The Climate Challenge Presenter-Guides
These Real Colorado Change-Makers Will Lead Discussions
Heather Bailey -Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development, Boulder, Colorado
Shawn Bruckman – Sustainability Director, Vail Honey Wagon
Robert Castellino – CEO at Climate Colorado and Founder of the Colorado Climate Summit
Laura Farris-Climate Change Coordinator for the EPA Region 8 in Denver, Colorado
David Ellenberger-Regional Communications Manager, National Wildlife Federation
Davie Finnigan-CEO Climate Change is Elementary
Piper Foster-Board Chair, Colorado Solar Energy Industries 2012-2014
John Jimmison-Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition
Adam Palmer-Environmental Policy Planner, Eagle County
Mark Simmons-CEO Solar Mart
Irene Vilar-CEO Americas Latino Eco Festival
Climate Challenge Topics and Schedule
Colorado Mountain College
Monday July 13, 2015 All Day (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Edwards, CO
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration The Atrium at CMC
9:00 – 9:10 AM EC3 Welcome & Auditorium at CMC
9:10 – 9:25 AM Robert Castellino – Climate Change and Colorado
9:30 – 11:30 AM Plenary Auditorium at CMC
9:30 – 9:50 David Ellenberger, The State of Wildlife in Colorado
9:50 – 10:10 Irene Vilar, Engaging Latinos in the Climate Movement
10:10 – 10:30 Dave Finnigan, Elementary Education and Climate Change
10:30 – 10:50 Shawn Bruckman, Minimizing Waste in Eagle County
10:50 – 11:10 Adam Palmer, Improving Energy Efficiency in Eagle County
11:10 – 11:40 Special Guests Spot Light Presentations with Heather Bailey, Mark Simmons, Laura Farris and John Jimison
11:40 Robert Castellino, How Rapid Prototyping Works to Solve Climate Challenges
12:00 – 1:00 PM Monday Lunch by Jasmine Home Cooking in the Atrium at CMC $15 reservation at registration or meal ticket
1:00 – 2:00 PM Breakout Session Rapid Prototyping Eagle County’s Climate Challenges Auditorium at CMC
2:00 – 3: 00 PM Testing, Refining and Preparing PresentationsAuditorium at CMC
3:00 – 3:10 PM BREAK – Refreshments in the Atrium at CMC
3:10 – 4:00 PM Team Presentations with all Participants (10 Minute Presentations from Breakouts Format)Auditorium at CMC
4:00 PM – 4:40 PM Team Milestones and Solution Rollout
4:40PM – 4:50PM
●What worked, What didn’t
●What we learned
●What we need
4:50PM – 5:00PMClosing Comments and Wrap Up
Monday, July 3, 2015—Evening Program (6:30 PM Reception – 7:00 PM presentation)
with John Jimison, Heather Bailey, Mark Simmons and Laura Farris
Moderated by Rohn Robbins
6:30 p.m. reception | 7:00 p.m. presentation
Tickets: $25 in advance | $35 at the door | $10 students & teachers
No longer a new or idealistic technology, solar energy has become a very achievable means of meeting society’s energy demands. Prices of solar photovoltaic systems have declined by almost 50% since 2010. By 2014, after investing $212 million, Colorado ranked 8th in the country in solar capacity with enough of the green energy to power 76,000 homes. As rapidly as green energy markets are growing and changing, states, towns and even individuals must adapt to the changing conditions. This panel will focus on government regulations and policies that impact solar energy and discuss what communities and individuals can do to consider solar energy additions.
Colorado has a choice.
We can continue to support old fashioned, dirty energy which is no longer safe for our environment, health and prosperity.
Or we can flip the switch to do it right.
The convenient truth is that renewable energy production is now
economically more beneficial than coal, oil and gas.
It is also the only option we have to keep Colorado beautiful and vibrant.
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CLIMATE COLORADO’S MISSION AND FOCUS
OUR VISION: Climate Colorado approaches the global climate crisis a local problem that we can solve together.
OUR MISSION: To centralize and strategically focus all of Colorado’s renewable energy efforts while tracking and promoting accomplishments city-by-city, county-by-county and district-by-district across the entire state towards our specific goals.
OUR GOAL: Climate Colorado’s ambitious but attainable goal is to switch to safe, clean and renewable energy resources and programs to make our state “Net Zero” by 2020.
There are a lot of folks and organizations doing tremendous work on climate change and making a real difference. But all seem to be going in different directions, working on varied goals for specific issues and problems without continuity or collaboration. Having discussed this concern with many of these independent organizations, each agree our approach would accelerate the potential for success to meet the crucial goals we need to reach by 2020.
The Climate Colorado’s primary campaign will implement a step-by-step program with goals and objectives to help individuals and businesses move to renewable energy. It will support the effort with a series of programs all aimed at increasing awareness, education and access to the resources we already have to make this all possible. The first goal of Climate Colorado is to work with all climate and environmental organizations to eliminate the inefficiency of overlap and duplicate efforts.
PROGRAMS IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN
Create a network for collaboration and promotion of all climate and environmental organizations (NGO’s) to eliminate the inefficiency of overlap and duplicate efforts to set good actors in place in each city and county across the state to move the needle to net zero.
Bring key Colorado stakeholders together, including citizens, city council/mayors/managers, county commissioners, NGO’s, and business leaders with the objective to reate a blue print and master plan to solve our climate crisis by 2020. Event: Nov. 15-16, 20014 in Boulder.
Develop a compelling, practical and rewarding plan and virtual commitment to be signed by home owners, businesses and municipal operations. A focused, measurable and doable contract to inspire participation across the state.
Introduce and produce strategic education programs about Climate Change in Colorado to train new leaders to solve the problems. The programs: Climate Change is Elementary for K-8 and The Net Zero Impact Case Study Competition for High School and College Age Students.
Create a network of 10 representatives in 10 cities and counties by year end. Prototype the Small Home Mobile Colorado Energy Bank featuring real tools and resources to engage people, businesses and local government across the state to in Switch 2020.
Produce the “Solving Colorado’s Climate Crisis” documentary & eBook to raise awareness about historic and contemporary the luminaries and projects that are true acts and models for a Sustainable Net Zero Colorado.
Develop an Online Portal on our web site with a digital map that tracks who, where and what is being accomplished to achieve the Switch to Net Zero in Colorado, in order to inspire more participation.
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