Addressing Climate Change at a Local Level

It’s been long known that the best way to make a lasting impact is through your local community. Come and listen to another BCRES panel discussion with local City Council members, county experts, and active citizens from Boulder County on our status and plans to address climate change. Specifically, our panelists will discuss the biggest challenges, processes, future plans, and measurements for success in their local communities.

Marcia Martin is a computer scientist and the first (and only) woman ever to be named a Research Fellow at Storage Technology Corporation. She holds over 20 patents, most recently in the fields of “Smart Grid” communication, specifically, microgrid management, fault-tolerant and tamper-evident grid design, cyber-security and load balancing – technologies that enable the distributed generation and storage mechanisms needed to move away from fossil fuels as power sources. Martin is now a member of the Longmont, Colorado City Council. Longmont recently adopted a resolution to achieve 100% fossil-fuel- free generation of electricity by the year 2030.

Brad Smith is a sustainability specialist for Boulder County helping to build, run, and communicate Boulder County sustainability services for the public. He works in a number of areas including home sustainability, business sustainability, and environmental education. Brad feels blessed to call Boulder home and be working for his favorite community on issues he considers to be most important.

Tom Doyle has led the design and implementation of the Project Management Office at Rocky Mountain Institute, which has provided structure and focus on the delivery of clean energy solutions to the market. Tom has also spent six years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working toward more effective and efficient processes in support of the delivery of scientific discoveries in renewable energy. Tom chairs the Erie Sustainability Committee in his town of Erie Colorado and is guiding the development of a Sustainability Master Action Plan to ensure that the communities need for a sustainable future is secured.

Jamie Harkins is a member of the Lafayette City Council and is the Council’s liaison to Lafayette’s Energy and Sustainability Advisory Committee. She is currently employed as a Sustainability Coordinator for the city of Boulder where she is managing pilot projects, policy development and planning efforts around climate change. In addition, she has been a Lafayette Urban Renewal Commissioner, a Board Member at New Era Colorado, and Boulder County Cultural Council member. Ms. Harkins has received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and master’s degree in Environmental Economics & Policy from Duke University.

Sam Weaver is President, CEO and a co-founder of Cool Energy, Inc., a power conversion equipment company located in Boulder. Cool Energy is committed to sustainable practices and is a certified benefit corporation (B-corp). He is a member of Boulder City Council and until late 2013 served on the City of Boulder Planning Board, the City of Boulder-Xcel Working Group and the Board of Clean Energy Action. Sam is actively involved in the Colorado technology and business communities, having previously co-founded one other Colorado-based company, Colorado Photonics.

This meeting is free for CRES members. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Learn more about CRES, and the benefits of membership at

Parking is available in Lot 556
The West Entrance Circle Lot (550) is pay-by-hour at all times

6:30 Arrive, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the Presentation
8:15 Questions, Networking, Wrap-up and Clean-up

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is dedicated to the advancement of all forms of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and their synergy with sustainability and economic development.