Bruce Hendee, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Fort Collins, will participate in a community panel discussion Friday, May 3 about renewable energy development in Colorado.
The free event, which is hosted by the Colorado State University student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, will be noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Clark Building, Room A104 on the CSU campus. Metered parking is available near the building.
Other panelists in the “Building Greener Communities” discussion include U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is vice chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition; former Gov. Bill Ritter, who is director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at CSU; and Carol Dollard, facilities engineer at CSU.
As Chief Sustainability Officer and Assistant to the City Manager, Hendee oversees the City’s Sustainability Services Area, which includes Economic Health, Environmental Services and Social Sustainability. The City of Fort Collins is among the first, if not the first municipality, to structure all three components under one area. Before joining the City, Hendee was past president and Chief Executive Officer at BHA Design Inc.
“Our thought was to have a representative from the national, state, city and university level and bring them all together and hear their points of view on how to maximize development, encourage innovation, streamline construction, and create more green jobs in our state,” said David Nocella, president of the student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
During the past decade, CSU, Fort Collins, and the state of Colorado have been leaders in innovative techniques to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, reduce energy consumption, and promote renewable energy sources. This discussion will focus on what has worked and why, and plans for the community going forward.
For more information on the panel, go to http://sustainability.colostate.edu/usgbc-building-greener-communities-panel
. For more information about the City’s Sustainability Services Area, visit http://www.fcgov.com/sustainability/