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.
Here’s a story about our programs.
Our Board of Directors
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 Margo’s published and unpublished poetry is informed by the environment she lives in and loves.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 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.
Anjuli Grantham is a public historian and curator from Kodiak who now spends her days growing the capacity of museums across the state. She’s a gardener, author, and activist who deploys the arts and humanities to address critical issues. Anjuli is eager to connect Alaskans to climate solutions, work to assure our land and sea will feed future generations, and know when she’s old that she did all in her power to advance climate justice..
John Neary is retired from a 37-year career with the US Forest Service in Juneau, first as wilderness manager then as Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and consultant experienced in helping African countries manage parks and tourism. He loves biking everywhere, skiing uphill, and soaking up the heat from his masonry fireplace.
Since 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, and as the project lead for Renewable Juneau’s Carbon Offset Fund. 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.”
Sally Saddler is a retired economist who spent 35 years in the world of community &economic development, education, and workforce development in Alaska. She believes in empowering people to change the world through education, and is excited to work toward a greener future by supporting the development of environmentally sound communities and the creation of green jobs. She is happiest anywhere outdoors in her kayak, on her skis, on her skates, and on her feet. She is committed to Renewable Juneau to ensure a better world for her children and three grandchildren, is married, serves on the board of Alaska Heat Smart, has served two terms on the Juneau Board of Education, and hold a BA in Economics from The George Washington University.
Kate Troll is currently an op-ed columnist and speaker on conservation and climate issues. She retired from a career in Natural Resource Management wherein she dedicated twenty-two years to fisheries, timber, climate and energy policy. Kate was appointed by Governor Palin to serve on the Alaska Climate Mitigation Advisory Board, and was the only Alaskan invited to participate in Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 Global Climate Summit. As Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Voters, Kate helped draft the creation of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund and lobbied for the Sustainable Energy Act, a comprehensive roadmap to generate 50% of Alaska’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2025. She was elected to public office twice, serving on the Juneau-Douglas Borough and Ketchikan Borough Assembly. Prior to serving on the Board of Renewable Juneau, Kate served for 5 years on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP).
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.