Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Programs at CU Boulder

The University of Colorado is a prominent part of the Boulder community but many locals remain unfamiliar with the university’s energy and sustainability programs and initiatives. From LEED-certified buildings to alternative transportation and renewable energy projects, the campus is taking a number of environmentally-friendly steps to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.

Join BCRES in welcoming Ellen Edwards, Energy Manager at the University of Colorado, for her presentation overviewing Energy Conservation efforts and Renewable Energy programs at CU Boulder. Ellen will discuss CU’s current Energy Management Plan, including building optimization, Continuous Commissioning efforts, and GHG reduction. She will also talk through on-site renewable energy development, current and future projects, and the development of a Strategic Energy Management Plan–a visioning process in conjunction with the university’s Sustainability Initiatives and Resiliency.

Speaker Bio:

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Architectural Engineering, Ellen Edwards accepted a consulting engineering position which exposed her to energy management by performing plug load studies for a real estate management firm. She then accepted a position within Facilities Management at a local University in the Kansas City area as a Utilities Analyst

From there, experience gained from developing energy conservation projects for clients such as K-12 school districts, city and county governments, and higher education, led to a position with Sprint Real Estate as Energy Program Manager. Today Ellen is an Energy Manager in Facilities Management at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she currently resides.

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

During the Announcements portion of the evening, we certainly encourage you to share info on upcoming events and/or job postings related to your organization or other organizations. If you have something you want to share with the group, and if you want that info posted on our Announcement slides, please send the info via email to

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.