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The Sustainability Series (S2) is a quarterly networking and speaker series open to the public. For eight years, the S2 has provided a forum to share ideas, principles and strategies to enhance social, economic and environmental sustainability. The S2 is a collaboration between the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Each year's events focus on a particular theme. The 2017 S2 focuses on advancing energy policy in Colorado.

Regression at the federal level demands that states and municipalities take the lead on mitigating climate change and advancing clean energy.  Thus, this year’s series will explore what Colorado can do at the state level.  At each event, attendees will hear from leaders in other jurisdictions about policies that are working (or not working) in their communities and consider how such policies might apply in Colorado. 

The 2017 S2 consists of four events on the topics listed below. Click on the links to learn more about past events, and to register for upcoming events:

  • March 7: speakers from California addressed state-level action on energy storage, clean transportation and other issues.
  • May 9​: policy makers in Hawai’i talked about the state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and its rooftop solar policies.
  • September 11: experts from the European Union will discuss how state and local governments in Europe are addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on energy.
  • December: will feature a moderated roundtable discussion with Colorado policy makers and leaders about current energy policy and what lessons Colorado can glean from other states and jurisdictions. 

At the end of the year, the Wirth Chair and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado will produce a white paper summarizing the events, ideas and findings of the 2017 series.  The white paper will be distributed to event attendees, policy makers, and the broader community to inform policy and promote action in Colorado.

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