Innovative Alternative Energy and Efficiency Upgrades at the Colorado Capitol Complex
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Coffee and pastries will be served
The Managing for Sustainability Program invites you to learn how energy conservation measures and alternative energy technologies have lowered operating costs and improved occupant comfort and safety at the Colorado Capitol. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recent ground
source heating and cooling project. Experts will review the current
state of geothermal technologies, applications, and energy potential in
Colorado and beyond.
Speakers and topics include:
Promoting energy efficiency and alternative energy in Colorado
Video: A national perspective on energy and what it means for Colorado
Dean, Business School, University of Colorado Denver
The CU Denver Business School: Your Partner in Sustainability
Regional Manager, Chevron Energy Solutions
Effective approaches to achieving high-performance in historic buildings in a dense urban setting.
Manager, Design and Construction Programs, Office of the State Architect—Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration
History of the Colorado Capitol Complex and review of the ground source heat pump project at the Capitol, including benefits, environmental impacts, and lessons learned
Senior Geothermal Systems Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Challenges and opportunities of harnessing energy from the earth
- Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Coffee and pastries: 7:30 to 8:00 am
Program: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- Old Supreme Court Chamber
Colorado State Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
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About our speakers
Gov. John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper, a self-described “recovering geologist now on loan to public service,” was elected Governor in 2010. His unconventional road to the Capitol began when he left the oilfields of western Colorado in the late 1980s and opened the state’s first brewpub. As he says, “I went from exploring oil to selling beer.” His business grew, helping to revitalize a now popular neighborhood in downtown Denver, and he became active in Denver’s civic life. One thing led to another, until, goaded by friends and other business leaders, he successfully ran for Mayor of Denver in 2003.
He had served nearly eight years as mayor when then-Colorado Governor Bill Ritter decided not to seek re-election. John was encouraged to make a run and quickly garnered support to be the Democratic candidate for Governor. He won 51 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
U.S. Senator Mark Udall
Mark Udall has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. Udall's assignments on the Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence and Aging committees give him a platform to address issues important to Colorado, and he is known for reaching across party lines to solve problems. His work spans issues from creating wilderness areas in our national parks and reducing the risk of wildfire, to promoting Colorado's aerospace, high-tech, and renewable energy industries and encouraging policies to stimulate innovation and help the private sector create jobs. Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona, but has spent his entire adult life in Colorado, cementing his connection to our Western lands. An avid mountaineer, he moved to Colorado's Western Slope to work for Outward Bound after graduating from Williams College in 1972. As Outward Bound's executive director from 1985 to 1995, Udall gained firsthand experience running a business, which informs his work to advocate for business-friendly policies. He now lives in Eldorado Springs. He and his wife Maggie Fox have two children.
Since her appointment as dean in 2000, Sueann R. Ambron has integrated the Business School into the fabric of the region’s business community. Executives from across the Rocky Mountain West actively participate in advisory boards, mentor students and provide opportunities for student interns to gain work experience before they graduate. Under the dean’s leadership, the Business School has worked with industry executives to develop innovative programs for health, global energy, entrepreneurship, sports management and sustainability. Today, the Business School is the largest accredited graduate school of business in the Rocky Mountain West—with more than 2,600 students—and a steady source of top workforce talent for the entire region.
Matt Rush is regional manager for Chevron Energy Solutions’ Federal and Critical Utilities Business Unit managing business development for the western United States. During his 20 years of energy experience, Matt has helped local, state, and federal government agencies achieve sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.
Matt holds bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University; Physics from SUNY Geneseo; a Master of Business Administration from University of Colorado, Denver; and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Bard Center. He is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Sustainable Development Professional.
Chevron Energy Solutions is a Division of Chevron USA, Inc. Chevron Energy Solutions is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and the Federal & Critical Utilities business unit is based in Eagan, MN. Matt resides in the Denver area.
Lance Shepherd is the Manager, Design and Construction Programs, Office of the State Architect—Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. Along with helping to manage day-to-day operations, Lance Shepherd has skillfully managed four phases of energy efficiency upgrades at the Colorado Capitol Complex that have saved taxpayers millions in annual utility costs.
Michael (Mike) Hillesheim is a Senior Geothermal Systems Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Mike researches and analyzes geothermal energy and energy efficiency technologies, with emphasis on subsurface issues and hybrid applications. Mike also conducts feasibility assessments for a number of government agencies to determine where renewable and efficiency technologies are viable options to solve their energy problems.
Mike has authored a number of reports on topics such as geothermal exploration, low-temperature geothermal applications, and geothermal heat pump deployment feasibility. Prior to NREL, Mike worked for Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff where he led investigations in water resource characterization and protection and nuclear waste disposal.
Mike holds a BS in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Geology from the University of Florida.