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Heidi VanGenderen

University of Colorado Boulder
Chief Sustainability Officer

Heidi started work as CU Boulder’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2017.  She returned home to Colorado from Washington, DC where she served as the Director of Public Engagement/External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy as an appointee of President Barack Obama.  


Prior to her federal service, she served as Director of National and Regional Outreach for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where she was part of the policy team and as a Senior Energy Advisor for the Worldwatch Institute.


A 4th generation Coloradan, Heidi served as Colorado’s first gubernatorial climate advisor where she oversaw creation of the state’s first Climate Action Plan. 


She served as Senior Associate of the Wirth Chair in Sustainability at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado Denver and as Deputy Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project.


She has worked on sustainability issues in the non-profit, public, academic and private sectors as an organizer, writer, researcher, and public speaker for the majority of her professional career. She completed a Chevening Fellowship on Finance and Investment in a Low-Carbon Economy in Edinburgh and London in 2009 and is a graduate of Carleton College.


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