Board of Directors

Jeneane Harter

Chair

jeneaneJeneane Harter was the founder of Nevada’s first renewable energy consulting firm. She served as the consultant to the Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Task Force and to the Governor’s Office of Energy under Governors Kenny Guinn and Jim Gibbons. As such she was involved with the development of Nevada’s Energy Portfolio Standard, Green Building (LEED) Tax Abatement program, Renewable Energy Tax Abatements, and the Renewable Generations program. She has served as the Chair of the Nevada Conservation League C-4 Board of Directors and was the Executive Director of the Nevada Wilderness Project.

She is currently a member of the Nevada chapter of the United States Green Building Council Green Schools Committee, the Carson City School District Sustainability Action Team and is a past member of the board of directors for the Nevada STEM Coalition where she was the Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

When not working on sustainability she spends her time with her nieces and nephew, Kiki, Dude, Tweetiepie and Roo.

Jana Vanderhaar

Secretary

Jana2015Jana Vanderhaar is the founder of Verdant Connections. She has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & the Environment in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Wildlife Biology from Auburn University in Alabama. She is uniquely suited to merge ecological systems with sustainable design elements. The result is a long-lasting, green outcome for local landscape projects.

Jana is a registered landscape architect (actively licensed with the State of Nevada Board of Landscape Architecture since June 2011), past President of Urban Roots and is the chair of the Northern Section of the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture board of directors. She periodically teaches an 8-week course in Homesteading.

Larry Burton

Treasurer

larryLarry Burton has over 25 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy and construction management. Since 2001, Mr. Burton has owned and managed Burton Consulting, LLC providing energy efficiency and renewable energy program management services. Prior to starting Burton Consulting, LLC, he spent 24 years as a project manager for commercial and residential construction projects and built his first energy efficient home in 1982. Mr. Burton has provided energy efficiency program design and implementation for utility, state and other public agencies in Nevada and Utah. He regularly attends energy efficiency and renewable energy conferences and workshops to learn new strategies to increase his knowledge in energy efficiency, program management and design.

Marisa Kendall Cooper

Director

Marisa Museum of Art

Marisa Cooper is the Charles N. Mathewson Director of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art.  She has 13 years’ experience teaching secondary science in Nevada and prior to joining the Museum, she served in a variety of leadership roles ranging from STEAM Fair Director to Science Program Coordinator.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Communications and  Anthropology at U.C. Davis and has a Masters in Education and Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her AMI Montessori Adolescent Training in 2012 and became a LEED Certified Professional in 2014.  She serves on the Governors STEM Advisory Council Committee to Integrate Arts and Culture into STEM (STEAM) and is the lead curriculum consultant for the Nevada Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program.  She is a curriculum specialist and has a history of writing innovative and cutting edge STEM and STEAM curriculum focusing on STEAM, Arts Integration, EcoLiteracy and Project Based Learning.  She was recently nominated for the Reno Tahoe YPN Twenty Under 40 Award and received the Nevada LEEDership Award’s 2016 Educator of the Year from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Justin Jones

Director

JustinJonesJustin is a Program Analyst at CLEAResult implementing energy saving programs at schools in Nevada and California.  He has enjoyed a diverse career ranging across college admissions counseling at his alma matter, policy advancement for the Environmental & Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC, management of field researchers at the Great Basin Institute, community outreach for the Desert Research Institute and program management at Envirolution. He has a Master of Science in Environmental Science & Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia and a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Studies with a Minor in History from Sonoma State University.

In his spare time, Justin can be found exploring our region on a bicycle or his two feet. Justin is a Program Analyst at CLEAResult implementing energy saving programs at schools in Nevada and California.  He has enjoyed a diverse career ranging across college admissions counseling at his alma matter, policy advancement for the Environmental & Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC, management of field researchers at the Great Basin Institute, community outreach for the Desert Research Institute and program management at Envirolution. He has a Master of Science in Environmental Science & Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia and a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Studies with a Minor in History from Sonoma State University. In his spare time, Justin can be found exploring our region on a bicycle or his two feet.