RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that expand solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, and geothermal energy. Since 1991 we have been a champion for clean energy solutions in the Badger State.
Why do we support renewable energy?
It’s made in Wisconsin. We’re proud of our state and what we make here. We believe we can use our own resources to produce our own energy.
It’s good for our economy. Transitioning to renewable energy will create thousands of good-paying local jobs and keep our energy dollars in Wisconsin.
It saves money for our businesses and families. Renewable sources like wind and solar are the most cost-effective way to generate electricity, which saves money for everyone.
It means protecting our water and lands. Clean energy helps to preserve Wisconsin’s resources for future generations.
Our Staff and Board of Directors bring a diverse set of passions and skills to fulfill our shared vision of renewable energy powering a prosperous Wisconsin.
Jodi Jean Amble
Marketing and Events Specialist
608-255-4044, ext. 3
I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting my children’s future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin.
I joined RENEW in June 2017 and am incredibly inspired by this talented and tenacious team. I was the Marketing Coordinator at Norcon, Inc., a general contractor in Chicago, for 8 years where I managed all of the firm’s marketing efforts, initiated a recycling program, and supported their build out and relocation to a LEED Gold Certified office building. My husband Aaron and I moved our family from Chicago at the end of 2015 and we’re so happy to be “back home” with our daughter Ada (b. 09.18.14) and son Enzo (b. 06.26.16). In addition, I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting their future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin. When not at RENEW you can find me exploring the city with my family or singing jazz and bossa nova with some of Madison’s finest musicians.
Director of Government Affairs
608-255- 4044, ext. 4
I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix.
I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix. I am a Wisconsin kid, born in Eau Claire and grew up in Madison. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the Wisconsin Assembly for 9 years. I also served as the Administrator of the Division of Policy Development at the Department of Safety and Professional Services. For most of my career I have worked in government affairs for Wisconsin’s largest construction trade associations. I represented the construction industry on many of the energy committees in the mid-2000’s and served as the Chairman of the Building Codes and Standards Work Group for the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables in 2004. I am also very active in the lobbying community, having been elected to the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists Board of Directors for 10 years and President for two years. I am a big history buff and for fun I love to travel and see historic places. I also enjoy outdoors activities like camping and golf.
608-255-4044, ext. 1
Since growing up in Iowa and being fascinated by wind turbines at a nearby middle school, I have pursued various ventures in the clean energy space, and I am passionate about the transformation of our country’s energy system to renewable sources.
I joined RENEW Wisconsin as the organization’s 3rd Executive Director in June 2013. Since growing up in Iowa and being fascinated by wind turbines at a nearby middle school, I have pursued various ventures in the clean energy space, and I am passionate about the transformation of our country’s energy system to renewable sources. After graduating in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, I earned my Masters degree at Stanford University in the Atmosphere & Energy Program, where I also co-founded a major conference and student group called Energy Crossroads (now Stanford Energy Club) focused on the intersection between business, national security, and environmental interests in clean energy. Since then, I have been a consultant with ICF International working on energy efficiency projects with utility companies and the U.S. EPA, ran grant programs at the U.S. Department of Energy in low-income weatherization, and worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Energy Services prior to joining RENEW. My wife Heather and I have a daughter, Emma, born in April of 2013, and a son, Evan, born in July 2015, and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and exploring Wisconsin by bicycle.
608-255-4044, ext. 5
As an industry, I think we’re on the verge of some big solutions to complex and pressing energy problems, and I’m excited to be part of it.
I joined RENEW in 2016 and am excited to work with such dedicated, smart people. I love working in renewable energy because I thrive on learning and problem solving. As an industry, I think we’re on the verge of some big solutions to complex and pressing energy problems, and I’m excited to be part of it. Before joining RENEW, I managed the strategy and purchasing programs for Groundswell Energy in Washington, D.C., helping households, nonprofits and small businesses switch to affordable clean energy. I served in a variety of roles for Groundswell, including facilitating competitive clean energy bids, managing partners and vendors for Groundswell’s energy efficiency, wind power and solar programs, program design, grant writing and communications. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and I earned my BA in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, government and philosophy from American University in Washington, D.C. I’m also a proud alumnus of both the Princeton Alumni Corps Emerging Leaders and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Outside the office, I’m an avid reader and a taco enthusiast. On the weekends you can usually find me racing a bike or chasing my dog around a park.
Program and Policy Director
608-255-4044, ext. 2
Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms.
I was hired by RENEW back in 1991 to manage an intervention before the Public Service Commission, and I feel privileged to have worked for the organization ever since. It has truly been a fantastic learning experience. In my 23 years with RENEW, the renewable energy arena has blossomed from an idealistic endeavor on the margins to a mainstream business activity. Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms. I am a long-time Wisconsinite, starting at age seven when my family moved to Milwaukee. A graduate of UW-Madison in 1978, I live in Madison with my wife Pamela. Now that our son is grown and living in Chicago, we spend many days circulating around town on our bicycles and venturing into the Dane County countryside. We also make extensive use of the sunlight radiating on our East Side residence to grow vegetables and dry clothes outside, as well as heat the water and power the household inside.
RENEW Board of Directors
Amy Heart • President
Susan Crawford • Secretary
Eau Claire, WI
Jim Funk • Vice President
Don Wichert • Treasurer
Whitefish Bay, WI
DIRECTOR EMERITUS • Lifetime • Non-voting