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Erica Sparhawk with Lucy Kessler

The CLEER team

Erica Sparhawk, Program Manager

Erica Sparhawk, at left in photo above, has rolled her building and non-profit experiences together to create and manage the Garfield Clean Energy Challenge, a program that helps businesses and households in Garfield County save energy and money. She also manages CLEER's database and assists with fundraising activities for the organization.

Erica is a ResNet-accredited HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rater. Prior to joining CLEER, she successfully ran her own energy modeling business, EnergyWise Building Solutions, in Billings, Montana, where she completed over 100 HERS ratings for Energy Star and LEED for Homes projects across Montana.

Erica was one of the project managers for Montana's first LEED Platinum building, Northern Plains Resource Council's "Home on the Range." She also has direct field experience building houses with a framing crew. She also worked for Northern Plains managing the nonprofit's grassroots fundraising campaign.

Erica earned a bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in economics, from Colorado State University. She has completed courses in building science, sustainable home design, solar hot water system design, and straw bale construction through Solar Energy International. She also has studied and worked in New Zealand, Mexico, Peru and Chile.

Erica is a native of Garfield County and moved back home from Montana in 2009. She lives in Carbondale with her husband, Ryan Sparhawk, and their daughters Amalia and Lucy.

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.