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Updated February 2012

Network for Climate Educators

Regulatory Links & Resources

Governmental Organizations

This network originated from three climate educator summits in 2007. It is meant to help climate educators collaborate, exchange ideas and develop effective climate education programs around the state. Find climate education providers by location or sector.

Local Governments

Contact information Audience Program Description
Sara Wysocki
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
(206) 233-7014 (phone)
(206) 684-3013 (fax)
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2748
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
Seattle Residents Working with residents and community groups around climate education and reducing their carbon footprint.
Laura Curley
Public Information Officer
Northwest Clean Air Agency
(360) 428-1617
1600 S. 2nd Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Municipalities, businesses, university representatives, non-profits, volunteer groups, students, teachers, and other governmental entities. Convener of the Climate Action Northwest (CAN) group that meets to maximize strategic partnerships, minimizes duplication, pool resources and position ourselves for potential funding opportunities. Held conference in 2010 called the “Power of Cost-Effective Energy Practices”, focused on engaging municipal leaders in energy efficiency projects Sponsor tri-county “Carbon Masters” and “Climate Stewards” volunteer training programs. Classroom education program includes the Cool School Challenge program. Anti-idling program for schools, transit authorities, municipalities and businesses. Send out periodic “Climate Care Email Tips”.
Kimberley Cline
Communications Specialist
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
(206) 689-4070
Schools, teachers and students. Drivers idling their cars near schools, loading zones/docks, etc. Working with Redmond High School- supporting & helping fund Cool Schools Climate Challenge.
Dan A. Nelson
Public Information Office
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency
(360) 586-1044 x111
1-800-422-5623 2940-B
Limited Lane NW Olympia, WA 98502
  ORCAA- Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason & Thurston Counties. Runs successful anti-idling campaign, especially in schools. Focuses on how residents & schools can improve air, health and climate
Sego Jackson
Principal planner
Snohomish County Solid Waste Management
425-388-6490 (phone)
425-388-7044 (fax)
M/S #607 – 3000 Rockefeller Ave.
Everett, WA 98201-4046
  Serves on CAT Agriculture TWG (Technical Working Group). Snohomish County Take it Back Network.
Heather Higgins-Aanes
Education and Communications Coordinator
Bellingham Public Works Department
(360) 778-7905 (phone)
(360) 778-7901 (fax)
Bellingham and Whatcom County Communities Work to reduce municipal carbon footprint, energy conservation, collaboration with other agencies and non-profits for Community Energy Challenge, promote commute trip reductions, strive to build greener infrastructure to promote transportation mode shift away from autos to public transit, pedestrian and bicycles.
Robin Priddy
Executive Director
Benton Clean Air Authority
(509) 783-1304 (phone)
(509) 783-6562 (fax)
114 Columbia Point Drive, Suite C
Richland, WA 99352
Public, commercial, industrial & business
Ann Murphy
Education Coordinator
Spokane Regional Solid Waste System
221 N. Wall, Suite 410
Spokane WA 99201
(509) 625-6535
Adult Ed & K-12 Activities include K-6 Enviro-Kids Club ( , Spokane Youth Environment Conference ( for middle school and high school students, and The Green Zone demonstration beds with Master Gardeners ( Climate is woven in, not separate.

State Agencies

Contact information Audience Program Description
Sarah Rees
Special Assistant, Climate Policy
Department of Ecology
(360) 407-6229
PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
State and local government Leads effort to inventory and report on Washington state agencies’ emissions and emission reduction strategies. Coordinates state’s efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Joanna Ekrem
Climate Policy Analyst
Department of Ecology
(360) 407-7114
PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
State and local government Works with state and local government to inventory greenhouse gases, create greenhouse gas reduction strategies and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Barb MacGregor
Web Communications Manager
Department of Ecology
(360) 407-6590
PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
State & local government decision-makers, residents, local governments, business, teachers & students Wrote Climate Change Challenge report to the Governor. Includes CAT, TWGs, and climate initiative & climate education components. Washington is first to formally include education in process
Susan Wood
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Breazeale Interpretive Center
Washington Department of Ecology
(360) 428-1066
Coastal decision-makers, families, teachers and students Holds climate education workshops and coastal training workshops for coastal & Puget Sound decision-makers. Conducts estuary and watershed education.
Cathy Angell
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Washington Department of Ecology
(360) 428-1075
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Shoreline planners and Coastal decision makers Offers climate adaptation workshops to shoreline planners and other coastal decision-makers through the Coastal Training Program.
Brook Beeler
Regional education specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology
4601 N Monroe
Spokane WA 99205 (509) 329-3478
  Climate preparation with water conservation education for agricultural, industrial, commercial & residential audiences. Also works with K-12 teachers. Partnerships locally & across eastern Washington
Alli Kingfisher
Green Building/ Sustainability Specialist
WA State Department of Ecology
(509) 329-3448
Residents, businesses Green building & Sustainability Specialist with Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources Program in Spokane. She supports both residents and businesses in the design and construction of more sustainable projects. Alli works to assist both urban & rural projects in identifying solutions to regulatory, policy and commercial barriers to green building practices.
Kendra Robinson-Harding
Air Quality Educator
Washington State Department of Ecology
(509) 329-3502
4601 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99205
Conducts anti-idling campaign with students & teachers and teaches about car care for cleaner air. Conducts wood stove swap out program.
Ginger Wireman
Hanford Nuclear Waste Program
Washington Dept. of Ecology
(509) 373-7935 E-3 Benton/Franklin Counties
Margaret Tudor
Pacific Education Institute
Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife
(360) 705-9291
Market Place Office Building
724 Columbia St NW, Suite 245
Olympia, WA 98501
  Student citizen science
Glen Patrick
Washington Dept. of Health
  On Human health PAWG (Preparation, Adaptation Working Group)
Kristen Cooley
Education and Outreach Manager
Puget Sound Partnership
(360) 701-4604
  ECO Net (Education, Communication and Outreach Network)

Federal Agencies

Contact information Audience Program Description
Margo Young
EPA Region 10


Contact information Audience Program Description
Michele “Shelly” Vendiola
Community Alliance & Peacemaking Project
CCEJ – Partner: Indigenous Environmental Network

Energy Providers and Utilities

Contact information Audience Program Description
Teri Jahns
Puget Sound Energy
(425) 456-2364

Non-governmental Organizations

Contact information Audience Program Description
Abby Ruskey
Executive Director
E-3 Washington & Environmental Education Association of Washington and and
(360) 943-6643
P.O. Box 6277
Olympia, WA 98507
Dune Ives, PhD.
The Climate Project
Methow Valley, WA
(509) 996-9849
Roy Wilson
Institute for Community Leadership
(253) 872-3612 (phone)
1-877-872-3612 (toll free)
1-425-671-0998 (fax)
24833 180th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
  Empowering individuals and organizations to create a vision of a more just nation and world and to develop and sustain within themselves the strength, hope, leadership, relationships and organizational integrity to bring about that vision.

Curriculum, youth peace caravan from Oakland to Seattle. Youth leadership training.
Joanne Lee and Barb Scavezze
Co-chairs of Transition Olympia Climate Action (TOCA)
South Puget Sound residents, businesses and organizations Our mission is to create a sustainable, resilient, and vibrant community in Olympia with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy localized economy, and individual and community well-being.

TOCA is adopting, adapting and implementing the Transition model which addresses peak oil, climate change and economic instability by unleashing the collective genius of our individuals and organization to create the community we want. We will accomplish our mission through education, inspiration, advocacy and celebration.

Zoos, Nature Centers, Aquaria

Contact information Audience Program Description
Mark Plunkett
Conservation Curator
Seattle Aquarium
(206) 386-4344
  Interested in climate connections made to marine waters & ecosystems.

Colleges & Universities

Contact information Audience Program Description
Dr. Ellen Lettvin
Assistant Director
Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington
(206) 685-1505
1013 NE 40th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
  Applied Physics Lab – Collaborates with Climate Impacts Group.
Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.
WSU King County Extension
(206) 205-3110
200 Mill Ave South, Suite 100
Renton, WA 98057
Government and
Serves on the CAT and King County Climate Change Team. Programs for individuals & local government. Carbon Masters program in development to reduce greenhouse gases.
Gabrielle Roesch
WSU 4-H Program Coordinator, WSU 4-H
Program Coordinator
Carbon Masters
Natural Resources/Forestry
(425) 357-6011
Government and
The Snohomish County Carbon Masters volunteer program runs community projects in the areas of energy efficiency, alternative transportation, local foods, youth education and more!
Karen Messmer
WSU Energy Program
(360) 956-2090
Individual citizens, industry/ commercial residential, business, local governments. WSU Extension Energy Program is a self supported unit within the university. We provide energy services, products, education and information. Topics include buildings and industrial efficiency, renewables, public facilities support and agricultural efficiency.
Tanyalee Erwin
WSU – Puyallup Research
Emmett Fiske
Community & Rural Sociology
WSU – Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach or
(509) 335-6660
Wilson 27
Pullman, WA 99164 - 4006
  Center for Environmental Research, Education & Outreach

Coordinating across WSU outreach programs to weave global change into multiple programs. Combines research, education & outreach.
Craig Parks
Professor, Psychology
(509) 335-8946
  Power Your Future high school team competition. High School Student teams and advisors; cross disciplinary work encouraged. (
Andy Ford
WSU - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
(509) 335-7846
Jonas Cox
Gonzaga University
Lara Whitely Binder
Outreach Specialist
Climate Impacts Group
University of Washington
(206) 616-5349
Federal, state, tribal and local resource managers
Elected officials
Private sector natural resource managers
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”) on the Pacific Northwest and other areas of the western U.S. region. Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.

Key areas of the group's collective expertise include but are not limited to: downscaling global climate model data; regional climate modeling; hydrologic modeling; water resources and terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem modeling and impacts assessment; coastal impacts assessment; climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; and outreach and education.
Craig Cogger
WSU - Scientist/ Extension Specialist, Puyallup
(253) 445-4512
Master Gardeners, agency personnel, professional groups, church groups, non profit organizations Presents on the science of climate change.

Schools K-12

Contact information Audience Program Description
Gilda Wheeler
Program Supervisor, Sustainability and Science
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
(360) 725-4976
PO Box 47200
600 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Patricia Jatczak
Program Manager
High Performance School Building Program
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
(360) 725-4973 (phone)
(360) 586-3946 (fax)
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
School districts
High performance school buildings, law requires green building for all new & renovated schools, day-lighting, energy efficiency, et al. Uses the Washington Sustainable Schools protocol. Administers grant program awarding grants to schools for energy efficiency improvements.
Mike Town
Kids for Climate protection Project Director
Environmental Science Teacher
Redmond High School – Cool Schools Challenge
(425) 498-7130
(425) 788-6477
Teachers/students Cool Schools – teacher classroom challenge: Energy Audit, Speaking Carbonese. Reduce 2000 pounds of CO2 per classroom in school across USA; allow schools to meet Kyoto accord Teaches AP Environmental Science but wants to see climate taught interdisciplinary, cross-subject areas. Also teaching Cascadia college Sustainability AA degree and working on BrightWater water education project.
Katie Fleming
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
(360) 733-8307
(360) 715-8434 (fax)
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
  RE Sources' education team offers free, in-class presentations to schools throughout Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties (with support from the Northwest Clean Air Agency). These presentations about air quality and global climate change get local students out of their seats and actively participating in solution-oriented learning. RE Sources also helps administer the Cool School Challenge in the northern Puget Sound region by conducting teacher workshops, delivering classroom presentations and providing on-the-ground support to schools. In addition, RE Sources is currently working to implement the Cool School Challenge in every school in Whatcom County in collaboration with the Community Energy Challenge with funding from the EPA Climate Showcase Grant program.
Marty E. Fortin, Jr.
Director of Outdoor Learning Centers
Cispus & Chewela Peaks
Association of Washington School Principals
2142 Cispus Rd
Randle WA 98377
work: (360) 497-7131
home: (360) 497-2068
cell: (360) 791-0387
Laura Skelton
Program Director
Facing the Future
(206) 264-1503
811 First Avenue, Suite 454
Seattle, WA 98104
Margaret Tudor
Pacific Education Institute
Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife
Market Place Office Building
724 Columbia St NW, Suite 245
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 705-9291
  Student citizen science.
Marcia Rutan
Community Recycling Specialist
Seattle Public Utilities
700 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4600
PO Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124
(206) 684-3976 (phone)
(206) 386-0096 (fax)
  Green Schools with best management practices within classrooms, facilities and curricula for climate/energy, water use, transportation, recycling, etc.
Washington Green Schools
  Free on-line certification k-12. Award-winning: EEAW, 2011 and Washington State Recycling Association, 2011