Board of Directors

Brian Highland, Board  President

Brian was spurred to devote more of his energy to combat climate change after the IPCC’s sobering Special Report came out in October of 2018. He has always been committed to environmental sustainability, but has come to realize that personal accountability is not enough; we need to advance policy to make significant changes to our impact on the environment. He also feels that it’s important to approach the challenge through a lens of equity so that marginalized communities are included and not left behind.

Besides policy, Brian is also excited about the rapid advancements in technology that can get us to a carbon-free future. He is a software engineer with experience primarily in remote sensing, but has a degree in electrical engineering. He hopes to get back to his roots and contribute on that front, too. In the meantime, he takes his electric bike to work and dreams about microgrids.

Leslie Glustrom, Board MemberLeslie Green Shirt w Valmont

Leslie Glustrom’s involvement in climate change and clean energy
issues is driven by the fact that there is only one planet we know of that sustains the miracle known as life. It is now clear that our emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are transforming the climate that has supported life on Earth. Our earth’s drastically changing climate will have profound implications on future generations and on the species with whom we share the planet.

Leslie is trained as a biochemist and has spent over 30 years working at the interface of science and society in a variety of roles including science writing, teaching, policy analysis. In addition, she has a long history of activist work on a variety of environmental issues.

In 2004, Leslie resigned from her job managing a biochemistry research lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder to work full time on climate change. She is a founding member of Clean Energy Action, served as the Director of Research and Policy for several years and is now serving on the Board of Clean Energy Action, She has spoken throughout the country on the environmental and economic imperative of accelerating the transition to a world without fossil fuels and has won many awards for her work. She is currently still very active in clean energy issues at the local, state and national level.

Leslie has written and spoken extensively on the faulty reporting of US coal “reserves” and she was a co-author of the 2011 Harvard study on the True Cost Accounting of Coal. You can access several of the highly-referenced reports she has authored or co-authored on US coal supplies here on our website.

Alison Burchell, Board Member

Alison Burchell

Alison Burchell is is a professional geologist with a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Planning and graduate degrees in Volcanology and Isotope-Geochemistry. Following a Fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of Interior and US Geological Survey, she established a private consulting practice on issues including: crustal processes, reef and wetland preservation, land-reclamation, siting analysis for renewable energy projects and stakeholder facilitation.  She also holds advanced certificates in Multispectral and Radar Remote Sensing Analysis, Database Design, GIS, Scuba and EPA hazardous materials detection and sampling.

Her current research is focused on understanding and quantifying the mechanisms and kinetics of natural biologic, geologic, chemical and physical processes by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in terrestrial sinks. This work has led her towards an integrative, bio-geo-mimicry approach to researching and understanding complex terrestrial problems.  This systems-integrated research and her involvement with a variety of stakeholder groups has influenced a Collaborative Impact approach towards helping communities, businesses and boards achieve their sustainability goals. Since moving to Boulder, she has served on several state and local working-groups and non-profit boards tasked with promoting public education, developing public policy or modeling and mitigating a range of environmental problems.  She is a member of the City of Boulder – Energy Future Task Force and  co-founder of Clean Energy Action, Renewables Yes and Empower Our Future – a broad coalition of citizens, businesses, elected and former officials and organizations working to promote the Boulder Clean Energy Future project and moving to assist other communities asses their own clean energy options.

Dr. Carolyn Williams-Orlando, Board Member

Hi! I’m Dr. Carolyn Williams-Orlando (Dr. Willow for short) and a psychologist and licensed counselor. What I know for sure is that our mental, physical, and spiritual health are intricately connected with one another and to the world around us. When we take care of the earth we are taking care of ourselves.

A simple example of our connection with the world around us, which you may recall from biology class, is that we human beings inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, while trees and other plants, inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Our respective cycling affords one another life on this planet. We may thank the trees for giving us life!

Further, we are deeply effected by our environment. For example, we can feel depressed if we’re not getting enough sunlight and we can feel calm and peaceful when we are getting out into nature. The importance of getting out into the natural world, what in Japanese medicine is called “forest bathing,” and what our current scientific literature refers to as “green space,” or “ecotherapy” is well documented to improve ADHD, anxiety, trauma and depression. It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you this, for you already exquisitely know this as a human being who evolved in the natural world.

The earth, oceans, rivers, and springs are sacred places embraced as Goddesses and the Divine Feminine by indigenous peoples. We are all indigenous peoples from somewhere on the planet at our roots.

When we care for the health of the planet we care for the health of ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and fellow sentient beings and citizens; two-legged and four-legged, winged and finned. When you support Clean Energy Action and clean and green renewable energy, you are doing precisely this; gifting all with the opportunity for health, joy and exuberant life, and creating a win-win for our peaceful co-existence as human beings in partnership with earth. Thank you so much for your consciousness and compassion.

Devon Reynolds, Board Member

Devon is a graduate student in the CU Boulder environmental studies program. She focuses on environmental justice and fossil fuel divestment, putting her research skills to work for climate activism. She’s committed to societal transformation to create justice, equity, and sustainability. Climate change already affects people of color, low-income communities, and women, especially in the global south. Devon considers it her responsibility to do everything in her power to reduce these harms.

Duncan Gilchrist, Board Member

Duncan is a 25 year old resident of Boulder, CO, an MPA student at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs and a published environmental policy researcher.  Duncan’s research focus includes energy justice disparities, policy conflict surrounding energy infrastructure development and urban climate adaptation policy.  In his free time Duncan likes to run trails in the foothills, play acoustic guitar at open mics, and propagate spider plants throughout all corners of his house.  Passionate about healthy masculinity and men’s emotion health, Duncan also participates in a weekly men’s emotional support group that helps guys practice emotional awareness.

Marguerite Behringer, Board Member

Marguerite Behringer is a passionate research scientist, community leader, and problem-solver. Trained in ecology and evolutionary biology/environmental studies, Marguerite became passionate about transforming capitalism for societal benefit during her fellowship with Hunter Lovins. She currently works as an energy consultant, generating custom analyses of innovative electricity market designs, business models, and technology for a variety of public and private clients. She is especially interested in promoting local economies, distributed energy, efficient/affordable housing, environmental justice, and multidisciplinary sustainability planning.

At home, Marguerite pursues a sustainable lifestyle in a housing cooperative she helped create in 2017. She is incredibly proud to be part of CEA and continue its legacy of impact.

Nate Sloat, Board Member

Nate came to Colorado in 2013 to study economics and history at CSU. After working at CDOT he joined the green economy selling residential solar systems, helping customers to reduce their carbon emissions and save money. He also works with, a local nonprofit aiming to model different renewable energy scenarios, and advocate for energy policies. When he isn’t looking at spreadsheets, he enjoys backpacking and cross-country skiing.

Karen Conduff, Board Member (On  Sabbatical)CEA Bio Pic (1)

With 7 years of experience working in the solar energy industry, a passion for oil painting and deep care for our planet, Karen Conduff brings many different skills to CEA. Karen was a founding member of PV Pioneers, a group pushing the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association to utilize clean energy. As a NABCEP certified solar professional, Karen has studied at Solar Energy International and assisted solar companies in a variety of roles.

A desire to work for positive change led her to assist CEA in orchestrating Boulder’s inaugural Community Energy Fair in the spring of 2015 and to join CEA’s board later that year.

Anne Butterfield, Board Member (On Sabbatical)

Inspired by leaders she has met while serving with Clean Energy Action, Anne Butterfield has devoted more time to 501c3 leadership, and is now serving on the board of Wild Earth Guardians and is a member of Rachel’s Network. 

For seven years she served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Boulder Daily Camera writing a monthly column for the Camera and Huffington Post, usually on local, state and national energy issues.   With two English degrees, her foray into energy and environmental writing was compelled by her view that non-technical people ought to discuss energy issues with their weighty implications.

Her husband Sandy is a technical leader the wind power field, having been a researcher with National Renewable Energy Labs, and developing international technology standards for all renewables.   Their son is also a renewable energy developer.

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