Clean Energy Pioneers

About Us

Westerners are pioneering a new frontier of economic opportunity through homegrown clean energy solutions. Across the West, individuals, schools, businesses, and communities are harnessing innovative ideas to build a new clean energy economy.

We have profiled pioneers proving that the abundant clean energy resources the West is graced with can power a prosperous future.

Working together, we can all do our part to pioneer a vibrant clean energy economy.

Meet the Partners

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a progressive, grassroots organization dedicated to achieving profitability for family farmers and ranchers, promoting stewardship of land and water resources, delivering safe, healthy food to consumers, and strengthening rural communities through education, legislation, and cooperation.

Western Resource Advocates

Western Resource Advocates’ mission is to protect the West’s land, air, and water. Our lawyers, analysts, and economists work to:

  1. advance clean energy to reduce pollution and the impacts of climate change;
  2. promote urban water conservation and river restoration; and
  3. defend special public lands from inappropriate energy development and unauthorized off-road vehicle travel.

WRA recognizes that success can only come from working collaboratively with other conservation groups, hunters and fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and all those who seek a sustainable future for this remarkable part of the country.


Gary Polakovic

About the Author

The Clean Energy Pioneers are chronicled by Gary Polakovic, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist with over two decades of experience in policy and communications.