Renewable Juneau is a non profit (501 c 3) organization providing Information, education and advocacy to support local climate solutions– renewable energy,  heat pumps, electric vehicles, and building efficiency – in Alaska’s capital city.

Our volunteer board brings a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills to this task. We’re excited and inspired by the improvements in energy technologies and the innovative spirit of Juneau residents.  One of our strategies is to share their success stories.

By promoting electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, supporting the conversion of electric resistance and oil heat to highly energy efficient heat pumps, and advocating for policies that support renewable energy, our aim is to help achieve the CBJ’s goal of powering Juneau with 80% renewable energy by the year 2045.

We welcome any and all suggestions and comments and would love to hear from you! Stay connected and in the know with our news blog, contact us here, or keep up with Renewable Juneau on Facebook.

Here’s a story about our programs.

Our Board of Directors

Margo Waring
Margo Waring is one of the co-founders of Renewable Juneau. She is a retired state government policy analyst and planner and former university professor. She is a child of survivors of the Great Depression who fervently believed in recycling and making do. The concept of resource scarcity, in the form of water, was the theme of a college novel outline (never written, but the work earned an A!). Margo’s interest in sustainability and renewable energy has remained and strengthened over the decades, Ten years ago she set up a website, “I want a livable planet.” Margo’s published and unpublished poetry is informed by the environment she lives in and loves.

Steve Behnke
Steve helped found Renewable Juneau. He brings a lifetime of Alaskan experience to bear:  growing up on a Mat-Su Valley homestead, getting degrees from UAF and McGill, studying village subsistence economies, and working for ADF&G and a statewide ecotourism business association.  Juneau has been home since 1983, where he continues to sink his roots deeper as a fisherman, sailor, and gardener.

Steve built an energy efficient house in Dillingham in 1980, and has improved his 1936 Juneau home by air-sealing, reinsulating the roof, and in 2010 installing a ground source heat pump.  He’s delighted to heat without fossil fuels while reducing costs to an average $100 per month.  Adding a used Nissan Leaf in 2017 barely moved the needle on electricity costs.
“Take a look at Renewable Juneau’s logo.  I really like how Juneau’s water and mountains — defining characteristics of life here— provide the hydropower that is key to reducing our climate impacts.  I don’t buy the argument that because Alaska’s population is small we don’t bear much responsibility for climate change.  The opposite is true — our economy is based on oil extraction, our supplies have to be transported long distances, and we all travel a lot by air, giving us some of the highest per capita carbon footprints in the world.  So we have a huge responsibility.  And our renewable energy wealth gives us an equally great opportunity to come up with local solutions.”

DougDoug Woodby
Doug Woodby began marine research in arctic Alaska in 1976 and began research on global warming in the 1980s as a graduate student. He served as Chief Fisheries Scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Commercial Fisheries Division until his retirement in 2012. While in that position he served 10 years on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and also on the North Pacific Research Board’s Science Panel where he helped guide funding for marine research, including research on climate change impacts.

Doug is married and has two adult sons. He has a BS from the University of Michigan, an MS from the University of Washington, plus a Masters in Statistics and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Danielle Redmond
Danielle Redmond is a mother, a Doula, a Renewable Juneau co-founder. Danielle was born in Duwamish territory and grew up skiing in the Cascade Mountains. She lived in Switzerland for 3 years during college and traveled to Africa, South America, and Italy multiple times for her studies. Prompted by student loans and credit card debt, she wound up commercial fishing in 2006 “just for a summer” and has been here ever since. Following a Master’s degree in Northern Studies from UAF, she moved to Juneau where she became an organizer for SEACC and officially picked up the climate banner…

David Abad
David Abad was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska by Ilocano parents, alongside two older siblings. He is a first generation Filipino-American who spent his young adult years living in Chicago before returning to his hometown of Juneau in 2015 to reconnect with the community and discover his role in it. While still in this process, David splits his time as a local architectural drafter, working for AWARE, Inc., addressing men’s roles in dismantling systemic and gender-based violence, as well a member of the Renewable Juneau board. These roles have helped guide his understanding and further shape his work in advocating for social and environmental justice and continuing his commitment to the community. David also volunteers for various community groups and organizations. In his spare time, David enjoys gardening, recreational soccer and volleyball, and exploring the beautiful land he loves to call home.

After receiving a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene from New York’s Clarkson University, Andy has worn a variety of hats: community organizer for SEACC; wilderness guide for Alaska Discovery; owner, captain and guide of Wilderness Swift Charters; and most recently graphic designer for both Alaska Litho and his own business, Island Design.

Environmental health is a central pillar of Andy’s life and the natural world fuels his passions for life, love and happiness and is the driving factor in nearly all of his decisions, endeavors and interests. Andy is honored to be able to bring this passion and energy to Renewable Juneau, as designer, organizer and activist. Ask Andy about his dream vision for Juneau and he is likely to say,  “An Alaskan capital city with only electric vehicles, few, if any oil-heated buildings, a primary focus on renewable energy and a community striving together to create a world-class, sustainable, low-carbon city.

Catherine Hatch
The newest recruit to the Renewable Juneau team, Catherine is ready to do her part to promote green living in Alaska’s Capital City. Leading by example, she and her husband Matt were early adopters of electric vehicles driving one of the first Nissan Leafs in town, and have further divested themselves of fossil fuels by installing a new air source heat pump in their downtown Juneau home. She’s an avid recycler, something she learned from many years living in Germany, where she got used to having multiple sorting bins in her kitchen.

A graduate of Smith College, Catherine came to Alaska by way of adventure and stayed for the breathtaking views and strong sense of community. For Catherine, environmental justice fits nicely into her bigger passion for social justice. She believes Juneau has the potential to lead the country in the implementation of sustainable resources that will benefit its residents for generations to come.