News Release: NREL Picks 33 Community Leaders for Leadership Program
May 21, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 33 Colorado community leaders to participate in its 2009 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), the state's premier leadership program focused on educating business and government leaders about clean energy solutions that can boost the local economy.
The six-month leadership program gives executives from Colorado-based businesses, government entities, universities, and economic development and non-profit organizations an in-depth look at solar and wind power, biofuels and transportation, and energy efficient building technologies. Briefings by technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to field applications are part of the monthly classroom experience.
“The NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program offers an important opportunity for community leaders to embrace clean energy technologies,” Director Dan Arvizu said. “Moving these technologies to the marketplace at speed and scale requires well-thought out systems and grassroots implementation. Given the increasing interest in our leadership program, I'm confident NREL is on the right path in helping statewide leaders gain access to our important work accelerating clean energy technologies. Energy Execs alumni are emerging as shining stars on the statewide energy scene.”
At the conclusion of the program, participants present a viable project on a renewable energy or energy efficiency application.
This is the third year for the Energy Execs program. In 2008, 19 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 The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
Editors please note: A complete list of Energy Execs members follows.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - 2009 Energy Execs Participants
Deputy City Manager, City of Commerce City
Mayor, City of Boulder
Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Longmont
City Council Member, City of Commerce City
Economic Development Manager, City of Greeley
Visitors Program/National Bioenergy Center, NREL
Light & Power Manager, City of Fort Collins
City Administrator, City of Burlington
County Commissioner/Chair, Baca County
Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council
Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Long Range Planning Division Director, Mesa County
City Council Member/Mayor Pro Tem, City of Aurora
President, Jefferson Economic Council
Business Development Officer, Office of Economic Development - City of Westminster
Executive Director, Western TechSet
Vice President, Westfield Company
Director of Facilities Services, Larimer County
Director of Operations, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
Vice President, Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation
Economic Development Director, Southeast Colorado Business, Retention, Expansion & Attraction (SEBREA)
Environmental Manager, Keystone & Breckenridge Resorts (Vail Resorts)
City Council Member, City of Boulder
City Council Member, City of Lafayette
Senate Staff, Colorado Senator Mark Udall
Town Manager, Town of Superior
Managing Partner, Ricca Newmark Design
Director of Public Works, Pueblo County
Vice President, Project Management, Prologis
Program Manager, Denver Office of Economic Development
Administrative Services Director, City of Montrose
Vice President, Biofuels Project Manager, Bye Energy, Inc.