The GWSSS is a signature CEA event. We invite experts from across the community, state, and country to Boulder to share their knowledge and experiences with our community. All presentations are free and open to the public. Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our guests or if you would like to suggest a topic or a speaker.
- January: “Effective Climate Advocacy in an Overly Politicized World”, Alice Madden, Wirth Chair, Sustainable Development, University of Colorado at Denver.
- February: “Modeling Options for a Boulder Municipal Utility”, Sam Weaver, CEO, President, and Co-Founder, Cool Energy, Inc.
- March: “High Performance Buildings”, Brian Fuentes, Founder, Fuentes Design and Lance Wright, President, Green Energy Man, Inc.
- April: “Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Upgrades”, Jeremy Epstein, Energy Efficiency and Finance Specialist, Boulder County.
- May: “A Colorado Carbon Fee”, Zane Selvans, Assistant Research Director, Clean Energy Action.
- July: “Fossil Fuels, Forests, and Fires: What Can we Do About Climate Change?“ Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!; Nnimmo Bassey, Board Member, Global Greengrants Fund; Nonette Royo, Board Member, Global Greengrants Fund; Leslie Glustrom, Research Director and Co-Founder, Clean Energy Action.
- August: “Oikos, Gaia, and Earth System Science, Our Planet’s Blueprints for Human Energy Systems” Martin Ogle, Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC.
- September: “Rooftop Solar and the Utility Pushback” Annie Lappé, Solar Policy Director, Vote Solar.
- October: “Room for Debate: The Future of Boulder’s Energy Future”, Matthew Appelbaum, Mayor of Boulder and Bob Greenlee, Former Mayor of Boulder
- November: “Youth Climate ActionAssembly”, Jessie Fischer, Education and Leadership Program Associate, Alliance for Climate Education
- November and December: “Peak Coal Road Show”
- December: “Drinks, Music, and the Utility Death Spiral: A Global Warming Solutions Speakeasy” Zane Selvans, Research Director, Clean Energy Action
- January: “Xcel – What the Future Holds”, Leslie Glustrom, Research Director and Founding Member of Clean Energy Action.
- February: “The Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap: A Strategic Plan to Make Colorado the National Leader in Solar Thermal Development,“ Laurent Meillon, Co-Founder, Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado.
- March: “An Evening with an ‘Environmental Pitbull‘,” Randy Hayes, Rain Forest Action Network Founder.
- April: “Clean Energy Slam II,” Co-Sponsored by Clean Energy Action and RenewablesYES.org.
- July: “Transportation & Climate: ATP Power,” Zane Selvans, Krista Nordback, Mike Wilson, Ron Horstman, Carl Lawrence.
- August: “Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Trash Cans: The Waste/Climate Connection” Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle Executive Director.
- September: Two Events – “Communicating Climate Change” and “Presentation of ‘The Republican Brain'” Chris Mooney, Science/Political Journalist and Author.
- October: “Germany’s Energy Transition” Jonathan Koehn, Regional Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder.
- November: “Progress on Boulder’s Electric Municipal Utility Project” Heather Bailey, Executive Director of Energy and Utility, City of Boulder.
- December: “Human Dimensions of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Boulder” Barbara C. Farhar, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- January: “Macro Issues to Consider in Municipalizing an Electric Utility,” Kevin Gaden, Director of Wholesale Electric Operations, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska.
- February: “A Community Discussion with the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU),” Colorado Municipalization Experts Moderated by Dan Hodges, Executive Director, CAMU.
- March: “Shining the Light on the Solar Thermal Potential in Colorado,” Solar Thermal Experts Becky English, Sam Weaver, and Willie Mein.
- April: “Local Power, Local Control – Lessons from Around the World,” John Farrell, Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self Reliance.
- June: Two Events – “How Could a Boulder Municipal Utility Run Its Distribution System?” Dennis Eastman, President, ENCO Utility Services, and “Municipalization: Traditional and Creative Legal and Financial Approaches,” Baird Brown and Christopher Berendt, partners at Drinker, Biddle & Reath.
- July: “Boulder’s Power Supply: What are GHG–offsets and RECs? What’s the value of carbon reduction and offset mechanisms? Is there an Optimal Mix for Boulder?“ Wiley Barbour (Vice President, Camco North America), Alden Hathaway (Senior Vice President, Sterling Planet), & Ben Vitale (Executive Director, The Climate Trust).
- August: “An Evening With Boulder’s City Attorney, Tom Carr.”
- November: “Transforming Energy, Educating Leaders” Carl Koval, RASEI Associate Director CU-Programs.
- May: “Can Boulder learn from Marin? Making Renewable Energy a Community Choice” Charles McGlashan, Chairman Marin Energy Authority.
- July: “Forming a Municipal Utility: The City of Winter Park, Florida Experience,” Randy Knight, City Manager, Winter Park, FL.
- September: “The Winds of Change:Feed-in-Tariffs Driving Alternative Energy Development,” Paul Gipe, Feed-In-Tariff and Wind Energy Expert.
- November: “Accelerated Green Power Development for Municipalities,” Paul Fenn, Utility Reform Expert of San Francisco-based Local Power, Inc.
- December: “Bringing Solar Power to Africa and the Navajo Nation,” Doug Vilsack, Executive Director, Elephant Energy.