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a governing board with likely more visibility than in our company,
but we need to respond to corporate and stock holders and need
to compete internally for project funding. We also have politics, just
different politicians. MillerCoors may hire preferentially consultants
with relationships to our corporate headquarters, whereas utilities
may typically work with more local experts.
Through all these years who was an important mentor
who stood out for you in your life?
That would be my dad. I just lost him three months ago. When I
was young, he had me going around door to door collecting aluminum
cans to take to the Coors Golden Goat for recycling. He
explained the importance of energy savings, keeping materials in
our system that we have already extracted from our planet, and
public transportation. He would ride his bike to work, which was
uncommon at the time, and way before it got popular. He did not
allow waste in our house and was very proud of me when I decided
to work in a sustainability profession.
You have for two decades helped shape RMWEA. Why did
you get involved, and why was this volunteering work
important to you?
There were only two of us engineers at Coors that understood water
and wastewater. How much opportunity did we have for shared
learning and talking with other professionals? Right away when
I joined Coors I got involved in the professional organizations for
continued learning. I wanted to be linked to people that think differently
and had different networks. By volunteering it was much
faster for me to get to know people. Also, at Coors we had CARE,
our company green team. I served on its board for 10 years. This connected
me to the different brewery departments and to others passionate
about sustainability. This is how I met Pete Coors, because he
came to help at some of the annual Clear Creek Clean-Up events, in
which I led the volunteers on site, in past years, in collaboration with
the City of Golden.
And now you decided to retire early to have more time
for other sustainability initiatives. What is laying ahead
for you now?
I decided to retire to work more with people on what we can do in our
everyday life. We’ve reduced the electricity consumption in our house
to 150 to 200 kWh per month, and this is before solar cell installation.
I am now working on a book about simple things that we can all do
to get more households to this level. I also started some years ago a
product line of sustainable and refillable personal care products that I
would like to market more broadly in the coming years.
Julie, we will miss you dearly and hope to see and hear
still much of you on your future sustainability efforts.
We wish you many more years of continued impact
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