City Hires New Climate Action Manager and Reorganizes Environmental Health Department




City Hires New Climate Action Manager and Reorganizes Environmental Health Department



Contact:  Ashley Perl, Climate Action Manager, Canary Initiative, 970-429-1798 or and CJ Oliver, Director of Environmental Health and Sustainability, 970-429-1798 or

Aspen, Colorado – July 29, 2013 –The City of Aspen is pleased to announce it has hired a new Climate Action Manager with the Canary Initiative, Ashley Perl, and has reorganized the environmental health department to increase efficiency and include greenhouse gas emission programs.  The new department is called environmental health and sustainability.

“This is an exciting new development in the department,” said Perl.  “It not only reflects a name change but a new focus on partnering with the community and more publicly inviting them into the effort to help reduce Aspen’s emissions footprint.”

The Canary Initiative, which began in 2005 as an effort to aggressively reduce Aspen’s carbon footprint has made great strides over the years.  The latest figures show Aspen reduced its emissions by 6% from the 2004 baseline but to reach the goal of a 30% reduction by 2020, greater communitywide efforts are needed.  This will be Perl’s focus with the Canary Initiative moving forward. 

“We will be taking a new approach of inviting the community, businesses and visitors to take ownership of the 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.  We are in this together and can only make these big strides working as a team,” Perl said.  “Although this is a city initiated program, it came out of feedback from the citizens about the desire to do more about climate change.  So this goal is Aspen’s goal and we plan to provide the resources and assistance to see it achieved.”

The new environmental health and sustainability department will continue to provide high quality programs and service to the community with a more centralized structure for health and environment issues including air quality improvement, waste reduction, food safety, and consumer protection.

Ashley Perl replaces Lauren McDonell.  Perl’s former position was senior environmental health specialist. 

“We’re so proud to have Ashley in this new post.  She brings great ideas and energy to the position as well as a firm goal to connect and engage the community,” said CJ Oliver, Director of the environmental health and sustainability department.  “She is truly invested in the community as she was born and raised here and has always strived to serve Aspen’s residents and visitors and protect our local environment.”

In her previous position Perl helped implement the Aspen Tap program the bag ban, compost programs, ZGreen events and recycling measures.


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Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013