Updates on lotus in the community

November 2017


Insights on climate action and adaptation planning

Hillary Dobos will be presenting at Sustainable Living Association's Sustainability Leadership Program on November 16th. She will discuss climate action and adaptation planning and will be joined by a variety of experts in the field.

October 2017


Learning from our rural electric utilities

Hillary Dobos attended the Colorado Rural Electric Association conference in Denver, Colorado to learn about the most pressing issues facing our rural co-operatives. Please connect with her if you are in attendance. 


Lessons learned from low-income community solar

Emily Artale co-presented with CEO and NREL at the Clean Energy States Alliance's webinar titled: "Colorado’s Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Project" on October 26th. She shared some of our most interesting findings and discuss best practices for creating low-income community solar projects. To reference the presentation and to hear an audit please click here

How to support the development of solar energy in local communities

Julia Ferguson presented at the International City/County Managers Association Conference on October 23 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees to the presentation had the opportunity to learn about how planning and policy, particularly in the form of development codes and regulations, can either hinder or support the development of solar energy in local communities. The presentation focused on opportunities to create a supportive environment for both small and large utility and community-scale solar installations, and how communities can use the permitting, development, and planning process to encourage the development of a local renewable energy economy. 

February 9, 2015

Interested in learning more about community solar? Check out NREL's community solar working group.

Check out NREL's working group on community solar. Emily Artale will participate in the working group to discuss the risks and opportunities of solar gardens and ways to improve the transparency of the process.

January 15, 2015

Interested in learning how to start your own sustainability and engineering consulting practice?

Come visit me at the University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder January 22nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm where I will be part of a panel discussion with KJ McCorry of Eco-officiency to discuss sustainability entrepreneurs. More information can be found at: colorado.ecowomen.org. Please RSVP to lwmcdonell@gmail.com

October 1, 2014

Visiting the Energy, Utility & and Environment Conference in San Diego, February 2015? 

Be sure to connect with Emily Artale while you are there. Emily will be participating on an NREL panel of industry experts to present on community solar gardens. She will demonstrate how you can apply the practice of “questioning everything” to uncover the risks and opportunities of solar gardens. 



Developing robust, defensible, and transparent goals is the foundation of success for any sustainability initiative or program. In this webinar we will draw from our consulting work and share with you our experiences on how to best define goals that are valuable and meaningful to your constituents and how to develop and track performance metrics that will ensure your goals are being met. You will learn: (1) the essential questions to ask before setting your goals; (2) what your peers are doing; (3) how one goal can lead to multiple outcomes; (4) how to develop a strategy to develop your goals; and (5) how you can you track your goals to ensure program success!

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Understanding the risks, "what-if" scenarios, and marketing implications of participating in a solar garden can be quite daunting. In this webinar we will breakdown the risks and "what-if" scenarios by shedding light on some of the major assumptions used to determine utility savings and payback periods. In addition, we will explain how Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) may or may not help you meet your renewable energy goals. In turn, you can use this information to develop analyses and increase confidence in your purchasing decision.

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