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Commissioners to host climate change conversation in El Jebel

Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney,
Commissioner Jill Ryan, 
Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, 

Feb. 22, 2016 – The Eagle County Commissioners are inviting the public to participate in a community conversation on climate change on Thursday, March 3 at the El Jebel Community Center. The format for the evening includes dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a group discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free; however, RSVPs to by Feb. 28 are requested.
Panelists are as follows:

  • Auden Schendler is vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company where he focuses on large scale solutions to climate change, primarily clean energy and activism. Schendler was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine, wrote the book “Getting Green Done,” and serves on the board of Protect Our Winters. He will discuss climate science and responses by businesses and communities.
  • David Ellenberger serves as the Rocky Mountain Regional Outreach Campaigns Manager for the National Wildlife Federation in Denver, where he’s been engaging Coloradans in climate action since 2011. He also works with former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project as a mentor in their Leadership Corps and recently travelled to the climate talks in Paris to volunteer as an ambassador for their training programs
  • Mona Newton is executive director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) in the Roaring Fork Valley where energy efficiency and renewable energy are a primary focus. Newton will talk about CORE’s work with Roaring Fork communities to support carbon reduction goals.
  • Adam Palmer is environmental policy planner for Eagle County Government where he works to improve environmental quality and human health through land and transportation planning. Palmer will give an overview of a current study to measure GHG emissions and energy costs within our community.

Climate change is the second topic in the community conversations series, which are intended to engage residents, business owners and partners in discussions with elected officials, expert panelists and each other on issues critical to the region. Two previous events focused on affordable housing each brought approximately 70 people together to share ideas and insights.  Every conversation in the series is taking place in two locations, one in Eagle Valley and one in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The schedule to-date is as follows:

Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: Climate Change
El Jebel Community Center
0020 Eagle County Drive , El Jebel
RSVP by Feb. 28

Thursday, March 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: Climate Change
Eagle County Paramedic Services Building
1055 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards
RSVP by March 13

Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: Early Childhood Development
Eagle County Paramedic Services Building
1055 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards
RSVP by March 27

A second community conversation on early childhood development will take place in early April in El Jebel. For additional information or to RSVP, email or call 970-328-8605.