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Oikos, Gaia, and Earth System Science: Our Planet’s Blueprints for Human Energy Systems

Martin Ogle, Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC


Simple and sophisticated lessons and insights for the future of human energy systems bubble up scientifically and metaphorically from our planet. Join Clean Energy Action for a presentation by biologist and educator, Martin Ogle, sure to make you think and renew your energy for renewable energy! Martin will illuminate the parallels between geophysiology and human metabolism, explore ways that human development can mimic symbiotic evolution and tease out a new brand of entrepreneurship from ancient and modern understandings of the human mind.

Background Info

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He spent a 27 year career as Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority during which time he oversaw the installation of solar energy and energy efficiency measures and initiated energy education programs in the early 1990s.

Martin is an advocate of Earth Science (especially through Gaia Theory – the scientific idea of Earth as a living system) for advancing sustainability. He gave lectures and courses at schools, universities, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S.D.A. Graduate School, libraries, and many other organizations in 7 states, 3 countries and Puerto Rico.

Martin served on a variety of boards and task forces in Arlington, Virginia related to energy, sustainability and environment. In 2012, he was presented the Arlington Green Patriot Award for his outstanding work in sustainability by George Mason University, the Arlington Department of Environmental Services, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

After retiring from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority last year, Martin moved to Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Lisa, and his twins, Cyrus and Linnea and started his own business, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC.

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Gaia, Oikos and Earth System Sci, August 2013

GWSSS: A Carbon Price for Colorado


Clean Energy Action is pushing to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy into full swing. Please join us in hearing Dr. Zane Selvans, CEA’s Assistant Research Director, discuss the ins and outs of implementing a fee on carbon in Colorado. What would a carbon fee look like? If we were able to tackle a carbon fee as a state, what would the benefits be? Is it possible for the revenue to be used to offset greenhouse gasses? Zane will be answering all of these questions and more.

You can watch an edited version of the presentation on YouTube:

You can also download a PDF of the slides.

Speaker Background

Zane Selvans grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounded by orchards and vineyards.  He received his BS in Engineering & Applied Science from Caltech in 1998, with a focus on computer science and machine learning.  After working in Silicon Valley for several years, he returned to Caltech to work doing mapping and data analysis for NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor mission.  In the fall of 2002 Zane came to Boulder to pursue a PhD in planetary geophysics at the University of Colorado, where he studied the tidally induced tectonics of icy moons in the outer solar system, (especially Europa and Enceladus).

Since finishing his PhD in 2009, Zane has refocused on climate change and related issues of long-term sustainability.  These include low-carbon urban design and transportation (especially bicycles), which he pursues by serving on the advocacy committee of Boulder’s non-profit Community Cycles, as well as the city’s Transportation Advisory Board and Greenways Advisory Committee.  In the fall of 2012, he joined Clean Energy Action as the Assistant Research Director. His focus at CEA so far has been on energy finance and regulatory issues, especially the ways in which risk is often not effectively priced in the resource planning process, and is instead offloaded onto ratepayers.

Zane lives in the Masala Co-op, one of several Boulder cooperatives owned by the Boulder Housing Coalition.  He enjoys self-supported bike and sea kayak touring in places that allow him to practice his broken Spanish.  He drinks far too much coffee, and does not own a car.

Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Upgrades

Jeremy Epstein, Energy Efficiency and Finance Specialist, Boulder County


Please join us to hear Jeremy Epstein, Energy Efficiency and Finance Specialist for the EnergySmart Program, discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy home upgrades. Some of the topics that Jeremy will be covering include financial lending failures and successes, the anatomy of public/private parternships in comparison to the EnergySmart Program, and EnergySmart program successes and uptake, today and in the future. Afterwards, there will be a question and answer session for all energy financing questions.

Background Info

Hailing from Massachusetts, Jeremy Epstein did his undergrad at the University of Colorado and attained a master’s in environmental policy at the Evergreen State College in Washington State.  He moved back to Boulder in summer of 2010 to work under the Better Buildings block grant awarded to Boulder County, which would eventually become the EnergySmart brand.  Within EnergySmart, Jeremy created and managed a county-run microloans program prior to taking on the task of project managing the development and ongoing support of the Elevations Energy Loan program, which makes $35 million dollars in lending capital available to homes and businesses across Boulder and Denver Counties.

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Financing Your Energy Efficiency

High Performance Buildings

Brian Fuentes, Founder, FuentesDesign

Lance Wright, President, Green Energy Man, Inc.


Please join us in hearing Brian Fuentes and Lance Wright, both Certified Passive House Consultants, discuss their knowledge of constructing high performance buildings and the cost and energy savings behind this building method. The Passivhaus concept was introduced to America with the establishment of the Passive House Institute, United States (PHIUS) in 2008. It is a nonprofit organization that provides training, education and research to promote implementation of Passive House Building Energy standard, as well as the design approach and techniques to accomplish that standard.

Background Info

Brian Fuentes, AIA, CPHC, is the founder of fuentesdesign, a registered architect in the State of Colorado,  a member of the AIA, and a Certified Passive House Consultant with the Passive House Institute ( PH) in Germany, as well as the Passive House Institute U.S. ( PHIUS). Brian graduated from the University of Oregon and Robert D. Clark Honors College with distinction in Architecture with his thesis “A Pattern Language for the Front Range of Colorado”, where he also worked as volunteer on the first straw bale house in Eugene in 1998.  He was the recipient of the UO’s Rosenberg Traveling Fellowship in 1999 from the University of Oregon’s Architecture program and traveled to Curitiba, Brazil to see the latest in sustainable urban planning.  He has taught architecture at the University of Colorado as honorary faculty and presented his thesis and fellowship work at the University of Oregon.  Projects by fuentesdesign have been featured on the Denver or Boulder Solar Home Tours in 2004, 2006, and 2008 through 2011.  The work of fuentesdesign has been featured in Architect Magazine, The  Denver Post “The House Gore Should Have Built”,  Boulder County Business Report, the Boulder Daily Camera, and several others.

Lance Wright, CPHC,  is the president of Green Energy Man, Inc. and a Certified Passive House Consultant through PHIUS. Lance is currently leading the effort to organize the nascent Colorado Passive House Alliance. Lance graduated from Auburn University with a degree in the Forest Ecology Honor’s Program in 1976. Upon graduating, Lance worked with the U. S. Forest Service in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska before settling down in Colorado in the early 1980’s. He worked for Democratic and environmental campaigns in Colorado through several election cycles, including three of his own runs for a seat in the State House of Representatives, before being elected to the Parker Town Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Lance built his first energy-efficient house in Parker in 1998 and his low winter heating bills helped him convince his fellow Council members to pass a significant increase in the Building Code requirements for energy efficiency in the Town of Parker over the strong objections of the building community. Lance moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 for family reasons and became the first US EPA Energy Star building partner in southern Missouri. After building Energy Star rated homes in Missouri for two years, Lance returned to Colorado and established the energy efficiency design and consulting business, Green Energy Man, Inc.

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High Performance Buildings