Tina Clarke has been an advocate, educator, consultant, and director of nonprofit programs since 1985. Recently a consultant with Bill McKibben's global 350.org initiative and the Sustainability Institute, she has been providing professional training and support for community leaders and campaigns for over 20 years. In Washington, D.C., she directed national citizen advocacy training programs for faith communities and directed Greenpeace USA's citizen activist network. She has consulted with over 400 NGOs on organizational development, public outreach, coalition building, energy, and environmental issues. In Massachusetts she directed a regional nonprofit assistance center, training leaders in strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational development. As a Campaign Director for Clean Water Action, she initiated and helped lead coalitions on environmental justice, toxins, and energy. Tina is a popular speaker on energy and environmental issues, creative frugality, and social change. She has trained and advised over three dozen Transition Initiatives.
She lives in a below-zero-energy, passive-solar-heated, Platiunm LEED, low-toxic "Power House" that she helped design and build. In 2009 her home won the Massachusetts utility-company-sponsored competition Zero Energy Challenge, and in 2010 won the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's award for zero energy buildings. The house, which is free of all fossil fuels and wood burning, generated 2.5 times more energy than needed in 2009. www.zeroenergypowerhouse.com.
Tina has an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in urban studies from Macalester College, and is certified for consensus process facilitation and mediation.