FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent or Sarah Moss, 720-865-9016
Hickenlooper Announces Appointment of Director for Greenprint Denver
Mayor John Hickenlooper announced today that Michele Weingarden is joining the Administration as its new Director of Greenprint Denver, the City’s action plan for sustainable practices.
“Michele has demonstrated great leadership ability and vast experience in managing sustainability programs ideal for this position,” Hickenlooper said. “Her previous focus in city and statewide environmental issues allows her not only to recognize the interconnectedness between the social, economic and environmental impacts of policies and programs, but also to spearhead initiatives to ensure that we leave a sustainable community for future generations.”
The Director of Greenprint Denver oversees a department of five part- and full-time staff who are responsible for providing policy support and outreach on sustainability issues and positions. As the primary spokesperson and point of contact for Greenprint Denver, Weingarden will manage communications support and oversee program marketing, fundraising and partnership development with state and federal agencies, area cultural institutions, universities, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Weingarden will organize the annual Green Cities Forum with national experts and manage Mayor Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Council, a high-level group of City government managers, civic and business leaders who serve as program advisors. As Director, she will also administer grants and other funding resources as needed, lead outreach and implementation planning to meet the City's carbon dioxide emissions reductions goals, and coordinate other key sustainability initiatives.
“Denver is an ideal city to be at the forefront of tackling the important issues and opportunities around energy conservation, waste reduction and air quality,” Weingarden said. “Mayor Hickenlooper's visionary Greenprint Denver initiatives showcase Denver not only as a green and sustainable city, but as a model for the rest of the country. I'm eager to work with Mayor Hickenlooper, the Greenprint Denver Council and staff, and the entire community to propel this vital proposal forward.”
Weingarden most recently served in U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s San Francisco office as her advisor on environmental issues statewide and as her liaison to local governments, businesses and the public in nine Northern California counties. Weingarden was instrumental in working with federal agencies and local governments to advance environmental goals and implement legislative priorities on Senator Boxer’s behalf throughout the district.
Prior to working as advisor to Senator Boxer, Weingarden served as a coalition builder and community organizer for political campaigns and environmental nonprofit organizations. As Senior Account Executive for Stearns Consulting and Campaign Manager for Save the Bay, Weingarden developed and implemented strategic plans and led campaigns to advance environmental policies in the City and County of San Francisco. Earlier, she served as Coalition Organizer for the Sierra Club. She also served on the board of the San Francisco League of Conservation Voters.
Weingarden has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
For more information on Greenprint Denver, visit http://www.greenprintdenver.org.
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Editor’s note: photos of Michele Weingarden are available by request