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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Hickenlooper teams up with climate compact

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is joining forces with an organization started by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.


Skadron and City of Aspen officials founded the Compact of Colorado Communities in May; it’s an organization of communities across the state that have agreed to take aggressive action on climate change. Hickenlooper announced yesterday that he will work with the compact to present a symposium early next year.

It supports an executive order that Hickenlooper issued this summer saying Colorado needs to be prepared for climate change impacts and which commits the state to developing more clean energy. Both Hickenlooper and the Compact of Colorado Communities want to make a statement that Colorado is a leader on climate change and sustainability.

The symposium in late January will include business leaders and sustainability experts.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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