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The tragedies stemming from the COVID-19 crisis are the first of a series of generational issues we must confront, from global loss of biodiversity to inequalities of our economic system to the climate crisis. Many are focusing on how we can return to “normal.” Here at The Alliance Center we realize there can be no return to what was once considered normal.

We are partnering with Natural Capitalism Solutions, Greener Solutions, the Polis Administration and thought leaders from across the state to build a plan that ensures a better future for all Coloradans. The coalition will be charged with tackling some of the biggest issues facing Colorado in the following areas: climate change, economy, workforce development, food systems, agriculture, infrastructure, natural resource management, transportation and democracy. We call upon you to be part of Colorado’s regenerative recovery.

WHAT IS A REGENERATIVE RECOVERY?

A regenerative recovery is one that 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 accomplish such a recovery:

1) Transition Rapidly to Renewable, Distributive, Reliable Energy

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.

2) Strengthen and Increase Colorado’s Regenerative Food System

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.

3) Provide Equitable Access and Opportunities

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.

4) Build the Industries and the Workforce of the Future

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.

5) Invest in Natural and Built Infrastructure

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.

6) Build Colorado’s Circular Economy

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.

7) Preserve and Strengthen Democratic Institutions

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.

8) Leverage Diverse Partnerships to Demonstrate Regeneration in Action

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 Regenerative Recovery Coalition is the first outcome of the Colorado Emergence Series– a collaborative effort to craft a sustainable and equitable future for the state. The coalition will implement the ideas and strategies generated by the series mentioned in this final report. Whether you’re an individual, nonprofit, business, academic institution or government official, you’re invited to join us in making this real.

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MEMBERS COMMITTED TO THE COALITION

19,548

REPRESENTED IN THE COLORADO WORKFORCE

$2,531,186,447

REPRESENTED IN ANNUAL REVENUE

Coalition members will work within these 10 working groups to make a regenerative recovery possible:

  • Energy

  • Workforce Development

  • REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE | FOOD SYSTEMS

  • Regenerative Business

  • FUNDING

  • Water

  • Natural Infrastructure

  • Equity | Access | Democracy

  • Circular Economy | Waste

  • Transportation | Built Environment | Land Use

COALITION MEMBERS

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

INDIVIDUALS

Angelica Alexander

Madeline Allen

Rebecca Andruszka

Kristin Ashworth Fanch

Jesse Barlow

Annie Beall

Ted Bellinger

Jenise Bermudez

Sarah Bexell

Katy Casper

Nancy Clanton

Kim Coupounas

Coralie Dorville

Bob Doyle

Keely Downs

Bob Doyle

Elizabeth Drachenberg

Kyle Elliott

Kirk Foyle

Magenta Freeman

Chris Funk

Dave Gajadhar

Laura Hall

Alyssa Harding

Matthew Harris

Scott Hatfield

Nathan Havey

John Hersey

Miles Hoffman

Chad Hunter

Lynn Israel

Angelica Jessamyn

Lisa Jarvi

Sarah Jones

Patricia Kelley

Gerard Kelly

Jason Knoll

Tommy Latousek

Jodi Lundin

Winna MacLaren

Vanessa McFarlane

Kate Manzer

Joe Matta

Lyric McKnight

Adam Meltzer

Vaughn Miller

Betsy Moszeter

Jill Nelson

Jeff Neuman-Lee

Galina Nicoll

Tim Ohno

Christian O’Rourke

Mark Orrs

Wanda Osterman

Cameron Patterson

Hannah Paul

Josie Plaut

Neil Pollard

Thomas Riggle

Theresa Rinne-Meyers

Molly Ross

Maria Rotunda

Pamela Scharf

Steve Schueth

Chandra Seibert

Jason Sharpe

Mariah Shell

Robert Smariga

Cheryl Spector

John Steiner

Sean Sternberg

Steve Stevens

Linda Stopp

Sharon Tinianow

Bob Tipton

Kaylynn Tkachev

Bridger Tomlin

Tara Tull

Kristen Turnbull

Robbie Vitrano

Jonathan Wachtel

Elaine Walsh Carney

Julia Weigel

Peter Welles

Julia Weigel

Julia Winton

Quintin Yates

Jongeun You

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