Meet Our Green Panelists

We’re assembling a panel of Colorado’s foremost sustainable business leaders to discuss how they’re changing the game for the environment. Panelists will answer sustainability questions from our moderator (Michael Davies, owner of Davies Media Design), as well as questions directly from the audience during our Q&A Session. Read about previous or upcoming panelists from our Green Forums below!

Fall Denver Green Forum Panelists

Jerry Tinianow

Jerry Tinianow

Chief Sustainability Officer, City and County of Denver

Jerry directs the work of the Office of Sustainability in helping City agencies plan, finance and implement the initiatives that will allow the City to achieve its 2020 Sustainability Goals. He works with agencies throughout the city government as well as with numerous outside stakeholders to take full advantage of the creativity and commitment of all partners in the City’s sustainability work. Jerry also serves as the principal spokesperson for the Office of Sustainability and does numerous presentations each year about Denver’s sustainability efforts for groups both inside and outside of Denver.

Jerry has been working on issues of sustainability as a volunteer and professional since he was a teenager in the 70’s. He went to college and law school at George Washington University, and worked on Capitol Hill while there. He’s been a commercial trial attorney, national officer of both the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, and one of the Sierra Club’s “Environmental Heroes.” Jerry, his wife Sharon and their grown sons Sam and Jeremy love the outdoors and spend free time cycling, hiking and birding.

Heidi VanGenderen

Heidi VanGenderen

Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Colorado Boulder

As the Chief Sustainability Officer, Ms. VanGenderen is in charge of “driving a campus-wide vision for sustainability in support of the university’s aspiration of becoming a national model of excellence in the arena. One of her first orders of business will be to develop a sustainability council that will lead creation of CU Boulder’s strategic sustainability vision and develop policies that help fuel sustainability across the campus.”

Prior to recently winning this newly created position at CU, Heidi VanGenderen was the Director of External Affairs in the Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. She also served as the Director of Public Engagement while at the Department of Energy.

Ms. VanGenderen has worked on energy and climate issues in the non-profit, public, academic, and private sectors as an organizer, writer, researcher, and public speaker for the majority of her professional career. She served as Director of National and Regional Outreach for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where she was part of the policy team. Prior to ACORE, she served as a Senior Energy Advisor for the Worldwatch Institute.

 

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A Colorado native, Ms. VanGenderen previously served as Colorado’s first gubernatorial climate advisor, where she oversaw the creation of the state’s first Climate Action Plan. Ms. VanGenderen helped establish Colorado’s citizen-initiated renewable energy standard. As a Senior Associate, Ms. VanGenderen worked closely with the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs for eight years where she focused predominantly on energy and climate change.

She also served as Deputy Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a private initiative focused on developing policy recommendations on climate and energy security. A graduate of Carleton College (currently the 7th best liberal arts college in the nation), Ms. VanGenderen is also a 2009 alumna of the Chevening Fellowship program, focusing on finance and investment in a low-carbon economy. Heidi was also a panelist for the Boulder Green Forum held on August 3rd at NiCHE Workspaces.

Panelists from Previous Events

Heidi VanGenderen

Heidi VanGenderen

Chief Sustainability Officer | CU Boulder

Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar

Founder | Americas Latino EcoFestival and Americas for Conservation + the Arts

Bill Long

Bill Long

Chief Financial Officer | Snooze, an AM Eatery

Pete Maysmith

Pete Maysmith

Executive Director | Conservation Colorado

Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D.

Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D.

Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives | Denver Botanic Gardens

 

 

Lindsay Arell

Lindsay Arell

Sustainable Programs Manager | Colorado Convention Center & Red Rocks

Andrea Sanders

Andrea Sanders

Director & Founder, Be Zero

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton

Sustainability Director | Aspen Skiing Company

Turner Wyatt

Turner Wyatt

Executive Director | Denver Food Rescue

 

 

Corey Odell

Corey Odell

Sustainability Coordinator | Odell Brewing

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