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.
Patrick Hall, Grassroots Organizer
Mr. Hall is from the beautiful rolling hills of central Texas. During the first major flood in his hometown, it ignited a fire within him to do whatever possible to protect the environment. After moving to Fort Collins and organizing in the community, he discovered two of his greatest passions: sustainable food systems and sustainable energy technology. Patrick enjoys performing the outreach and education that is so important to create a resilient and responsible community.
Sean simpson, grassroots organizer
My name is Sean Simpson. I recently graduated from CSU with a degree in Environmental/Ecological Engineering. Working with CFORSE is giving me a practical avenue to further explore some of the issues that really spoke to my heart during my degree program while also providing a platform to spread this knowledge and my own personal passion. One of my long-term goals is to aid transitioning the modern animal agriculture industry to a model that is not only more environmentally friendly, but also honors the animal which gives up its life for our own survival and enjoyment. It’s a goal which would take large-scale industrial changes as well as wide-spread social changes and a goal which could be greatly aided by efforts similar to those of CFORSE. When I’m not working to educate the masses, you may find me off in the forest singing in languages of meaningless sound or making up my own form of Qi-Gong – everything was invented by a normal person at some point in time, might as well make up some fun things of my own!
ROB MARTIN, CANVASSER
Mr. Martin is a Colorado State University graduate in Natural Resources. He has been in Fort Collins for 25 years which is about how long he's been studying and fighting for environmental sustainability. He has also completed a solo, cross-country bike tour from Oregon to Maine to Tennessee. This wonderful journey inspired Rob to work at the City’s SmartTrips program for four years, which promoted alternative transportation.
Ms. Clemente is from Albany, NY. She is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Communication. She is very interested in the study of social influence and persuasion. This is what drew her to canvassing for CforSe. Through canvassing for CforSE, not only does she get to make a difference, but she also gets to interact with people from Fort Collins whom are very different from people in her home state. Inspiring the community to get involved is an inspiration for Lydia.
mamadou wann, online media director
Mr. Wann is a seasoned Web Developer originally from Guinea. He spent most of his life in Delaware and attended the University of Delaware. He moved to Colorado in 2016 after travelling around the country. Mamadou instantly fell in love with the city of Fort Collins because of how unique and forward thinking its community is. What he loves about working for CForSE is that we are doing something beneficial to the Fort Collins community.
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