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[ New Poll Shows Protecting Colorado’s Waterways is Good Policy and Good Politics ]

For immediate release

Contact: Jeanne Bassett, Environment Colorado, (303) 573-3871, jbassett@environmentcolorado.org
Gary Wockner, Clean Water Action, (303) 405-6755, gwockner@cleanwater.org
Jay Campbell, Hart Research Associates, (202) 234-5570

Denver, CO — Coloradans overwhelmingly support an Obama administration proposal to restore protections for Colorado’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands, according to a recent poll commissioned by leading environmentalists and sportsmen organizations.

Nearly seven in ten (67%) Colorado respondents support the President’s proposal to restore clean water safeguards, with strong support across political affiliations.

The poll was released as the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on the House Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act ( H.R. 5325) next week. The bill includes a provision to block the President from restoring critical clean water protections. However, the poll’s findings indicate that blocking those protections could be a political dead end for many in Congress. Two-thirds of Coloradans (66%) say they would feel more favorable toward their Representative if he or she supported the restoration of clean water protections, including more than 60% of Independents in the state.

“Coloradans’ message is clear: we want our water to be clean and safe and we support restoring Clean Water Act protections to achieve this,” said Jay Campbell, Vice President for Hart Research Associates , the firm that conducted the poll. “Their support is extraordinary in both its depth and its breadth. Given the contentiousness we see on nearly every issue, when you have an idea that large majorities of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats all agree on you know you have something that is both good policy and good politics.”

The poll was conducted in urban, suburban, and rural areas in Colorado. Major findings of the poll include:

   1. There is extensive support in Colorado for restoring clean water protections. Not only is this support more intense than the opposition, but also it is shared broadly across party lines.
   2. Supporting clean water protections can be a winning political issue for both Colorado’s Congressional delegation and the President.
   3. Messages in favor of the proposal to restore clean water protections are much stronger than arguments in opposition to the proposal.

(The full summary of the poll’s findings can be found here .)

“From kayaking on the Colorado River to spending time along the South Platte, this poll is further proof that protecting our waterways is enormously popular and important in Colorado,” said Bessie Schwarz, Field Organizer for Environment Colorado. “Unfortunately many of the waterways we love and cherish still are inadequately protected. It’s time for President Obama to stand up for Colorado’s waterways and finalize these critical protections.”

“The streams and wetlands at issue here are vital parts of Colorado’s water infrastructure because they filter pollution, prevent floods and affect the drinking water of over three million Coloradans. Clarifying protection for these vulnerable water bodies is an important step forward,” said Gary Wockner, Colorado Program Director, Clean Water Action.

The findings of this poll echo the immense public support these protections have consistently enjoyed across the state, from thousands of concerned citizens, and dozens of family farmers, local elected officials, recreational businesses, and many more.

The poll was commissioned by American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Clean Water Network, Earthjustice, Environment Colorado, the Izaak Walton League of America, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance.


Environment Colorado is a statewide environmental organization focused on clean air, clean water and open space.

Environment Colorado


[ A Cold War Over Resources in Central Asia ]

Earlier this year, a U.S. intelligence report predicted that as water shortages become more acute, “water in shared basins will increasingly be used as leverage” over the next 10 years and beyond.  This prediction is already being borne out in places such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (map), where long-standing distrust between the two nations has been heightened by new disputes over natural gas and water supplies.

Tajikistan gets nearly 95 percent of its natural gas from Uzbekistan. It also controls upstream access to Uzbekistan’s water supply, a lot of which goes to irrigate the latter’s cotton fields. Citing new contractual commitments of natural gas supplies to China, Uzbekistan interrupted gas deliveries to Tajikistan for half of April 2012, which nearly paralyzed the Tajik economy.

While disruption of Uzbek gas supplies to Tajikistan has been a recurring story, Uzbekistan has a new gripe with its neighbor: Tajikistan’s Roghun hydroelectric dam project on the Vaksh River. One of the nation’s most ambitious projects since 1976, the Roghun will replace Tajikistan’s Nurek hydroelectric station as the world’s tallest dam and meet more than enough of its electricity demand, with a capacity to generate 3.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Uzbekistan has been against Roghun, fearing the dam will disrupt its supply of irrigation water for its cotton fields. Given that Roghun poses no real benefit to Uzbekistan, the Uzbek authorities are concerned that Tajikistan may use it as leverage in future disputes.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has been pushing for more investment to complete the Roghun dam in recent years, and Uzbekistan’s pressure on its neighbor has steadily risen in response. Tashkent increased tariffs on its neighbor for railway transit, suspended railway movement linking the two countries in November 2011, and reportedly began dismantling the railway connection in March of this year, basically cutting Tajikistan off from the rest of the world. Over 130 wagons with essential goods destined for Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan continue to stand idle along the Amuzang-Galaba stretch. Reportedly, Uzbekistan refused Tajikistan’s request to allow fuel transports from Turkmenistan via its territory on the grounds that Turkmen and Uzbek pipeline systems functioned separately. Worsening the relations further, borders of both countries remain strewn with land mines since Tajikistan’s civil war in the 1990s, and visa requirements complicate cross-border travel.

Disputes over water in Central Asia are nothing new. But they appear to be getting worse as demand for water grows in the region and upstream countries, such as Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, fail to come to agreements with downstream Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Water use is deeply politicized, and upstream countries are inclined to exploit it as leverage to obtain certain economic concessions. Many Tajiks consider Roghun important for their country’s energy supply security, particularly after Uzbekistan’s repeated interruptions of gas deliveries. Whereas Tajikistan validates the Roghun project by pointing to its growing demand for electricity, Uzbekistan’s concerns about this venture go beyond a potential shortage of irrigation water.

The dam’s location in a seismically active area is not a minor factor. Situated at an elevation of 335 meters, Roghun could face damage from an earthquake or structural fault that would cause flooding of nearby towns and even settlements in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The World Bank, which essentially has been serving as a mediator of the Tajik-Uzbek dispute over Roghun, recommended in 2011 that the country should postpone its construction because of substantial amounts of sediment brought on by the Vakhsh River. Some Tajik observers have pointed out that a layer of salt under the future dam makes it susceptible to landslides if the salt melts.  Security at the facility is another concern, given that Tajikistan faces ongoing problems with extremist elements and porous borders with neighboring Afghanistan. According to Muhiddin Kabiri, chairman of Tajikistan’s Islamic Renaissance Party, his country is not prepared to counter terrorist attacks.

The World Bank will release an independent environmental assessment of the Roghun dam by the end of 2012. But Uzbekistan will stay opposed to the dam regardless of the assessment’s outcome. Given the longtime influence of Uzbekistan on Tajikistan’s internal affairs, including its help in ushering the current government in the capital Dushanbe to power after the Tajik civil war in 1997, the Uzbek leadership might bring an end to Rahmon’s rule through more economic and political pressure, which could provoke domestic discontent over worsening living standards. With presidential elections looming in 2013, the best that the Rahmon’s government could do to prevent that scenario would be to delay the construction of Roghun.


[ 18 U.S. Teachers Gain Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators ]

WASHINGTON – The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the E.P.A. (EPA), has announced the winners of the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Eighteen teachers from around the country are being acknowledged for their exceptional work as leaders in the field of environmental education in formal school settings. Award recipients and their local education agencies will gain monetary awards and commemorative plaques to help sup…


[ SunShot Shoots for the Moon with 1st Grand Challenge Event ]

By Ramamoorthy Ramesh, director SunShot Initiative & Solar Energy Technologies Plan

About 2 years ago, my good friend Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E, coined the term “SunShot” in one of our meetings. We decided then that all of the solar Plan efforts going forward would focus on the common goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive by the end of the decade. Such a goal was incredibly ambitious, so it was fitting that the initiative’s name would be inspired by Presi…


[ Energy Department Awards $11 Million for Clean Energy Small Businesses ]

The Energy Department announced on May 23 a total of $11 million in innovative research and technology grants of up to $150,000 to nearly 67 small businesses in 22 states. The grants were under the department’s Small Business Innovation Research program, part of the Obama Administration’s broader support for job-creating small businesses and startup companies nationwide. These businesses are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, …


[ Energy Efficiency: Gaining Traction or Spinning Its Wheels? ]

Congress, businesses, and consumers show an appetite for the proverbial low-hanging fruit.

Remember the Brouhaha Over the Light Bulb Efficiency Standard?

On December 19, 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act [pdf] became law with bipartisan Congressional support and a stroke of President George W. Bush’s pen. The bill attempts to reduce energy consumption and enhance national security in the United States through a number of provisions including increasing fuel-economy standards, improving building codes, and increasing biofuel production.

(Related Quiz: What You Don’t Know About Energy-Efficient Lighting)

The law also mandates greater efficiency in household light bulbs, a measure already adopted by most other developed economies, including countries in the European Union [pdf], Australia and China (whose phase-out of inefficient lights is set to begin in October 2012).

But all that was back before bipartisanship became a dirty word. When 2011 rolled around and the clock on implementing the first phase of the light bulb standard began to tick down, outrage over the prospect of Americans losing the “freedom” to purchase their light bulbs of choice began sounding throughout the land (see here and here), on talk shows (~6:02), in presidential stump speeches, and in Congress.

(Related: Light Bulb Savings Calculator)

Last July Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) “Better Use of Light Bulbs” (BULB) bill to block the new standards won a simple majority in a 233-193 vote in the House, but failed to get the necessary two-thirds support to go forward. Days later, the House passed by a voice vote an amendment introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess’s (R-TX) to an appropriations bill that would defund implementation of the new light bulb standards. A similar amendment effectively delaying implementation of the standards until October 2012 was passed by Congress in December. Barring Congressional action in the next four months that would repeal parts of the Bush-era Energy Independence and Security Act, more efficient “100-watt” light bulbs will be the rule instead of exception in the United States come October.* (See here and here.) And as per the 2007 law, greater efficiency from other light bulb classes will follow (see chart below).

Phase-Out Schedule of Inefficient General Service Incandescent Light Bulbs

Current Wattage Rated Lumen Ranges Maximum Rate Wattage Minimum Rate Lifetime Effective Date
100 1490-2600 72 1,000 hours 1/1/2012
75 1050-1489 53 1,000 hours 1/1/2013
60 750-1049 43 1,000 hours 1/1/2014
40 310-749 29 1,000 hours 1/1/2014

(Sources: Energy Independence and Security Act and Sylvania)

Tea Party Out of Step

The battle over light bulb standards may end up being just a skirmish in an all-out war against energy efficiency standards. Tea Party activists and like-minded conservatives see a sinister agenda in efforts to make America more energy efficient. (See here and here.) According to a New York Times article, moves toward energy efficiency have been seen as a plot to advance the United Nations’ Agenda 21 resolution, deemed by activists tied to the Tea Party to be a UN-led conspiracy to subject Americans to a “one world order.”

The results of a survey released last Monday by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions and Harrison Group suggest that the Tea Party may be whistling the wrong tune on this one. The two-part survey included “one-on-one interviews with senior executives across all industries, as well as over 600 online interviews with business decision makers” and “2,200 demographically balanced online interviews of consumers.”

The findings? Both business leaders and consumers were bullish on energy efficiency. Why? Because it saves money. Perhaps most fascinating was the silver lining the responding consumers saw in the recession: “61% believe that ‘going through the recession has ultimately been good because it makes us more efficient and reminds us what is important.’”

Most of the companies surveyed said [pdf] they planned on maintaining the energy savings they achieved during the downturn and many said they planned on finding additional savings. Why is energy efficiency becoming more of a business favorite? Economics, not the environment. The survey found that “85% of businesses view reducing electricity costs as essential to staying competitive from a financial perspective.”

Is Congress Ready for More?

All this may explain why Congress is tiptoeing toward possible passage of two new bipartisan energy-efficient bills: the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) [pdf] sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreement Act of 2011 (S. 398) introduced by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which would basically be an update of the Federal Appliance Standards program that President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1987. The two bills would set energy codes for buildings and standards for manufacturing as well as provide for worker training. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that together the two bills would ultimately:

  • add up to 100,000 new jobs by 2020,
  • save consumers about $5 billion per year, and
  • cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions about 130 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2030, or about 2 percent relative to today.

Sounds like a good deal. Even the U.S. Chamber of Congress thinks so ($ub r’qd).

State Prognosis on Energy Efficiency

With thriftiness looking like it will stick for most consumers and businesses, and Congress threatening to get into the bipartisan energy-efficiency act, one has to wonder how the states are doing on their own.

Easy question to answer thanks to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s new state energy-efficiency scorecard. Like most scorecards, there are those on the top and those at the bottom. And there aren’t any great surprises there.

The top ten: Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Maryland.

At the bottom: South Dakota, Alabama, Missouri, West Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

ACEEE map of state scorecard on energy efficiency
A state-by-state ranking of who’s on top and who’s at the bottom when it comes to energy efficiency. (Source: “Opportunity Knocks: Examining Low-Ranking States in the State
Energy Efficiency Scorecard
,” American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy/Michael Sciortino, Rachel Young, and Steven Nadel, May 2012. Used courtesy of ACEEE.)

So what’s keeping the bottom 10 from getting into the act? According to survey results also published in the ACEEE report, the most common barriers are:

  1. A belief that energy efficiency is prohibitively expensive;
  2. A misalignment of utility business model, where utilities see energy efficiency as in opposition to their profits instead of a pathway to avoid costly investments in new power plants; and
  3. Ideological aversion to mandates.

Of course some of the states at the bottom of the list are big producers of fossil fuels and might just see energy efficiency as something that would put a damper on their profits by lowering the demand for and therefore the price of those fossil fuels. Interestingly, according to the Deloitte survey, most corporations and consumers, who have to pay the high prices, don’t see it that way. Unless Congress gets its act together and passes a nationwide bill, we could end up at a stalemate — a nation divided over energy efficiency. Instead of red and blue states, we could have fossil fuel-brown and energy-efficient green states. Which type of state would you choose?


End Note

* Lights currently referred to as “100 watts” will need to use a maximum of 72 watts under the new standards. Lumens, which refer to the amount of light produced, will appear on light-bulb packages along with the new wattage. Putting it all together, today’s “100 watt” bulbs that produce about 1600 lumens will need to use 72 watts or less once the new standards go into effect.


[ Capitol Hill People’s Fair kicks-off Green Up Denver Initiative! ]

The People’s Fair steps up Greening Efforts this festival season;

Program supported by Whole Foods Market


Denver, Colo. – May 23, 2012 –The Capitol Hill People’s Fair is among four founding Denver events participating in a long-term environmental sustainability effort to “Green Up Denver” with support from Whole Foods Market.  Also participating are: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver Pridefest and the Denver County Fair.  Each of the four festivals was tasked with determining set goals in terms of waste diversion and green practices and a corresponding budget.  The People’s Fair has set a goal to divert 40% of the waste from the festival from the landfill.  “We are hopeful that the thoughtful planning into every aspect of greening our event will pay off,” said Roger Armstrong, Executive Director.


The People’s Fair green efforts first started in 2008, each year since expanding little by little both in on-site visibility and pre-fair planning and education.  As a result, what began as a small part of the fair as an effort to be environmentally conscious has now permeated into every aspect of the People’s Fair.  “We are grateful for the support of Whole Foods Market in making our goals a bit more achievable,” added Armstrong.


This June 2 and 3 the People’s Fair will be the first ‘Green Up Denver’ event to unveil their sustainability efforts made possible by Whole Foods Markets.

The 2012 Green Up People’s Fair effort will include:

  • Front of house recycling and composting. The People’s Fair will have 200 recycling bins located throughout the fair, as well as 50 compost bins concentrated in and around food courts and picnic areas of the fair.
  • The Green Squad volunteers will be easily identified on-site with super stylish retro ‘Green Up Denver’ sunglasses and green t-shirts made of green plastic soda pop bottles thanks to Earthspun Apparel!  These dedicated volunteers will help educate fairgoers on the importance of composting and recycling and help them identify whether or not their waste can be composted or recycled.
  • All printed material has been printed on recycled paper using vegetable dye ink.
  • Universal signage will tie together the Green Up Denver events, with ‘Official Green Vendor’ signs, distinguishable roll-off signage, compost and recycle bin signage all created by Whole Foods Markets to be shared between events. All signage will be in both English and Spanish.
  • Styrofoam has been completely banned from use at the Peoples Fair since 2011, due to the fact that it never decomposes.
  • Extra promotion and signage will be awarded to ‘Green food Vendors’ that commit to set green practices such as sourcing their produce from local farmers, using compostable food vessels, not using individual condiment packages etc.
  • New bags and purses will be created out of the reclaimed dated banners that can’t be used again.
  • The 2012 People’s Fair Mural Project will feature a ‘Green Up!’ theme in which 7 youth organization teams will all paint their interpretation of ‘Green Up!’ and encourage fairgoers to think more ‘GREEN’. The murals will be featured at Access Gallery from June 8-June 22.
  • The corks from the wine pavilion will all be reused to create corkboards, coasters, and hot plates.
  • A GREEN Zone at the People’s Fair will feature non-profit organizations with a focus on sustainability and the environment.  Fairgoers are encouraged to check out the green zone and learn how they can make environmentally conscious changes in their everyday lives.
  • The GREEN Zone will feature a blender bike experiment provided by Whole Foods Markets where fairgoers can literally see reusable energy at work!
  • All six stages at the People’s Fair will feature stage announcements encouraging fairgoers and music lovers alike to do their part to help the People’s Fair divert 40% away from a landfill. The Peoples Fair hopes to give updates on diversion progress from the stages throughout the weekend.  Check out the Green Up Denver Performance and Cultural Stage!
  • The People’s Fair is exploring a pilot reusable mug program.  This year the limited Green Up mug will be available for sale at one souvenir booth, with the hopes to expand the mug program in future years and encourage fairgoers to always reuse where they can.
  • The People’s Fair is grateful to have the Denver Energy Challenge as a sponsor.  They will be on-site at the Peoples Fair in two locations talking to people about how they can significantly lower their energy usage and save money by doing so!

The People’s Fair Greening Program is part of a larger, citywide program, “Green Up Denver,” to provide standardized Green Team volunteer and vendor training, triple-stream waste management infrastructure and tools, third-party audited compostable and recyclable event supply order guides, triple-stream waste management service referrals, public environmental education and tiered Green Event standards and certification by the City and County of Denver for businesses, vendors, events and festivals in Denver

The 41st Annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair is presented by MillerCoors and FOX 31 News.  Associate Sponsors included Pepsi, The Denver Post, Xfinity from Comcast, Cricket Communications, Entercom Denver stations 99.5 The Mountain, KOSI 101, Studio 1430 AM and Alice 105.9.  The City and County of Denver is a Supporting Sponsor of the People’s Fair.

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The Denver Energy Challenge is a free residential and commercial energy program provided by the City and County of Denver. This program helps residents and businesses within the City and County cut energy waste, save money and increase indoor comfort and air quality by providing energy advising, rebates and financing for improvements. Over 3800 residents and 840 businesses are currently participating!  Curious how you can you can save energy in your home or business? Want to know what rebates are available? Live energy experts are now available by calling 720-865-5520. Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday, 8a – 6p, Languages: English, Spanish


[ Memorial Day and outdoor escapes – why we love LWCF ]


Memorial Day weekend is here!  Summer vacation starts now, and for many Americans (and certainly people reading this) that means getting outdoors and into nature. So it’s a good thing that Americans have so many places to get outside – more than 600 million acres of public land, and more 110 million acres protected as Wilderness. Many of those protected acres are because of a program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

We’re highlighting a few of the places that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected.  Places like the Appalachian Trail, where the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped connect the full length of the trail.

In Mt. Rainier National Park, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars are expanding the park.  This expansion will improve access for people, and improve habitat for spotted owls and Chinook salmon.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is responsible for some of the great places to get outside across the country.  Don’t take our word for it – check out what it’s done for your state

All this weekend on Twitter we’ll be talking about why we love the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Join the discussion with the #WhyWeLoveLWCF hashtag, and get outside and enjoy some of the places that are protected because of the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

And if you’ve already been out to a place protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, take a minute and sign our petition.  We want to make sure that Congress protects the Land and Water Conservation Fund, so that it can keep protecting wild places!



[ Diving into Español, rivers and outreach: The 411 on our first Public Lands Fellow ]


Fabiola Lao is the first Public Lands Fellow at The Wilderness Society.  Since June 2011 she has been based in the Los Angeles office working on the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign.

As her year comes to an end, and before she heads to the Sierra Club to continue working on San Gabriel Mountains Forever, Fabiola dished about her fellowship.

Q: You were born in Perú, but raised in Los Angeles. And you have both Chinese and Peruvian heritage. Did that help your work on the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign?

A: Los Angeles is a very multicultural city, and the campaign is reaching out to all potential users of the mountains – and that includes many Asian and Latino communities. I use my Spanish language skills very often, particularly when reaching out to the Latino community. I don’t speak Chinese, but so many of the visitors we see in the mountains are Asian. It’s pretty common to hear Korean or Chinese on the trails.

Q: Did The Wilderness Society jump on your translator skills?

A: Almost immediately!  I have translated web pages and press releases into Spanish, and suggested we use ‘Sociedad para la Naturaleza Silvestre’ as the translation for The Wilderness Society’s name.  And I have also been an interpreter at our San Gabriel Mountains leadership academy classes when some students spoke mostly Spanish.

Q: Speaking of Spanish skills, you did one of the first Spanish-only radio interviews for us?

A: Yes, it was for a public radio talk show in San Francisco back in the fall, and I talked about the congressional bill known as the “Great Outdoors Giveaway” bill.

With Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in Washington at Great Outdoors America week

Q:  To date, what are you most proud of during your fellowship?

A:  Probably two things.  The first one was going to Washington D.C. and being able to tell several Congress members how important it is to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area.  The second is organizing a community art show near La Crescenta, the town where I grew up, which is next to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Q: We also hear you really got your feet wet on a TWS river outing?

A: It’s true. I’m still learning how to paddle in white water, but I had a blast even if I flipped into the river during that Utah rafting trip…twice!

Prior to The Wilderness Society, Fabiola worked at environmental health and environmental justice non-profit organizations including Program Coordinator at the Breast Cancer Fund and Policy Analyst at the Latino Issues Forum. She has dual Bachelor in Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (Public Health concentration) and Spanish Language and Literature from UC Berkeley. She also has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Caption Photo 2: Fabiola Lao with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in Washington, DC


[ LOHAS Impact Investing Collaboratory produced by HUB Boulder ]

Tuesday June 12, 2012
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Rembrandt Yard
1301 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302

For the second year, the LOHAS Forum co-hosts the Impact Investing Collaboratory. This event takes the idea of a venture fair, and turns it inside out, flattening the hierarchy, and creating a mutual learning session for all participants. Will some ventures meet some investors? You bet. But more importantly, we all get to understand the field, the practice and the paradox of impact investing much better, as we all learn from one another.

What is it?

A day-long conference that provides a unique venue to learn about impact investing from the people who are actually raising and making investments, in the LOHAS field, in Colorado, and around the country.

Who should attend?

  • Experienced impact investors who want to share their experiences, learn best practices and find syndication partners.
  • Prospective investors who want to learn about the basics of how to make impact investments, including diligence and deal structure.
  • Impact entrepreneurs who want to better understand the impact capital fundraising process.
  • Experts and professionals with a curiosity to understand this quickly emerging market.

What will happen?

Participants will meet, learn, inquire, share, connect and expand their understanding. The format is highly interactive and intimate, because everyone teaches and learns. You won’t find a more informative, useful and honest exchange of ideas and experiences at another event. The spirit of the Boulder community shines through this event, where partners and competitors alike put aside their own narrow business concerns to authentically

For more information about speakers and sessions and to register go to:

It's great to rsvp at meetup.com, but in order to attend you must register and pay at the LOHAS site.

Jed Emerson Talk with HUB Boulder

Tuesday June 19, 2012

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Rally Software Auditorium
3333 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301

Jed Emerson returns to Boulder but this time as a featured guest of HUB Boulder. Join us for a talk with one of the most interesting, knowledgeable and outspoken veterans of impact investing and social enterprise.
Jed Emerson has more accolades, honorary posts, teaching fellowships and speaking gigs than just all but a tiny handful in this emerging sector. He’s the creator of the notion of Blended Value (which resolves many rational concerns about the metrics and management side of “triple bottom line,” co-author of a book titled, simply, Impact Investing (which provides a rational case for the practice), and currently works on projects spanning three continents.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Reserved your spot now at http://jedemersonathubboulder.eventbrite.com/

RSVP'ing at meetup.com is great, but don't forget to get your ticket through eventbrite.

The event is free to HUB members (email emily [at] hubboulder [dot] com if you don't have the access code) and $10 for general admission.