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
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.
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.
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
Chief Sustainability Officer | CU Boulder
Founder | Americas Latino EcoFestival and Americas for Conservation + the Arts
Chief Financial Officer | Snooze, an AM Eatery
Executive Director | Conservation Colorado
Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D.
Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives | Denver Botanic Gardens
Sustainable Programs Manager | Colorado Convention Center & Red Rocks
Director & Founder, Be Zero
Sustainability Director | Aspen Skiing Company
Executive Director | Denver Food Rescue
Sustainability Coordinator | Odell Brewing