Advocating for Climate Action

Routt County has commissioned two greenhouse gas emissions studies in the time I’ve been living here. The second study was commissioned to convince my peers on City Council that it was time to do what so many Colorado Counties had done and adopt, and implement, a climate action plan. 

It took more than a decade of convincing City and County elected officials and major stakeholders but in 2021, the County and all its municipalities adopted a climate action plan. I am proud to have been a leader on this work for nearly a decade here in Routt County and look forward to continuing as your Routt County Commissioner. 

But we didn’t need to have a plan to take needed steps. I’ve long been an advocate for renewable resources, resources that are currently more cost-effective than our traditional energy mix. In 2010, we installed a ground mount solar array at Legacy Ranch to teach children and adults about it. Around that same time I advocated for large-scale solar at City facilities. Nearly a decade later we got it done. 

The most visible local impacts in Routt County are wildfire and drought. And they are also those that pose a significant threat to our ranching community. As your County Commissioner, I’ll continue to advocate for fiscally responsible climate action.