Help us create a carbon-neutral community

Carbon Free Mountain View & Carbon Free Silicon Valley hold a joint General Meeting on the third Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm at the Mountain View Community Center located at 201 S Rengstorff Avenue.  Contact us if you'd like to join the movement!


Our Board

Our board currently consists of the following members:

Bruce Karney, President (term expires Oct. 2017) Mtn. View

John Scarboro, Treasurer (term expires Oct. 2017) Mtn. View

Cherie Walkowiak, Founder (term expires Oct. 2017) Mtn. View

Mike Balma (term expires Oct. 2017) Mtn. View

Bruce Naegel, Secretary (term expires Oct. 2018) Mtn. View

Gary Latshaw (term expires Oct. 2018) Cupertino

James Tuleya (term expires Oct. 2018) Sunnyvale

Steve Schmidt, Public Information Officer (term expires Oct. 2018) Los Altos Hills

Bruce Hodge (term expires Oct. 2018) Palo Alto


Board Bios

Bruce Karney is a retired marketing professional, and has lived in Mountain View since 1981.  In 2007 he led a city-wide group of 119 homeowners who purchased solar panels at a 35% discount.  He subsequently joined SolarCity when it was a small startup to lead group purchasing programs in other cities. 

In 2008 he was Chair of Mountain View's Environmental Sustainability Task Force, a group whose recommendations provided the basis for the City's current Sustainability Action Plans.  Bruce retired in 2012 and is now an environmental activist and solar PV consultant.  He has a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford and an MS in Management Science from UC Berkeley.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Mountain View and Acterra's "Be the Change" programs.

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John Scarboro is Co-founder of Carbon Free Mountain View and currently serves at Treasurer. His calling in life is building sustainable community and systems for a habitable planet.  In line with his calling, he also serves as Vice Chair of the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission, as a Board Member of Safe Mountain View and volunteers at Stevenson PACT Elementary school.  He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center for over a decade helping achieve NASA's missions while protecting the home planet for future generations.  Prior to that he managed state-wide technical assistance for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Pollution Prevention Program.  He earned a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Florida State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and Florida.

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Cherie Walkowiak is an environmentalist at heart who believes we need to make fossil fuels obsolete to save the planet.  She focuses on electricity and transportation since those are the two biggest emitters of CO2.  She mostly gets around by bike to conquer her transportation emissions.  Inspired by Palo Alto's switch to carbon free electricity in 2013, Cherie founded Carbon Free Mountain View with the single goal of switching Mountain View's electric supply to 100% Carbon Free Sources. When she's not advocating for clean energy, she's advocating for road designs safe enough for kids with another advocacy group called Safe Mountain View.  She also has two kids, runs a library at their school, is the Webmaster for 350 Bay Area, and works as the Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator for the City of Palo Alto.

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Mike Balma the Development Director and a board member for the nonprofit Sunwork.  SunWork installs solar systems for home owners that have a low electric bill along with the help of trained volunteers.  Mike has completed business development and marketing projects for several solar companies. Mike helped lead the Performance Committee for SunSpec, a nonprofit solar industry alliance pursuing information standards that address operational aspects of PV power plants on the smart grid. He also delivers solar workshops for residents of numerous Bay Area cities.

Mike had an extensive marketing career with Hewlett-Packard including helping build HP’s open source business. He previously worked for SRI International, consulting on renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and biomass. He has a Chemical Engineering degree and an MBA. 

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Bruce Naegel's career started in the biomedical industry. He moved to Computer Data Storage (hardware and software) where he held positions in program and product management.  As part of releasing award-winning products, He spoke at industry conferences and published articles in trade publications. He also led a standards committee group on measuring performance.

His passion for sustainability was ignited by a news article which stated it would cost half a billion dollars to resettle an Alaskan village with about 2000 people threatened with sea level rise.

He then found some like-minded people at Veritas Symantec.  Some of them realized that Veritas software can be configured to save energy in a data center.  This effort yielded an energy ROI program, industry conference presentations, and a sales campaign yielding seven and eight figure software deals. Three years ago, he joined Sustainable Silicon Valley.  In the last year his focus was in Metrics and Research. That included numerous blog articles and a set of industry publications on visualizing the drought. He is part of a team working to bring energy efficiency to a disadvantaged community.

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Gary Latshaw energetically promotes scientifically valid environmental solutions. As a graduate of Stanford, where he received his doctorate in physics, he has been following the findings of climate scientists closely. He is deeply concerned that many of our “old” habits relating to energy, agriculture, construction, transportation, and other endeavors are no longer compatible with preserving a healthy environment for our children. In promoting new and environmentally friendly technologies he has become a board member of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Carbon Free Mountain View. He is also an active member of Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.org, Cupertino Rotary, Climate Reality and the Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley. As a member of Climate Reality (which was founded by Al Gore to inform the public on environmental issues) he has given over 50 presentations on climate change. He also frequently writes letters to the editor on environmental issues.

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James Tuleya worked on energy efficiency programs at PG&E for eight years, and is a skilled relationship management and marketing professional with experience across functions, cultures, industries, and technologies. Leader of clean energy community outreach initiatives, avid organic gardener and electric vehicle owner. Experienced in planning and executing creative strategies and go-to-market programs and growing strong and lasting relationships with commercial, government, and non-profit organizations. James can be seen happily driving his new Bolt all over Silicon Valley.

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Steve Schmidt was a climate change "denier" until a very patient environmental scientist took the time to explain the fundamentals (particularly ocean acidification) and expertly dismantled Steve's long-held beliefs over the course of a 10 day trip together. That was in 2006. Since then he's been focused on reducing GHG emissions, both personally and for others. This includes founding a company (HEA.com) focused on simplifying residential energy efficiency efforts. And also learning as much as he can absorb about electric vehicles, renewable energy, biofuels, carbon budgets, CCS, GHG inventories and other related topics. Steve has engineering and business degrees from Stanford and is a resident of Los Altos Hills, where he has been responsible for the town's annual GHG inventories since 2008.

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Bruce Hodge is an environmental activist, fine art photographer, and computer scientist.  He’s spent most of his computer science career at Adobe Systems, where he currently works on a team that writes drawing apps for iPads and iPhones. As a photographer he attempts to use the form, texture, and colors of the landscape to make photographs that are often abstract or not easily recognizable.  Bruce counts himself as a life-long environmentalist, with his first concerns about climate change surfacing in about 1985.  Since about 2006, Bruce has concentrated on getting Palo Alto to implement cutting edge environmental policies, while keeping a close eye on many aspects of climate change in general.   He founded Carbon Free Palo Alto in 2011 and played a crucial role in convincing the City of Palo Alto to provide carbon neutral electricity to all customers.  Since then, he’s worked to keep Palo Alto in the vanguard of cities striving to implement a low-carbon energy future by focusing on strategies such as community solar and environmentally beneficial electrification. Bruce received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.