Sustainable Neighborhood Network

The Sustainable Neighborhood Network was formed as a nonprofit in 2020 to manage the successful adoption, implementation and maintenance of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program in participating communities.

The Network aims to:

  1. Identify opportunities to expand membership and reach of the network through capacity planning, fundraising, grant-writing and networking,

  2. Maintain and improve upon the existing web infrastructure for the network, and

  3. Sponsor, host and participate in events and activities that promote network-wide connection building and educational opportunities.
 

Board of Directors

 

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Kayla Betzold


Sustainability Coordinator, City of Wheat Ridge


Kayla is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Wheat Ridge, coordinating the City's environmental sustainability programs for residents and businesses. Kayla is the staff liaison to Sustainable Wheat Ridge, a volunteer resident advisory committee, and works with the committee to develop and implement projects that support sustainability goals outlined in the City's Sustainability Action Plan. Kayla has a B.S. in Environmental Science and has been working in municipal government on the Front Range for the past five years implementing education, community engagement and sustainability programs for residents and businesses in Boulder, Larimer, and Jefferson Counties. Kayla lives in Arvada with her husband and two children and enjoys hiking, biking, and house plants!
 

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Christy Cerrone - Secretary/Treasurer


Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Associate, City of Lakewood


Christy lives and volunteers in the Sustainable Southern Gables neighborhood in Lakewood. She also works as the City of Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Associate, helping develop resources for the neighborhoods and helping develop outreach initiatives for youth in Lakewood.

Christy is a gardener, a bicycle rider, and a mom and believes that everyone can make a difference and every little bit helps. She is on a mission to help neighbors and kids throughout Lakewood find fun, creative, and meaningful ways to save the earth.
 

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Lynn Coppedge - Vice Chair


Sustainability Planner, Brendle Group


Lynn is a sustainability planner with Brendle Group, where she works with communities to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices through equitable planning and program implementation, recognizing that community involvement, expertise, and ownership is critical to the success of any sustainable plan or program.

In her previous role with the City of Lakewood Sustainability Division, she supported the growth of the Sustainable Neighborhood Program and Network and is committed to seeing this successful model replicated in communities across the nation.

Lynn received her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Arizona State University and moved to Colorado in 2014. She owes her love of biking to local community members who she had the privilege of engaging and working alongside in her early career.

 

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Adrienne Dorsey


Executive Director, GRID Alternatives Colorado


Adrienne has over fifteen years of combined experience working in the fields of energy efficiency, solar energy, sustainability, and land conservation. She served as Deputy Director for GRID Alternatives Colorado before moving into the Executive Director position in 2018.  Prior to joining GRID Alternatives Colorado, she worked in the governmental sector leading innovative programs and projects at both the state and local level. Her experience includes leading a statewide initiative designed to expand access to community solar for low-income households in Colorado and building and leading the first Sustainability Office for Adams County, Colorado.

She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University. She was also recognized as one of the 40 Top Women in Energy by the Denver Business Journal in 2019. 

When not in the office, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her husband, son, and three dogs.

 

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Doug Linkhart


President, National Civic League


As President of the National Civic League, Doug brings over 40 years of experience in the public policy arena, including eight years as a Denver City Councilman and ten years as a Colorado State Representative and Senator. Doug started his career by managing local campaigns, then worked in the federal government as a Presidential Management Intern. He later ran his own consulting business, spending his free time as a newspaper columnist and neighborhood and political activist, later founding a nonprofit organization to serve neighborhood associations and their residents.

At the National Civic League, Doug’s life-long values of inclusiveness and equity are evident in his work to create new programs on racial equity, community health disparities and sustainability. He initiated a revision of the 30-year-old Civic Index to make sure that it encourages communities to incorporate equity and inclusiveness in their civic engagement work. Doug has also created new collaborations with many other national organizations and taken steps to broaden the impact of the League by reaching a bigger audience with our publications and tools.

 

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Taylor Moellers


Sustainable Neighborhoods Administrator, Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability & Resiliency


Taylor Moellers is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Administrator at the City and County of Denver, working to advance sustainability at the community level by empowering residents to build upon their ideas and interests. Taylor believes the best solutions are co-created with the community. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

 

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Alyssa Vogan


Sustainability Analyst, Town of Superior


Alyssa is the Sustainability Analyst for the Town of Superior, Colorado and was formerly the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator for the City of Lakewood. Under Alyssa's leadership, the Network expanded to Fort Collins and Wheat Ridge and she also led the effort to develop the Sustainable Neighborhood Network as a nonprofit in May 2020.

Alyssa received her Master in Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University, and is dedicated to exhibiting the necessity of local action to help address the global climate crisis.

She recently took on the task of making her household zero waste to use firsthand experience to better educate peers, friends and everyone else on how taking small personal steps are some of the most important ones for our environment - along with advocacy, volunteerism and civic engagement.

 

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Jonathan Wachtel - Chair


Sustainability Manager, City of Lakewood


Jonathan is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Jonathan is the innovator and creator of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, developing it in Lakewood in 2012.

In 2015, under Jonathan’s leadership, the City adopted its first city-wide Sustainability Plan. Jonathan’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including awards from both the Colorado and National chapters of the American Planning Association and the Harvard Kennedy School for innovations in American Government. Most recently, Jonathan is excited about the Dunstan Middle School science class that dedicated an entire semester to studying the City of Lakewood Sustainability Plan in order to write a kid-friendly version with artwork, photography, and action steps for kids. The City of Lakewood Sustainability Plan for Kids was recognized with a community engagement award from the Colorado APA in the Fall of 2019.

 

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Marcy Yoder


Neighborhood Services Manager, City of Fort Collins


Marcy Yoder is the Neighborhood Services Manager at City of Fort Collins. She has been involved in community engagement for over 20 years, first in non-profit and now in government. Her work is focused on enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods, empowering neighbors to solve problems and fostering respectful relationships. Being able to build connections and facilitate collaborative solutions are two of the keys to her success.