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Clean Energy Economy for the Region

The CLEER team

Heather McGregor, Communications Director
and Administrative Manager

Heather is the Communications Director for CLEER. She is the editor of the Clean Energy Economy News, CLEER’s free monthly e-newsletter, and webmaster of this site. She also oversees CLEER’s media releases, brochures, flyers, advertising and other communications products.

Heather also serves as the administrative manager of the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative, working as the lead staff for the Garfield Clean Energy Board. She also manages communications, marketing, budget and planning, in collaboration with other CLEER staff. Heather also manages the Western Slope CNG Collaborative, a project of Garfield Clean Energy, and the Refuel Colorado Fleets program.

This is Heather's second tenure at CLEER, where she served as outreach and communications director from 2008 through 2010. Prior to joining CLEER, Heather worked as the communications director at The Bell Policy Center, a progressive research and policy organization focused on social and fiscal issues in Colorado. She previously enjoyed a career in community journalism, working as a the Garfield County bureau reporter for The Daily Sentinel, as a reporter for the Glenwood Springs Independent, and as the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent

In Glenwood Springs, Heather worked with a City Council-appointed committee to conduct a city government energy inventory and develop an Energy and Climate Action Plan for Glenwood Springs. In 2007, she served as a volunteer editor for Gov. Ritter’s Colorado Climate Action Plan. 

Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado, and was a college intern for High Country News in Lander, Wyo. 

She and her husband, Steve Smith, live in Glenwood Springs, where they maintain a small fruit orchard and keep bees. For more than 20 years, they have squeezed their entire year’s trash into one barrel, and were the 1995 household winners of then-Gov. Roy Romer’s “Don’t Let It Go To Waste” award.  

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.

The Western Slope CNG Collaborative is a project of Garfield Clean Energy. This effort works to expand use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel by providing an information-sharing network and advocacy for fuel providers, auto dealers and vehicle drivers, particularly fleets. Visit the Western Slope CNG webpage.

The Colorado Energy Office contracts with CLEER to manage the Refuel Colorado Fleets program. CLEER provided the inspiration for this project by applying its successful model of energy coaching to work with fleets. Refuel statewide program working to build market demand for alternative fuels among government and private sector fleets. Visit the Refuel Colorado Fleets webpage.