen has significant experience in the non-profit sector developing local food systems. She has studied decolonizing re-localization efforts in communities throughout the world and sees her role as an ally to frontline communities working for climate justice. Joining her voice with others coping with climate grief and anxiety, Jen serves on the Board of Power Up for Climate Solutions to help envision and enact the transition to a resilient, post-carbon future.

PHIL HARDING, Ph.D., Board Secretary
-Vice President of Applications, Columbia Pulp LLC

Dr. Phil Harding serves as the Vice President of Applications for Columbia Pulp, where he leads development markets for paper, board, and molded products featuring alternative fiber from wheat straw in Eastern Washington. He has been active in climate-related topics for years, with a focus on addressing the problem at its source: the use of fossil fuels.  He realizes there are significant obstacles to effecting change, but believes in both the power of inspiration and positive techno-economic effects of addressing climate change.  He is on the Board of Power Up to support its objectives of increasing activism.

AMY M. CARD, M.D., Board Member
-OB Hospitalist, Salem Health Medical Group

Dr. Amy Card comes to Power Up for Climate Solutions as just the kind of person we hope to inspire and to empower.  She wasn’t previously active in the climate change movement, but in recent years she has become more and more concerned about the catastrophic effects on our health and security from human-caused global warming. For some time, she has been taking steps to lower her carbon footprint through lifestyle choices. Now, through Power Up for Climate Solutions she wants to help folks make an impact individually, locally, and globally.

MARK M. VAN STEETER, Ph.D., Board Member
-Chair, Dept. of Geography and Sustainability, Western Oregon University

Dr. Mark Van Steeter is a professor in the department of Geography & Sustainability at Western Oregon University.  He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale university and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado.  He believes that people will only protect what they love, so the underlying goal of his 22 years of teaching has been to nurture a passion for the world in his students.  He has found that students are usually eager to be part of the solution regarding climate change, but they do not know what to do.  He is on the board of Power up for Climate Solutions because he believes the organization is an essential catalyst for guiding public action.

INTERNS

Power Up for Climate Solutions has had the good fortune of working with a series of wonderful student interns who have contributed in all kinds of ways to our work.  We have paused our internship during the COVID-19 pandemic but hope to start up again soon.

Past Interns: April Vogt, Carlos Rodas, Nick Fleetwood, Cassidy Layton, Aoi Ueda, Zoe Hershenson, Claire Watkins, Jessica Moore, Lauryn Guyton-Moore, and Melissa Carson.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Mark M. Van Steeter for the use of his beautiful photos on this website.

Amy Hollswandner for logo design, color palette and typeface choices.

Nikki Nolan for website design, IT assistance, and continuing IT support.

Lorraine Anderson for website and blog copy-editing and feedback.

Power Up for Climate Solutions partners with the Union of Concerned Scientists as a local allied group.