While many focus on reinstating our pre-COVID way of life, The Alliance Center realizes there can be no return to “normal”. Instead, recovering from the pandemic provides us with an opportunity to tackle the generational issues we face, such as economic inequality, environmental injustice and the climate crisis. We can rebuild Colorado with a regenerative future in mind—a future with a robust local economy that meets human needs abundantly and equitably provides clean air, water, food and energy to all.

No single organization can do this alone, so we formed the Regenerative Recovery Coalition. The Coalition is a collaboration of nonprofits, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies and individuals boldly working together towards this future.

WHAT IS A REGENERATIVE RECOVERY?

A regenerative recovery will build a robust, localized economy that meets human needs abundantly and equitably provides clean water, air, energy and food. We’ve identified eight fundamentals for accomplishing such a recovery:

The global energy system is the prime driver of climate change. To solve the climate crisis, it is urgent that we transition to renewable energy production combined with efficient use of energy. Working with the state of Colorado, the coalition’s goal is to decarbonize the state’s economy by 2030, considerably earlier than the 2050 date listed in the state documents.

COVID-19 made the fragile and inequitable nature of our food system transparent. Human health and environmental health are linked. State policies must promote regenerative farming styles and methods that restore health and vibrancy to the ecosystem. We must ensure that such methods have direct (or equal) market access.

The health impacts of COVID-19 are felt disproportionately by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. A regenerative economy is founded on a commitment to address and remove systemic barriers. It establishes the conditions to achieve shared prosperity and provides opportunities for all voices to be heard and participate in decision making.

Colorado is an entrepreneurial birthplace, known for creating niche markets like hemp and CBD that go on to lead the nation. The shift to clean technology, arts and culture, regenerative agriculture and the other job creation engines offers Colorado the chance to create a more inclusive, resilient life for all. In the wake of COVID-19, the state should invest in the industries of the future, not those of the past.

The presence of properly located and maintained roads, bridges, airports, rail lines, broadband, power grids, sanitation and buildings are critical to a healthy economy. Even more important is our natural infrastructure, including intact ecosystems that provide our life support systems (air to breathe, water to drink, fertile soil to grow our food and climate stability). These underpin all life and all economic activity.

A circular economy is based on reclaiming raw materials that were used to create products and returning them to usefulness, keeping them from being discarded. The coalition will focus on creating jobs through supporting enterprises like recycling entrepreneurs and material end-markets in Colorado.

A regenerative recovery must protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, as well as revitalize active and inclusive civic engagement. Institutions have historically blocked access to BIPOC, resulting in systemic oppression. A regenerative recovery must prioritize access, voice and equitable opportunity to all communities, especially BIPOC.

The coalition members include representatives of for-profits, nonprofits, media, academia, state and local governments and individual citizens. The coalition will seek partnerships and collaboration across diverse boundaries. Making it happen will also take creative approaches to funding and supporting these efforts.

HOW WE’LL ACCOMPLISH THIS

The Coalition embodies the foundational principles of a regenerative recovery outlined in A Guide to a Regenerative Recovery. We drive action in three main ways:

  1. Working with key influencers and decision makers in Colorado
  2. Uplifting the voices and accelerating the work of our members 
  3. Identifying gaps to a regenerative recovery and implementing projects to accelerate the needed transformation

To get it done, we’ve partnered with some of the biggest names around, including the Polis Administration, leadership of both the Colorado House and Senate, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Greener Solutions and thought leaders from across the state.

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MEMBERS COMMITTED TO THE COALITION

28,522

REPRESENTED IN THE COLORADO WORKFORCE

$7,252,066,955

REPRESENTED IN ANNUAL REVENUE

Coalition members work within these working groups to make a regenerative recovery possible:

The Climate Change and Energy Working Group is pushing for the reduction of emissions, a switch to renewable energy and a just transition for extraction communities and workforce.

This group is working on building and supporting a regenerative food system, which is a local, diversified, relational and holistic approach to feeding Colorado by replenishing lands, building healthy communities and supporting rural economies.

The Workforce Development Working Group is developing the backbone infrastructure for certificates, apprenticeships and more to get people back to work in clean energy and regenerative agriculture. Additionally, they are creating statewide communications campaign to destigmatize skilled trades.

This working group is focusing on defining what it means to be a regenerative business based on the eight fundamentals of a regenerative recovery. They will create a quick assessment to determine where companies currently stand and what they can do to become more sustainable.

COALITION MEMBERS

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

INDIVIDUALS

Tom Abood

Angelica Alexander

Madeline Allen

Sam Allen

Laila Amerman

Benu Amun-Ra

Corinne Anderson

Rebecca Andruszka

Laura Anthony

Quinn Antus

Kristin Ashworth Fanch

Linda Baggus

Melissa Baldridge

Rachel Balkcom

Jesse Barlow

Clayton Bartczak

Annie Beall

Shannon Bean Scalise

Marguerite Behringer

Ted Bellinger

Jenise Bermudez

Sarah Bexell

Spencer Black

Susan Blansett

Timothy Broderick

Lara Buelow

Nick Campion

Katy Casper

Nancy Clanton

Kim Coupounas

Richard Cunningham

Rosie Davies

Eric Dec

Coralie Dorville

Keely Downs

Bob Doyle

Elizabeth Drachenberg

Vanessa Dunlap

Jocelyn Durkay

Kyle Elliott

Marianne Eppig

Morgan Ferris

Elysa Firestone

Ariana Flores

Kirk Foyle

Magenta Freeman

David Fridland

Aidan Friesen

Chris Funk

Bill Fulton

Dave Gajadhar

Alexander Garland

Soleil Gaylord

Amy Geschwell

Josie Gilmore

Leslie Glustrom

Chris Gorrie

Nick Grahf

Gabi Graves

Spencer Green

Laura Hall

Anders Halverson

Marguerite Harden

Alyssa Harding

Matthew Harris

Scott Hatfield

Nathan Havey

Graham Haydon

Risa Hayes

Jaimie Henthorn

John Hersey

Hannah HintzChelsea Hodgkins

Miles Hoffman

Megan Holcomb

Chad Hunter

Lynn Israel

Angelica Jessamyn

Shannon Jahn

Alaine Janosy

Lisa Jarvi

Sarah Jones

Pete Josetti

Darren Kanthal

Brandi Kaufman

Katherine Keegan

Patricia Kelley

Rebecca Kelley

Gerard Kelly

Bethany Koch

Jason Knoll

Jesse Last

Tommy Latousek

Chaille Lemcke

Jodi Lundin

Winna MacLaren

Victoria Mallory

Joan May

Vanessa McFarlane

Kate Manzer

Christel Markevich

Sarah Martinez

Joe Matta

John-Paul Maxfield

Conor J. May

Andrew McCue

Lyric McKnight

Adam Meltzer

Anne Miller

Vaughn Miller

Kimberly Mintrone

Lucy Molina

Josh Molyneux

Mark Montoya

Betsy Moszeter

Toni Nading

Sandy Nagler

Jill Nelson

Sasha Nelson

Jeff Neuman-Lee

Galina Nicoll

Megan O’Grady

Tim Ohno

Christian O’Rourke

Mark Orrs

Wanda Osterman

Kelcie Ottoes

Aron Palma

Cameron Patterson

Hannah Paul

Barry Peters

Audrey Pirzadeh

Josie Plaut

Neil Pollard

Michael Port

Emily Rader

Susan Renaud

Thomas Riggle

Theresa Rinne-Meyers

Liddy Romero

Mara Rose

Nancy Rosenberg

Ellen Ross

Molly Ross

Maria Rotunda

Elisa Sabatini

Pamela Scharf

Linda Schiller

Malcolm Schluenderfritz

Steve Schueth

Kelley Schweissing

Chandra Seibert

Jason Sharpe

Sterling Shaw

Mariah Shell

Sam Shriver

Chantae Shor

Lodi Siefer

Janna Six

Robert Smariga

Zack Smith

Michael Sotire

Cheryl Spector

John Steiner

Sean Sternberg

Steve Stevens

Linda Stopp

Emily Swallow

David Takahashi

Sharon Tinianow

Bob Tipton

Kaylynn Tkachev

Bridger Tomlin

Tara Tull

Kristen Turnbull

Laura Valle Gutierrez

Hallie Venaglia

Marie Venner

Robbie Vitrano

Jonathan Wachtel

Matt Wallenstein

Elaine Walsh Carney

Erika Washburn

Erik Wayland

Julia Weigel

Peter Welles

Rachel Winter

Julia Winton

Quintin Yates

Jongeun You

Rachael Zafer

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