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Tri-county Energy Smart regional program administrator hired

Contact: John Gitchell, Energy Smart Regional Program Administrator, 970-328-8766 or 

Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison counties have announced the hiring of John Gitchell as the tri-county Energy Smart regional program administrator. Gitchell began the grant-funded position on Dec. 28.

Gitchell grew up in Colorado and earned an undergraduate degree from CSU and an MBA from Daniels College of Business, University of Denver with an emphasis in environmental policy and management. Since 1993, he has worked for Colorado resorts, businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations to implement environmental policies and management systems.

Energy Smart is being funded through a $4.9 million grant from the DOE’s Better Buildings Program which will provide citizen access to information, financing and energy-efficiency professionals. The goal of the project is to achieve a 20 percent or better energy savings in at least 10 percent of existing residential housing in the tri-county region over a 3-year period. In his new role, Gitchell will partner with Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison counties, the Department of Energy, utility companies and non-profits to ensure the goals of the program are met and clear tracking and verification is in place.

For more information, contact Gitchell at 970-328-8766.