Steering Committee and Science Advisor

FCSG Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the decision-making body of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group. Decisions are made by consensus (see separate menu item for details). There is no limit placed on the number of Steering Committee members; new members are always welcomed. Those interested in joining should support our mission and objectives, and should be committed to attending our monthly meetings on a regular basis.

Martin A. Bates

Martin grew up in northern New York State near the heart of Akwesasne/Mohawk country and spent 20 years in the United States Air Force, working in Hospital Administration, Office of Equal Opportunity, and addictions counseling, retiring in 1994 with an honorable discharge as Master Sergeant. Upon retirement from the USAF, he worked in addictions treatment in western Kansas, setting up a Restorative Justice program there. He has had a lifelong interest in human rights and equality and has been affiliated with a number of organizations working on these and other issues, among them Veterans for Peace and Christian Peacemaker Teams, with whom he traveled to Colombia in 2008 to visit with activists on many sides of conflict there. He remains active in human rights and climate justice in these times, and uses his musical gifts to promote these topics in a variety of venues.

Rick Casey

Rick moved to Fort Collins in 2018 from Lafayette, Colorado, and was soon attending FCSG meetings regularly. He joined the Steering Committee in summer 2019. Rick had lived in the Boulder/Denver area since 1981. He became actively involved in local politics when he helped form East Boulder County United ( in 2012, due to his concern about the imminent threat of fracking to Lafayette residents. He has an MA in Regional Science (Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. Rick worked as a full time programmer since 1992, and taught economics part-time at Front Range Community College (FRCC) from 1988 to 1991. Since 2009, he has taught a course in environmental economics at FRCC, and continues to improve that course. In the fall of 2019, he will also be teaching two courses at the Osher Institute, "Decarbonizing the Economy" and "The Great Turning and You." Rick enjoys the Colorado outdoors through hiking, climbing, biking and skiing; and has been known to play the guitar occasionally for fun.

Kevin Cross

Kevin is a founding member of the FCSG, and has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2005. He also represents FCSG on the Fort Collins Community Action Network (FCCAN) Spokes Council. Kevin got his start as an activist opposing U.S. support for the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s. He has a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of California – Davis and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Kevin currently works as a Senior Engineer for a small energy consulting firm, and is registered as a professional engineer in the State of Colorado. He has also taught high school and college classes in math and science in California and Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Hudetz

Elizabeth joined the FCSG Steering Committee in 2018. She moved to Ft. Collins in 1988, and immediately got involved in the fight against burning hazardous waste at a cement plant in LaPorte. She has been an activist focused primarily on air quality and the environment ever since. Elizabeth has served on the Fort Collins Transportation Board and the Natural Resources Advisory Board, and is a member of, the Sierra Club, and Save the Poudre. Elizabeth was a leader in getting the Fort Collins fracking moratorium passed in 2013, and ran for mayor in 2017. She is a musician, with degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Elizabeth recently retired from teaching music in the public schools, although she still writes and performs. She focuses most of her attention on political themes these days.

Rose Lew

Rose has been a member of the FCSG Steering Committee since 2012. She helped start the Northern Colorado Chapter of Health Care for All Colorado as Chair of its Steering Committee and Citizens Health Care Hearings Committee, and served on its Board of Directors (2005-2006). Rose is also a member of Transition Fort Collins. She has an M.S. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (Epidemiology concentration), an M.S. in Environmental Science from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Water Resources concentration), and a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania (Nursing). She worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. (1987-1997) as a hydrologist and then as an environmental scientist in diverse programs. After her husband, a river ecologist, accepted a teaching position at CSU, she worked in EPA Region VIII (Denver Office) in Watershed Protection and Superfund Enforcement for two years before retiring to raise her family.

Janie M. Stein

Janie grew up in a family of peace and justice activists in western Kansas, and her family has had ties to Larimer County since before she was born. Janie was an early member of Greenpeace and has been affiliated with Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and other groups working on intersectional issues, particularly in the realm of human rights and climate justice, and dismantling racism and colonialism. She and her husband Martin Bates stood with Water Protectors in Standing Rock, ND in 2016 and continue to explore ways to stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples when invited. Both singers/songwriters, Martin and Janie are involved in gardening and are new members of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group Steering Committee, as of May 2020.

FCSG Science Advisor

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group strives to base its policy recommendations and advocacy work on the best available science. We have had two science advisors since our inception: Dr. Todd Ringler of Los Alamos National Laboratory (September 2006 – January 2010) and Dr. Scott Denning of Colorado State University’s Atmospheric Sciences Department (January 2010 – present). The role of the FCSG Science Advisor is to provide the latest scientific information concerning the atmosphere and global climate change to the Steering Committee. The Science Advisor does not play an advocacy role.

Scott Denning

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and Director of Education and Diversity for the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP), a major climate modeling center. His undergraduate degree was in Geology and he worked in the oil industry in the 1980s before earning his PhD in Atmospheric Science in 1994. His research on the global carbon cycle has been published in nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He's a past Editor of the Journal of Climate and served as founding Science Chair for the North American Carbon Program. Scott first moved to Fort Collins in 1979 and lives here with his spouse, two sons, a dog, and two cats. He spends as many clear nights as possible photographing the cosmos from a mountain cabin.