The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (the “Alliance”) held its Heroes of Sustainability event this evening at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, CO. The event was a Who’s Who of sustainability in Colorado including a number of former Ritter administration cabinet members including Jim Martin, current Administrator for EPA’s Region 8 Office and former executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources; and Alice Madden, Wirth Chair for the CU School of Public Affairs and former Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Ritter. Former Governor Ritter himself was there to highlight the Alliance and introduce the Hero of Sustainability, Vice Admiral McGinn, President of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
This sentiment is echoed in an article by Mark Jaffe in the Denver Post (http://blogs.denverpost.com/thebalancesheet/2012/09/11/renewable-energy-red-states-blue-states-swing-states-green-states/6424/), titled, Red, Blue and Swing States are Green When it Comes to Renewable Energy. According to Jaffe's article:
"Showing clean tech job growth in some of the blood-reddest of states and aggressive renewable energy policies by Republican governors, even Tea Party darlings like New Jersey’s Chris Christie, the analysis by Nancy Pfund and Michael Lazar contends 'clean tech and green jobs are only contentious inside Washington.'
'It is almost universally appreciated as the important engine for job development and economic growth that it is,' says the study Red, White & Green."