City Names 'Head Canary'
Lauren McDonell has been named the environmental initiatives program manager for the City of Aspen. The position, formerly referred to as the Canary Initiative director and previously held by Kim Peterson, has been moving from an education-based role to an action and project-based job.  

“This position’s responsibilities include deployment of projects and programs that support the Canary Initiative (carbon reduction, greenhouse gas reduction, global warming awareness, action and climate sustainability, etc.) and continuing the City of Aspen’s recognition as an environmental leader and steward through local action,” said David Hornbacher, deputy director of utilities and renewable energy, who oversees the position. “Lauren has the experience and the passion to continue moving the program forward.” 

McDonell began employment with the City in 2008 as the global warming project coordinator. Prior to joining the City of Aspen, she worked for the University of Florida. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science and education.

“I am honored and excited to be selected for this position. I care deeply about the community of Aspen and am committed to helping shape an environmentally and economically viable future,” McDonell said. “The Canary Initiative has a strong foundation built by many talented and dedicated individuals. The community of Aspen is at a critical point in working toward our greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals. My focus for the program will be to work with partners to implement local projects that will provide significant and tangible results. Aspen’s environmental organizations and programs are truly cutting edge, and we must continually enhance our innovation and effectiveness to help lead the global effort toward more sustainable ways of life.”

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010