The Nature Conservancy and Colorado Energy Office Partner to Address Connection Between Transportation and Climate Change

Boulder, CO

The Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Energy Office have partnered on a new position dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

The Transportation Climate Change Specialist within the Colorado Energy Office will advise on policy strategies at the nexus of transportation, electricity, air pollution and climate change. This position will serve a coordinating role among the several state agencies working to achieve Colorado’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in the transportation sector.

The Nature Conservancy provided a grant to the Colorado Energy Office to fund this position for two years.

“The Nature Conservancy recognizes reducing carbon emissions is critical to addressing climate change,” said Carlos Fernandez, Colorado state director for The Nature Conservancy. “We can make huge strides by working on changes within the transportation sector, and we are excited to support the Colorado Energy Office in this endeavor to achieve the state’s climate goals.”

“The Colorado legislature has adopted science-based climate goals that demand multifaceted strategies and partnerships,” said Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. “Transportation is currently the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state—and as Colorado’s electricity sector decarbonizes, transportation will become the greatest contributor. We are deeply appreciative of The Nature Conservancy’s support to develop strategies that address the climate-altering pollution caused by transportation systems in Colorado.”

The Colorado Energy Office is currently accepting applications for this role.

About the Colorado Energy Office

To deliver on the vision of a prosperous, clean energy future for Colorado, the Colorado Energy Office works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Go to to learn more.

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