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Community award winners



  • North Fork Coal Working Group, Paonia, brought mine owners, environmentalists and citizens together to resolve contentious and seemingly opposing economic and environmental imperatives related to the largest coal mine in the area.


  • High Country Citizen’s Alliance, Crested Butte, for creating programs, events, workshops and strategies to blend environmentally sound strategies with traditional ways of life and economic sustainability.
  • Denver Urban Gardens, for creating and sustaining more than 70 community gardens in the Denver metro area. The organic gardens are on previously vacant derelict lots and are accessible to people of all ages, incomes and ethnicities. In addition to the quality of the food and food and flowers grown there, one user said, “I like it because there are birds and butterflies.”


  • Evergreen Land Community Coalition, Evergreen, for creating a grass roots strategy to fight the proposed commercial development of a prime piece of land and eventually having that land as part of a community-wide master plan including a 67-acre active use park instead of high-end condos, office buildings, and commercial zoning.
  • University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team, Boulder, for defeating 14 other colleges and universities and winning the Department of Energy’s challenge to design and build a 500 square foot house that would harness the sun to supply ALL energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, appliances, even computers. More than 60 faculty members and 150 public and private partners contributed ideas, support and materials.


  • Student Ambassadors for Environmental Stewardship, Bacon Elementary School, Fort Collins, for learning about their new state of the art school and then leading tours to explain how it works and the many features that make it unique… more daylighting; low toxicity paint and materials; air conditioning that doesn’t increase utility bills; window sensors that communicate with the furnace light switches that monitor what’s needed; carpet made from old blue jeans and cloth and insulation from recycled cotton. Students explain the cooling system by using diagrams and offer coherent and accurate explanations of how it all works.


  • Jay Clapper of Wray, Colorado, for his efforts to secure funding for and construction of a wind turbine to help his financially strapped school save money while helping his community use renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Eric Lombardi of Eco-Cycle, Boulder, for his innovative efforts to make community recycling a daily reality at both the commercial and residential levels, to shape new policies for landfills, and to increase manufacturer's responsibility for the effects of their products.


  • Rick Gilliam of Western Resource Advocates was the primary author of Amendment 37. This was the first time in the nation that a renewable energy standard was put to a popular vote. The successful initiative required that 10% of Colorado's electricity be derived from renewable sources by 2015. Under Gilliam's leadership, a proposal that failed three times in the Colorado Legislature went to the people and won.
  • Certificate of Achievement is given to the City of Denver for its historic sustainability initiative, "Greenprint Denver," which advances and supports the integration of environmental impacts into the city's programs and policies, alongside economic and social considerations.
  • Special Recognition is given to FrontRange Earth Force, a Denver based organization that engages youth in solving real problems in their community, schools and the environment. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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