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Shelley Kaup

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Shelley Kaup, Energy Coaching and Technology Support

Shelley Kaup, at right in photo above, provides energy coaching for businesses, homeowners and large facilities. She provides technical support to Garfield Energy Challenge participants to complete projects that increase the energy efficiency and conservation in their buildings. Shelley enjoys working with organizations to identify innovative opportunities for energy efficiency, energy cost savings, and reducing impacts on the environment.

Shelley has a diverse background in engineering, quality and project management and community leadership. Her most recent work was as Quality Manager at Fiberforge Corp. The field of quality management is a well-developed profession that works to continuously improve the success of an organization by improving efficiency and reducing risk with a focus on delivering quality to the customer (stakeholders). Energy efficiency improvements add to the quality of organizations by reducing costs and reducing environmental impacts. Shelley works to apply the tools of Quality Management to help organizations large and small to add value and be more sustainable.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry working in building code application and design. While working as a Plans Examiner she coordinated with project designers, developers and engineers for code compliance. As a small business owner and manager for over 15 years, she understands the challenges of running a business and staying profitable while providing value and quality to the customer. She enjoys working with organizations to save them money on improvement projects.

Shelley spent 15 years serving on city commissions in Glenwood Springs to work for improving the community. While serving on Glenwood Springs City Council, she volunteered as representative on the original board of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative (now Garfield Clean Energy). She worked to help create this multi-jurisdictional partnership that promotes energy efficiency and clean energy in every community in Garfield County and served as chair of the board. She also championed the improvement of bike and pedestrian facilities and the Glenwood Community Gardens.

Shelley earned her BS with honors in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was recently certified as a Sustainability Manager. She has continuing education in engineering for sustainability, life-cycle analysis, LEED Green Associate, solar home design, high efficiency buildings and lighting and design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Shelley lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband Dale Kaup. They have three grown sons: Jake, Sam and Nate. She enjoys organic gardening, hiking, and camping. Shelley grew up in New Orleans, La., and travels there frequently to enjoy the food, music and culture.  

CLEER projects

Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative contracts with CLEER to provide programs and services across Garfield County. Garfield Clean Energy is the state’s first clean energy authority, joining together 10 local government partners. It works on energy efficiency and renewable energy for governments, businesses and households throughout Garfield County. Visit the Garfield Clean Energy website.