FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent or Sarah Moss, Mayor’s Office 720-865-9016
Rachel Gordon, Host Committee, 303-534-6200
City and Host Committee Announce Director for Greening Efforts
(DENVER) In support of its commitment to make the 2008 Democratic National Convention the “greenest” national political convention to date, the City and County of Denver and the Local Host Committee announced the selection of longtime Colorado environmental advocate Parry Burnap to lead the City and Host Committee’s convention greening efforts.
As Director of Greening for Denver’s Host Committee, Burnap will lead the community-based Greening Subcommittee to promote and foster sustainable operations, policies and practices. Burnap will be physically located in the Denver Mayor’s Office – to facilitate coordination with and benefits for the Greenprint Denver Program – but the position will be entirely supported by private contributions exclusive of the City and Host Committee.
“The 2008 Democratic National Convention represents not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Denver and Colorado, but a transformational opportunity for incorporating a sustainability ethic into national conventions,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who launched the City’s Greenprint Denver program in 2005. “Parry Burnap will play a key role in ensuring that the convention will be a national model of environmental responsibility.”
Burnap will direct the design and implementation of a “greening work plan” that will focus on setting new standards of environmental stewardship through improving sustainability and creating ground-breaking legacies as part of the City and Host Committee’s convention planning efforts. The work plan will also concentrate on minimizing and offsetting any potential adverse environmental impacts. Major areas of analysis include offsets of projected climate impacts, transportation, energy and water conservation, purchasing, waste minimization, environmental education and supporting our region’s leading environmental performing companies. Burnap will provide green expertise and guidance to the City and the Host Committee.
“Because the Host Committee has been so committed to hosting this convention responsibly from the outset of all planning efforts, Denver is already well positioned to host an event that will create new models for ‘greening’ with the 2008 Democratic National Convention,” said Burnap. “I look forward to helping to implement Denver’s vision that this convention leaves a permanent environmental capacity that is endures beyond the departure of the last delegate.”
Elbra Wedgeworth, President of the Host Committee, said, “Parry’s involvement in the convention planning efforts reinforces our commitment to the greening of the convention.”
Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, which is leading the green sponsorship efforts for the convention, said “We applaud the City and Host Committee’s decision to bring a greening director on board. It is an important step forward in incorporating the best practices for the convention that will showcase what we are doing to protect the spectacular natural environment that our state has to offer.”
Burnap most recently worked for Terrachord, a small business she co-founded in 2002 to promote information technology-driven environmental solutions for industry, government and the general public. At Terrachord, she helped to lead the design, facilitation and implementation of four National Environmental Partnership Summits and the first Denver World Oil Forum.
She previously spent nine years as the Pollution Prevention Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and was responsible for shifting the agency’s policies and activities from pollution treatment and control to prevention. During this time Burnap also served as the Project Director for Colorado’s first watershed program, the Clear Creek Watershed Forum.
For five years Burnap served as the Director of Special Projects and Communications for the Center for Resource Management, a nonprofit founded by Robert Redford whose mission was to solve environmental problems by bringing opposing sides together in forums and special projects. Burnap also held the position of Director of Governmental Affairs at Colorado Ski Country USA and was a Special Assistant to former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm.
Burnap has served on the Board of Directors of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, the Northeast Metro Pollution Prevention Alliance, the Western Center for Environmental Decision-Making, the Colorado Environmental Coalition and the Advisory Council for the Colorado Environmental Business Alliance. Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer appointed her to the Citizen’s Advisory Council on the Environment, and she served on former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb’s Sustainability Task Force.
Burnap received a bachelor’s degree in human biology with an emphasis on environmental policy from Stanford University and a master’s degree in community development with an emphasis in public administration from the University of Kentucky.
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