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
aleah ballard, organizer
Ms. Ballard graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Business and Administration with a concentration in finance. Aleah finds a deep routed passion for protecting the natural world, protecting, finding, and implementing sustainable energy practices. Canvassing has been great for her to talk to like minded individuals and loves working for such an amazing organization.
rowan lyford, organizer
Rowan is a student at Colorado State University and she is working towards a major in Art and a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability. Rowan was born and raised in Colorado, though traveling the world is one of her passions. Ever since she was a kid she loved spending time outside and has actively been helping to preserve the Earth. She joined the Community For Sustainable Energy to become active within the community and organize the voice of the people. Rowan believes that in this day and age, it's imperative to hold our leaders responsible for acting in the interest of the public. Rowan aspires to actively fight for what she believes is right as long as she physically can.
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