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Don't Miss the August Sustainability Series:
Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change in Colorado

Tuesday, August 5th
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop, Denver


With the EPA's Clean Power Plan Proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants recently released for public feedback, it's clear that Colorado is already a leader among states for strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join us at The Alliance Center for the August Sustainability Series as we explore current strategies in Colorado to mitigate and adapt to climate change; from an overview of the EPA's proposed rules to the release of Denver's aggressive Climate Change Adaptation Plan and beyond. Anyone working on or interested in climate change mitigation is encouraged to attend and contribute to the conversation!

Laura Farris, Climate Change/International Coordinator
EPA Region 8

David Erickson, Environmental Public Health Program Administrator

City and County of Denver

July 1, 2014


June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014

May 6, 2014

April 1, 2014

April 1 S2 flyer

April 1 presentation files:

March 11, 2014

March 11 S2

February 4, 2014

February 4, 2013 flyer

December 3, 2013

November 5, 2013

October 1, 2013

Wirth Chair October 1

September 3, 2013


August 6, 2013

June 5, 2013

June 2013 Sustainability Series

May 14, 2013

April 8, 2013


March 12, 2013

Wirth Chair March 12, 2013


February 5, 2013

February S2


December 4, 2012


September 4, 2012



August 7, 2012


June 5, 2012
Colorado’s BetterBuildings Programs
S2_presentation_Final.pptxJune 5, 2012 presentation

May 1, 2012 - Biomimicry

April 3, 2012 - Developing Collaboration for Innovation in International Development

Feb 2012 - Colorado's New Energy Economy: Boulder's Municipalization Initiative

December 6
Center for New Energy Economy
Former Gov. Bill Ritter

Created in 2011, the Center for New Energy Economy helps build essential partnerships around research-based clean energy solutions, workforce development and advancement of technologies that fuels long-term, sustainable economic growth. 

Join us on December 6 for valuable networking, free munchies, great beer and the opportunity to learn about the Center’s exciting endeavors!

November 1, 2011
Driving Business Sustainability
Pete Dignan, CORE;  Claudia Capitini, Eco-Products;  Lindsay Ritter, CH2M HILL; David Thorpe, Shaw Construction

It’s easy to talk about reducing your carbon intensity, saving water and engaging employees, but how do you make a compelling financial case for such initiatives?  Can you convince top management to embed sustainability in their strategy?  What about difficulties with data gathering and reporting?  Or trade-offs as you work with suppliers?  These leaders from diverse companies will share their own struggles and some of the solutions they’ve found along the way.

October 4, 2011
Elizabeth Abshire, AfricAid

Learn about sustainability through an international lens at this month’s forum, focused on a nonprofit’s approach to reach, teach, and empower young girls in Africa by providing the basic opportunity to go to school.  Hear about AfricAid’s model of high quality learning experiences, poising young girls to become leaders to reach the next generation of young girls.

September 6
Sustainable Startups: The successful implementation of emerging clean technologies at speed and scale requires the continuous management of risk.  These risks include technological feasibility, market materialization risk, execution risk, scaling risk, and capital risk.  Rob Writz of NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will demonstrate the successful ingredients and steps necessary to commercialize high-risk clean energy, waste, and water technologies.
Rob's role at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is to assist emerging clean energy startups with access to technological resources, partnerships, and financial capital.  The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is part of the NREL Commercialization and Technology Transfer Office and is located in the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development in Golden, CO.

August 2
Design for the Other 90% and Sustainability Park


Mike Knotek: Director of RASEI, CU Boulder
RASEI is a joint institute of the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to expedite the energy industries of the 21st century by advancing renewable energy research, engineering, and analysis. RASEI forms the center of an integrated energy campus by combining the best of NREL’s mission and capabilities with the education and scholarship of CU-Boulder, in partnership with industry and other federal research labs for a new generation of research. Learn about RASEI’s cutting edge projects at the August 2 Wirth Chair Sustainability Series!


July 12, 2011 –6pm at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe
**Please note the date & location variance for July**

PJ D'Amico - Executive Director, RedLine

Of the world’s total population of 6.5 billion, 5.8 billion people, or 90%, have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted: food, clean water, and shelter. Design for the Other 90% explores a growing movement among designers to design low-cost solutions for this “other 90%.” Encompassing a broad set of modern social and economic concerns, these design innovations often support responsible, sustainable economic policy. They help, rather than exploit, poorer economies; minimize environmental impact; increase social inclusion; improve healthcare at all levels; and advance the quality and accessibility of education.

Chris Spelke - Junior Development Officer, Denver Housing Authority

Denver Housing Authority is using 2.4 acres of its own housing community in the Curtis Park neighborhood to demonstrate today’s most cutting edge sustainability practices in an urban setting. The focus of Sustainability Park is on renewable energy, energy efficiency, local food production, water management, and developing quantifiable metrics for these new cutting edge sustainability products/practices.

Learn more about these innovative sustainability designs at the July 12 Wirth Chair Sustainability Series at RedLine.


June 14, 2011 -The Built Environment and Public Health
**Although we normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month, please note the date variance for the June program**

Jessica Osborne, MURP, MUD
Active Community Environments Coordinator
Healthy Living Branch
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Carol Maclennan
Environmental Health Policy Coordinator
Tri-County Health Department

Monica M. Buhlig, MPH
Community & Local Government Relations,
Kaiser Permanente

The Built Environment has a profound effect on public health. This panel will describe how promoting active living and access to healthy food and other services can help improve the sustainability and quality-of-life for people of all ages and abilities. From local, regional and state perspectives, panelists will emphasize the importance of partnerships between public health and planning professions.  A specific focus will be how public health policies and funding can be translated effectively and tangibly into the planning and urban design of our front-range communities.


May 3, 2011 -
Dr. Bill Doe, CEO of Veterans Green Jobs
Veterans Green Jobs is a nonprofit organization Denver based organization, whose mission is to connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. The organization helps vets find career opportunities in stable economic sectors related to environmental restoration, preservation and sustainability; clean and renewable energy; and energy efficiency and conservation.


April 5, 2011 -
Joseph M. "Mike" Cleary - Center Director, National Bioenergy Center
Dr. Cleary will present NREL’s strategic direction for the development of biomass to biofuels conversion technologies, employing both biochemical and thermochemical processes for the production of ethanol and other energy dense liquid hydrocarbons for transportation fuels.   He has guided the $33.5M expansion of the DOE biochemical conversion pilot plant and has implemented a new organizational structure, based on scientific disciplines, to accelerate biofuels conversion research including techno-economic analysis, process development to produce ethanol and advanced biofuels, and biomass analysis

February 1, 2011:

September 7, 2010:
Boulder County Presents EECBG Better Buildings Program:
Ann Livingston and Susie Strife

July 6, 2010
The Solar Panel: Jeff Lyng, Neal Lurie and Joe Beach

June 1, 2010
Josie Plaut - Institute for the Built Environment

April 6th, 2010
Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems – A Framework for Action | 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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