Boulder appoints chief sustainability officer

BOULDER — After a national search, Kendra Tupper has been selected as the City of Boulder’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

It’s a promotion for Tupper, who served as Boulder’s chief energy services manager for three years. Tupper has 15 years experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She was a principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute prior to working for the city and has worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, WSP Flack + Kurtz and Zapotec Energy.

Tupper’s new role is a new position for the city. The newly-created Chief Sustainability Officer position will report to the director of Planning, Housing and Sustainability.

“The City of Boulder and the Boulder community have a record of leadership regarding climate, energy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jim Robertson, director of Planning, Housing + Sustainability, in a prepared statement. “Through the creation of this position, we seek to maintain and enhance those strengths while simultaneously building upon accomplishments in the areas of economic health and social equity.  This holistic approach will allow us to better recognize the interrelationships between these important aspects of sustainability. Kendra is ideally suited to help us with that effort, as she has a strong track record of translating broad policy direction into achievable work plans and deliverables. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in this new role.”

Tupper will begin her new role Sept. 11. The city is looking at how to best leverage the energy services manager position she is vacating.


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