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.
Casie Aitken, ORganizer
Casie Aitken graduated from the University of Akron (OH) with her BAS in Biology in 2018. Having worked in 4 different National Parks around the country, she has developed a strong passion for nature and animals alike. She moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2019 for the purpose of being closer to the mountains and the wilderness she loves as well as pursuing a career in conservation. Having the dream of one day becoming a Bear Biologist she understands that the human impact and the use of fossil fuels can directly endanger the lives and well-being of all species. This pushes her to be a strong advocate for CforSe and everything we stand for. Sustainability is the way of the present and the future!
dakota sharette, organizer
Dakota studies Political Science and American History at Boise State University. He moved to Colorado in May 2018, but growing up in Idaho, surrounded by the unavoidable negative externalities of early and irresponsible mining practices, he understands the importance of policy developments that hold both companies and individuals accountable. Of all times, now is the most critical to redesign our energy profile and Dakota is excited to play his role in combatting climate change at the local level here in Fort Collins. Through hard work and meaningful conversations, he will make a difference here that maintains Colorado's unique beauty.
Connor Posey, organizer
Connor Posey studies history and philosophy at Colorado State University. His primary interests are late medieval and revolutionary France and Europe. He grew up in Colorado and as a result spent much of his free time in the mountains and national parks, through his study of history he learned about the process in which national parks were established by Theodore Roosevelt. Upon moving to Fort Collins he had a real interest in helping to promote clean energy and a responsible view of how to treat our planet to preserve these national parks as wonderful pieces of history and nature. Working with CforSe has shown him how to effectively communicate difficult concepts while actively making a difference in his community.
Frank DeAngeli, organizer
Frank is a 22 year old native of Boise, ID. He graduated from Colorado State University in fall of 2018 with a degree in Economics and an additional major in Political Science with an Environmental Affairs concentration. He understands that climate change is the biggest threat our world faces today, and that grassroots efforts are what trigger large-scale changes in energy policy. His love of the Fort Collins/Front Range community gives him faith that we can be a model of sustainable energy for cities and towns across the country.
Krista harrington, Organizer
Krista graduated from Colorado State University in Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology, concentrating in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. As a Colorado native, she enjoys identifying insects, climbing peaks, fishing, climbing trees, and most importantly becoming a defender of the land. She believes that natural places are beneficial not only to wild things, but for human sanity and wellbeing. Acting locally with CforSE in Fort Collins has allowed her to understand global challenges related to climate change including voices from stakeholders with different backgrounds. The education and outreach has taught her how to communicate effectively to make tangible and sustainable changes that can inspire other 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:
"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. Graduate, Vermont Environmental Law School
"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
"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 - 2015. Previous ACORN organizer