More than three decades of experience in higher education, building student-centered education, new facilities, and creation and development of a college-wide sustainability program for Colorado Mountain College.
Awards and Recognition
- Sustainability Leadership, Colorado Mountain College, for development of the CMC Sustainability Program
- Recognition by Gov. John Hickenlooper for long-term contribution and leadership at Colorado Mountain College
- Ed.S., College Student Personnel Administration, University of Northern Colorado
- BS, Behavioral Science and Psychology, Colorado State University at Pueblo
Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado since 1978
More than three decades of experience managing complex and environmentally sensitive civil engineering and transportation projects, including I-70 over Vail Pass and through Glenwood Canyon.
- 1993 Jane Silverstein Ries Award, Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
- 1998 General Palmer Award, American Consulting Engineers of Colorado
- 1999 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, University of Colorado-Boulder
- 1999 Transit Supporter of the Year, Roaring Fork Transit Agency, Aspen
- BS, Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
RALPH J. TRAPANI
BA, Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Richmond, Virginia
JD, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, focus on Natural Resources Law, Nonprofit Management and Sustainable Agriculture Policy
Former International Program Manager, Solar Energy International (SEI)
More than two decades of experience in renewable energy technologies, including rural electrification projects in Latin America using renewable energy
BA, Mathematics, Colorado College
MS, Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
Former Pitkin County Commissioner
Three decades of experience in local sustainability, economic development, college climate initiatives, natural capitalism, collaborative and integrative decision-making, and solving growth-related problems.
- Framework for Community Sustainability, 2001
- Grappling with Growth, Building a Strong Economy and Great Place to Live, 1999-2009
- Critical Thinking for Sustainable Community Decision-Making, a Community Leadership Tool, 1998-2009
- BS, Political Science, University of Houston
MICHAEL J. KINSLEY
Former architect and planner, Nihon Sekkei (Japan Architecture), Nagano, Japan
Two decades of experience in forward-thinking building design and working out elegant solutions to tricky design problems.
BS Environmental Design, emphasis in Historic Preservation, University of Colorado Boulder
Former President and Executive Director of Solar Energy International (SEI)
Former Vocational Industrial Trainer and Educator, solar and renewable energy, Colorado Mountain College
More than three decades of experience in solar and renewable energy installation, governmental consulting, and training of installers in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
BS, Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS, Environmental Planning in Solar Technology, Arizona State University
KENNETH R. OLSON
Ford Foundation Fellow for Sustainable Regional Development
National Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management
Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100
More than three decades of experience in community economic development, including leadership for successful local ballot campaigns for a community center, bike trails, public buildings, schools, transportation infrastructure and the leading rural mass transit system in the nation.
- Daily Points of Light, President Bill Clinton
- Chamber of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
- Gold Prize, North American Travel Journalists Association, for the 2015 “Official Guide to Glenwood Springs”
- Glenwood Springs ATHENA Award
- BA, Journalism and Public Relations, Kent State University, Ohio