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Conservation Colorado

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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Conservation colorado is a grassroots statewide organization working to protect colorado's air, land, water, and people. Our longevity as an organization has provided years of experience educating, mobilizing, and working in partnership with our members. Along with conservation group partners and diverse allies, we create the broad support that provides cover for state and federal decision makers to support protective and proactive conservation policies. This connects to our work developing new leaders, especially young voters and Latinos, who care about protecting Colorado’s natural heritage and quality of life.

Results: Recent accomplishments for the organization have included securing air quality rules that set a model for the nation to significantly reduce gasfield emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, along with other pollutants known to harm human health; launching Protégete, a program that aims to build a more powerful voice for Latino communities and leaders in the fight against climate change and promote a healthy future for all Colorado residents; ensuring that 36 wilderness areas and close to 4 million acres of Colorado lands will stay forever wild, from the Weminuche and the Flat Tops to Browns Canyon and Hermosa Creek; setting a statewide renewable energy standard by citizens’ ballot measure, then increasing it to 30 percent and making it one of the strongest in the country; and passing more than 150 conservation bills at the state legislature in the past eight years alone on a host of environmental issues ranging from water efficiency to air quality to energy efficiency to transit.

Target demographics: All Coloradans

Geographic areas served: Colorado communities and the great outdoors

Programs: Addressing climate change, wilderness & public lands, water, and civic engagement. In each of these areas, we focus on organizing and outreach that can fundamentally change policy outcomes to advance conservation in Colorado.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a huge fan of Conservation Colorado: they are focused, effective, and inclusive. The staff is great—smart, capable, and strategic. The organization does a ton in the state to protect wilderness and to support efforts to curb climate change, but also to address unequal voices in conservation. I’m impressed with how they mobilize their supporters and effect change in the legislature.

Donor

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado is my favorite non-profit in this state! My father, (now in his 90's), and a former State Senator, introduced me to CC a few years ago, when I moved back to Colorado. He invited me to the annual CC Gala, and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a room of jubilant folks from eighteen to eighty, dressed comfortably, eagerly talking about the successes of Conservation Colorado during the last twelve months. But there are continually more environmental issues regarding the environment yet to tackle!

The speaker for the Gala, the acclaimed environmentalist and author, Bill McKibben, gave an engaging and sobering talk about the work that must be accomplished to protect what we love most about Colorado: the wilderness. Mr. McKibben emphasized the many difficult tasks which lie ahead. What's impressive is that Conservation Colorado is boldly prepared to take on challenges, and they do so with energy and passion. Attending the annual "Rebel with a Cause" Gala, or meeting a staff member over a cup of coffee, are ways in which this organization strives to educate Coloradans. CC inspires those living here to help in preserving the beauty of our precious resources.

The smart and hugely knowledgeable people who run this non-profit welcome any interested people to join their efforts. Conservation Colorado holds many events which are informative (and fun!), and it's a great way immerse yourself in the community. Meeting like-minded citizens--no matter what your age or level of understanding might be--is an invigorating way to share CC's slogan: "the future is worth the fight".

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Donor

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado is an incredible organization. The work they do and the results they've brought to Colorado are amazing - from protecting our public lands to promoting clean energy and smart water planning. The people who work at Conservation Colorado are truly incredible folks filled with passion and energy! We are lucky to have them in Colorado, fighting to protect our environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Conservation Colorado for more than a year and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. As an intern, it was very rewarding to see the organization's strength and influence. I was honored to be a part of the organization and aid them in their efforts. During my time at Conservation Colorado, I was able to see first hand how hardworking and passionate the staff at Conservation Colorado are. They are constantly working to protect Colorado's rivers, public lands, quality of life and more. All they do, from advocacy work, to fundraising events, to getting out into the community, reflects the organization's mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the last ten years, I have been the Executive Director of a small, Colorado-born-and-bred river nonprofit. When I started, we were only one paid staff person, and although we've grown over the last ten years, we still focus on our bread-and-butter work, which is doing river restoration projects (flow restoration, infrastructure projects, habitat restoration, etc.). We have an absolutely wonderful and indispensable partnership with Conservation Colorado. This is one of those cases where the whole (our groups working together) is truly more than the sum of the parts. Our teams have grown to depend on each other, share information, and support each other's work. Conservation Colorado's team is smart, dedicated, and strategic and we have the benefit of working with Colorado's environmental powerhouse; they receive the benefit of our knowledge of on-the-ground projects. And the winner is Colorado.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado is an organization that cares about the future of all Coloradans!
They were so responsive and helpful as we organized to stop fracking in our region.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I support Conservation Colordo, which is highly rated as a non-profit.

Mesa County, Colorado, my home, is 70% public land. Colorado, for its part, has four times the public land per capita that California has.

With all these resources, we, more than most, benefit from strong conservation education of both the public and our lawmakers. Conservation Colorado fills the bill.

1 Eilene Halse L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado has been an excellent partner to our local Indivisible group. They provide information and opportunities for action for those of us concerned about the environment and our public land. They are enthusiastic and dedicated people, who encourage others to speak up when it matters most.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A rep. from C C has always been available locally. When we started a grassroots political group here to watchdog, educate and rally against ongoing resource extraction and intrusion onto our public lands, CC showed up at our meetings with pertinent info. , support and ongoing help with activism. We are so lucky in our small rural area to have this kind of knowledgeable and positive help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have a Conservation Colorado team right here in our town. They are persistently positive and energetic and visible. Their informational events bring in overflow crowds as their presentations always exceed expectations. These folks go out of their way to make sure all local groups, no matter how small, get pertinent info about upcoming issues.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an avid supporter of Conservation Colorado because of all the fantastic and timely work they do to protect out public lands. This is specially important with the current trend in Washington.
Conservation Colorado keeps me informed of the latest legislation and executive orders concerning OUR public lands. We could not protect these lands without groups like Conservation Colorado!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Conservation Colorado for many years because they are knowledgeable and effective, and they share my concerns about public lands issues across the state and especially in southwestern Colorado. They take stances that I fully support and have cultivated strong relationships with legislators and others in influential positions, and in doing so I feel that they are amplifying my voice and views.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since moving to Southwest Colorado in 2015 I have been so impressed with their dedication to our area’s concerns such as BLM’s leasing program for oil and gas drilling, protection of public lands in our area such as Canyon of the Ancients, repeal of environmental regulations to safeguard water and air quality. The staff is knowledgeable and personable and easy to work with. They alert us to issues and guide us with suggestions on how and where to respond. Thank you CC!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have a strong conservation community down in the southwestern corner of Colorado. We rely on Conservation Colorado to keep us informed, to help us with wording for writing letters, news articles, sharing with others. The staff is highly professional. They respond to emails quickly. They know other resources to link to and because this organization has a sterling reputation among other groups, those groups are also responsive. The energy and optimism of the staff are contagious, even in these rugged times.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado is a professional, caring non profit devoted to serving both the environment and the community. Our business has had the pleasure of working with and donating to Conservation Colorado. The people they employ exemplify the values and qualities we share about ensuring future generations will have the same quality of life and resources that we're fortunate to have available to us this day in age. If you're looking for a non profit that serves for the betterment of our world, look no further.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Conservation Colorado is a great organization... very effective & efficient. I've been donating & volunteering for 10 years (back to the Colorado Environmental Coalition days), and have always been very impressed with their efforts & successes. Pushing for clean air, clean water, open spaces, renewable energy, and working at the intersection of environmental & social justice. Thanks for all you do & keep up the fight!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks are the consummate professionals. They not only care deeply and work hard on issues that matter to Colorado and the planet, but they also build important and diverse relationships within the community. Anyone volunteering, donating or working with Conservation Colorado will find them smart, impactful and fun to be around.