Category Archives: 2014

Rainforest Action Network’s Changing the Course

Climate Leadership Training

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-6 pm & Sunday, Oct. 26, 1-6 pm
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
901 W. 14th Ave, #7, Denver, 80204

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The Rainforest Action Network will be holding a two-day climate leadership summit as part of a major new project called Change the Course. Climate networks from around the region will be coming to Denver for a two-day gathering that includes collective visioning, strategic planning, and training for trainers. Hope you can join us!

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Change the Course offers an innovative training, and it’s a bit different from anything RAN has done before. We believe these summits have the potential to be transformative experiences for developing local power and strategy. Starting with these summits, we’re going to kick off a national conversation about what our society will look like when we put it on a footing for climate stability, and what strategies and alliances we’ll need to achieve that vision. We’ve built a fantastic curriculum that invites people to dig deep and identify what is necessary to stabilize the climate, and then connect that vision to day-to-day work.

This two-day training requires five hours each day. The summit includes a group process where we envision a stable-climate 2050 future, then go through a process of defining and honing our individual visions, building out from there to a shared regional vision. We will go into detail about the elements of a realistic society in 2050 that we could live in and how it would need to be different. We then work backwards from that vision to detail the social movement that could make that world possible, identifying major milestones, strategies, opposition reactions, and key alliances we would need to achieve our vision. We’ll go into concrete strategic and tactical development models that have been used by social movements all over the world and have been adapted for this training. Participants end the day having developed a shared group vision for everyone at the training, and with some really deep thinking about strategies and tactics. It also provides you with the needed training for trainers so you can use this visioning model at upcoming events to get more people involved in the conversation.

A Discussion on Xcel’s 2015 Rate Increase Request

Please Join the Members of Empower Our Future for a discussion between:

Alice K. Jackson, Xcel, Regional Vice President for Rates and Regulatory Affairs
Leslie Glustrom, Clean Energy Action Founder & ​Long-Time PUC Citizen Intervenor​

Tuesday, October 28th
Refreshments @ 6:30, Discussion @ 7 pm, Followed by Q&A
Meadows Branch Library
4800 W. Baseline Road

Should be an interesting discussion. We hope to see you there.

Legal Battle for Municipalization

An Evening With Tom Carr, Boulder City Attorney

Wednesday, October 15th, 7:00 pm
George Reynolds Branch Library
3595 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, 80305

Boulder City Attorney, Tom Carr
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Please join the Members of Empower Our Future for a conversation about the legal process for municipalization. This should be an informative night. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there.

Tom Carr is the City Attorney and primary legal advisor to the City Council and City Manager. He manages the City Attorney’s Office staff and outside counsel arrangements and is responsible for prosecuting violations of city ordinances.

Tom provides the city with a broad range of legal services including litigation, contract and ordinance drafting, transactional work and administrative hearings. Presently his focus is on environmental, social, and regional growth issues.

Second Annual Feast of Fermentation

Support Boulder Food Rescue
Sustainable, Just-in-Time Food Rescue

Saturday, October 11th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Riverside
1742 Broadway Ave, Boulder, 80302

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How does food waste relate to energy? Actually, food related energy use accounts for over 15% of the U.S.’s energy consumption.  Unfortunately, between 30 and 50% of the food that we produce globally is wasted.

Luckily, Boulder Food Rescue has rescued over 650,000 pound of food and donated it to agencies that feed hungry, homeless and low income populations in Boulder. And they do it all by bike.


Support Boulder Food Rescue while enjoying a wonderful night full of fermented food and beverages. Register Here.

Let It Shine

An Evening with John Perlin
Author, Lecturer, Consultant
Solar Energy & Forest Preservation

Together with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Boulder County Chapter we welcome John Perlin presenting his latest work:  Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy.

Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO
1820 15th St, Boulder, CO 80302

“With remarkable depth, breadth, and precision, John Perlin lays out humankind’s long reliance on the sun before the carbon era and points the way to a healthy, comfortable, productive, resilient solar-powered world. There is more intelligence and common sense in this volume than in all the federal reports on energy of the last quarter-century combined.”

— Denis Hayes, former director of the federal Solar Energy Research Institute and founder of the Earth Day Network.

Let It Shine shows how today’s renewable revolution builds on the tenacious efforts of countless generations of innovators whose vision we may finally be privileged enough to bring to full flower.”

— from the foreword by Amory B. Lovins, cofounder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Previous books:

From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. Ann Arbor, MI: aatec publications, 1999 (cloth); Harvard University Press, November, 2002 (paper) [Translated into Italian and serialized in Photovoltaic Magazine]

A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1989 (cloth); Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991, 5th Printing, 2001 (paper). New Norton Edition, Countryman Press Imprint, fall, 2005. [Translated into Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish]

A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Energy. (With Ken Butti.) New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980. [Translated into Japanese and Spanish]