The Alliance was founded in 2004 to bring people together to solve systemic problems. Nearly twenty years later, our goal remains the same. Our impact, however, has grown dramatically! We now support more than 160 organizations each year through our historic downtown Denver building, and more than 400 individuals and organizations across Colorado have joined our Coalition to build a regenerative future.

While we were growing, the world was changing rapidly around us. In keeping with the times, we are excited to announce our rebrand! We are confident this rebrand will more accurately reflect our identity and impact.

Who We Are

The problems we face are so big and the solutions we work on are so bold that we cannot do this alone. No one can. We will learn to thrive as a species when we can work together through collective action. Thus, The Alliance for Collective Action (The Alliance) will be the new name of our organization. The Alliance convenes changemakers both physically and virtually through The Center and The Coalition.

The Alliance Center (The Center) will remain the name of our headquarters in downtown Denver. The Center is a coworking space housed in an innovative green building. The Center’s programs spark collaboration between community members working to advance environmental, social and economic solutions.

The Coalition for a Regenerative Future (The Coalition) will be the new name of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition. The Coalition works collectively to build a regenerative society through policy, advocacy and projects.

Changes to Expect

We are thrilled to announce that we will launch our new website in late June—click here for a sneak peek! We will begin officially using our new name, logo and branding after the launch of our website. We thank you all for your patience as we navigate this transition, and we apologize for any confusion that may result from it. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our communications team if you have any questions!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do. The Alliance would not be The Alliance without you—our incredible community of donors, tenants, members, partners and supporters. We hope that you find this new era as inspiring as we do, and we look forward to sharing more with you soon!

The following blog was written by Dylan Cassagnol from Logic Integration. Logic Integration is a premier integrator of high-end residential and commercial technology solutions. We are proud to partner with mission-driven organizations such as Logic Integration that are blazing a trail through their industry.

Logic Integration is a premier integrator of high-end residential and commercial technology solutions. With a wide range of capabilities that include interior and exterior lighting design, Logic Integration has established itself as a leading provider of innovative and sophisticated technology solutions for a diverse range of clients.

At Logic Integration, the emphasis is on creating unique and tailored solutions that are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual client. Whether it’s a residential or commercial project, Logic Integration is committed to providing exceptional service and expertise to ensure that every project is a success.

One of the key areas of expertise that sets Logic Integration apart from other integrators is its interior and exterior lighting design capabilities. The team at Logic Integration understands that lighting is a crucial element of any space and they work closely with clients to create custom lighting solutions that enhance the overall design and functionality of their spaces.

In addition to lighting design, Logic Integration offers a wide range of other services, including audio and video distribution, automation and control systems, surveillance systems and more. Their team of experts is highly skilled and knowledgeable, and they are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and support to their clients.

What truly sets Logic Integration apart, however, is their commitment to innovation and creativity. They are constantly exploring new technologies and techniques to push the boundaries of what is possible and create truly exceptional experiences for their clients. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, it’s more important than ever to work with a technology partner that has the skills, expertise, and dedication to keep up with the latest trends and advancements. With Logic Integration, you can be confident that you’re working with a team of professionals who are committed to delivering the very best in high-end technology solutions.

Shawn Hansson, the CEO and Founder of Logic Integration, was recently honored as a Titan CEO Hall of Fame inductee. This prestigious award recognizes top leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, business success, and a commitment to giving back to their community. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Hansson has led Logic Integration to become one of the most respected and innovative integrators in the business. His vision and dedication have been instrumental in the success of the company, and this recent honor is a testament to his leadership and achievements.

We are thrilled to share our 2022 Impact Report with you!

2022 was an incredibly successful year for the Alliance. With your support, we grew the Coalition to over 380 members, influenced 24 new state laws and directed over $526 million in state funding towards regenerative solutions. We hosted regenerative farm tours, the Just Transition Roundtable Series and a launch party for the Healthy Soils Challenge. Our cutting edge green building supported more than 30 organizations, 350 professionals, 100 events and 1,700 event attendees in 2022!

All of this work and success would not have been possible without your support. Thank you for helping to shape a more sustainable and equitable future.

Read the 2022 Impact Report here.

The Alliance is pleased to welcome our three newest board members: Naomi Amaha, Jacques-Philippe Piverger and Renise Walker! These three individuals come to us with a wealth of experience in systems change and collective impact. We are so thrilled to have them on our board! 

Naomi Amaha is an award-winning public affairs leader with a reputation for excellence in public policy and government relations. She currently serves as the inaugural Director of Policy and Government Affairs for The Denver Foundation, the largest and most experienced community foundation in the Rocky Mountain West. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication from the University of California Davis, is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and has earned a certification in Corporate Social Responsibility. She currently serves as co-chair of the City and County of Denver’s Sustainable Transportation standing committee of the Sustainability Advisory Council and member of the Policy and Legislative Advisory Network of the Rocky Mountain Partnership.

What interests you about The Alliance? Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was at the Alliance Center often for Coalition meetings, events, trainings and strategic planning sessions. It truly serves as a space for learning, collaboration and action.

Why did you decide to join the board? As a systems-change advocate, I am excited about working with the team at the Alliance to execute their vision for the organization and continue to grow the impact of the Coalition.

Jacques-Philippe Piverger is an experienced entrepreneur and investor. Prior to founding GoodLight Capital, he was co-founder and managing partner at OzoneX Ventures. Before OzoneX, he was a director at PineBridge Investments and AIG Investments, where he participated in directing over $10 billion of venture capital, private equity, hedge fund and real estate transactions globally. Jacques-Philippe was also the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of MPOWERD, a solar product company with global distribution in more than 70 countries. He holds a Bachelor‘s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is a board member of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Build NYC and Industrial Development Agency. He is also co-founder and former board member of The Council of Urban Professionals and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He was a Term Member at The Council on Foreign Relations and an advisory board member of George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Now Fund.

What interests you about The Alliance? The Alliance is a rare organization that artfully bridges the intersection of inspiration, necessity, and feasibility.  I am humbled by the opportunity to serve.

Why did you decide to join the board? I joined the board because its leadership is comprised of capable, audacious, mission aligned individuals who can accomplish the task of ushering in the era of regenerative ecosystems.  This is a perfect compliment to every aspect of my life’s work—from being a father to investing in underrepresented founders solving for the greatest challenges of our time through GoodLight Capital.

Renise Walker serves as the Assistant Director of Systems Innovation for the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Serving as an active leader for the CWDC, Renise represents the CWDC at state and national conferences and continues to innovate and be a thought leader in the talent development landscape. She is responsible for critical relationship development with external partners and provides management and alignment of CWDC‘s efforts to lead and support industry-led networks, develop and strengthen career pathway systems and implement stimulus-funded initiatives in support of Colorado’s economic recovery. Prior to joining the CWDC in 2015, Renise led the backbone efforts of a collective impact initiative working to advance affordable housing, workforce development and economic mobility for underserved populations in the nation’s capital. Walker believes strongly that enacting large-scale social challenges requires a willingness to innovate, break down silos and collaborate across traditional boundaries. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. As a proud third-generation Coloradan, Renise cares deeply about the future of Colorado and creating and sustaining opportunities for Colorado residents.

What interests you about The Alliance? I am interested in most in our shared values and commitments. In the environment we live in today, we need more organizations like the Alliance that are committed to regenerative practices and bringing people together to develop sustainable solutions and systems that benefit people, communities and the economy.

Why did you decide to join the board? I had been partnering with the Alliance for a few years and am looking forward to deeper engagement with the organization.

There’s no doubt about it: 2022 was a strange year. Colorado continued to contend with the effects of the pandemic and climate change. The nation achieved historic climate legislation and faced another contentious Election Day. The world grappled with cost of living crises and the outbreak of a war that greatly changed the global energy landscape.

Nevertheless, we continued our work to create a regenerative future. In fact, 2022 was one of our most inspiring and impactful years to date, with major successes for environmental policy, regenerative agriculture, clean energy and more. Because of your financial support, this year we were able to:

Change Colorado’s policy landscape

Thanks to the hard work of our Coalition members and our innovative strategy for policy development, we influenced 24 new state laws and directed $526 million of state funding in 2022! We are currently developing our 2023 policy platform and preparing to collaborate with lawmakers again in next spring’s legislative session. 

Elevate regenerative agriculture across the state

Our regenerative farm tour in September brought together more than 50 individuals to support local farmers, bridge the urban-rural divide and experience regenerative agriculture in practice. In October, we launched the statewide Healthy Soils Challenge with a party attended by more than 200 regenerative agriculture advocates, including Governor Jared Polis!

Spearhead a managed energy transition

This summer, we commissioned a study to better understand the oil and gas industry and its true impact on Colorado. We found that a just transition for Colorado is not only immediately necessary, but is fully economically viable! Our Just Transition Roundtable Series is now underway. We also activated a 27kW solar array on our building this year, offsetting about 7% of our energy use.

Continue our equity journey

In partnership with The Equity Project, we hosted an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workshop series throughout 2022 to ensure that the work of our Coalition members is guided and informed by equity. We have also been collaborating with The Equity Project to develop an equity blueprint for our next strategic framework. Our team looks forward to accomplishing deeper and better EDI work in the years to come.

Grow our community of changemakers 

This year saw the Coalition grow to 385 members! We also welcomed six new tenants to our building and collaborated with dozens more changemakers through our coworking and partnership opportunities. In total, we supported more than 30 organizations, 300 professionals, 80 events and 1,200 event attendees through our nonprofit center! Seven hardworking, passionate individuals joined our staff and three joined our board, poising us for success when the Coalition expands nationally next year.

Help Us Make 2023 a Success

The growth and impact of The Alliance this past year would not have been possible without our donors. And we have even more exciting things planned for 2023! Next year will bring a new name, a new brand and an evolved strategy for action. This work combines all of the lessons we have learned through our years of convening changemakers and sets forth an ambitious plan for furthering our collective impact.

But we need your support to make it happen! Your donation will go further on Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day takes place this year on December 6th, but you can schedule your donation today. Whether you donate $10 or $10,000, you are contributing to a regenerative future. 

In these challenging times, bringing people together to solve systemic problems is more important now than ever. We are so grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to including you in our impactful plans for 2023!

The Current State of Colorado’s Energy Economy

Hi! My name is Jane Allen and I am the Assistant Director of Climate and Energy Resilience for the Regenerative Recovery Coalition, a program of The Alliance Center. 

In 2021, the RRC’s Climate and Energy group researched gaps in the state’s climate agenda to determine where our group could provide the most value. It quickly became clear that although the state has set ambitious climate targets, the outsized impact of the oil and gas sector on climate and public health has not been fully acknowledged or addressed by the state. Additionally, jobs in oil and gas have decreased due to the overall viability of the oil and gas sector, which will be increasingly challenged in the coming years as energy markets continue to shift to renewables. This has serious consequences for workers and communities who have historically relied on oil and gas as a main source of income.

We know that the urgency of the climate crisis requires us to rapidly shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy. Despite this, Colorado remains the 5th largest oil producer and 7th largest gas producer in the country. In addition to the climate, the health and wellbeing of communities are also impacted. A 2022 report found that a quarter million Coloradans, including 74,000 children, are at risk due to their proximity to oil and gas production.

While these harms cannot be ignored, it is important to recognize that this sector plays an important role in Colorado’s economy and that funding from oil and gas taxes support local communities and public goods. This is why a thoughtful, managed transition is essential to repair the harms of the fossil fuel industry and ensure that Colorado workers and communities are not left behind in the process. Colorado has made incredible progress transitioning communities away from coal. The state now has a moral responsibility to look after the oil and gas workers who have powered Colorado, as well as the communities disproportionately impacted by pollutants, poor air quality and climate change. 

In an effort to better understand the oil and gas industry and its true impact to Colorado, we commissioned a study to examine the labor, revenue, environmental and health implications of the sector, as well as potential pathways for a transition. This was an important first step to determining the best course of action given the state’s unique opportunities and challenges in this arena.

Read on to hear our summer intern from the University of Chicago, Kinar, share more about his research on this topic, key findings and recommendations for future action.

A Just Transition is Both Necessary and Viable

Hi! My name is Kinar and I’m a junior at the University of Chicago studying Economics and Philosophy. I was born and raised in Chicago and have spent my past few summers conducting research into economic and legal policy and refugee asylum reform, Most recently, I have worked in investment banking. Outside of class, work and research, I play for my university’s hockey team and help lead a student organization that provides mentorship and career workshops to undergraduates interested in economics.  

While I’ve spent my life in the Midwest, I’ve long held a deep respect and appreciation for the Rocky Mountains. Protecting our climate and natural resources has always been important to me, and this summer, thanks to Jane and the RRC, I was able to combine my interests in environmental reform with economic development. 

The project’s mandate was to truth-test many of the oil and gas industry’s claims in order to conduct an objective cost-benefit analysis of the environmental, economic and social consequences at stake. To this end, Jane and I decided to narrow the scope even further to look at the tax impact of the oil and gas industry for the state and local economies, labor implications for workers, funding for schools and damage to local ecosystems. We then researched and analyzed the viability of clean, renewable energy to fully replace fossil fuels in a long-term, controlled transition for the State of Colorado.  

Instead of conducting a traditional research report, I decided to use geographic information system mapping (GIS) through ARCGIS to create an interactive and engaging experience that leverages data to tell a story. This technology is being used by many policy and academic institutions to try to better understand and communicate the hidden messages in massive datasets.

Combined with traditional research methods, we found that a full, just transition for Colorado is not only needed immediately, but is fully economically viable. Investment in renewable energy is vast, and combined with community and government support is on track to outpace the positive economic impact of the oil and gas industry within the next 20 years. As such, we recommend that the State of Colorado, the public and private sector and individuals come together to advocate for a just transition to renewable energy.  

The report can be accessed here through ARCGIS. I recommend that you explore and interact with the maps and hope that you will advocate for a clean energy transition for Colorado!

A Letter from Our Executive Director

Dear Alliance Center Community,

At The Alliance Center, we believe that climate justice requires fighting for justice in all aspects of society. Every voice counts as we create a better future for people and our planet. Unfortunately, not every voice has been included in creating solutions. Conversations about climate change, often led by people with compounded systemic privilege, can exclude the communities most disproportionately impacted by climate change. These communities, typically low income communities and/or communities of color, get hit first, the hardest and take the longest to recover.

This is a symptom of systems that no longer serve us. Sustainability is a very homogenous industry. It is an industry of privilege—privilege to focus on the future instead of worrying about how to feed your family today. We can no longer silo these issues or their solutions. We must work at the intersection of social and environmental movements to build a regenerative future—a future where everyone has enough, all life can thrive and we are no longer exploiting ourselves, each other or the natural world.

To actualize that future, we must reimagine and reinvent literally all systems that currently govern our lives— and we must do it fast. This will take deep and coordinated collaboration with a diversity of change agents. How do we work at the pace and scale needed to address the climate crisis as well as the speed of trust needed for authentic equity work? How do we accomplish authentic equity work in a world so divided that we have forgotten how to respectfully disagree?

Equity work is forever work. It is a journey, not a box to check or a demographic to measure. Unraveling centuries of oppression and exploitation won’t happen overnight, but the arc of progress bends towards justice.

At The Alliance Center, we have made a great deal of progress—and we are not perfect. We are not striving for perfection, but rather progress, compassion and authenticity. This must be a humble journey to uplift the voices of traditionally marginalized people, not a tool for white people’s self improvement. We are deeply committed to centering our work in equity, but we know we have a long way to go.

 Our History

When I started at The Alliance Center in 2015, the board and staff were 100% white. Through intention and internal work over the last four years, we are thrilled to celebrate and honor 50% racial diversity on our staff and 35% on our Board of Directors. 60% of our staff leadership are racially diverse and 80% identify as women. It is important to note that these demographics are certainly worth celebrating, but they are not the final destination. They are a starting point on a very long journey. Getting more diverse voices in the room can be misguided if the room still isn’t a safe space.

I personally have had to confront my own harmful beliefs, behaviors, privilege and fragility to be a better ally. As a white woman, I was formed by, but not aware of, systems of oppression while growing up. I used to believe racism was an individual problem perpetuated by “mean” people—not a deeply rooted systemic issue. I was, on rare occasions, exposed to racist comments, but didn’t recognize microaggressions. I knew there were racist people in the world, but didn’t realize just how much racism shaped the world we live in.

The systems that guide and govern our lives—from healthcare to education to how policy is created, how real estate is sold and how companies hire and operate—are all built on systems of oppression. Our country was founded and built on the backs and bodies of enslaved African Americans. Prior to that, the land was stolen from the Indigenous communities who called it home thousands of years before colonists arrived. This is a violent and appalling part of our nation’s history. While we cannot change what happened, we can do better every day from now on.

By 2018, I had been with the organization for three years and working throughout that time to add more racial diversity to our program members and approach our work through an environmental justice lens. We kept hitting a wall—a wall built by our own industry. No matter how hard we tried, we kept getting more of the same homogeneous job applicants, board member suggestions and white male “expert” panelists. I knew we needed help to make any progress.

Since 2018, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and expert Dr. Dwinita Mosby-Tyler of The HR Shop and The Equity Project has helped us examine how we repeat the cycle of oppression. She has worked with us to shape our practices with racial equity in mind. We began internally with our recruiting and hiring practices, equity training, employee handbook and team culture. During this time we also launched an initiative to rebuild our Board of Directors. We developed a skills and qualifications matrix and applied a racial equity lens. Through this, we built a board to help advance the work of the organization with racial, political, sexuality, spirituality and age diversity—something that had been lacking since our founding in 2004.

Dr. Mosby-Tyler also officially helped guide and craft The Alliance Center’s EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) strategy as part of our strategic planning process in 2019. In 2020, after years of our own internal equity journey, we launched our strategic plan with equity at the center.

This effort has since moved into our external work, helping to shape our programs and supporting us in making decisions through an equity lens. This includes a series of training sessions for our staff, board, tenants and Coalition members led by The Equity Project. We hope to continue transforming our well-meaning intentions into positive, helpful action that will keep pushing equity forward. It all starts with listening and learning with humility and vulnerability, and we can’t thank Dr. Mosby-Tyler and Ariana Flores enough for their willingness to work so deeply with us.

A sunset over a mountain trail.Our Future

Times of disruption are opportunities to reflect on the practices that have brought us to the present moment—to identify and nourish what works and release what no longer serves. The pandemic is only one of many crises facing our economy. Climate change, biodiversity loss and systemic racism and inequality are only a few of the headwinds faced by our economy. Built on unequal prosperity, our energy, food, infrastructure, economic and democratic institutions are more fragile than we knew. Some people say that they want things to return to normal, but for too many, “normal” didn’t work. It was degenerative and detrimental to both people and the planet.

We are now at a tipping point of deep societal change. The Alliance Center is harnessing this potential for systems level change through the Regenerative Recovery Coalition. The Coalition started through deep community listening in 2020, which generated the eight fundamentals of a regenerative recovery. Equity is central to them all: it is the foundation upon which we build. When I started tracking our audience demographics back in 2015, The Alliance Center’s audience achieved only 5% racial diversity. Now, through the work of the Coalition, we have improved that to at least 36%—better, but still not where we need to be. So, what are we doing now?

We will continue to work with Dr. Mosby-Tyler and her team at both The Equity Project and The HR Shop. The Equity Project is guiding us once again to develop an equity blueprint for our next strategic framework, which will take us through 2027. We continue to conduct EDI trainings and workshops for our staff, board, tenants and Coalition members. The HR Shop will continue to help with policy review and recruiting as we build our team for the growth ahead. We also developed an equity lens upon which we now vet all decisions and projects.

Our internal staff is continuing to develop the competencies and areas of expertise needed to advance our EDI work both internally and through our programs. Yet we are constantly on a learning journey to accomplish deeper and better EDI work. I have personally joined the Colorado Inclusive Economy, a group of CEOs, executives and equity champions supporting each other as we build specific EDI strategies into each of our organizations.

The next chapter for us includes a continual focus on internal improvement, intentional relationship building and partnering with stakeholders, frontline communities and organizations who are centering their work in equity. The Coalition is growing wings to scale across the nation in the years ahead, and we aim to do so as an antiracist organization helping to lead the regenerative movement.

The Alliance Center has always demonstrated sustainability in action. It’s now time we focus on regeneration in action, with equity at the center of everything we do. The journey ahead is one of healing: healing the centuries of embodied trauma we have bestowed upon ourselves, each other and the natural world.

With gratitude and appreciation,
Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Why Vote?

The Alliance Center exists to bring people together to solve systemic problems. This often takes the form of powerful, cross-sector partnerships that drive innovative solutions. Through collaboration, we have influenced 44 state laws, revolutionized policy development, tested groundbreaking sustainable technology and amplified the work of hundreds of individuals and organizations striving to create meaningful change. 

This progress takes place year-round, but the outcomes of this work often hinge on one single day: Election Day. Although voting may seem like a purely individual act, it is actually an act of collaboration. By casting your vote, you join your voice with millions of other voices to build a better future for us all. Bold and comprehensive climate legislation, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, couldn’t find success without voters. Your vote is one of the most powerful tools for creating a significant, sustained transformation at both the local and federal levels.

This year, The Alliance Center endorses two ballot measures. Read more about the measures below, and please be sure to cast your vote this election season!

We Endorse

The Alliance Center endorses ballot measure 306. This zero waste initiative, championed by grassroots environmental group Waste No More Denver, will require all businesses—including apartment complexes, condos, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and sporting arenas—to provide compost and recycling pickup services. It will also require all construction and demolition waste to be sustainably managed. A whopping 82% of Denver’s waste comes from businesses, apartment and construction sites, so voting yes on ballot measure 306 will make an enormous difference in Denver’s environmental impact. In addition, ballot measure 306 will strengthen Denver’s economy by creating local green-collar jobs and will make sustainability more accessible by ensuring that every Denver resident can choose to recycle or compost. Vote YES on ballot measure 306!

The Alliance Center also endorses Proposition 123. Home and rental costs have outpaced the increase of wages and have made living in Colorado more expensive than ever before. Proposition 123 will seek to make Colorado more affordable by dedicating .01% of taxable income to building affordable homes and expanding home ownership opportunities for Coloradans. This will allow hardworking people to remain in the cities they call home, limiting urban sprawl and the increase of emissions, congestion and pollution that come with it. Proposition 123 explicitly prioritizes funding for high-density, mixed-use, environmentally sustainable projects. Vote YES on Proposition 123!

How to Vote

Election day is on November 8th, but early voting in Colorado can begin up to 15 days before election day. You can register to vote through Election Day! Check out or the Go Vote Colorado webpage for information on registering to vote and finding early voting near you.

Midterm elections often see decreased voter turnout, though they remain as important as presidential elections in determining our collective future. Please remember to vote and encourage your loved ones to vote as well. Feel free to share this blog and its included resources far and wide.

Thank you for doing your part to build a better world! Systems level change is impossible without individual action. 

Healthy Soils and the Climate Crisis

Can we combat the climate crisis by paying more attention to… soil? 

Yes, we can! Transitioning to regenerative agricultural practices is one of the most effective solutions to the climate crisis, and soil health is a key component of regenerative agriculture. By storing more carbon and retaining more water, healthy soil improves the quality of our food and water, increases the resilience of our land and combats rising global temperatures. 

Unfortunately, due in part to wildfires, droughts and unsustainable land management practices, many farms and ranches in the US suffer from poor soil health. Our nation’s approach to farming has historically prioritized profits over the health of land and people, and we are now paying the price. The current system harms farmers and ranchers, consumers and the environment.

Luckily, there’s something we can do about it.

The Healthy Soils Challenge

A partnership between the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Zero Foodprint and The Alliance’s Coalition, the Healthy Soils Challenge is a fundraising campaign for Restore Colorado, a program to help Colorado farmers and ranchers restore their land and implement climate smart agriculture. Just $48 can pull a literal ton of carbon out of the atmosphere—imagine what millions of dollars can do! Restore Colorado will team up with the state’s farmers and ranchers to plant cover crops, apply compost, manage rotational grazing and more.  

Restore Colorado’s first project will be the McCauley Family Farm. Check out the video below to learn more!

What You Can Do

Are you a farmer or rancher? Are you a chef or restaurant owner? Are you a diner or consumer? No matter your role in the food system—and we all have one—you can be part of the solution! 

Individuals can:

  • Donate to the Healthy Soils Challenge. 
  • Patronize businesses that have committed to contributing a few cents per meal to supporting regenerative agriculture.
  • Get involved in the Coalition’s other regenerative agriculture efforts. 

Business owners can:

  • Commit to contributing a few cents per meal to supporting regenerative agriculture.
  • Sponsor the Coalition’s regenerative agriculture efforts.

Farmers and ranchers can:

  • Reach out to the Coalition’s Director, Jolie Brawner, for more information on participating in or benefiting from our regenerative agriculture initiatives.

Everyone can:

  • Join the Coalition, a cross-sector collaboration of organizations and individuals working to create a finer future.
  • Attend the Healthy Soils Launch Party on October 11th, 2022 from 6-9pm! This event, featuring food, drinks and inspiring conversations about building strong and resilient food systems, will kick off the Healthy Soils Challenge. Attendees will have a chance to network and connect with regenerative agriculture leaders, chefs, media outlets, funders, farmers, ranchers and government leaders, including Governor Polis. We hope to see you there! 

Last month, in a thrilling and unexpected move, the U.S. Congress successfully passed the Inflation Reduction Act. Although this bill addresses inflation, healthcare costs and more, it also happens to be the boldest and most comprehensive climate legislation in our country’s history. 

But what, precisely, does this mean? Where does the bill succeed and where does it fall short? What are the next steps for change agents in the environmental movement?

Where The Bill Succeeds

The Inflation Reduction Act has a number of monumental provisions targeting the climate crisis. These include:

  1. Tax credits to incentivize more energy efficient lifestyles. These tax credits will make things like electric vehicles, rooftop solar panels and housing retrofits more accessible to the general public.
  2. Funding for the manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and other clean energy technology. This funding will help reduce the price of these technologies and relieve supply chain bottlenecks.
  3. Tax credits and grants to decarbonize the economy. By incentivizing greener manufacturing processes and greener commercial vehicles, these provisions will reduce emissions across all sectors. 
  4. Funding to reduce environmental injustice. Among other things, this funding will invest in public transportation and air quality monitoring in the communities most affected by pollution.
  5. Investments in climate smart agriculture, forest restoration and land conservation. This funding will ensure that rural communities are at the forefront of climate solutions.

What an exciting moment in our country’s history! This legislation reflects decades of work  accelerated by The Alliance Center, our community and the greater environmental movement. We have long understood the importance of investing in green buildings and green technologies: our building is one of the most energy efficient buildings in all of LoDo, and our Living Laboratory program pilots innovative solutions to the climate crisis. Additionally, our multi-issue Coalition drives action with a number of regenerative agriculture initiatives, including a healthy soils challenge and a series of farm tours that aim to foster urban-rural relationships. After many years of work on these issues, it is uplifting to see significant federal funding and attention directed toward them. 

Where The Bill Falls Short

Of course, the bill is not perfect. Unfortunately, it also contains provisions that reduce obstacles for fossil fuel projects. Oil and gas operations contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and are a primary cause of air and water pollutants. Despite Colorado’s commitment to reducing emissions, we continue to be one of the top oil and gas producing states in the country. The Alliance Center remains committed to supporting workers through a managed decline of the fossil fuels industry, and we hope that federal policy will one day follow suit. Until then, the Regenerative Recovery Coalition will continue to spearhead projects devoted to a just transition for oil and gas, including an upcoming roundtable series and an analysis of the oil and gas sector in Colorado.

What Comes Next

This groundbreaking bill is certainly cause for celebration. However, the journey to reach this point was arduous and its outcome was never clear. The unpredictable process of passing this legislation only highlights the everlasting importance of sustained, local action. We still have a long way to go before we achieve our vision: a sustainable and equitable future in which all communities thrive, democracy is strong, the economy works for everyone and the planet is healthy.

It will be exciting to observe the positive effects of the Inflation Reduction Act. In the meantime, stay engaged! Join the Coalition, attend our next capacity building event, donate to support our work. The movement still needs you.