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.
clare myers, field manager
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.
Libby Lenox, 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.
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.
Sarah grace, organizer
Sarah Grace studied Anthropology and Spanish at Northern Arizona University. After graduation she lived in Chile for three years, where she rediscovered her passion for protecting the natural world. This eventually led her to return to Colorado, where she was born and raised. Since joining CforSE, Sarah has appreciated the opportunity to become an active part of the Fort Collins community. She is inspired by the great conversations she has with local residents while canvassing, and is happy to be part of the work the organization is doing to connect the community.
Ty Sauer, organizer
Ty is a 2017 graduate from the University of Arizona in Tucson. His degrees are in Sociology and Political Science, with interests lying in strategic city planning, social movements, and social stratification in urban communities. After having spent many years under the hot Arizona sun, Fort Collins seemed like the perfect place to start a new chapter in 2018. As inspiring as the built environment may be in areas of the city, the presence of environmental groups such as Community for Sustainable Energy really make Fort Collins a beloved place to live. Ty understands that this generation must combat an existential threat in climate change, and Fort Collins demands further progression to get others to listen and follow.
Luke Zrelak, Organizer
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:
"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