Summit Press Release

Colorado Climate Summit 2014

Solving Colorado’s Climate Crisis

November 15 & 16, 2014

Saturday 9-5  & 6-8pm Networking Gathering  •  Sunday 9-4pm

Wolf Law Building, CU-Boulder

The Colorado Climate Summit is about moving past the conversation about global climate change into solving the problem across the state. The format of the event challenges participants to find solutions to real climate crisis scenarios we are experiencing in every corner of the state. After a series of presentations with an expert panel of speakers and change agents, participants will break out into teams and work with presenters to solve a series of real-world problems facing Coloradans.  Finally, everyone attending will assemble to write a blueprint for making the switch to clean, safe, renewable energy by 2020 and reducing our water footprint by 50% by 2025.

Author and photographer Robert Castellino founded Climate Colorado and launched the annual Climate Summit to address pressing problems we face across Colorado.  Castellino’s experience listening and engaging with people, business owners, and local officials has led him to the realization,“People are missing the fundamental steps of how to make the change from burning fossils as fuels to power their operations and energize their lives and to reduce their water consumption.”  What concerns him most, “The technology, resources, tools, contractors, and financing are all in place to get the job done, yet people are afraid to take the steps to save themselves money and improve the quality of their health and lives.”

Allison Holloran, Executive Director at Audubon Society, and Mario Molina, Strategist and Deparment Director with The Climate Reality Project’s Climate Leadership Corps along with Coreina Chan, Manager  “Buildings” at the Rocky Mountain Institute are the keynote presenters kicking off the event. Molina will address the global climate crisis and current state of the affairs, with Holloran talking about how climate change affects critical Colorado bird habitats and our lives. Finally, Chan will show what it takes to be a net zero energy community and outline the path to get there. She will address all energy-using sectors including electricity generation and its relationship to distributed renewable resources. All three speakers will discuss the implications of human behavior and the programs being proposed and implemented to encourage voluntary changes and whether policy changes are possible to expedite matters.

Ultimately, everyone attending will take away a personal action plan and make a commitment to go Net Zero by 2020 and reduce their water consumption 50% by 2025 known as the Switch 2020 and Don’t Drip 2025 Contract.

Climate Colorado is partnering with Tesla, Solar City, Nature’s Path, Eldorado Springs, Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Clean Energy Action and the Americas Latino Eco Festival to get the job done.

This is no ordinary conference. It’s a hands-on-working conference for those who want make the change sooner than later while having some fun along the way.

Admission is $65. Students and Seniors (65+) are $25.
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Keynote Speakers

Allison Holloran, Executive Director,  Audubon – Rocky Mountain Region

Mario Molina, Strategist and Deparment Director Climate Leadership Corps, Climate Reality Project

Coreina Chen, Manager “Buildings” at Rocky Mountain Institute

Presenter Guides

Leslie Glustrom – Scientist, Activist and Founder Clean Energy Action

Suzanne Spiegel – Activist and Campaign Manager Frack Free Colorado

Chris Ellis – Assistant Professor-Integrated Energy, Colorado Mountain College

Irene Villar – Ex Dir and Founder, Americas Latino Eco Ministries

Zuza Bohley – UNA (United Nations Association) CCR-SC Rocky Mountain region

Robb Menzies – Campaign Director Lafayette Clean Energy Allison Holloran, Executive Director,  Audubon – Rocky Mountain Region –

Chris Verivas – Colorado State Director for the Great Climate March

Michael Whiting – County Commissioner Archuletta County and Development Director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition

Steve Stevens – Physicist, Bell Labs Scientist, Beyond Net Zero Home Golden and Owner/Curator Golden Oldy Cyclery Museum

David Ellenberger – National Wildlife Federation, Regional Communications Director

Robert Castellino – Photograper/Author/Publisher — CEO & Founder Climate Colorado

Pete Terpenning – Minister Community United Church of Christ & Certified Permaculturist

Jim Smith – Owner/Broker Golden Realty: The First Net Zero Colorado Real Estate Business