Woody Hastings has served as The Climate Center’s Energy Program Manager since 2010. He is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over thirty years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors.
Woody continues his work advancing energy democracy at The Climate Center where he helped lead the formation of California’s second Community Choice Agency (CCA) and Sonoma Clean Power (SCP). Since the launch of SCP Woody has been working to expand CCA in other parts of California, prioritizing the San Joaquin Valley. He has helped lead several grant-funded projects to advance clean energy policy and technology including projects funded by the California Energy Commission and the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Woody began his career as a volunteer in the early 1980s for several environmental organizations and joined the staff of Communities for a Better Environment in 1988. The theme of Woody’s career is advancing public participation and environmental justice (EJ). This work continued as a Los Angeles City council deputy working to close landfills and fight oil pipelines in underserved communities. In the late ‘90s Woody helped initiate a ten-point EJ program at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
In the early 2000s Woody shifted his focus to energy policy and in 2003 took on the role of Project Director for the California Labor/Environmental Solar Energy Project, a project of the IBEW and Sierra Club.
Woody received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on sustainability and social justice from San Francisco State University. He is also a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities.
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