City hires global warming manager |

City hires global warming manager

Kimberly Peterson

ASPEN The city of Aspen has hired a new global warming manager to help the Canary Initiative move from education and advocacy into action.Kimberly Peterson, the new manager, is working with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, where she has been project manager for an $11.5 million residential solar rebate program.

The Aspen City Council has agreed on major parts of the Canary Initiative Action Plan and is expected to approve it May 29. The plan outlines goals and objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the city – Aspen’s are nearly double the national average. “I’ve read the plan, talked to global warming initiative partners and come up with some early strategies,” said Peterson, who will start in late June. “I’ve implemented projects and programs before, have a wide breadth of knowledge and familiarity with renewable energy technologies. The selection committee thought these skills would work well together.”Peterson has worked with the U.S. Conference of Mayors managing the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities, an initiative to foster city-county cooperation. She also worked as a project leader at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden.

As global warming manager, Peterson will be responsible for implementing, developing and managing all Canary Initiative goals and programs. She negotiated a salary of $75,500, in the high end of the job’s $60,000-$83,000 range. Aspen launched the Canary Initiative in 2005, when the city agreed to address global warming aggressively by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. So far, the Canary Initiative has focused mostly on studying the problem and educating the public.

This second phase of the initiative will involve implementing the action plan, a centerpiece for achieving goals of reducing emissions. Peterson grew up in western New York state and said she has missed Colorado since she left the renewable energy lab. Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York system and a master’s in international policy from George Mason University. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is

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