Fred Kirsch, Director
Mr. Kirsch launched CforSE because he believes that making the transition to sustainable energy is the challenge of our generation and that the change needed must come from the grassroots. Mr. Kirsch has been working on environmental and consumer campaigns throughout the country since 2000. Today Fred guides the direction of the organization and plays a role in research, staff development, advocacy, and administration.
Hank STOWERS, field manager
Mr. Stowers (aka Karate Kid, aka Woodpecker, aka Fearless Leader) is a student at Colorado State University majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics. He began organizing with the Community for Sustainable Energy in the summer of 2017, after meeting Fred while protecting a climate change rally from a well timed April blizzard. What he loves about CforSE is the abundance of shared experiences with the Fort Collins community whom are very passionate about sustainable energy progress.
Clare Myers, Grassroots Organizer
Ms. Myers is a Colorado State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Health. She grew up in Idaho and developed an interest in protecting the landscapes she spent her early years trail running, camping, and skiing in. Her passion for changes in human health related to climate change motivated her to become an activist at the local level in Fort Collins. Since joining CforSE, she has enjoyed the opportunity to meet community members who are passionate about the work the organization is doing.
Lauren Kaplin, Development Director
Lauren is a canvasser with experience in public relations, logistics, and facilitation. She has worked for the City of Fort Collins since 2015 as a Sustainability Program Assistant, working on public outreach, promoting sustainable food production and consumption, and writing educational documents. Lauren believes that there are many causes to fight for, but that the environment is the umbrella issue that is directly or indirectly involved with all other causes. She argues that it is equally important to have people inside and outside of the government to work toward real change. Lauren is currently finishing her MA at Colorado State University in Political Science, with her studies focused on environmental policy and public policy/administration. In her free time, she enjoys eating local food, hunting for the best craft beer, hiking, dancing, and baking.
Libby Lenox, Grassroots Organizer
Ms. Lenox graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a B.A. in Geography & the Environment, and a concentration in Sustainability. She has always been very passionate about the relationship between humans and their natural environment, believing that it is crucial for people to incorporate sustainable practices into their societies. This is why she is pursing a career that combines the protection of the environment, and community/education outreach. After moving to Fort Collins from Austin to attend CSU for graduate school, she has greatly enjoyed getting to know the surrounding local citizens who are also supportive of implementing sustainable energy policies in their communities.
Grassroots Organizers are the foot soldiers of democracy. Each canvasser knocks on 60 doors per day, contacting 40 people to raise awareness of local energy issues and organize individuals’ concerns into a united voice to influence decision makers. Talking to people, face to face, is irreplaceable for building community and bringing us together to make a better world.
Want to join the CforSE team?
We pride ourselves on professionalism. To be hired as an organizer one must demonstrate a sincere commitment to creating a more sustainable community, be able to learn and communicate the details of our campaigns, and must possess a strong work ethic to leave a positive impression with every citizen contacted. Organizing is an excellent tool to develop communication skills and learn what makes a community tick. The satisfaction an organizer derives from inspiring individuals and playing an active role in creating positive social change is incomparable.
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Organizing with CforSE is a unique opportunity to make a difference, have fun, and grow as a person. This is what some of the CforSE staff and alumni have to say:
"Working with CforSE gave me skills and experience to get me where I am today (Operations Manager for the Advancement Office at Interlochen Center for the Arts). I learned how to talk to anyone, anytime - and that philanthropy is an opportunity for those who care about a cause." Angela Morino, canvassed 2007-2009
"Canvassing has helped me mature and become more proactive. It has taught me the benefits of hard work in a way I don't think that I could have learned doing any other skill or trade. All this while exploring and getting to know my native Colorado in a fun and productive way! I am grateful for my experience with Fred and CforSE." Jared Ross, canvassed 2009-2013
"Canvassing wasn't just a job. It taught me how to build authentic connections with people from all walks of life. The camping trips were my favorite "office" ever - work hard, play hard is epitomized by canvassing all week then going to a weekend bluegrass festival!" Chantel Havre, canvassed 2010-2012. Location Director, Symmetry360 Massage
"I had a blast traveling Colorado with CforSE and meeting and working with such cool people. I dig CforSE’s grassroots approach and working on local issues to make a difference in people’s everyday lives." James Dupray, canvassed 2009-2011. Greenpeace Senior Teamleader.
"There were times when I was so overwhelmed by peoples’ kindness, open-mindedness, and optimism that I would leave a porch with tears of gratitude in my eyes and I had several 10 minute conversations I will never forget." Darcy Donnellan, canvassed winter/summer 2013
"I'll never forget the invaluable lessons I learned about grassroots democracy and I'll never forget what I learned about myself. I've since taken these lessons into all aspects of my life with great success." Eric Palmer canvassed summer 2012. Research scientist CSU, Microbiology
"After canvassing with CforSE I did Peace Corp in Kenya and saw the immediate effects of climate change. People are dying, NOW. I returned to the states even more dedicated to the cause of environmental activism. Working for CforSE is the foundation my future is built on. As an Environmental Lawyer, I will probably be working for an NGO, fundraising will still be a big part of my work. Remembering to work from a community point of view will be very important in helping me pick which projects to focus on. At the end of the day, I hope to be like Fred; picking and choosing my battles, so I can help change the world, one step at a time." Julia Muench, canvassed 2010-2011. Student, Vermont Environmental Law School
"Yes We Can Save OUR Earth. Don't let them fool you, working together we can make the changes we need to make sure our kids have a future. Join the team working to organize our sustainable transformation right here in Fort Collins." Dave Van, canvassed 2014 - present. Previous ACORN organizer