THE COGCC RECEIVES INNOVATIONS AWARD
DENVER — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has received a 2011 Council of State Government Innovations Award in Natural Resources for the “eForm” system which streamlines permitting of oil and gas operations and allows for online completion of regulatory forms.
“With multiple agencies spread across multiple locations and utilizing multiple forms, we recognized several years ago that we need to look for something that would make our systems more convenient,” said David Neslin, Executive Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
“The eForm system was developed to make the process easier for the end user but to handle the complex needs of agency personnel.”
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff worked with the Ground Water Protection Council to develop the system, which drew high praise when rolled out to the industry in July 2009. Within six months of its introduction, more than 80 percent of the forms submitted were being done using the eForms online system.
LONGMONT RECIPIENT OF BROWNFIELDS FOUNDATION GRANT
LITTLETON – Colorado Brownfields Foundation (CBF) has announced the recent award of their Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) grant to the City of Longmont, Colorado.
This CBF grant program was established to provide assistance to communities proactively pursuing economic redevelopment opportunities. The EDD Program delivers Environmental Due Diligence services to facilitate property transactions, financing, and brownfields redevelopment.
This year’s program partnered Sound Earth Strategies Corporation, an environmental consulting firm, and Environmental Data Resources, Inc., an environmental data supply company, with CBF to bring a bundle of resources to Longmont.
The Front Range city is interested in revitalization strategies for its Southeast Urban Renewal Authority District which will soon see a new light rail station on the west end.
SHELL ENDOWMENT GOES TO CSU
FORT COLLINS — Shell Oil Company has endowed a $2 million chair in Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. Mark Paschke, associate professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, has been designated the Shell Endowed Chair in Restoration Ecology. Paschke will continue his research on mitigating ecological impacts associated with energy development in the Rocky Mountain region.
“We are so grateful for Shell’s investment in our college and generous support of Dr. Paschke’s groundbreaking work in restoration ecology,” said Joyce Berry, dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources.
“This endowed chair will allow us to have an ongoing partnership with Shell and to focus on the most pressing and state-of-the-art practices in restoration related to energy development in the West. This support is a testament to Shell’s desire to be responsible stewards of the land, and we look forward to working with them to sustainably manage Colorado’s natural resources.”
ASCENT SOLAR SPONSORING ON CAMPUS SOLAR DESIGN COMPETITION
THORTON — Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a Colorado-based developer of lightweight flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, is sponsoring an Innovative Solar Design Competition for college students across the country.
The competition will continue throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, and will allow both students and professors to explore potential applications and uses of Ascent’s flexible solar modules.
Teams are expected to develop working prototypes of innovative portable power applications, which are uniquely enabled by using lightweight, flexible PV modules provided by Ascent. The company will also provide financial support for prototype development of approved designs.
The teams with the top designs will receive up to $10,000 (USD) in cash prizes, as well as potential internship and job opportunities with Ascent. Through this competition Ascent will help to find new uses for portable solar power across all markets. For more information about this competition, see Ascent’s competition website.