The CLEER team
Alice H. Laird, Executive Director
Alice Laird, at left in the photo above, is the founder and executive director of CLEER, and oversees CLEER's services to government and business clients.
Innovative program concepts developed by Alice have led to many successful projects, including the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative, Refuel Colorado Fleets, energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects at school districts in western Colorado.
She is a leader in using energy targets to drive action by households, businesses, churches, schools and governments to save energy, save money and reduce carbon emissions.
CLEER is an expansion of a nonprofit founded by Alice in 2003, the New Century Transportation Foundation, which served as an educational and fundraising resource on clean energy transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley. The organization mobilized more than $800,000 in funding to advance the completion of the Rio Grande Trail and to support the engineering and design work for RFTA’s bus rapid transit.
Alice served on the Carbondale Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008 and led the effort to develop the town’s Energy and Climate Action Plan.
Prior to forming NCTF, Alice served as the transportation manager for the City of Aspen, as director of the Regional Transportation Authority formation project, and as director of development for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1990 to join the staff of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a senior research associate. At RMI, Alice developed the Community Energy Workbook: A Guide to Building a Sustainable Economy and led workshops around the country on community energy planning. She was a cofounder of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, CORE, a partnership of utilities and local governments in the Roaring Fork Valley.
She lives in Carbondale with her husband, Colin Laird, and their children, Fiona and Liam.
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.