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Our Leadership

Dorothy Barnett

Executive Director

email: barnett at climateandenergy dot org

phone: (785) 424-0444

As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland’s energy future. Grounded in an approach based on common ground solutions, Barnett has been successful in convening diverse voices in a conservative region of the country. Barnett has coordinated winning campaigns to protect the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest groups attacks during four legislative sessions, allowing the wind industry to grow to 40% of the state’s power generation in just a decade. Mrs. Barnett has been recognized with national media attention, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and is frequently invited to speak on a range of clean energy topics including a presentation at Yale for a public forum of “The ‘C’ Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change – a Regional Perspective.” Barnett provides expert testimony at regulatory proceedings and has been published in the Electricity Journal. In 2014 Barnett received the Advocacy Leadership Award from the U.S. Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative

Prior to her position as Executive Director, Barnett served for 4 years as CEP’s Director of Energy and Transmission. This work put Dorothy on the ground in energy policy work at the local, state and regional level. Under Barnett’s leadership, CEP continues to innovate and reach new audiences with projects like WEALTH: Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation and HEALTH, Climate + Energy Voters Take Action, the Kansas Environmental Leadership project and the Clean Energy Business Council, a multi-sector business group focused on the advanced energy economy.

Barnett got her start in wind energy with the Reno County Wind Energy Task Force, which was awarded the Governor’s Energy Award for Energy Education in 2008. Dorothy attended Friends University.