alliance events

These events are hosted, co-hosted, or sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and assist us with turning our mission into reality.


Sustainability SeriesSustainability Series
100%: A Clean Energy Vision for Colorado

September 1
6
:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

What do San Diego, Vancouver, Aspen, and San Jose have in common? Every one of these cities has adopted the goal of relying exclusively on renewable or clean energy. And the adoption of extremely aggressive renewable energy goals isn’t limited to cities. Hawaii’s legislature just last month adopted a goal of achieving 100% sustainable energy by 2045. California, on the way to achieving its goal of a 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction within 15 years, last year increased the amount of power generated by utility-scale solar from 1.9% to 5% in just twelve months.

We are seeing an impressive increase in the number of entire countries, as well, adopting ambitious energy goals. Germany has grown renewable energy output eightfold since 1990, hitting 26% of the country’s power supply last year. Denmark plans to achieve this goal by 2050, and already generates nearly 40% of its electricity from wind and is on track to hit 50% renewable by 2020. Scotland is likely to hit 100% by 2030.

What would it be like to live in a city or country that gets all of its energy from renewable sources? How different would your daily life be? Would it be more Middle Ages or more Jetsons? How would you travel to work and heat your home? Would cities and neighborhoods look different?

Please join us on September 1st from 6-8pm at The Alliance Center for a panel discussion exploring what the 100% renewable energy of the city will look like and what it will be like to live there. Networking starts at 6pm, and the program will begin at 6:30pm. The moderated panel will be followed by audience Q&A and closing remarks.

Panelists include:
-Sonrisa Lucero, Sustainability Strategist for the City of Denver
-Jonathan Koehn, Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder
-Bob Lachenmayer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Liason to Schneider Electric for Positive Energies, LLC
-Jocelyn Hittle, Director of Denver Operational Initiatives for Colorado State University

The event concludes at 8pm, but we invite you to remain afterward for additional networking and refreshments. Food and cash bar (courtesy of Marley Coffee) will be available.

Register here.


ZEC workshop seriesZEC Workshop Series: Net Zero Drive Across Colorado

September 2
11:30 AM – 6 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Join us for a workshop on the different modes of clean transportation that support Zero Energy Communities (ZECs)!

Our expert guests will demonstrate theory and practical application of energy efficient transportation alternatives in this interactive workshop. You’ll learn about advanced transportation technologies and fuels like plug-in electric, hydrogen, biofuels, and other new technologies and techniques. We’ll also discuss the impacts of self-powered transport, public transit oriented communities, and solutions specifically oriented to mountain transit – particularly important here in Colorado.

Come for lunch and a mini program, or lunch (including the mini program) and the full workshop. Either way you will have the opportunity to shape community perspectives – and your own.

11:30-12pm: Networking
12-1pm: Catered lunch and mini-program
1-5pm: ZEC Transportation Workshop
5-6pm: Wine and cheese networking, and book signing by John Whitcomb

Lunch mini-program with Allen Best (editor, Mountain Town News), will discuss imposing a dumping fee for carbon.

Speakers and topics for the 1-5pm workshop:
-Robert Welch on Owning an Electric Vehicle
-Steve Stevens on Driving Back from the Past
-John Prosser on Transit Oriented Communities
-Becky English on Rocky Mountain’s New Highway – Swift Tram
-Amy Lucia Prieto on Electric Alternative Fuel Sources
-Jack Paterson on Hydrogen Alternative Fuel Sources

Lunch provided by Serendipity Catering, and beverage service provided by Marley Coffee.

Register here.


Conscious CocktailsConscious Cocktails

September 3
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Join us September 3rd, and the first Thursday of every month, for Conscious Cocktails here at The Alliance Center!
This is a monthly sustainability happy hour for like-minded and passionate people to connect, collaborate and have fun. These regular happy hours allow for continued connection and inspiration with each other and our community.

Beverage service provided by Marley Coffee. No registration needed – join us!


lunch and learnSustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: Water Conservation through Research and Behavior Change

September 10
12 PM – 1 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Don’t water the lawn after it rains. Don’t leave the sink running while you’re brushing your teeth. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. We have all heard the wise water tips, but it’s more likely we’ll follow them if we truly understand the reasons behind these tips.

Here on the Colorado Front Range, groups are working to ensure we have enough water for all of our local and state-wide needs. Jeff Lukas, Research Integration Specialist with the CIRES Western Water Assessment (a NOAA-sponsored research program based at the University of Colorado Boulder) will be discussing the future of water in Colorado and how climate-change science can inform planning and decision-making. This will directly align with what Philip Segura, Conservation Specialist of Denver Water and our second speaker is doing with water and energy efficiency in Denver. The responsibility of conserving our water is on all of us; so, get engaged through this event and understand the part you play.

Complimentary unch provided by Serendipity Catering, and beverage service provided by Marley Coffee.

Register here!


B LabColorado Public Benefit Corporation Workshop

September 23
10 A
M – 1 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Did you know  Colorado is among 30 U.S. States that now recognize the benefit corporation legal structure? Benefit corps are traditional corporations that commit themselves to higher standards of purpose, accountability and transparency. The benefit corporation structure can help you as a founder/business owner to protect your mission over time.

Are you a Colorado CEO or business owner who is considering – or who has already converted to – the Colorado Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) status?
Join us for a workshop hosted by Colorado attorneys and B Lab, the non-profit behind the benefit corporation movement. This is a nuts-and-bolts workshop that can help you understand why benefit corp status could be beneficial to your company, how to make the transition, how to ensure that you are meeting the statuary requirements and avoiding potential legal pitfalls once you have become a Colorado PBC, how to meet the reporting and transparency requirements, and how to talk to investors and raise capital as a benefit corp.

NOTE: This workshop is ideal for senior executives / owners of existing Colorado PBCs and those considering electing PBC status. It is not designed for attorneys or academics.

The workshop will be presented by:
Dominick Sekich, Attorney/Partner, Moye White LLP
Seth Henry, Attorney/Partner, Blue Dot Advocates LL
Jason Wiener, Attorney/Principal, Jason Wiener, PBC
Kim Coupounas, B Lab
Holly Ensign-Barstow, B Lab
Sophie Faris, B Lab

Workshop Details:
10am – 11am: FOUNDATIONS
Why adopting benefit corporation status can help your business and how to articulate those benefits to a wider group of stakeholders
How you are part of larger change in corporate law and business
What is B Corporation Certification and how does it relate to benefit corporation status
How to make the transition to benefit corp status
Nuances in the Colorado statute

11am – Noon: TRANSPARENCY/REPORTING
Benefit corp reporting: what’s required to be compliant and what’s not
Using the B Impact Assessment as your reporting tool, other tools available

Noon – 1pm: RAISING CAPITAL AS A BENEFIT CORP
Lunch conversation with professional investors who have invested in benefit corps
Why being a benefit corporation can attract the right investors
How to talk to investors about your PBC status
How to position your company for investment

Lunch will be provided, as well as beverage service by Marley Coffee.

Register here!


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