We began by launching a successful nationwide petition campaign to show AARP member support for climate action and our signatories are now volunteering to help launch pilot AARP climate initiatives at the state level—starting with the California AARP, which represents 3.8 million members. This initiative, a campaign called “Power Your Savings,” is designed to motivate AARP members to save money on energy costs and improve their health by electrifying their homes and vehicles with help from new government incentives. This is in effect a de-politicized call to climate action, as building electrification reduces carbon emissions and supports a faster transition to a clean energy economy!
We’re now talking with other state AARP offices about launching similar pilot consumer campaigns, with three aims in mind:
- to demonstrate the financial, health, and community benefits AARP members can realize whether they live in red, blue, or purple communities
- to learn what works best to motivate individual consumer action
- to make the case for National AARP to take over the program for a much bigger impact!
Here’s our team:
Robert Loeb, Chief Strategist
Brian Stewart, Electrification Expert
Brian Stewart, Co-Founder of Electrify Now, helps us hone our messages and builds and delivers persuasive presentations about how we can take action to create our clean energy future. A life-long innovator with a passion for the environment, Brian worked at Nike for more than 25 years in design and engineering roles including his role as Vice President of Sustainable Innovation. He is based in Portland, Oregon.
Anne-Christine Strugnell, Marketing and Communications
Anne-Christine Strugnell writes our materials and works with the team to strategize on our campaigns. When she woke up to the reality of the climate crisis in 2016 she knew she had to do something to protect the Earth, and as soon as she could she stopped her paid work as a marketing writer for tech companies to become a climate activist. She volunteers her communications skills for several small climate-focused nonprofits based near her home in Marin County, California.
Dan Auvil, Graphic Designer
Dan Auvil is a graphic designer afflicted with “boomer guilt” about the climate we leave behind. Dan joined this small, grassroots group in the hope of working with the AARP to increase both individual and governmental/corporate awareness on how to use less carbon. For more than 25 years, Dan was an art director and partner in an advertising agency working with clients such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Puma. Dan lives in Berkeley, California.
Bill Olson, Electrification Expert
Bill Olsen is a retired electrical engineer and MSEE who supports our work with his electrical expertise. Out of his concern for his grandchildren’s future, he has spent the past three years actively involved in building electrification initiatives. He is co-leader of the Contra Costa Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and lead of the Building Electrification Action Team. In going through the electrification process of his own home (in Alamo, CA), he has become deeply familiar with the myriad of state and federal incentives available to home owners.
Josh Okun, Digital Consultant
Josh Okun is our dedicated digital consultant. As a father of two young boys, Josh is deeply committed to climate action and his vision of leaving a brighter world for future generations. Josh contributed to the redesign of supportaarpclimateaction.org and provides guidance on various digital marketing initiatives. Today, Josh maintains the website, oversees our monthly email communications, and offers consultation for web-related projects as they arise. During the day, he serves as the Digital Director for a prominent nonprofit organization in New York City while also lending his expertise to several small and medium-sized businesses.
Rick Moody, Former AARP Staff Member
Rick Moody contributes strategic insights gleaned from his previous job as Vice President and chief academic officer at AARP in Washington. He is passionate about preventing the worst impacts of climate change and walks his talk by helping small climate-focused nonprofits with fund-raising and marketing. Based in San Mateo, California, he also promotes “conscious aging,” produces a monthly “Human Values in Aging” newsletter, and edits a weekly newsletter, “Climate Change in an Aging Society.” For a sample copy, email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org