8:08 am - Monday December 11, 2017

Champion of the Rockies announced

FORMER COLORADO GOV. RICHARD LAMM TO DISCUSS

OLYMPICS CONTROVERSY AT ANNUAL CC CONFERENCE

 Lamm to receive Champion of the Rockies Award April 9

 

Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm, this year’s recipient of the Colorado College Champion of the Rockies Award, will give the keynote address, titled “Early Colorado Environmental Movement and the 1976 Winter Olympics Controversy,” at Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Conference at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9.

Ceil Folz, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation, will follow Lamm’s presentation, discussing “Major Events … Bringing the World to Colorado and Colorado to the World: Vail Resorts Hosting of February 2015 World Cup Ski Championships.” Both talks explore the theme of the evening, “Outdoor Recreation and the Winter Olympics: Companion or Threat to the Rockies?”

 

The overall focus of this year’s two-day State of the Rockies Conference is “Conservation in the Rockies: Issues of Citizen Science, Water-Friendly Futures and Winter Recreation.” The conference, now in its 10th year, runs April 8-9 in the Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The conference opens at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, with a presentation on “Citizen Science in the Rockies: Outdoor Adventure Strengthening Knowledge of Nature,” moderated by J. Thomas McMurray, president and CEO of Marine Ventures Foundation. Since founding Marine Ventures in 2000, he has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects in the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas and Western Australia. He also is a co-founder of the BlueCloud Spatial, a collaborative project of dedicated research and conservation groups pursuing protection and restoration goals in some of the most important marine, estuarine and river ecosystems in North and South America and Western Australia. Other participants include:

The Tuesday, April 9 session opens with the unveiling of the State of the Rockies Report Card, featuring the results of the 2012-13 student research. The conference examines critical issues affecting the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, composed of Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  This year’s State of the Rockies Project researchers will present information concerning water-friendly futures for the Colorado River Basin. The presentation of the Champion of the Rockies Award to former Gov. Lamm will follow.

The Champion of the Rockies Award was initiated in 2007 to honor leaders of vision, drive and determination whose efforts are positively shaping the Rocky Mountain region’s present and future. Last year’s recipient was then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Previous recipients include environmentalist and philanthropist Ted Turner; Ed and Betsy Marston, the former publisher and editor, respectively, of the High Country News in Paonia, Colo.; and author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams.

 

2013 Conference Schedule:

Monday, April 8

Citizen Science in the Rockies: Outdoor Adventure Strengthening Knowledge of Nature, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
Moderator: J. Thomas McMurray, Ph.D., independent investor, co-founder of non-profits Marine Venture Foundation, The Ocean Foundation and Blue Cloud Spatial. Other presenters include:

  • Carson McMurray ’12: “Uses of Citizen Science on the 2012 Down the Colorado Expedition – Blue Cloud Mapping Effort”
  • Scott Loarie, post-doctoral fellow, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, Calif.: “Can Social Networks Save Biodiversity?” focusing on crowd-sourced ‘citizen-science’ data
  • Brendan Weiner, program director, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, Bozeman, Mont.: “Turning to Adventure Athletes for Data Collection,” pairing adventurers and science

Q & A

Refreshments and conversation

Tuesday, April 9

Outdoor Recreation and the Winter Olympics: Companion or Threat to the Rockies? 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

  • Rockies Project introduction and 2013 Rockies Report Card unveiling
  • 2012-13 student researchers present results about water-friendly futures for the Colorado River Basin
  • Rockies award recognition, with President Jill Tiefenthaler presenting citation to the 2012-13 Colorado College Champion of the Rockies to Richard Lamm, former governor of Colorado
  • Keynote talk by Gov. Lamm, “Early Colorado Environmental Movement and the 1976 Winter Olympics Controversy”
  • Ceil Folz, president and CEO, Vail Valley Foundation, “Major Events … Bringing the World to Colorado and Colorado to the World: Vail Resorts Hosting of February 2015 World Cup Ski Championships”
  • Q & A
  • Refreshments and conversation

Full details of conference events and speakers can be found on the Rockies Project Conference website.

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