Environment Colorado is a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization and a project of Environment America. We believe there’s something special about Colorado—something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the majestic Rocky Mountains, the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, or the accessible trails along the South Platte River, Colorado’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. And with “300 days of sunshine” each year in Colorado and ample wind on the eastern plains, we have potential to develop and generate clean sources of energy right here.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Our growing population gives us opportunities to build and grow sustainable or in a way that hurts our state and our way of life. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Colorado. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
Environment America is a policy and action group with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 22 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.
Working with state offices of the Public Interest Network in 32 states, we have field presence in 21 of the top 25 media markets and 313 Congressional Districts. We use that reach, along with clear strategies, creative tactics, grit and determination to make a difference for our environment and our families’ health.
In addition to our presence in Washington, D.C. and in the states, Environment America is nationally recognized for our training program. Each year, 10-20 young people graduate from our two-year apprenticeship program ready to launch their careers as environmental advocates.
The Environment Colorado State Director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns in Colorado. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. The State Director will help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.