EcoAction Partners envisions a world where people and their communities partner to enhance local self-reliance and ensure a sustainable future.
Our mission is to inspire, initiate and support collaborative community actions that enhance resilient economic, environmental and social systems. Currently, we run programs throughout the greater San Miguel County region in regards to Waste, Food, and Energy. Our staff and volunteers actively support sustainability in our community through programs such as Zero Waste Teams at Telluride’s festivals, energy audits through our EcoAction Initiative, and much more.
EcoAction Partners originated as The New Community Coalition in 2007 to implement sustainability efforts in San Miguel county. Our 501(c)3 non-profit organization is funded by the Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, and San Miguel County. We have also received major funding in the past and present years from the Telluride Foundation, Faraway Foundation, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and San Miguel Power Association. Our name was changed to EcoAction Partners in the Spring of 2012 to emphasize our active role in the community on the forefront of San Miguel County’s sustainability initiatives.
Kris Holstrom – Executive Director/Sustainability Coordinator
Kris Holstrom is Regional Sustainability Coordinator and Executive Director of EcoAction Partners, a non-profit focused on sustainability issues in the San Miguel Watershed. EcoAP works to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste as resource concepts, local food security, local living economies and innovative ideas for a livable future. In addition, she runs Tomten Farm, a high–altitude, off-grid organic farm. Kris has a BS in Forest Management from Utah State University and an MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. She is a certified Permaculture Designer and a ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Initiatives with Gunter Pauli) course graduate. She co-founded SWIRL – the Southwest Institute for Resilience – a non-profit that helps support community gardens, greenhouses and the Telluride Farmers Market. Kris has spent over two decades in the region educating the public and youth about sustainability issues including renewable energy, food security, waste reduction and “out of the box” systems thinking to contribute to regional solutions to current challenges. Kris can be reached by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 970-728-1340.
Kim Wheels – Community Energy Coordinator
Kim Wheels is the Community Energy Coordinator for EcoAction Partners in San Miguel County. In this role she coordinates projects and programs in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Green Building with the goal of reducing the San Miguel and Ouray County region’s carbon footprint. Kim holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, acquired her professional engineering license in 2002, and has completed several courses in renewable energy and green building design with Solar Energy International. In addition to her efforts with EcoAction Partners, she owns an energy services business that provides energy consulting services including Home Energy Ratings and audits. Kim can be reached by emailing email@example.com or by calling 970-728-5208.
Walter Wright – Zero Waste Coordinator
Walter Wright is an active member of the Telluride community and is involved with many non-profits including Telluride TV and as an adaptive ski instructor for TASP. His entrepreneurial experience and passion for the environment has been beneficial for the re-organization of EcoAction Partners. He also sits on the Town of Telluride Ecology Commission. Walter is an avid outdoor enthusiast enjoying our surrounding mountains, deserts and waterways.Walter can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-728-5208.
Hilary grew up in Connecticut, and has always wanted to live in a small mountain town. She began her western adventures when she moved to Colorado in 2008.Hilary attended The Colorado College and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, and focused her studies on wildfire restoration and botanical field research in Pike National Forest. Hilary has developed a love and appreciation for the natural world through outdoor recreation, working in small-scale agriculture, and studying the flora of Colorado. In addition to working with EcoAction Partners, Hilary teaches yoga at the Telluride Yoga Center. She enjoys using her social media and marketing skills to support EcoAction Partners’ environmental initiatives! Hilary can be reached at email@example.com.
The non-profit board consists of representatives from each government and several at-large seats including property managers, business owners, and outstanding members of this community.
Elaine Fischer – San Miguel County representative
John Howe – Town of Mountain Village representative
Chris Myers – Town of Telluride representative
Kathy Green – At Large
Todd Brown – At Large
Angela Dye – At Large
Audrey Morton – At Large
Anne Brown – At Large