AWWI’s board sits together at a common table to collaborate on shared goals. Board members are drawn equally from the wind industry and science and conservation organizations. This diversity and balance is an essential part of AWWI’s charter and is required by our bylaws.
Jan Blomstrann is the Chairwoman and CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, a manufacturer of decision support tools for the utility-scale renewable energy industry. She joined the company in 1987 and helped build a global organization that now serves more than 150 countries around the world. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Wind Energy Association, the Women of Wind Energy, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Fairbanks Museum.
John Calaway, Senior Vice President – Business Development at Pattern Energy Group, oversees the identification, origination and development of Pattern Energy’s wind energy projects. He has pioneered the use of 3D seismic visualization for oil and gas prospecting and the use of radar and other technologies for reducing the environmental impact of wind energy projects on avian species. In 2011, he received the Andy Linehan Environmental Excellence Award from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) for his use of radar to prevent avian mortality. He served on the Board of Directors of AWEA for 2 years.
John has over 32 years of experience in energy development, with the past 14 years dedicated to wind energy. He has been responsible for the development and installation of over 1500 megawatts in North and South America, (creating enough electricity to power nearly one million homes). Since then, he has also founded, served as CEO, and successfully grown three energy development companies: Edge Petroleum, which was a NASDAQ-listed public company, Superior Renewable Energy, which was acquired by Babcock & Brown, and was one of the founding partners of Pattern Energy Group, which is one of the largest renewable energy companies in the Americas. John is also an accomplished artist and musician. He and his wife Laura have four children.
Scott Davis is the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s 19-state Central Division, focusing on large multi-state conservation initiatives ranging from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy for 16 years, previously serving as the Director of Conservation Programs and Associate State Director in Ohio, the acting State Director in Wisconsin, and the State Director of the Tennessee Chapter. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquatic ecology from Miami University and Texas A&M University respectively.
Dave Cowan, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, North America Utility and Global Wind, SunEdison
Dave joined First Wind Energy as Vice President of Environmental Affairs in 2004. Over the next 10 years he oversaw permitting and compliance for the development of the nascent company’s first 1000+ MW of generating capacity, and helped First Wind work through a variety of environmental regulatory processes during a very dynamic period in the industry. In January 2014 First Wind was acquired by SunEdison. As VP Environmental Affairs, North America Utility and Global Wind, Dave is now responsible for environmental permitting and compliance for wind and solar energy projects throughout North America and for wind projects globally.
Dave’s experience prior to joining First Wind includes over 20 years of environmental assessment and permitting as a consultant, and as a Research Associate during and after graduate school with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Oceanography from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from SUNY ESF. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist (The Wildlife Society) and a Professional Wetland Scientist (Society of Wetland Scientists).
Julie Falkner, Senior Director of Renewable Energy, joined the Defenders renewable energy team in February 2011 focusing on offshore and on shore wind development and eastern energy transmission issues. Julie has had been a member of the staff of the Interior appropriations subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations and previously served as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the Department of the Interior under Secretary Bruce Babbitt. She also has worked as a public policy facilitator and natural resource consultant for a number of federal agencies, and has extensive experience working with Native American Tribes. Julie is a lawyer and a graduate of Washington and Lee Law School in Virginia and Albion College in Michigan.
Peter Frumhoff is the Director of Science and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and chief scientist of the UCS Climate Campaign. He has published and lectured widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and an M.A. in Zoology from the University of California-Davis.
Garry started his Audubon career as a volunteer for Los Angeles Audubon in 2002 with KILL YOUR LAWN, a program modeled after his own yard to reduce water use and green house gases from mowers and blowers, and to create habitat to attract native plants for birds and other wildlife.
He served on LA Audubon Board as Conservation Chair from 2003-2006 when the Board appointed him as the chapter’s first Executive Director.
In 2004, he was elected to the Audubon California Board of Directors in 2004 as representative for the 12 chapters of Audubon in Southern California and served on the Conservation and Marketing Committees and as Chair of the Chapter Committee.
Audubon California asked him in 2008 to take his current position as Chapter Network Director for Audubon California where he oversees Audubon California’s relationship with the 48 chapters in California.
In 2011 his work with chapters on renewable energy permitting issues and ordinances throughout the state led him to an additional position as Renewable Energy Director and a seat on federal, state and local renewable energy policy stakeholder groups in the West and as a spokesperson for renewable energy and birds.
In California he serves or has served on the California Desert Renewable Energy Working Group, DRECP Stakeholders process, Condor/WIND Working Group, Golden Eagle Working Group and Tricolored Blackbird Working Group.
Garry is a graduate of NYU and lives in Los Angeles where he is active in local conservation and environmental issues as Conservation Chair of LA Audubon. When not working for Audubon he travels the world looking for rare birds and has racked up a life list of over 6,500 species, so far.
Nathanael is director of NRDC’s renewable energy policy program. His expertise is in renewable energy, its research and development, and the economic challenges that must be overcome so that they can be deployed quickly and with the greatest environmental benefits.
Nathanael started at NRDC right out of college in 1992. After two years he left to attend grad school, where he also worked for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He returned to work with NRDC in 1996. His background in science, engineering, and economics allows him to translate cutting edge technology developments into policy recommendations. He holds a degree in public policy from Brown University and a master’s degree from Berkeley. Read More
Tim Hayes is the Environmental Director for Duke Energy Renewables. He has been with Duke Energy and its predecessor companies Cinergy Corp., PSI Energy and Public Service Company of Indiana for 27 years. He has a B.S. from Indiana State University Life Science. He has been named the Indiana Izak Walton League Conservation Partner of the Year, the Ducks Unlimited Indiana Conservationist of the Year, and received the Hoosier Life-Time Achievement Wildlife Award from the Wildlife Society.
Mr. Hiester joined RES Americas in 2010 and leads the company’s strategy development. His career, which began in wind energy in 1978, has included also generation development of biomass, geothermal, natural gas, wind and solar for regulated utility and non-utility companies both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Hiester returned to a renewable focus in 2003 where has been a principal and leader involved in the development of over 3,000 MW of wind and solar. Mr. Hiester is a nationally recognized figure in wind resource assessment.
Mr. Hiester’s unique background as a commercial leader and atmospheric scientist has informed his overwhelming desire to address climate change. His interest is in the space where science, commercial success, and policy intersect to create positive progress for societies and the environment.
Mr. Hiester holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Colorado College where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington.
Eric Holst is the Senior Director, Working Lands, at the Environmental Defense Fund. Holst previously served as executive director of the Resources Legacy Fund and Program Officer for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.
Tom Kiernan began as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association on May 28, 2013. Prior to that he spent 15 years as President of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Kiernan, a native and long-time resident of Arlington, Va., graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 with a degree in Environmental Computer Modeling. He began his career with the Nantahala and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Centers, and in 1984, joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as a Management Consultant. Tom left the firm after three years to pursue his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, he also served as Assistant to the Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
Upon completing his degree, Kiernan moved to Washington, D.C., to join the Environmental Protection Agency as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator. A year later, he was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Office of Air and Radiation, and then in 1991 was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator where he was instrumental in the Bush Administration’s efforts to implement the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. For his leadership role in negotiating consensus after 12 years of litigation on a $450 million pollution control project at the Grand Canyon, he received the Gold Medal – the Agency’s highest award for employees.
At the conclusion of the Bush Administration, Kiernan co-founded the environmental consulting firm E3 Ventures, focused on working with private sector clients to expedite Clean Air Act implementation. In 1994, he was hired as Executive Vice President of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. In this role, he was charged with managing the society’s operations, which included four nature centers, four stores, educational programs, field research, and the management of 8,000 acres of land. In 1995, he was named President, where he successfully led the organization to a balanced budget.
In 1998, Kiernan was named as President of National Parks Conservation Association. He led the organization through dramatic growth of its field offices from 7 to 23, its members and supporters from 300,000 to over 800,000, and its net assets from under $5 million to over $60 million. He also led a successful five-year capital campaign that raised 108 percent of its goal and established NPCA as an effective political force in Washington.
Jim Lyon is Vice President for Conservation Policy, where he is responsible for directing policy making, and advancing NWF’s conservation advocacy campaigns across the organization. He has worked in the environmental conservation community for over 35 years, including 18 years at NWF. Jim’s conservation work has included the Climate Change policy; BP Gulf oil spill, Mississippi River and Everglades restoration; protecting America’s Public Lands (including special places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge); preserving the Farm Bill’s sweeping conservation programs; and defending keystone environmental protection laws like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act. Earlier, Jim served as Vice President for Mineral Policy Center, and worked on many conservation issues at the (former) the Environmental Policy Institute. He has lobbied and testified before Congress, has written numerous reports and books on natural resource policy, worked in conservation coalitions and with many citizen organizations across the country, and has successfully raised grants to fuel programming.
Kelley Myers is the Conservation and Recreation Division Administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. In this role, she oversees fish and wildlife, state parks, forestry, land and water trails, real property acquisition, facility improvement and conservation law enforcement programs for the state of Iowa. She is Iowa’s director representative to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Kelley has been with the DNR since 2003, mostly serving as an attorney for the programs she now leads. She also managed renewable energy and efficiency grant programs for the state. She did serve as the General Counsel for the former Iowa Department of Economic Development in 2010, during which time she focused on business development, flood recovery and disaster relief programs.
Kelley holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture (emphasis in Natural Resources) from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She earned her law degree from Pennsylvania State University and is licensed to practice law in Iowa.
Kelley lives in Des Moines with her husband and their two young sons. They fill their free time traveling, camping, fishing and playing.
Roby Roberts is the Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, at EDP Renewables. He brings more than 20 years of experience in renewable-energy policy, communications, business development and regulatory affairs. He has been chair and board member of the American Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
What changes have occurred in wild animals and plants in the past century with ~0.8°C of warming around the globe? What might the future ecological consequences be for wild species as the globe continues to warm rapidly? These are the types of questions currently being investigated by Terry L. Root, who is a Senior Fellow/University Faculty at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor by courtesy in Biology at Stanford University, and a Fellow at the California Academy of Science.
Research into just such questions resulted in President George H. Bush honoring her in 1990 with the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 1992 she was chosen as 1 of only 10 people around the world to be selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, 1 of 20 people to be selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999, and co-awardee with Stephen H. Schneider in 2002 of the Conservation Achievement Award from National Wildlife Federation, and in 2006 of the Banksia International Award from the Australian Banksia Environmental Foundation. Root was a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change that in 2007 was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. In addition she was a lead author for the Third Assessment Report (2001) and a Review Editor for the Fifth Assessment Report (2014). In 2010 she won the Spirit of Defenders Award from Defenders of Wildlife. These awards help validate how Dr. Root’s research is helping us to understand complex real-world problems, and her outreach to decision makers and the general public.
Dr. Root’s work demonstrated that with only ~0.8°C of warming species around the globe are already changing dramatically: ranges moving poleward and up in elevation, events are happening earlier in the spring and later in the fall, and extinctions are beginning to occur. She and co-workers have also used species to show that humans are indeed causing a large portion of the increase in local/regional temperatures. As the planet continues to warm, which will probably occur at an escalating rate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that around 200,000 known species could face extinction if the average global temperature increases 2°C (3.6°F) and around 400,000 to 500,000 if the average global temperature reaches 4°C (7.2°F). These extinctions would be caused by one species—us. How can we decrease the number of species from possibly going extinct? Getting renewable energy up to scale will help greatly. Root’s current and future work will concentrate on helping us understand the tradeoff between harming populations of species at the site of renewable instillations and the extinction of species around the globe due to rapidly rising global temperatures. Certainly renewable energy fields need to be located in areas where they will do the least amount of harm to populations, but at the same time we must understand that we have to significantly decrease our CO2 emissions to help decrease the number of extinctions, which means we must significantly increase the number of renewable energy instillations.
Dr. Root earned her Bachelors’ degree in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico in 1975, after which she worked as a scientific programmer at Bell Laboratory and on NASA’s Voyager Project. Returning to school, she obtained her Masters degree in Biology at the University of Colorado in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton University in 1987. She was on the faculty at The University of Michigan in the School of Natural Resources and Environment from 1987 to 2001, and at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment from 2001 to present.
Jim Walker is Vice Chairman of the Board and former CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. He is a past board member and president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a former member of the California Energy Commission and served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He has a B.A. in physics from Princeton University and a Doctorate from Harvard Business School.
Stu Webster is the Director, Permitting & Environmental Affairs, at Iberdrola Renewables, where he oversees the company’s environmental program for project development as well as for the ~5,000 operational megawatts owned by Iberdrola in the United States. Mr. Webster serves as Vice-Chair of the AWEA Siting Committee and Chair of the AWEA Wildlife Sub-Committee. He has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Santa Barbara, CA.
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