Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Gov. Ritter will be hosting an Earth Day news conference at the Governor's Residence at 9 a.m. today to highlight Colorado's recent New Energy Economy and climate-action achievements.
Gov. Ritter will be issuing three climate change executive orders, introducing the first 13 founding reporters to The Climate Registry, and announcing the new Insulate Colorado residential rebate program.
The executive orders will codify several of the goals spelled out in the Colorado Climate Action Plan, which was unveiled in November, including:
  • Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
  • Establishing Colorado's agricultural carbon-offset program.
  • Establishing a Climate Action Advisory Panel.
The news conference is being held at the Residence because last year a 9.8 kilowatt solar-energy system was installed atop the Carriage House on the grounds of the Governor's Residence. New attic insulation was installed at the Residence last week. Later this year, the state hopes to move forward with a geo-exchange project that will help heat and cool the Residence.
WHEN:          9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008
WHERE:       Governor's Residence, Carriage House courtyard, 8th and Logan streets (enter through gate on Logan Street)
WHO:             Gov. Ritter
                        Dan Grossman, Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund
                        Frits Eulderink, Vice President of Unconventional Fuels, Shell Oil
                        David Wilks, Energy Supply President, Xcel Energy
                        Bill Buckalew, General Manager of Refining and Pipelines, Suncor (USA) Inc.