The nation's environmental movement should not count on the support of the federal government to embrace its goals. This is perhaps more true in 2017 than in past years. Nonetheless, environmentalists, sustainability advocates and others who believe in the importance of protecting the natural environment and the climate must continue to move forward. Join sustainability leaders David Orr, Governor Bill Ritter and Maggie Fox in a roundtable discussion moderated by Bill Becker on how to maintain and accelerate progress toward creating a more sustainable world, starting at the local level.
This event is offered in partnership with the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development and the Metro Denver chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.
David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College. He is the executive director of the Oberlin Project, a collaborative effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of Oberlin. Orr is the author of seven books, coeditor of three others and has authored nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past 25 years, he has served as a board member or advisor to eight foundations and on the boards of many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Currently he is a trustee of the Bioneers, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Worldwatch Institute. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and a Visionary Leadership Award from Second Nature. Orr is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Maggie L. Fox is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization leading a campaign to help citizens around the world discover the truth about the climate crisis and bring about global change. Along with former Vice President Gore, Maggie has trained hundreds of climate educators from around the world, in Beijing, China, Jakarta, Indonesia, San Francisco, Istanbul, Turkey, and most recently Chicago. She is the past National President of America Votes, and the former Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club. With over 30 years experience working for progressive change, she is a veteran of numerous political, environmental and national issue campaigns.
Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate Americas transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorados 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the states biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. Ritter is a member of the board of the directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.
Bill Becker is Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP), an initiative of Natural Capitalism Solutions to enable the President of the United States take decisive action on global warming and energy security. PCAP has submitted more than 200 policy and program recommendations to the Obama Administration, many of which were adopted during the Presidents first year in office. Prior to that he was the Central Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he spent 15 years administering programs to accelerate the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. He is a national expert on sustainable community development and on public policy related to clean energy and global climate change.