Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Woody Hastings on the fossil fuel industry's ongoing campaign to undermine meaningful climate legislation


Woody Hastings is the Phase Out Polluting Fuels program manager for The Climate Center. He is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over thirty years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors. Woody has been with The Climate Center since 2010 when he was hired to help lead the formation of what became California’s second Community Choice Agency (CCA), Sonoma Clean Power (SCP). After the launch of SCP Woody worked to expand CCA in other parts of California including the Central Coast.

In 2020, with CCAs established throughout the state, Woody’s focus shifted to work in the oil & gas supply side issues of extraction and refining of fossil fuels. The emphasis is on how to advance a comprehensive, coordinated, equity-centered, worker-friendly managed transition away from fossil fuels in California. The initiative he manages also includes demand-side end-use of fossil and other polluting fuels, particularly in transportation policy and building electrification.

Woody received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on sustainability and social justice. He is also a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities.