About Us

Australia has an enormous solar and wind energy potential – in fact, some scientists argue that we could meet the global renewable energy demand 100 times over.

Western Australia alone could be a global renewable energy super-power. Our unique geography and natural resources make us a potential world leader for producing every type of renewable energy – but less than 12% of total energy generated in WA is from renewables, compared to 24% nationally.

At Clean State, we believe the transition to a low carbon economy will create massive job opportunities. Between 2015-2019, employment in the renewables industry increased by 63% in WA, and it could grow much faster if we can grab hold of the opportunities and overcome the challenges of decarbonising WA.

And decarbonising WA also means a safer, fairer, cleaner home for us all!

That’s why Clean State was set up – as a non-partisan, not-for-profit climate action initiative advocating for green jobs and a green economy for Western Australia.

Through community partnerships and engagement, we embrace opportunities to build awareness and support local communities as they strive for a fairer, safer place to live, learn and work.

Our vision is bold, ambitious and powered by a growing number of informed and passionate supporters across Western Australia.

Our vision

By 2030, Western Australia is a global leader in climate solutions, creating millions of clean jobs across the state. We envision sustainability will be integral to our way of life – so current and future generations can continue to live, work and enjoy WA for many years to come.

Our mission

To achieve strong WA climate policy that helps us realise our renewable energy potential, diversifies our economy, creates thousands of jobs and builds resilient, climate-clever communities.

Our Story

Clean State was established in 2018 as a non-partisan, not-for-profit climate organisation
Since then, we’ve made a big impact - generating a volume of valuable research into WA’s potential as a clean energy powerhouse.
Our Clean State Jobs Plan was a success.
Our seminal 2020 Jobs Plan delivered 26 fully costed, fully viable recommendations for the WA government to create 200,000 clean jobs and kickstart WA’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions.
15 of these recommendations have now been actioned or implemented.
Including $60 million for renewable energy and battery projects around the state, $60 million for conservation projects in regional areas, $17 million for batteries and solar in the Kimberley, including in First Nations communities, and $15 million to boost emergency services and fire brigades who are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
From 2018-2021, Clean State built up a support base of over 20,000 everyday Western Australians.
We also consulted with a broad range of local institutions on building a clean economy. During that time, we continued community organising and campaigning for climate action at a grassroots level.
This year, we formalised our commitment to high-level research, alliance-building and policy influencing.
We are driving evidence-based solutions to diversify our economy and create thousands of jobs within new, sustainable industries through collaboration, research and policy recommendations. We continue to build awareness around climate impacts and support local communities - for a fairer and safer place to live, learn and work.

Our Team

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Olivia Chapman

Director

Having previously worked for Nesta (the UK's innovation agency for social good) the International New York Times and the BBC, I'm thrilled to be back in my home state leading the Clean State team. Western Australia is in a globally unique position to make the transition to net-zero - and in doing so, prove it can be done while supporting a resilient local economy. With a renewed focus on collaboration and data-driven insights, I aim to help Clean State make WA a global leader in climate solutions by 2030.

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Cheryl Balfour

Public Affairs Manager

My focus is engaging people and organisations who want to accelerate climate solutions, while promoting and raising awareness of the incredible climate initiatives already happening across the state. I work across the WA media scene, including journalists, editors and anyone working to enhance climate initiatives and solutions in WA. This includes government department advisers, corporate groups, academics, researchers, change-makers, innovators, community groups and individuals.

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Angelica Munoz

Research Officer

By working with Clean State, I contribute to building a sustainable WA economy - which gives me an everyday sense of purpose. Plus, community engagement is a pivotal part of developing evidence-based research. Constructive relationships with academics, businesses, and policy makers enables better understanding of our communities’ needs and aspirations on climate change action. I’m specifically interested in the economics of climate change, macroeconomic policy, data mining and statistical analysis.

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Jordan Rowand

Program Coordinator

I primarily work alongside young leaders, schools, youth advocacy organisations, youth advisory boards, peak bodies and policymakers across WA. I'm deeply passionate about the intersection of community, art, climate, social and racial justice, geopolitics, queerness, urban design, and conflict resolution. For me, climate action and community organising always go beyond addressing or acting on a singular issue. It is about working to become a more integrated, inclusive and supportive community. It also means creating avenues for meaningful, and sustained community care.

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Vivienne Glance

Program Coordinator

I'm interested in taking an integrated look at how transforming our built environments will help us to adapt to the effects of climate change - and how mitigating climate change also helps us to build beautiful places, jobs and communities. I aim to connect with local decision makers, climate conscious companies, business people, researchers, academics, and other committed and knowledgeable community members and groups who align with our values and aims as part of my role as Program Coordinator.

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Isobel Armstrong

Communications Officer

One of the most fundamental challenges of mitigating the climate crisis is connecting lofty international initiatives like the Paris Agreement with grassroots action in the community. This is why I work with Clean State - I aim to harmonise the top-down and bottom-up approaches to clean energy, because both are necessary for genuine structural change. My work with Clean State focuses on strategy, content production, program assistance and research.