Town of Fowler, Vestas, CLEER and eight Coloradans receive Wirth Chair Awards

February 28, 2011

The Wirth Chair Awards recognizing sustainable synergies will honor representatives of industry, environmental groups and policymakers from across the state at the 12th annual Wirth Chair luncheon to be held Thursday, March 3.

The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver is named for former U.S. Senator and Undersecretary of State Timothy E. Wirth, and honors environmental and sustainable development achievements across Colorado.

This year’s winners are: Lem Smith of Encana, Stephen Flaherty of Noble Energy, Pam Kiely of Environment Colorado, Vickie Patton of Environmental Defense Fund, John Nielsen of Western Resource Advocates, Jennifer Webster of El Paso Corp., Chris Castilian of Anadarko and Pam Roth of the energy company Williams.

In addition, the Town of Fowler will receive the Sustainable Cities Award; Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) will receive the Regional Sustainability Award; and Vestas will receive the Corporate Cornerstone in Sustainability Award.

“Sustainability is the concept of designing our economic, social and energy systems so that they can continue to thrive without destroying the natural environment on which we all depend,” said Alice Madden, the Wirth Chair, explaining the theme of this year’s program. “Each of the 2011 award recipients has made significant contributions toward a more sustainable future and they have done so while creating productive synergies and partnerships.”

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth will address the luncheon and former Gov. Bill Ritter will deliver the awards to recipients.

WHAT: Wirth Chair Luncheon

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, at noon

WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel, Second Floor Grand Ballroom

1111 14th Street, Denver

Tickets and Information: Go to Wirth Chair