Climate Solutions names new Oregon director
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Ann Gravatt takes over as Climate Solutions' Oregon director.
Climate Solutions will announce this week that the group hired Ann Gravatt to take over as its Oregon director.
Gravatt, a one-time policy director for the Renewable Northwest Project, takes over for Lisa Adatto, who left the post over the summer.
Climate Solutions is a Washington-based nonprofit organization that works with the business community on climate-related clean energy policy in four Northwest states.
The group's budget has doubled in the last three years and its staff has grown from 13 people to 24 — four of them based in Portland.
Climate Solutions has about 1,100 business members in the Northwest, some 300 of them in Oregon, said Gregg Small, the group's executive director.
"To get where we need to go (to combat climate change), we need to have a powerful voice from the business community," Small said.
Gravatt was a lawyer at Stoel Rives and a campaign worker for former Metro President David Bragdon before joining the Renewable Northwest Project in 2002. While with RNP, she worked with Northwest states passing and implementing renewable portfolio standards.
Gravatt served on Climate Solutions' board of directors from 2003 to 2005.
"The amount the organization has risen since then and the role they have filled is amazing," Gravatt said. "I’m excited to work with them and to focus on my own state."
Initially Gravatt will be focusing on energy policy in Oregon including Gov. John Kitzhaber's 10-year energy plan.
Climate Solutions managed a regional effort to explore the potential for renewable aviation fuels to be manufactured in the Northwest and released a report on the topic in May.
Climate Solutions also runs a program, New Energy Cities, which works with mid-sized cities including Albany, Hillsboro and Vancouver, Wash., to develop plans for city-wide efficiency and clean-energy projects.
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