Aspen, CO Colorado
We mourn the passing of Greg Franta with great sadness due to a tragic car accident on Monday, Feb 9, 2009.
Born in Graceville, Minn., on May 17, 1950, to Joseph and Loretta Franta, he is survived by his wife, Jana Simpson and her daughters, Sara Kosick (Rob), and Jenny Johnson (Koeby), and their children, Karan, Fiona, Bodhi and Bjorn; his three daughters, Loretta, Lindsay and Emily; his brother Bernie (Jan), sister Marjorie Bean, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado in 1973, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1976. He founded and led ENSAR Group in providing services for over 800 energy efficient and environmentally sound projects, including community and large scale developments, offices, laboratories, educational buildings, health facilities, libraries, homes (including the White House), many of which were considered the most energy efficient in the U.S.
Greg was Senior Vice President at Rocky Mountain Institute, based in Old Snowmass. Greg lived in Aspen for five years after college and gave many public presentations in Aspen throughout his career.
Under Greg’s leadership, RMI’s Built Environment Team has been recognized as an international leader in designing high-performance buildings and communities. He was at the forefront of the green building movement, was one of the original creators of the LEED green building standards, and was involved with hundreds of projects around the world.
Greg loved the outdoors, spending time in the mountains, skiing, hiking 14ers, camping, rafting and relaxing at the beach. He dedicated his career to making the planet a better place for all. If asked what he was doing, his reply would be, “I’m saving the planet!”
Greg lived life to the fullest. He was loved by all who knew him and loved all he knew. Genuinely kind, his outgoing nature, smiles, jokes, incredible energy, unique presence and sense of humor, added joy to every experience and everyone he encountered.
This loss cannot be overstated. He will be so dearly missed by his wife, his family and his many friends and colleagues around the world.
A memorial service will be held Monday, March 23, at 4 p.m., at the Snowmass Chapel, located at 5307 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village (near the intersection of Owl Creek Road and Brush Creek Road, next to the Fire Department and Anderson Ranch). RMI will host a reception at the Chapel following the service for all attendees.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to the Gregory Franta memorial Fund of the University of Colorado Foundation at 303-492-3901, or to the Greg Franta Leadership Fund, set up by Rocky Mountain Institute. More information is available at: http://www.rmi.org.
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