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Dr. Saeed Barhaghi is an independent sustainable energy systems development consultant and is an engineering research professor at the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering. Previously, he was a senior manager for the energy and environmental management division of the International Resources Group, Washington, DC, and prior to that, he served as a senior engineering staff member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He has performed numerous modeling studies to assess the feasibility of increased integration of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency measures into the power grid to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gases and other pollutants in power sector. He is an international energy consultant and has served as Chief of Party for increased capacity for energy access in developing countries for the United States Agency for International Development Missions. He has testified in numerous regulatory proceedings as a subject-matter expert in electric utility regulations, operations and system planning. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

David Brown retired from BP America in April of 2010 after 33 years of service.  He is currently employed by Swift Worldwide Resources as a consultant to BP America since May of 2010 and assists with environmental and regulatory issues for the Rocky Mountain States from BP’s Denver office.  During his career he has been involved in a number of state and federal land use and environmental issues. These have included wildlife management and water related aspects for oil and gas development.  Mr. Brown also has experience in air quality permitting and compliance and assisted in coordinating the participation of the oil and gas industry in the Four Corners Air Quality Task Force.  His experience has included coordinating BP’s role in the third party National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and has provided written input on numerous Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land use planning documents.  His experience has spanned 12 states, 11 national forests and numerous BLM field offices.  He also held positions that provided environmental support for various BP exploration and production field locations in the Rockies.  Mr. Brown is a past Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association’s Lands Committee and is currently Chairman of the Public Lands Committee of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming.  He is a current appointee to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission representing Colorado.  He is also a standing member on a number of oil and gas trade association environmental and land use committees.  Mr. Brown holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University and a M.S. Degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Management and Policy.

Ashley Campsie is an independent consultant focusing on air quality permitting and compliance. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Ashley was a permit engineer for Colorado Air Pollution Control Division Operating Permit Unit, a senior environmental engineer for a large midstream oil and gas company, and a senior project manager for CH2M HILL. She has been responsible for air permitting and compliance activities throughout her career for facilities located in various states including; Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Illinois. Most recently, she has been involved in preparing greenhouse gas inventory management plans and greenhouse gas inventories for various companies. Ashley is a Colorado licensed professional engineer and has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ashley lives in Evergreen and enjoys raising her children.

John Clouse is a Principal for Wind River Environmental Group LLC (WREG).  WREG is a small woman-owned Colorado business.  The company provides a full range of air permitting, compliance, and related services in the western United States.  Over the past 19 years, Mr. Clouse has been actively involved in the ozone stakeholder process, regional haze issues, regulatory development, and hazardous air pollutant studies.  Mr. Clouse has supported a number of public and private sector clients in various consulting roles, where he manages and conducts projects involving the preparation and review of air quality regulatory guidance documents, construction permit applications, operating permit applications, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit applications, air quality program management plans, compliance strategy development, emission inventories, and environmental compliance audits and assessments.  Prior to moving into the consulting field, Mr. Clouse spent over 20 years at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division; his final role there was managing the Stationary Sources Program.  Mr. Clouse was born in Greeley, CO, then raised in Pueblo, CO and received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University.

Teresa Coons is currently the Executive Director for the Western Colorado Math and Science Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Before moving to this position in January 2009, Teresa was the Senior Scientist for the Saccomanno Research Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she directed a number of research programs, primarily in the area of respiratory disease. She also directed a medical screening program for former uranium industry workers. Her research career has spanned the disciplines of basic and clinical research, scientific writing and editing, biotechnology business development, and occupational and environmental epidemiology. Teresa has an undergraduate degree in physical sciences from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of New Mexico. She is an Adjunct member of the Mesa State College Faculty, where she teaches in the Biology and Environmental Sciences Departments, and of the Colorado School of Public Health. She is also an Associate Member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

 

Teresa is a 4th generation Coloradoan, having been born and raised in the Denver area. She and her husband Frank have two adult daughters and now live in Grand Junction, where Teresa serves as an elected member of the Grand Junction City Council and an appointed member of the Mesa County Board of Health, the Grand Junction Housing Authority Commission, the Mesa County Methamphetamine Task Force Executive Committee and Club 20’s Healthcare subcommittee. She was recently appointed to the Dean’s Council for the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University and to the Nursing Advisory Council at Mesa State College.

John Loewy is an attorney living in Denver and Breckenridge, Colorado. Admitted to the D.C. and Wisconsin Bars, he is a graduate of Miami University and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law. John has served in a number of government positions including as a special assistant in the White House Office of Energy Policy and Planning, as counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology, counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and as assistant to the director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He also served as chief of staff for the Oregon State Senate President, and as a government affairs advisor in private practice in Portland, Oregon. He was a founding investor and consultant to Digimarc Corporation, a successful high-tech startup. John is an independent investor and pursues investment opportunities in early-stage business ventures.  In addition to serving on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, John is a member of the boards of directors for Western Resource Advocates and for Conservation Colorado. He has served on other boards and advisory committees including, among others, the Board of Visitors of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Littleton Public Schools Accountability Committee.

Jana Milford is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she has taught since 1994. Jana’s research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental management. She has previously worked as a Congressional Fellow and Analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and Senior Scientist and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund. Jana is a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences, and has previously served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

 

Laura Teague and her husband, Gary, own and operate a diversified agricultural operation in Morgan County, Colorado. Their livestock operations include a cow-calf operation, a cattle feeding operation that includes both stocker and feedlot environments, and a farrow-to-wean hog operation.   They manage a large farming operation where they grow diversified crops to support their other operations. Additionally, they produce compost for the local farming community, and handle feed byproducts from various food production companies for beneficial reuse in their own operations and others in the industry. Their business has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment as Bronze Achievers in the Environmental Leadership Program for managing their livestock operations in a manner synergistic to the environment. Laura served on Governor Hickenlooper’s agricultural Transition Team, and is an active member of the Colorado Livestock Association.  Laura is currently a County Commissioner in Morgan County. Other community activities include participating as a board member and past-president of Morgan County Economic Development Corporation, serving as the Local Elected Official on the Eastern Workforce Board, and she currently serves as President of the Board of the Northeast Colorado Health Department.  The Teague Family includes three children:  Shelby, 16, Tucker, 14, and Charlee Jo, 13.  All three are involved on a daily basis with the agricultural operations and enjoy showing livestock, including beef cattle, market lambs, market goats, and market hogs at the county, regional, and national level.

 

 
Will Toor serves as the director of the transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a Colorado based nonprofit that advocates for energy efficiency in electric utilities, buildings, industrial energy use and the transportation sector. Prior to working at SWEEP, Will served 8 years on the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County.  Will spearheaded the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected County Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder, Colorado from 1998-2004. He played a strong role in the development of the Boulder's community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl. Mr. Toor represented both the City of Boulder and Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) from 1998-2012, and served as chair in 2005. In his role at DRCOG, he successfully advocated for significant shifts in funding towards transit and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, and led DRCOG in adopting sustainability principles including goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled in the long range regional land use and transportation plans.
 
Will was a founding member of the US 36 Mayors' and Commissioners' Coalition, and played a key role in developing a regional consensus for bus rapid transit, and no additional general purpose lanes, on this major artery linking Boulder and Denver. He worked with multiple state and federal agencies to secure $500 million for this project, which is under construction. He currently serves as a board member of Conservation Colorado, a member of the DRCOG Metro Vision Policy Advisory Council, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He served as the director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center from 1992 to 2004. In this role he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and campus transportation planning. He is co-author of the books Finding A New Way: Campus Transportation for the Twenty-First Century, and Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1992, where he studied theoretical condensed matter physics, completing a dissertation on phase transitions in electrorheological fluids.

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