We’re excited to have Evelyn and Sean Carpenter join us to discuss how renewable energy and energy efficiency are driving job growth in Colorado and the nation. Sean will also give an overview of C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing and other tools that are helping promote a clean-energy economy. They’ll also highlight the need to redouble efforts around clean energy efforts at the state and local level, given the uncertainty around policies and direction at the national level under the new administration.
Evelyn Carpenter, President of SOLAS Energy Consulting, is a leader in project management and risk mitigation in the American renewable energy community. Her twenty-plus years of experience in the energy industry includes overseeing or consulting over 3 GW of alternative and renewable energy projects, as well as conventional energy projects prior to starting at Solas.
Evelyn was formerly the senior vice president of construction for First Wind Energy and project director of AES Wind Generation (formerly SeaWest WindPower). Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering. In addition, she holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA.
Sean Carpenter, the new Climate Economy Advisor at City of Fort Collins, grew up emptying coins from parking meters and cleaning the bathrooms at his dad’s real estate and farmer’s market businesses in Michigan, which began an enduring passion for entrepreneurship. A life-changing experience as a summer exchange student in Mexico during college put Sean on an international path, which was followed with a stint in the Peace Corps. Since that time, Sean has been living working around the world, including in Seoul, Guadalajara, Geneva and Malawi, among other locations. Sean got involved with microfinance and lending for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in California after receiving his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2000. On the finance side, he’s spent the past 16 years setting up dedicated banks for women entrepreneurs (India), lending cooperatives for farmers (Nicaragua), and women’s savings and lending programs around the world (Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Botswana, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Guatemala). In September, he began working for the City of Fort Collins in the newly created role as Climate Economy Advisor for the City organization.
The presentation will be held at Odell Brewing Company’s tap room at 800 E. Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins. Doors open at 7 pm with presentation commencing at 7:30 and running through 8:30 pm.
There is a $5.00 entry fee for non-members but the event is Free for CRES Members (includes one complimentary beverage).