350Deschutes is part of the Global Network of 350.org.
We are a separate nonprofit organization from 350.org, yet follow a similar purpose to build awareness, educate, organize, and further actions for climate stability: this includes stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure, encouraging greenhouse gas reductions, and developing climate policy. “350” refers to the “safe” level of carbon in the atmosphere (in ppm). We are now at “410”, a “climate emergency” level. We believe that in order to return to the safe level of “350” PPM, that we must make a JUST transition nearly completely away fossil fuels to clean energy, preferably by the year 2030 or 2040, but no later than 2050. These are the guidelines ofthe IPCC, the United Nations non-partisan body composed of the best climate scientists in the world. We believe that Climate Change is like a progressive disease: its impacts will continue to worsen if we fall short of reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions to the recommended level.
What is a JUST transition? Provisions must be made for individuals who may lose their jobs in the transition. Already, there are programs that support this for coal workers. Additionally, for every million dollars invested, clean jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs nearly 4 to 1. These jobs are an ideal fit for Oregon’s Clean/Green Tech economy. Many are good paying jobs. Over the last year, the solar industry added jobs twelve times faster than the rest of the economy, even more than the jobs created by the oil and gas extraction and pipeline sectors combined. (ThinkProgress, Jan 2016). We believe that workforce training may be necessary to ensure equity for ALL workers, and that this should be included in all climate policies that are advanced.
Who are the most vulnerable communities? The impacts of climate change affect everyone. But the most vulnerable are youth, people of color, and those from low income communities. Many may also be outdoor workers that have little access to clean energy or clean transportation options. Some may lack knowledge of their vulnerability to toxic air and the risks of heat stress, heart, and respiratory disease. We seek to educate the community about these issues, engage active involvement, and encourage other ameliorative actions.
Our training and guidance is provided by 350.org, a global network of organizations associated with Bill McKibben, environmentalist, and with Dr. James Hansen, notable climatologist from Columbia University. Our volunteers include citizens, scientists, students, business people, and experts from many occupations.
Our Key Volunteers and Staff:
Executive Director, Diane Hodiak CONTACT
In addition to being the co-founder of 350Deschutes, Diane started 3 other nonprofit organizations. She has worked in various management positions for nonprofit organizations, from program director, to public relations and executive director. After she completed her MBA, she became a management consultant to nonprofit organizations in management, planning and fundraising. At that time she was a regular conference/seminar presenter, and co-authored two books for nonprofits. She is currently the volunteer host for CarbonFreeda’s Powerup, a radio show about climate change for KPOV 88.9, Central Oregon.
Laurie Harrer, Volunteer and Program Coordinator CONTACT
Laurie has work experience in everything from research to customer service to warehouse operations and teaching experience from kindergarten to college aged students. She has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a graduate certificate in college and university teaching. Her passion for wildlife started as a child and has been the driving force for her life and career choices. At 350 Deschutes, Laurie can help the community become educated about environmental concerns and actions they can take to provide a healthy planet for generations to come.
Treasurer, John Reuland
John is an avid volunteer for many birding and environmental organizations. Addressing climate change is also among his many passions and concerns. Retired now, his career experience includes many years in the financial industry working in operations and as a consultant to financial investment operations within the banking industry. Born with an affinity for detail and numbers, John sees this volunteer opportunity as an ideal fit
Alice has volunteered for many grassroots organizations for much of her life.She volunteered for MassPIRG doing environmental presentations in elementary schools. Over the years, her experience includes work with human service organizations, health care non-profits and environmental groups. The environment has always been her passion. She feels that 350Deschutes is a natural fit as climate change has become the defining environmental and moral issue of our time.
Jeff Rola-At large Board Member
Jeff was the founder an CEO of Community GoBio, an alternative fuel company that collected waste oil from 200 participating restaurants to be made into cleaner biodiesel. He serves his community through service on the boards of 350 Deschutes, the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District, and recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the Nikua Training Center. Jeff seeks and prefers work that sustains, conserves, and enhances our quality of life.
Jeff German-At large Board Member
Jeff German is a solar and renewable energy professional. Jeff’s experience spans over three decades and includes new equipment, technology roll-outs, sales and marketing and citizen advocacy throughout the US and the world. Jeff has dedicated his career to working with traditional industries such as construction, banking, industrial and design industries to facilitate the practical application and smooth transition to renewables. Currently Jeff operates National CarCharging which provides electric vehicle charging systems to commercial facilities and energy storage solutions for grid-tied installations. The storage solution repurposes EV batteries to provide a lower-cost alternative to new batteries while keeping the batteries out of the landfill.
Eileen Kiely-At Large Board Member
Eileen Kiely is the Democratic candidate in the 2020 election for Oregon Senate District 27. She is a retired executive from Daimler Trucks North America, working in Finance, Distribution, Pricing, and Global Supply Chain. She relocated to Sunriver in 2015, to take up her “retirement career” as an outdoor leader and educator. She is currently the Secretary of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Jolene Estimo Pitt, MBA
Jolene is a trainer and facilitator. She served as Treasurer for Let’s talk Diversity Coalition. Her worldview is one of holistic systems, grounded in tribal knowledge, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. She has worked with tribal communities , rural and regional communities and organizations. She is the creator of several innovative programs, curricula, reports and plans. One of these is the Peoples Plan and the companion publication, The Keepsake Book. Dan Van Otten, Senior Advisor for the Administration of Native Americans called this “the best tribal plan he’s seen”.
Today Jolene prepares to be a Tribal Elder, to share these teachings and help others contribute their gifts to the community. She is a CASA advocate, and is developing a cultural and environmental restoration project.
Jonathan W Smith
Small business owner, Vice Chair CTWS-Land Use Planning Committee, CTWS Fish and Wildlife Committee, CRITFC Commissioner, Warm Springs Community Action Team Board of Directors.
Professor and Director of Automotive Technology at Central Oregon Community College. Developed a new degree – AAS Automotive Technology in Electronics and Diagnostics Degree at COCC. Helped to form Advanced Vehicle Training Group NW, a regional consortium of automotive industry representatives and community college instructors, whose mission is to (a) address the growing technician readiness gap and (b) improve in-service technician continuing education participation through utilization of best practices and industry leading curriculum. Serving as the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation / Advanced Technological Education award titled Northwest Engineering and Vehicle Technology Exchange (NEVTEX), with the purpose of creating advanced vehicle training standards for technicians working with electric drive systems. Included in the NSF / ATE Grant will be a discussion about required licensure for technicians working with which includes high voltage and high pressure systems. Ken is involved with multiple organizations and colleges to collectively address the need and preparation for hybrid and electric drive technicians as the transportation technology explosion continues to escalate.
Scot Davidson, MBA
Leveraging 25 years of business leadership experience, in 2005 Scot shifted his life focus to sustainability issues. He has since served as Director of Market Strategies at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and as Director of Carbon and Sustainability Consulting at Ecova. Current, Scot serves as the VP for Programs at Enhabit, a Portland based non profit focused on social impact through better living spaces.
With interests in strategy, policy, program delivery and climate change Davidson brings a pragmatic approach to problems leading to durable solutions. He holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Timm Schimke, Director, Deschutes County Solid Waste
Rodrigo Gaspar Barajas
Rodrigo is the son of Mexican immigrants and was raised by a single-mother. He graduated from Madras High School in 2010, and received a degree in Music, with an emphasis in vocal performance, from the University of Portland in 2014.
Since graduating from U of P, Rodrigo has shifted his focus from music to addressing issues of inequity and injustice faced by people of color in healthcare, education, nutrition, housing, and the environment, with emphasis on the Latino community and the unique ways in which we are affected by systems of oppression. Rodrigo is currently a Community Health Worker with Mosaic Medical’s Mobile Community Clinic, which attempts to make primary healthcare more accessible to Central Oregon’s Houseless and Migrant populations.
Greg was raised on a small farm in Sahuarita, Arizona by an economically disadvantaged family . His parents instilled in him a strong sense of compassion and desire to work hard for the people in his community. Over 10 years ago Greg moved to Bend and became involved with Jobs with Justice and CAUSA after seeing first hand the abuses of workers. During his time as a community organizer, Greg has developed extensive relationships with labor unions, the Latino community, and elected officials across the state. Greg has fought tirelessly on behalf of his community for Drivers Cards, Organizing Hospital Workers, Ban the Box Legislation, A Better Oregon Revenue Campaign, and Protection from Racial Profiling Legislation. He looks forward to carrying on his work on the campaign trail and in the Oregon State Senate.
Kyra is a high school student at Summit High School in Bend. She is the recipient of a 2016 Climate Champion Award from 350Deschutes for her exemplary work on the development and passage of the Bend Climate Resolution, passed in 2016. She is also actively involved in environmental work, and growing the group BENDYOUCAN, a student group dedicated to working towards climate policy and implementation.
Gabby G Gonzales
Gabby is an Environmental Sciences student at Oregon State University-Cascades. She was raised in Portland and strives for equality, sustainability, and empowerment of all people. She moved to Bend for school, but fell in love with the environment surrounding it. Shortly after moving, she joined 350Deschutes to get involved with the community to create a healthier Bend. she wants to create a sustainable world not only for today, but for future generations.