WV3C: A People-Powered Program

In 2014, two hundred climate-concerned West Virginians gathered at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County WV, to learn about and discuss the impacts of the climate crisis on the Mountain State.  This began the work of the West Virginia Center on Climate Change (“WV3C”).  Since then, scores of experts, scientists, and scholars, and thousands of citizens, have participated in and enriched WV3C’s programs.  Scroll down to see some of these wonderful people.

This is the “people power” that we need to solve the climate crisis.  Join us!

WV3C Advisory Board

James Van Nostrand

James Van Nostrand has been the Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU School of Law since 2011. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Pace Law School Energy and Climate Center. He has a law degree from University of Iowa and two decades of private practice law experience in the energy field prior to entering academia.

Emily Calandrelli

Emily Calandrelli. a proud native West Virginian, is a science educator, and Emmy-nominated TV personality known for her work on Fox’s “Xploration Station” and the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World.” She is the author of the “Ada Lace Adventures” children’s book series. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from WVU along with a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. 

Rafe Pomerance

Rafe Pomerance has been a leading advocate on climate change issues for over 40 years. He has worked as Operating Chief for Friends of the Earth, Senior Associate at the World Research Institute, was a founder of the Climate Policy Center, and is currently chairman of Arctic 21. From 1993 to 1999, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development under the Clinton Administration.

Patrick McGinley

Patrick McGinley is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and has been a law professor at West Virginia University since 1975. He has written in numerous legal texts, including “Coal Law & Regulation,” and his article and “Climate Change and Coal: Exploring the Dark Side.” He is a founder of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for Our Children’s Trust.

Evan Hansen

Evan Hansen is the President of Downstream Strategies, a West Virginia environmental and development consulting firm. He earned an M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley in 1997, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in 1988.  He has been a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2018.

Tom Rodd


Tom Rodd is a member of the Board of Friends of Blackwater and Supervisor of the WV3C. He attended Berea College, Fairmont State University, and the WVU College of Law.  His legal career included service as a Senior WV Deputy Attorney General and Senior Law Clerk at the WV Supreme Court. 

He trained in “Climate-Smart Conservation Strategies” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife) and “Turning Climate Impacts into Action” (Union of Concerned Scientists).  Tom is the banjo-picking creator of “Kitchen Klimate Science,” a program in West Virginia schools.


The WV3C is transitioning from being a project of Friends of Blackwater to being a separately incorporated nonprofit organization.

The current WV3C Board of Directors are as follows: Tom Rodd, Chair, is a member of the Board of Friends of Blackwater and the Supervisor of the WV3C; Michael Jones, Vice-Chair, is a lawyer (admitted in Florida) and a West Virginia University political science PhD student; Logan Thorne, Interim Secretary, is a West Virginia University graduate student and former WV3C staff; Penny Dacks, Treasurer, is a neuroscientist and nonprofit professional in Morgantown, West Virginia; Amy Hessl is a West Virginia University Professor specializing in paleoclimatology; Evan Hansen is the President of Downstream Strategies in Morgantown; Josh Revels is a science educator at NOAA in Fairmont, West Virginia; Judith Rodd, ex officio, is the Director of Friends of Blackwater; Nicolas Pierre Zegre is a West Virginia University Professor and forest hydrologist; Jamie Van Nostrand is a Law Professor at West Virginia University and directs their Energy and Sustainability program; Sarah Cross is a science educator with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition; Sarah Barnes is a computer and online media consultant.

WV3C Experts

WV3C programs feature climate science and policy experts from a wide range of disciplines and professions.  Here are some of the great people who have presented since we began our programs in 2014.  We appreciate them!

Sarah Forbes

US Dept. of Energy

David Bassage

Ace Adventure Resort

Louis Iverson

USDA Forest Service

Herman Mays

Marshall University

Jim Schaberl

Shenandoah National Park

Lori Petrauski

National Ecological Observatory Network

Hari Swarup Jammulamadaka

West Virginia University

Emmett Pepper

Energy Efficient West Virginia

Emily Linn

Environmental Protection Agency

Joe Trimboli

Army Corps of Engineers

Winston Smith

University of Alaska

Lise Van Susteren


Susan Clayton

College of Wooster

Daniel Barnett

Johns Hopkins

Chelsey Gridley-Smith

Assoc. of County & City Health Officials

Luann Brink

Allegheny County Health Dept.

Ned Ketyer

Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Nicolas Zegre

WVU mountain Hydrology Laboratory

Ashley Ward

Duke University

Joshua Fershee

WVU College of Law

Shana Udvardy

Union of Concerned Scientists

Robert Duval

WVU School of Public Health

Brandi Gaertner

Alderson Broaddus University

Ann Chester

WVU Health Sciences and Technology Academy

Andrew Williams

Environmental Defense Fund

Zachary Barkley

Penn State University

Kenneth Davis

Penn State University

Kurt Waltzer

Clean Air Task Force

Tina Cartwright

Marshall University

Jim Probst

WV Citizens Climate Lobby

Dylan Selterman

University of Maryland

Josh Murphy

Yale Center for Climate Change Communications

Derek Johnson

WVU School of Engineering

Omar Aziz

WVU School of Engineering

Lonnie Thompson

Ohio State University

Charles Bayless

WVU Institute of Technology

Thomas Pauley

Marshall University

Patricia Butler

USDA Forest Service

Alton Byers

High Mountains Adaptation Partnership

Elizabeth Byers

WV Division of National Resources

George Constantz

Cacapon Institute

Dana Fisher

University of Maryland

Adele Morris


Than Hitt


Danielle Lawson

Penn State

Ann Eisenberg

U. of South Carolina

Molly Christian

Standard and Poors

Kevin Law

Marshall University

Sarah Cross

wv rivers coalition

Ted Boettner

Ohio RIVER valley inst.

Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap

Young Evangelicals

Marc McDill

Penn State University

Sam Davis

dogwood alliance

Matthew Peters

USDA Forest Service

William Moomaw

tufts university