SOLAR 2021 Opening Reception
The Opening Reception is open to every attendee of SOLAR 2021 who has a Hybrid Conference pass. This event will not be live streamed. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.
Carly RixhamExecutive Director, ASES
Carly Rixham joined ASES as executive director in June, 2014. She is a renewable energy professional with a diverse background in solar, biofuels, education and wastewater management. She received her master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol. While studying in Boulder, Rixham served as director of arts and sciences at CU Energy. She taught biology and ecology at the university and high school levels. She also was a microbiologist at BioVantage Resources, culturing algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater. Prior to renewable energy, she worked in software development and technical support at Intuit. Rixham also served as a volunteer on several ASES membership and fundraising projects.
Dale MillerUniversity of Colorado-Boulder
Dale Miller is a native Coloradoan, and attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate and graduate studies in physics, writing, rhetoric and the teaching of science. He has been faculty since 1999 in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2008 Dale and his wife Leslie completed building a solar home in Lakewood, Colorado, for which the city honored them with its Sustainability Award. Dale has served on the Lakewood Planning Commission for 7 years; for 3 years prior he served on a citizens advisory committee tasked with making recommendations for re-writing the city’s zoning codes, focusing on encouraging sustainable building, walkable and bikeable streets, and urban agriculture.
Presentation Title: 13 Years of a Carbon Neutral Home
Presentation Description: We completed building our carbon neutral home 13 years ago in part to show it could be done, and have thus kept thousands of pounds of carbon each year from entering the atmosphere. Since that time, countless homes have been built in the U.S., with few actually coming close to the low emission levels of our home. We lament this reality, and continue to speak out about it.
James Rattling LeafClimate Partnerships for the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance
James Rattling Leaf, Sr. is coordinator of Climate Partnerships for the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance and Principal, Rattling Leaf Consulting LLC in Black Hawk, South Dakota. A member of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux tribe, James has served as a Visiting Collaborator, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Director, Geo-Spatial Applications Center, Sinte Gleska University; Board Member, Education Committee, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Fellow, International Indigenous Resource Management Institute, Denver; Cultural Advisory Board Member, Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab; Board of Directors, South Dakota National Science Foundation EpSCOR; Member, NASA Space Grant Consortium EpSCOR Technical Advisory Committee; and Cultural Advisor, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information Systems (NIDIS). James received his B.A. in Lakota Studies from Sinte Gleska University (Rosebud Reservation, Mission, South Dakota).