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Board of Directors


William BeckerBill Becker

Bill is co-director of The Future We Want, an initiative with the United Nations to expand the public’s understanding of how sustainable development can affect our lives and communities; Executive Director of the National Sustainable Communities Coalition, which helps link communities with sustainable development experts; and Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, which develops recommendations on how the President of the United States can lead against global climate change. He also serves as a senior associate at two sustainable development think tanks: Third Generation Environmentalism the international environmental think tank headquartered in London and Natural Capitalism Solutions in Colorado. He specializes in energy and climate policy with both organizations. He is a member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Climate Change Task Force in Geneva, an advisor to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C., and a member of the board for Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engage and Development in New Orleans.

He spent 15 years as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Energy, specializing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable communities. At DOE, he founded the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development, which provided organized expert teams to provide technical assistance to more than 130 U.S. communities on various aspects of sustainable development, including “green recovery” for communities rebuilding after natural disasters. After leaving DOE in 2007, Mr. Becker served as Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a four-year initiative that produced nearly 200 recommendations on national climate and energy policies for the 2008 presidential candidates, the Obama Administration, and Congress. He is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Think Climate, and several other environmental blogs. Mr. Becker is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he won the Bronze Star medal as a combat correspondent. His latest book, The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet, was published by St. Martin’s Press in New York.

Bill joined the Alliance board in July of 2012.

Dr. Bruce HuttonDr. Bruce Hutton

Dr. Bruce Hutton, is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the CU-Denver Daniels College of Business, where he also holds the Piccinati Chair in Teaching Innovation. In his 33 years at the University of Denver, he has served as Interim Dean (2007–2008), Dean (1990–1994), Director of off–site MBA programs (1986–1989), and chairman of the Department of Marketing (1980–1985). He also developed and served as director of the college’s first off–site MBA program (1987–1990). He has received numerous local, regional, and national honors for his contributions to business education, applied market research, and community service.

National awards include the Faculty Pioneer Institutional Leadership Award (2001) from the World Resources Institute and Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program for leadership in integrating ethical and environmental issues into business education; Honorary Ranger (1999), the National Park Service’s highest civilian honor; and the National Outstanding Research Award (1978) from the Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel for his dissertation on Life Cycle Costing. He was the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Faculty Award in the Daniels College of Business.

In 1989, Dr. Hutton was the co-author of a proposal for enhancing MBA programs, subsequently funded with an $11 million matching gift, the largest ever received by the University at that time. While serving as dean, the matching money was raised and a new model for MBA education was developed, now ranked among the top programs in the country for MBA ethics education. The program has been recognized as one of the most innovative in the country for its emphasis on experiential learning, community service, and intensive “boot camps”; comprehensive integrated curriculum; and team teaching. A significant component of the program deals with issues of values and social responsibility, including environmental ethics and sustainable development.

Dr. Hutton received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with a major in marketing and minors in social psychology and social research methods. His areas of expertise are in marketing research, corporate social responsibility, and the application of consumer behavior principles to issues of public policy, particularly related to corporate responsibility and the environment and nonprofit organizations. He has more than 70 academic and professional publications, and has lectured in Albania, Canada, China, Brazil, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, and Taiwan. He was the first academic market research consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy when it was created. Dr. Hutton is active in the community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, and is the co–founder of the Colorado Ethics in Business Awards.

Dr. Hutton joined the Alliance board in January of 2011.

Dr David OrrDr. David Orr

David is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is also a James Marsh Professor at large at the University of Vermont. David is known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design. He led the design and construction of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, Oberlin’s Environmental Studies Program Center. David has authored five books and over 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines. He is contributing editor of Conservation Biology, has served as a Trustee of several grant-giving foundations, and serves on the Boards of the Rocky Mountain Institute (CO), the Center for Ecoliteracy (CA), and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment. He is also an advisor and consultant to organizations such as the Trust for Public Land and the National Parks Advisory Committee. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. B.A. Westminster College (1965), M.A. Michigan State University (1966), Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973).

David has been on the Alliance board since its inception in 2004.

John Powers - Board PresidentJohn Powers

Founder of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in 2004 and full-time volunteer, John has been on its board since inception. John is a board member of Conservation Colorado and the Educational Foundation of America. From 2006-12 John was a member of the Greenprint Council, a citizens’ advisory committee to the Mayor of Denver’s Sustainable Development Initiative. He was a member of the management committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association 1991-93 and a volunteer organizer of its annual conferences 1989-94. He is the principal of J.P. Powers & Co. which has real estate investment and ranching interests, and was a real estate broker in the 1970s. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado in 1983 and a B.A. in History and Psychology, from Oberlin College in 1971.

Mark SaftyMark Safty
Board President

Mark Safty was appointed as the Wirth Chair for Sustainability at the University of Colorado in 2013. The Wirth Chair is housed within the School of Public Affairs at CU-Denver and honors the environmental and sustainable development achievements of former U.S. Senator and Undersecretary of State Tim Wirth. Following his work with the federal government, Wirth served for nearly a decade as the President of the United Nations Foundation.

In more than 25 years as a partner at Holland & Hart, LLP, companies operating on five continents have turned to Mr. Safty for virtually every type of infrastructure development and financing transaction. He has served as lead counsel in the development, acquisition, financing and refinancing of dozens of power generation facilities across the spectrum of energy technologies. Since the 1990s, Mr. Safty has focused his practice almost exclusively on development, construction, financing and M&A activity in the renewable and sustainable energy industry. His earlier years of experience included the positions of general counsel and COO of a regional bank holding company, and he served as an outside director and chairman of the board of a $2.5 billion financial institution.

Mr. Safty currently serves as the practice group leader for Holland & Hart’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, Who’s Who Legal, and Euromoney’s International Financial Law Review for energy law and project finance law, and is recognized as a global leader by Chambers USA. He was selected as “Colorado’s Best Renewable Energy Attorney” by Law Week Colorado. Mr. Safty is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School and at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where he teaches Renewable Energy Development, Regulation, and Finance. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on renewable and sustainable energy topics.

He a member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, a Washington DC based collaborative, and serves on the Board of Directors of Global Livingston Institute. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the Advisory Board of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, the Colorado Forum, a statewide public policy group, and the Executive Leadership Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is active in a wide variety of other public policy endeavors at the local, state, national and international level.

Steve SchuethSteven J. Schueth

President and Chief Marketing Officer, First Affirmative Financial Network, an independent SEC-registered investment advisory firm serving socially conscious investors; 30+ years experience in real estate and financial services including eight years with Calvert where he developed the first global socially screened mutual fund; nationally recognized authority, consultant and resource to the SRI industry since 1989; producer of the annual SRI in the Rockies Conference, the premier gathering of the sustainable and responsible investment industry in North America; eleven years as a director of the Social Investment Forum, including seven years as Chair and President of the board; former director of the Colorado Chapter of BSR; former chair of the board of P3 Colorado; career includes five years as a real estate broker and three years as Director of Development for The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Journalism/Communications, Marquette University, Cum Laude 1976.

Steve has been on the Alliance board since its inception in 2004.

Gail SchwartzGail Schwartz

Gail Schwartz has been working to improve the lives of Coloradans for decades. She graduated from business school at the University of Colorado in 1971 and then moved to Aspen, where she started a family, was a partner in an industry-leading firm designing ski areas in the U.S. and Canada, and developed some of the first affordable housing in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 1995, Governor Roy Romer appointed Gail to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing Western Colorado. In 2000, Gail was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents for the 3rd Congressional District, and served for six years, including two years as Vice Chair.

In 2006 Gail was elected to the Colorado State Senate District 5 and served two terms until 2015 when she was term limited. While in the State Senate, Gail was chair of a special legislative Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth, which developed 30 proposals ranging from public works projects to tax incentives designed to spur job creation in Colorado. She served as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Chair of the Capital Development Committee, Chair of the Water Resources Review Committee, and Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, and was a member of the Business, Labor and Technology Committee and Majority Whip for two years.


Matt Teeters

Matt Teeters works as the President of the Union Station branch for Alpine Bank. Teeters began as a Management Trainee with the bank in January 2006 in the bank’s Avon location. After eight successful years in the Vail Valley, the bank asked for Teeters to move to Denver to help head its Front Range expansion. This relocation resulted in a promotion to the President of the bank’s first Denver location at Union Station. Over the past two years, Teeters has served an integral role of expanding the bank’s services across the Front Range, and over the past 5 years, Matt has served as a member of the bank’s internal Green Team helping to further the bank’s environmental initiatives in both the Vail Valley and Denver. In doing so, the Union Station branch has grown in size to become the 6th largest bank, measured by asset size, in the bank’s entire 38 branch footprint. In addition to banking, Matt currently serves on the board of Roundup River Ranch, The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, is a member of Denver Active 20-30 and regularly volunteers with Junior Achievement. Prior to moving to Denver, Teeters also served as the Board President of the Eagle River Youth Coalition, as the Board Treasurer of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, and as a board member with the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund. As an acknowledgement for the leadership displayed with these organizations, Teeters was awarded with the Vail Valley’s Young Professional of the Year award in 2013.

Teeters graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and completed his MBA from the University of Denver in 2013.