When the new SAC is seated in 2021, it will have 15 members, as follows:
12 who are co-chairs of the SAC’s six standing committees, appointed by the Mayor.
2 who are at-large members of SAC committees who are not also co-chairs, appointed by the Mayor.
1 who is a representative of City Council, selected by the Council President.
Members serve for a term of two years and may be reappointed for up to two additional terms at the discretion of the Mayor.
Mayor Michael Hancock is committed to seating a SAC and committees that reflect the diversity of people, communities, and businesses in Denver. Membership is open to individuals who live or work in Denver, with the exception of the Science Committee which has no geographic limitation.
Member Selection Process
CASR manages the SAC and will facilitate the selection process. We have created a review panel for each of the six standing committees comprised of at least three people, all employees of the City and County of Denver, who will read and score the applications. There will be three rounds of review, as follows:
- Round 1: Applications will be reviewed by the committee the applicant ranked first. Those scored in the top 20 will remain with this review panel, the rest will move on to Round 2.
- Round 2: If an applicant was not selected for their first-choice committee, it will be reviewed by their second-choice committee. The application will be scored again, and it may move into the top 20 for their second-choice committee. If so, their application remains here. If not, it will be forwarded to their third-choice committee.
- Round 3: Similar to Round 2, an applicant's third-choice committee will again review and score the application and this may put an applicant into the top 20. At the end of this round, the selection of 20 members for each committee shall be complete.
The draft by-laws of the SAC establish the guidelines below for the composition of each standing committee, and the application review panels will follow this in their selection process:
The Nominating Committee shall endeavor to formulate committees that are diverse in race, ethnicity, LGBTQIA, age, representative industry/organization type, and other personal and professional characteristics. Committee member selection shall strive for the following minimums:
- One third of members shall identify as advocates for communities that are most impacted by the effects of climate change including American Indian and People of Color, representatives of communities that are under-resourced or marginalized, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, or those who have climate-impacted health conditions.
- One third of members shall have sector specific scientific, implementation, or policy expertise
- One ninth of members shall represent environmental interests
- One ninth of members shall represent business or industry interests
- One ninth of members shall represent workforce interests
Co-chair selection: Once the 20 members of each committee are selected, each review panel will select four people for consideration as co-chair (nearly 70% of applicants indicated they are interested in serving as co-chair). The CASR team will review these recommendations and forward two for each committee, plus two additional from this pool, to the Mayor for review. This process may include interviews and reference checks. Should the Mayor prefer not to proceed with one or more of the nominees, we will return to the other nominees on the list for a replacement.
We expect to complete the committee selection process by the end of February 2021, and the co-chair selection by the end of March 2021. We hope to begin holding meetings of the SAC and the six standing committees in April 2021.
The former members are listed below, their terms ended on 12/31/2020.
Former SAC Members:
- Jay April, Berkeley Regis United Neighbors
- Kendra Black, Denver City Council
- Devon Buckels, The Water Connection
- Cindy Chang, Goundwork Denver
- Jill Cooper, Independent Contrator (Vice Chair)
- Alex Dane, Spark Policy Institute
- Adrienne Dorsey, Grid Alternatives
- Monique Dyers, Ensight Energy
- Rudy Gonzales, Servicios de la Raza
- Jennifer Hale, Denver Zoo
- Monica Heintz, Arcadis US, Inc.
- Jocelyn Hittle, Colorado State University
- Stella Hodgkins, GE Johnson (Secretary)
- Paul Kashmann, Denver City Council
- Joyce Kennedy, People and Pollinators
- Winna MacLaren, Community Member
- Theron Makley, Independent Consultant
- Hilda Nucete, League of Conservation Voters
- Ashley Ruiz, McKinstry
- Brenna Simmons-St.Onge, The Alliance Center
- Casey Stock, DaVita (Chair)
- Lauren Wilson, Xcel Energy