About

We’re reframing the narrative around energy and equipping people to take effective, meaningful action in their homes and communities.

Generation180’s founding was prompted by a growing realization that we are at a tipping pointin America's transition to clean energy. The convergence of macro trends across the power, commercial, finance, and political sectors, as well as the arrival of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles to the mass market, have made it possible for our generation to fundamentally change our direction. We can now dramatically accelerate the arrival of a 100% clean energy future.

Solutions

Clean, renewable energy is growing fast. Together, U.S. solar and wind power generation have quintupled in the last decade.1 Leading corporations like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Walmart are buying renewable energy and helping drive our power sector’s transformation. We have exponential growth and a clear goal: Stanford researchers have mapped out a roadmap to get to a 100% clean, renewable energy future by 20502—with the technologies we have in hand today.

Momentum

Public support is at an all-time high. Four million people around the globe made their voice heard by turning out for the 2019 Climate Strike. Not only does bold action on climate have incredible momentum, but clean, renewable energy has support across both sides of the aisle: 7 out of 10 Americans think clean energy should be a “high” or “very high” political priority3, and 85% of voters support requiring their utilities to produce 100% of their electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2050.4

Role to play

Everyday people are rising to the challenge—in all sorts of meaningful ways. Take rooftop solar: every 90 seconds, another U.S. household installs a solar system.5 Seventh graders in Montana are getting their schools to go solar. Drivers around the country are choosing to ditch gas and drive electric cars. People are taking part in the transition to energy, and their actions are making a difference. In fact, if just six behaviors each hit a 10% adoption level among Americans, we’d be 3/4 of the way toward meeting our Paris Agreement goal.6

  1. Purchase an electric car
  2. Install solar / use green energy
  3. Eat a plant-rich diet
  4. Reduce food waste
  5. Reduce air travel
  6. Use carbon offsets

We can now dramatically accelerate the arrival of a 100% clean energy future—and your energy matters.

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The Team

  • Wendy Philleo

    Wendy Philleo

    Executive Director

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    Wendy is a nonprofit leader, philanthropic advisor, and social entrepreneur with a deep interest in social change and innovation. She brings over 20 years of experience in sustainability and conservation both domestically and internationally. She can often be found out enjoying nature and exploring new places with her husband, two children, and German shepherd.

  • Blair St. Ledger-Olson

    Blair St. Ledger-Olson

    Program Manager

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    With a background in conservation research, Blair is passionate about how scientific discovery can drive environmental sustainability. When not out hiking with her rescue dogs, she works to empower communities through education to have a positive impact on their environment.

  • Tish Tablan

    Tish Tablan

    Program Director

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    Tish has followed her passion and dedicated her career to spreading environmental and energy awareness to diverse groups and collaborating on sustainable solutions. She enjoys empowering people to contribute to a healthier planet for us all.

  • Nate McFarland

    Nate McFarland

    Director of Communications

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    A musician and entrepreneur turned marketer, Nate seeks to build impactful organizations, grow engaged tribes, and tell meaningful stories that will leave a better, healthier, more peaceful world for his sons' generation.

  • Sandy Reisky

    Sandy Reisky

    Founder

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    After spending nearly two decades in the clean energy business creating several successful companies commercializing utility-scale wind, solar, and wave energy, Sandy founded Generation180 to inspire and equip individuals to join in the transition to clean energy.

  • Kerrie Carfagno

    Kerrie Carfagno

    Senior Fellow

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    Professor Carfagno teaches management communication, with an emphasis on communication strategy, business writing, public speaking, and communication skills in relation to leadership, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. She is particularly interested in studying the impact of social media and other technologies on crisis communications and leadership, which is the focus of her research and the subject of her most recent national and international academic presentations.

  • Jamie Wertz

    Jamie Wertz

    Program Assistant

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    Jamie is studying Global Sustainability and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, driven by her desire to fight for a just and equitable future for her generation. When not at work helping others live more sustainably, she can be found rock climbing or cooking with local Charlottesville produce.

  • Matt Turner

    Matt Turner

    Creative Manager

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    Matt loves crafting the stories of the energy transition in whatever creative format he can—through video, photography, design, or web development. His love of the outdoors and his growing family encourages his pursuit of a cleaner future.

Advisors

  • Jonathan Baker

    Jonathan Baker

    Advisor

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    Jonathan has been involved in the renewable energy space for over a decade as a co-founder of HelioSage and a lead investor in Greenlight Energy. Prior to getting involved in energy, he was the Vice President and Managing Director at the Advisory Board Company and its spin-off, the Corporate Executive Board Company. Jonathan is also active in child welfare issues in the former Soviet Union as a co-founder of the Firefly Children’s Network.

  • Jason Halbert

    Jason Halbert

    Advisor

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    Jason is the Deputy Director at The Oak Hill Fund in Charlottesville, VA, where he manages the foundation and grant programs focused on climate change, renewable energy, and other issue areas. Prior to joining The Oak Hill Fund, Jason managed grassroots grantmaking at the W. Alton Jones Foundation. He is former Chairman of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and once directed the Appalachian Restoration Campaign.