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alliance events

These events are hosted, co-hosted, or sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and help us achieve our mission.


We’re continuing to fill our calendar with exciting sustainability events in 2016.
Join us!

Our schedule of events (click for details):

PARTNER EVENT: 2016 Environmental Leader Conference in Denver – $200 off registration!
6/2/16  |  Denver’s Guide to Biking to Work (a Love This Place event)
PARTNER EVENT: 6/3/16  |  Conservation Colorado annual Rebel With a Cause gala
6/7/16  |  June Sustainability Series: Women & Girls in the Clean Energy Economy
6/21/16  |  Mixed Messages: Navigating Climate Change Coverage in the Modern Media Landscape
PARTNER EVENT: 6/20/16 – 6/24/16  |  AREDAY (American Renewable Energy Day) Summit
6/30/16  |  GRESB: The Next Frontier in Real Estate Portfolios & Investment Funds
Love This Place: an event series in partnership with Denver Office of Sustainability
9/8/16  |  September Lunch & Learn: Social Science of Integrative Design

Click here to see all events in our 2016 Truth in Media series.


Missed an event? Want to relive one? View videos from past events here
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Looking for the Statewide Sustainability Calendar of events? Find it here.

 


solar2016 Environmental Leader Conference

June 21 – 23, 2016
Hyatt Regency  |  Denver Tech Center 

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is proud to be a sponsor of this event. Use code 200ASC, and take $200 off your registration price just for being our friend!

The 2016 Environmental Leader Conference includes the timeliest topics and an impressive list of speakers from organizations currently implementing sustainability & energy management strategy & solutions. And, with your registration, attend the ceremony announcing the Winners of the 2016 Annual Environmental Leader Product and Project Awards.

This conference is for executives like you who are responsible for environmental management, sustainability, EHS, energy, cost savings, business value, process improvement, increased productivity and reducing waste.

From Paul Nastu, Founder and CEO, Business Sector Media, LLC, Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Today: “I guarantee you will take away ready-to-go solutions that are tangible, replicable and measurable.  We have the most relevant topics covered in the sessions and an impressive list of speakers from organizations currently implementing sustainability and energy management strategy and solutions.

Use code 200ASC when you register and receive $200 of your registration!

Register here.

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LTPDenver’s Guide to Biking to Work: a Love This Place event

Thursday, June 2
3:30 – 5:30 pm
The Alliance Center

Love your commute by incorporating biking!

In collaboration with the Denver Office of Sustainability, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is kicking off the Love This Place 2016 program of events! This program will be an eight-part series that will connect government agencies, local sustainability leaders and members of the public around Denver’s 2020 Sustainability Goals.

Each event will connect you to organizations that will provide resources and support to translate these long term goals into actions you can take today. Denver is a special place – a place that finds a home in one’s heart. Native or transplant, from Platt Park to Park Hill, we all love this place.

We’re proud to call Denver home, and we show our love for the Mile High City by doing our part to take care of it. Each program will conclude with an open networking session – think, “Love is a Verb: Connecting for Action” – to build connections and collaboration.

Each event will be immediately followed by Conscious Cocktails, a monthly happy hour that brings yet more opportunities to collaborate and innovate, in a relaxed setting. Join us!

Register here!

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Rebel2016 Rebel With a Cause Gala

Friday, June 3
5 – 9 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver

Register Today!

Save the date for the 2016 Rebel with a Cause Gala, featuring our 2016 Rebel of the Year, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr.!

Enjoy a spectacular evening with the conservation community by joining the most influential political figures, business leaders, environmental visionaries and philanthropists to contribute to a stronger future for Colorado!

In addition to a delicious dinner and silent auction, we will honor our Rebel of the Year Reverend Yearwood and present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honorable Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado Speaker of the House.

Find out more about attending or sponsoring the event.

NEW for 2016:
Make a night of it and stay late for music and dancing following the evening program!

Brought to you by Conservation Colorado.

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LTPDriving the Colorado Clean Energy Economy by Empowering
Women & Girls

June Sustainability Series

Tuesday, June 7
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

The Energy industry has been a crucial part of Colorado’s economy throughout its history since coal mining first began in 1859. In 2012 the energy industry in Colorado represented more than $41 billion in revenue, representing 122,400 local jobs. During this same year the state’s solar capacity grew by 31%. In 2014, 60% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 22% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy resources.


As we transition to a fossil-fuel-free future, advancing women’s leadership in clean energy is essential: we must harness all available talent in driving the clean energy revolution forward. What type of job transition and skills training are happening statewide to help coal-dependent communities adapt? Between 2008 and 2011 in the U.S., green industries created 8.5 million jobs and $1 trillion in revenues. What role do women play in this transition? What jobs in clean energy are being created and how are women being recruited for these positions? How are we making this vital paradigm shift to a clean energy economy in a way that promotes diversity in the field?

Join Colorado C3E, Colorado EcoWomen and Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE) to hear answers to these sorts of questions, and to explore collective, collaborative models for creating solutions, and driving Colorado’s clean energy economy by educating and empowering women and girls.

Presenters:

Kelly Crandall joined the all-volunteer Board of the non-profit Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE) in 2011 and has been the Programs Coordinator since 2013. Through WISE, she looks for opportunities to promote and connect women who are shaping Colorado’s clean energy future. She is the Senior Rates and Research Analyst at EQ Research, LLC, a consulting firm that provides clean energy intelligence through regulatory and legislative monitoring, as well as consulting services. Prior to joining EQ, she was the Energy Strategy Coordinator for the City of Boulder, Colorado.

Emily Backus is a Sustainability Advisor with Denver Environmental Health’s Certifiably Green Denver program. She assists businesses in a variety of sectors across Denver that seek to reduce their environmental impact, improve operational efficiency and save money. In addition to assisting typical businesses like restaurants, retail stores and offices, Emily works to develop green standards and certifications for local emerging industries including breweries and cannabis cultivation facilities.  Emily joined EcoWomen Colorado in 2013 and became Co-President in 2014.

Katherine Dykes joined NREL in 2011 to support a National Wind Technology Center initiative for systems engineering methods applied to wind energy. Katherine’s PhD work in systems engineering involves understanding innovation and diffusion of wind energy technology. She has worked as a wind program analyst, a data analyst, a system dynamics consultant, a data quality analyst, and as a controls engineer. Katherine is co-chair for Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), CO Chapter.

Dawn Putney is the founding president and lead strategist at Toolbox Creative, a brand design firm for innovative technology companies. With 30+ years as a brand designer, Dawn thrives on helping technologists, innovators and engineers tell the story of how their big ideas can change the world. Dawn is also the co-founder of Art Lab Fort Collins, an experimental, non-profit creating community spaces for the arts. In addition to serving on the C3E steering committee, Dawn is proud to serve as a board member of Pretty Brainy, a non-profit that engages girls in STEAM learning, and the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

Leanne Wheeler (moderator) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Good to Great Engineering and Technical Services; and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Wheeler Advisory Group.  In both roles, she brokers collaborative initiatives with the Department of Defense, Defense Contractors, Nonprofit Organizations and Local Government, in order to solve real-world problems through win-win solution sets. She is a Steering Team member and Project Lead for the Women Veterans in Energy Project of C3E.

Register here!

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Mixed Messages:
Navigating Climate Change Coverage in the Modern Media Landscape

part of the Truth in Media series

Tuesday, June 21
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

There’s evidence suggesting that climate change doesn’t receive adequate coverage in the media. According to a recent study, in 2015 major news networks collectively spent even less time covering climate change than they had the previous year. And yet 2015 was the hottest year on record for our planet, with greenhouse gas emissions reaching record levels.
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While many major media outlets are not collectively giving climate change news coverage commensurate with its global impact, there has been, nonetheless, commendable groundbreaking investigative reporting from a number of media outlets – PBS (News Hour), Al Jazeera America and the Guardian, to name a few.

To add another wrinkle, it’s less clear how well local news stations across the country have covered climate change, however a recent Pew study suggests that a significant portion of Americans get the bulk of their news from local networks.

Coverage of climate change highlights the opportunity to provide the skills and resources needed to better navigate the media landscape – and that’s just what our June Truth in Media event aims to do. Join local media and climate experts, and explore how climate change is portrayed in the modern media landscape, while learning to better navigate the message overload in our fast-paced, high-tech, digital-delivery life.

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We’ll learn “Media Literacy 101,” using climate change reporting case studies – including wildfires and other natural disasters with ties to climate change – and exploring their coverage in the media. This workshop will provide you tools, resources, skills and knowledge to be an empowered media consumer. You will learn to vet your sources, cut through the messages laden with bias and become a better informed citizen in our local and global community.

We’ll explore these issues with Deserai Anderson Crow, formerly assistant professor and faculty at the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research and Associate Director for the Center for Environmental Journalism at University of Colorado Boulder, recently joining as faculty at the School of Public Affairs at CU-Denver; and Michael Kodas, journalism instructor at the College of Media, Communication & Information and also Associate Director for the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU-Boulder.  

Register here! 

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AREDAY13th Annual AREDAY Summit
From Paris to the Poles: Implementing Low Carbon Economies

June 20-24
Viceroy Snowmass
Snowmass Village, CO

Register Today!

Save the date for AREDAY! The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is pleased to share that we’ll be represented among the dozens of nationally and globally renowned speakers presenting at this year’s AREDAY Summit. This is the nation’s premier renewable energy summit, and a deep immersion into topics designed to precipitate an historic and necessary transition to an environmentally and economically sound future.

Brought to you by our friends at the American Renewable Energy Institute. Join us this year!

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GRESB: The Next Frontier in Real Estate Portfolios & Investment Funds

Thursday, June 30
5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Alliance Center

GBCIs recently acquired Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark is industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. While LEED is the measure of an assets performance, GRESB is the measure of a real estate company/portfolios performance. GRESB is a response to large investors who continue to call for more robust sustainability analytics, a desire founded in research that continues to tie sustainability to higher returns and performance. Explore the aspects of GRESB reporting and the relevancy to those in property management, development, design, construction, and investment. We will discuss a case study of a large REITs experience completing the survey, their achievement of the prestigious Green Star designation from GRESB, and the impact this activity has had on their assets, company, and investors.

About the Speakers:
Josie Plaut is Associate Director for the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University where she guides companies, municipalities and organizations through developing capacity and action plans for sustainability.

As a Research Associate and Projects Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment, Stephanie Barr leads organizational sustainability projects for real estate investment trusts, school districts, municipalities, and corporations.

Register here!

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Love This PlaceLove This Place:
An Event Series in Partnership with the Denver Office of Sustainability

In collaboration with Denver’s Office of Sustainability, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is kicking off the Love This Place 2016 program track.  This program will be an eight-part series that will connect government agencies, local sustainability leaders and members of the public around Denver’s 2020 Sustainability Goals.  Each event will connect you to organizations that will provide resources and support to translate these long term goals into actions you can take today.

Denver is a special place – a place that finds a home in one’s heart. Native or transplant, from Platt Park to Park Hill, we all love this place. We’re proud to call Denver home, and we show our love for the Mile High City by doing our part to take care of it.

Each program will conclude with an open networking session – think, “Love is a Verb: Connecting for Action” – to build connections and collaboration.

Each event will be immediately followed by Conscious Cocktails, a monthly happy hour that brings yet more opportunities to collaborate and innovate, in a relaxed setting.

Each event will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, the first Thursday of the month.
The schedule is as follows:

May 5:
Energy
 

You – Yes YOU – Can Go Renewable
How to show your love for renewables without breaking the bank
REGISTER

June 2:
Mobility
Denver’s Guide to Biking to Work
Love your commute by incorporating biking
REGISTER

July 7:
Water
Water-Friendly Gardens, Showers, and Dishes – Oh My!
Showing your love through water conservation
REGISTER

August 4:
Mobility
Safe Routes to School

Safe, sustainable transit options your kids will love more than sitting in traffic
REGISTER

September 1:
Food
Eat Denver
What’s not to love about Denver’s local farmers and restaurants?
REGISTER

October 6:
Water
Watershed Health
We all love clean water – how to ensure it stays that way
REGISTER

November 3:
Waste
Gifts that Won’t End Up in the Landfill
How to show holiday love without generating unneeded waste
REGISTER

December 1:
Energy
An Efficient Home is a Cozy Home
You’ll love saving money while using less
REGISTER

 

Beverage service provided by Serendipity Catering at all events.

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September 2016 Sustainability Wins Lunch and Learn: Better Decisions Faster: The Social Science of Integrative Design

Thursday, September 8
12 – 1 pm

The Alliance Center

Teams often aspire to make better decisions, faster. The integrated design process, if implemented well, has the potential to simultaneously elevate the quality of decisions and expedite the decision making process. The primary reason for these failings is that the key ingredients are often missing.  Teams need the right mix of membership, structure and facilitation to realize the potential of integrative process.  We define what membership, structure and facilitation is needed for success. This session has been developed based on a research paper published by the Institute for the Built Environment; “The Social Network of Integrative Design.”

About the speakers:
Jeni Cross is the Director of Research for the Institute for the Built Environment and Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University.  Her areas of expertise include conservation, community development, professional social networks, social norms, and behavior change.

Brian Dunbar is Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) and Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University. Professor Dunbar has taught Interior Design, Construction Management, and Sustainability courses at Colorado State and created the graduate emphasis in sustainable building, professional certification courses in green building, and sustainable design and construction courses offered in Costa Rica and on the island of St. John, USVI.

Lunch provided by Serendipity Catering.

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