renewable energy grid integration
education – public, K-12 and policymaker
tribal and federal energy policy
Karin Wadsack serves as project director for NAU’s
Institute of Sustainable Energy Solutions, managing a number of research and
outreach initiatives, including Arizona Wind for Schools. The project, which is
supported by the United States Department of Energy, allows states to support
K-12 schools and community colleges with installing wind turbines and
implementing wind energy curriculum. She is also a project director for
Northern Arizona University’s Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center. She has more
than 10 years of experience in renewable energy, climate change and
environmental policy as well as international development, business and project
Outside the university, Karin works as a consulting
scientist on energy projects for engineering firm Pinyon Environmental. She
also serves on the board of the regional Sustainable Economic Development
Initiative and is a water commissioner for the city of Flagstaff. She has also
served her community as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on
wildlife monitoring for Perrin Ranch wind energy facility; a member of the
stakeholder group that drafted the Energy Element for the Coconino County
Comprehensive Plan; the chair of the Energy Project Team for SEDI; a member of the
stakeholder group that drafted the Rainwater Harvesting ordinance for the City
of Flagstaff; an organizer for the Water Braiding Conference on the convergence
of western and Hopi science on water issues in 2009; and an organizer for the
Landscape Conservation Lecture Series at NAU in 2008.
Previously, Karin taught construction and managed
rainwater harvesting projects as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in
Bolivia and also worked in system design for a solar and wind installation
company in Ohio.
Research and publications (Selection)
K, A. Kipple, A. Hoseyni, T. Acker, 2013. Valuation of Distributed Wind
K., K. Ordean, and C. Corbinmeyer. 2012. Arizona Wind and
Solar Development Status Report.
K. and W. Auberle. 2011. Wind for Schools: A
Cornerstone for Sustainable Energy Education.
K., W. Auberle, and C. Schlinger, 2011. Ground Zero for Wind Energy Development
Policy: The Navajo County, Arizona Experience.
K. and T. Acker. 2010. Modeling Economic and
Environmental Impacts of Wind Development in Arizona.
K. and T. Acker. 2010. Policy Solutions for
Increasing Economic Impacts of Wind Development in Arizona.
K, 2009. Arizona Wind Development Status Report.
Awards and recognitions
Department of Energy WindPowering America – Outstanding Young Wind Advocate
Special groups and committees
Wind for Schools
Clean Energy Research Center
Economic Development Initiative
of Flagstaff Water Commission
Government, College of William and Mary
Mass Communications, Arizona State University
Environmental Sciences and Policy, Northern Arizona University