October 18, 2016

Plaza Convention Center

1850 Industrial Circle

Longmont, CO

The Colorado Green Summit 2016 program will focus on the economics of environmental policies and sustainability initiatives, including areas of conflict and consensus between the business community and environmentalists. Topics will include renewable energy, transportation, land-use issues, density and affordable housing. The program will also examine opportunities and threats for the clean-tech sector along the Front Range, funding for clean-tech innovations, significant transportation-infrastructure improvements, and the latest best practices in sustainability.

Our Sponsors

Our Keynote Speakers

Jenn Vervier

I have over 20 years experience co-creating a shared vision and executing in a fast-growing, entrepreneurial, values-driven brewery while serving in a wide variety of leadership roles. Setting out to prove that business can be a force for good, I’ve helped create and lead many of the structures which exemplify New Belgium: employee ownership, integrated strategic planning, open book management, strategic philanthropy, cross-functional project management, and environmental advocacy.

When I started at New Belgium, we had 14 co-workers and sold 7000 barrels of beer in 3 states. Now we’re the country’s 3rd largest craft brewer with over 650 coworkers and 950,000 barrels in sales in 38 states, Canada, and Sweden. Integral to New Belgium’s growth and success, I’ve had the great fortune to have had many careers within one company, satisfying my passion for learning and making a significant impact while using my analytical abilities to get to the heart of issues within the big picture, identify opportunities, support teams, create systems and bring vision to fruition. I’m a collaborator and a connector, creating opportunities to expand New Belgium’s business role model practices both within and outside of the brewery.

Governor Bill Ritter Jr.

Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006.   During his four year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.  Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone should know about America’s Energy Revolution.

Our Panelists

Katie Woslager

As Senior Grant Manager, Katie works directly with early stage and start-up companies, Colorado Research Institution Technology Transfer Offices, and Advanced Industry stakeholders.   She oversees all Early Stage Capital and Retention Grants, Proof of Concept Grants and Infrastructure Grant contracts.    She currently manages the Advanced Industry Strategy and portfolio, which also includes the Advanced Industry Export Grant.  In addition to that, she is serving as the Interim State Trade Expansion Program Director.

Katie joined the Office of Economic Development and International Trade in 2013.  Prior to this, she spent seven years with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums where she oversaw grants and contracts for various nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brook Eddy

A business leader with a social impact lens, Brook is responsible for implementing all business strategies for building a national brand with over 15 sku’s including: new customer acquisition, marketing, product development, operations, facility development and zero-waste manufacturing, finance, social media, sustainable sourcing, charitable contributions, B Corporation, Fair Trade, and NonGMO certifications, public relations, fund development, grassroots organizing, positioning, and corporate growth.

Brook Eddy has a graduate degree in Social Policy and Non-Profit Management from the University of Michigan. She has spent her career working for social change through nonprofits, businesses, and NGOs. She also had a brief stint as a personal chef, writing coach, and non-profit consultant. She is the mother of eleven-year-old twins; practices yoga and chess, is a travel and spicy food enthusiast, a youth soccer coach and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

John Tayer

John is President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, which serves as Boulder’s unified voice for business interests, advances economic vitality, and provides valuable business support services.  He previously was Public Affairs and Communications Director for Roche Colorado Corporation and Policy Development Director for the City of Boulder.  John also was an elected representative for the Boulder area to the Regional Transportation District.

Zac Swank

Zac Swank is a team lead at Boulder County’s Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program. PACE is the one-stop-shop for business sustainability in Boulder County. PACE provides free expert advisor services, financial incentives and a certification program to help businesses measure and gain recognition for their energy, waste, water, and transportation achievements. In the last two years Zac conducted 151 commercial assessments leading to 199 completed upgrades. Previously Zac gained sustainable business experience running operations for eGo CarShare, consulting with Natural Capitalism Solutions for multinational corporations, and developing an ecotourism lodge from the ground up. Zac holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Bachelors in Environmental Policy.

William D. Vaughan

Dr. Vaughan is the Director of Technology Transfer at the Colorado School of Mines. He coordinates partnerships between Mines and business, venture capital and governmental communities to commercialize Mines technology and provide greater visibility for CSM’s world-class research. Will was the Business Development Manager for technology transfer office at Ohio State University where he coordinated OSU’s innovation agenda with the local, state and federal government. He previously served in the Governor’s Office of Science and Technology where he helped develop Ohio’s Third Frontier program which invested $1.6 billion over ten years in Ohio’s science community. Will serves on the boards of the Colorado Bioscience Association, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and CO-Labs and received his BS from Marietta College, MS from Ohio University, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Terri Blackmore

Terri Blackmore has been the Executive Director of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization serving fifteen communities in northern Colorado since January 2013.  She has served as a member of the Regional Air Quality Council in Denver since April 2013. She has more than 37 years of transportation planning experience having previously served the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study as researcher, planner and director.  Ms. Blackmore was an active member of the WTS International Board serving as Treasurer for two years and Director at large for four years.  She also served as chair of the Michigan Transportation Planning Association, and was active with the Michigan Association of Planning.  She has served on numerous committees at the local, regional and state level providing strategic direction for initiatives and projects.   She has a BS in Human Environment Design from Michigan State University.

Melissa Baldridge

Melissa Baldridge is in the business of saving winter. Her company, GreenSpot Global, creates regenerative homes and buildings that produce more energy and water than they use. The intent is to reverse climate change by making the carbon-reduction meter spin.
Ms. Baldridge and partner, Tracye Herrington, started the GreenSpot companies in 2010 – GreenSpot Real Estate, a transactional brokerage for commercial and residential properties, which the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado named a top green dealmaker. And GreenSpot Energy & Sustainability, a sustainability consulting firm nationally recognized for innovation and excellence in green build. Since 2010, Ms. Baldridge has helped hundreds of property owners reduce energy, water, waste and carbon, and GreenSpot has sold $50 million of high-performance real estate.

Shaun Oshman

Cultivator. Educator. Learner.

Shaun has spent his career cultivating teams to do amazing things. He cultivated a team at YMCA Camp Ockanickon to develop and deliver the highest quality experiential education programs. While in NZ, he inspired students to exceed their own expectations in the classroom.

Started in 2009, iSupportU provides networking, server, phone system, email and desktop support for businesses. The company has grown by an average of 75% per year since opening. This has resulted in being a top five fastest growing company in Boulder and Broomfield Counties in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

iSupportU gained B Corp status in 2015.

Shaun also enjoys doing cart wheels around the office without warning. Play is key.

Lucinda Smith

Lucinda Smith has worked in public service, federal then local government, on environmental protection for over twenty-five years.  She currently is Director of the Environmental Services Department at the City of Fort Collins. Environmental Services is part of the City’s Sustainability Services Area that works to inspire and promote economic, social, and environmental wellbeing.   Lucinda has worked for the City of Fort Collins since 1996, including managing the City’s air quality program and leading Fort Collins’ climate action planning through three iterations between 1999 and 2015. In her role, she works to raise awareness and build bridges to support sustainable actions.  She holds a Master’s degree in Air Resource Management from Colorado State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Smith College, MA.

Milton Geiger

Milton is privileged to serve as Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association’s (PVREA) alternative energy administrator.  Working on behalf of PVREA’s member-owners, he advances community-scale renewable energy, including solar, and energy efficiency projects.   Milton previously worked as an applied energy educator and researcher for University of Wyoming Extension and School of Energy Resources.

Milton is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Wyoming.

Bob Flynn

Bob has 10 years of experience in the transportation industry, and is a co-founder of Green Ride CO Inc. Bob and Ray Schofield started Green Ride from the ground up with the goal of creating a transportation organization that serves the public and provides a great place for people to work. Green Ride has an excellent reputation for customer service and quality. Green Ride has been recognized for high environmental standards, for growth and for success as an entrepreneurial innovator.

Prior to Green Ride, Bob worked with Honeywell, with the Iron Ore Company of Canada, and at College of the North Atlantic. Bob has almost 28 years of business leadership experience. Bob holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Bob has been a resident of Fort Collins for over 21 years with wife Deborah and children Max and Kathryn.

Bryce Brady

Bryce Brady has worked in the energy industry with both consulting and utility entities.  He is currently an Energy Efficiency Program Manager for Platte River Power Authority with much of his time spent on the Efficiency Works for Business incentive programs attempting to increase both energy savings and participation in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.  He has extensive experience working with both energy efficiency contractors and utility customers implementing energy efficient upgrades that take advantage of the various incentive programs available.  Bryce has an Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Wyoming along with an MBA from Colorado State University.

David Starnes

David is the Manager of the City’s Redevelopment and Revitalization Division and also serves as Executive Director of the Longmont Urban Renewal Authority. His primary responsibilities include working with the private, non-profit and institutional sectors to facilitate redevelopment to areas in the City that are in need of reinvestment. Notable projects include the structuring of public/private partnerships for the redevelopment of the former Twin Peaks Mall that has been transformed to a state of the art retail and entertainment destination known as Village at the Peaks, and the former Butterball turkey plant in the downtown area that will be redeveloped into South Main Station, a mixed use project to include multi-family residential and commercial space. As a former Vice President for a national economics and real estate development advisory firm, Mr. Starnes has worked with developers and local governments, as well as non-profit organizations and institutional investors, throughout the nation interested in bringing development projects to fruition. David has a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Nate Currey

Nate Currey is the Senior Manager for Public Relations for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) where he oversees the planning and implementation of RTD’s public engagement process, strategic communications and special events.  This includes outreach for five new FasTracks transit corridors opening across the Denver region in 2016.

Nate is proud to be a fourth generation Coloradan having grown up in the Denver region. In his spare time, Nate travels as much as possible and volunteers at the Denver Zoo where he enjoys taking care of the hippo, tapirs and rhinos in the Denver zoo’s new Toyota Elephant Passage & Pachyderm House exhibits.

Nick Perugini

Nick Perugini, Director of Business Development at Bella Energy, leads all team efforts in front end project sourcing, analysis, development, and structured finance, while building Bella’s network of strategic partnership alliances. He contributes a diverse background and passion for Solar & energy efficiency to Bella Energy, along with a lengthy business to business professional career.  Nick is also on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) and is the new president of the board of New Energy Colorado (NECO).  He has lived in Broomfield, CO since 1996 and enjoys hiking, fishing, & biking with his two kids.  When asked, you might hear him say, “I’ve found my calling in solar.”

Timothy Wilder

Timothy Wilder is the Service Development Manager with Transfort, the transit provider for the City of Fort Collins. He has worked on long range and transit planning projects over the past 19 years. He currently oversees service changes, long range planning efforts and marketing program, and guided implementation of the FLEX to Boulder regional route. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, urban planning’s professional institute.

Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey is a Program Director at Eco-Cycle and a leading authority on Zero Waste best practices. She creates national reports, websites, presentations and tools to empower citizens, government staff and elected officials to adopt Zero Waste solutions.

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey is the City of Boulder’s Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Development, responsible for managing the potential municipalization of Boulder’s electric distribution system. With 35 years of experience in the utility industry, she served as a regulator, executive and consultant, principally in public power. Ms. Bailey is a CPA and has an MBA from the University of Texas, a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University.

Jamie Harkins

Jamie Harkins is a Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, where she works on energy and waste reduction programs, policies and planning projects, as well as citywide innovation projects. Her past work includes the commercial EnergySmart program, the Disposable Bag Fee, the Zero Waste Strategic Plan, the Boulder Energy Challenge innovation grant program and work on Boulder’s recently adopted Universal Zero Waste Ordinance. Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Economics & Policy and Sustainable Business from Duke University and is a member of BizWest’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2015.

Tea Yim

Tea L. Yim, President of Energy Solutions Unlimited, owns and operates YN Energy Partners, YN Properties, and YN Capital. Tea has worked in the energy market since 2011 with a focus on Commercial Strategic Energy Management.

Tea (pronounced Tae) is an Energy Manager and member of the Association of Energy Engineers. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Information Technology Management with a specialization in Executive Management from Regis University.

As an entrepreneur, Tea has been involved with commercial scale integration of renewable energy sourcing with real time monitoring and dynamic demand response systems. After an 18 year career in Information Technology, Tea left his position as a Regulatory Delivery Leader for IBM, and leveraged his background in commercial real estate management to open new markets in technology driven energy management.

Tea lives in Broomfield with his wife and three children and enjoys international travel with an emphasis on studying how our global neighbors utilize alternative energy.

Zane Selvans

Zane Selvans was trained as a planetary geophysicist, earning his PhD from CU Boulder in 2009. Today he works as an independent climate and energy policy consultant. He serves on Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), and has been involved in the transportation, housing affordability and land-use debate within Boulder as a member of TAB, the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee, the Better Boulder Steering Committee, the Boulder Housing Coalition, and the Boulder Community Housing Association.

Peter Lilienthal

Dr. Peter Lilienthal is the CEO of HOMER Energy. Since 1993, he has been the developer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HOMER® hybrid power optimization software, which has been used by over 160,000 energy practitioners in 193 countries. NREL has licensed HOMER Energy to be the sole world-wide commercialization licensee to distribute and enhance the HOMER model.

Dr. Lilienthal was the Senior Economist with International Programs at NREL from 1990 – 2007. He was the lead analyst and one of the creators of NREL’s Village Power Programs. He has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He has been active in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1978. This has included designing and teaching courses at the university level, project development of independent power projects, and consulting to industry and regulators. His expertise is in the economic and financial analysis of renewable and micro-grid projects.

Kathleen McCormick

Kathleen McCormick, Principal of Fountainhead Communications, LLC in Boulder, is a writer and editor focused on design, the environment, and sustainable communities. A recent article about “gentle infill” in hot-market cities such as Boulder appeared in Land Lines, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: https://law.wustl.edu/landuselaw/Articles/Gentle%20Infill.pdf.  She also writes regularly for the Urban Land Institute about transit-oriented development, healthy communities, and resilience to climate change. As a journalist in Washington, D.C., Kathleen was an editor for US News and World Report, USA Today, and Preservation, and has free-lanced as a reporter for The New York Times, Governing, Planning, and other publications. She is on the Arts Commission in Boulder and a member of Better Boulder, as well as the ULI-Boulder Steering Committee.

Madison Watson

Madison Watson is a project manager at Planet Bluegrass. She grew up in Lyons, Colorado and then moved to Denver for higher education.

After receiving a BSBA and MBA from the University of Denver, she ended up back in Lyons at Planet Bluegrass. In addition to navigating the B Corp certification, she spearheaded an initiative to replace single-use dishes with reusable eat ware at Planet Bluegrass festivals.

Carly Rixham

Carly joined ASES as executive director in June, 2014. She is a renewable energy professional with a diverse background in solar, biofuels, education and wastewater management. She received her master of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol. While studying in Boulder, Rixham served as director of arts and sciences at CU Energy, where she was instrumental in recruiting student involvement for events such as the Energy Frontiers conference. She has also taught biology and ecology at the university and high school levels. She also was a microbiologist at BioVantage Resources, culturing algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater.

Our Agenda

8 a.m.


Jenn Vervier, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Co.

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.


How does Colorado’s clean-tech sector stack up against Silicon Valley, Boston and others areas? What infrastructure exists at the state and local levels to promote the clean-tech sector? What return are investors requiring before they’re wiling to sign a check? What can companies do to speed up the adoption rate of new technologies?

  • Katie Woslager, OEDIT
  • Will Vaughan, Colorado School of Mines
  • Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D., CEO, HOMER Energy


From FasTracks to bus rapid transit, from Bustang to Flex, new regional systems are providing additional options for commuters to travel between the Boulder Valley, Northern Colorado and Denver. How have these systems alleviated congestion on the region’s roads, and are they paying for themselves? What additional transit options will be required in the coming decades to accommodate growth?

  • Bob Flynn, Green Ride
  • Terri Blackmore, North Front Range MPO
  • Timothy Wilder, Transfort
  • Nate Currey, RTD

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Entrepreneurs who have achieved B Corp status for their business share their stories, including what that status has meant for their businesses, employees and customers, and what lessons they’ve learned.

  • Shaun Oshman, iSupportU
  • Brook Eddy, Bhakti Chai
  • Melissa Baldridge, GreenSpot Global
  • Madison Watson, Planet Bluegrass


Congress has extended federal renewable-energy tax credits, but what happens when those programs expire or are reduced? How can the wind and solar markets adapt and grow with reduced or no subsidies, especially when they must compete with cheap oil and natural gas?

  • Nick Perugini, Bella Energy
  • Carly Rixham, American Solar Energy Society
  • Milton Geiger, Poudre Valley REA
  • Tea Yim, Energy Solutions Unlimited

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Powering Forward: What everyone should know about America’s energy revolution

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will discuss the latest trends in the New Energy Economy, including what’s happening at the global, national, state and local levels. As the world transitions to clean energy, what barriers exist to shifting away from fossil fuels, and what catalysts will spur the revolution forward?

1:15 to 2:30 p.m.


Boulder voters defeated two controversial land-use proposals in November, but the battle isn’t over yet. How can Boulder move beyond such debates, and what role do other communities in Boulder and Broomfield counties play in providing space for companies, and workers, even as Boulder remains the region’s innovation hub.

  • John Tayer, Boulder Chamber
  • David Starnes, City of Longmont
  • Zane Selvans, City of Boulder
  • Kathleen McCormick, Fountainhead Communications, LLC


Cities in Colorado and beyond are attacking climate change and waste reduction head-on, proposing ambitious programs to achieve net-zero status. What are some of the innovative practices in place along the Front Range and beyond?

  • Zac Swank, PACE
  • Kate Bailey, Eco-Cycle
  • Bryce Brady, Efficiency Works
  • Lucinda Smith, City of Fort Collins
  • Jamie Harkins, City of Boulder
  • Heather Bailey, City of Boulder

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