News Release: NREL Picks 19 Community Leaders for Leadership Program
April 16, 2008
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 19 Colorado community leaders to participate in its 2008 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), the state’s only leadership program focused on educating business and government leaders about clean energy solutions that can boost the local economy.
The 6-month long leadership program gives Colorado community leaders an in-depth look at renewable utility applications, biofuels and transportation, energy efficient building applications and future energy markets. Briefings by technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to field applications are part of the monthly classroom experience.
“It’s important for federal laboratories, industry and communities to work closely together on moving clean energy technologies from innovation to commercialization,” said NREL Director Dan Arvizu. “Together, we can work toward a more viable energy future that supports a healthy local economy.”
At the conclusion of the program, participants are asked to present a viable project on a renewable energy or energy efficiency application that could be implemented by their organization.
This is the second year for the Energy Execs program. In 2007, 12 representatives of industry, local government and non-profit organizations completed the class.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - 2008 Energy Execs Participants
Assistant Manager, Town of Pagosa Springs
Town Manager, Town of Carbondale
Project Manager, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Director, Denver Finance Lab
Member Services Manager, Mountain View Electric Association
Greening Government Program Manager, Governor’s Energy Office
Director, Colorado Division of Emergency Management
Director of Environmental Affairs, Vail Resorts, Inc.
President, Astro Logistics, Inc.
City Council, Commerce City
Planner, Town of Frisco
Assist. Director for External and Interdepartmental Affairs, Colorado Dept. of Higher Education
Greenprint Denver Program Manager, Denver Mayor’s Office
Division Energy Coordinator, Colorado State Parks
Larimer County Business and Enterprise, Larimer County Workforce Center
Neighborhood Services Manager, City of Grand Junction
Business Development Representative, Denver Office of Economic Development
Facilities Manager, City of Grand Junction
Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development Corp.