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. There is no limit placed on the number of Steering Committee members. Those interested in joining should support our mission and objectives, and should be committed to attending our monthly meetings on a regular basis.

Hunter Buffington

Hunter has been a member of the FCSG Steering Committee since 2012. She led the CO-Public Interest Research Group as Chapter President at CSU and is a member of Transition Fort Collins. Hunter graduated from CSU in 2000 with a B.S. in Anthropology and worked as a field archaeologist specializing in human remains and burials. After realizing that she was more interested in benefiting the living than studying the past, she got her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Development in 2011. Currently Hunter works as a consultant helping individuals, businesses and social organizations achieve their goals through sustainable social and economic development.

Kevin Cross

Kevin is a founding member of the FCSG, and has been a member of the Steering Committee since 2005. He is also a member of Transition Fort Collins, Strength Through Peace, and the Fort Collins Community Action Network Spokes Council. Kevin 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. He currently works as an energy engineer for a Fortune 100 company, and is registered as a professional engineer in the State of Colorado. Kevin has also taught high school and college classes in math and science in California and Wisconsin.

Kevin Henry

Kevin has been a resident of Fort Collins since 2012, and decided to get more involved locally following the 2016 elections. He joined the FCSG in 2017. Kevin is an independent consultant and, until recently, a Visiting Fellow at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. His current work focuses on: the impacts of climate change on smallholder agriculture and food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia; and promoting the adoption of climate-smart agricultural policies and practices. Prior to beginning work as an independent consultant, Kevin spent 30 years at CARE, a leading international humanitarian and development NGO, in a wide range of senior management roles. Kevin is a social scientist by training. He earned his undergraduate degree at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Eric Levine

Eric has been a member of the FCSG Steering Committee since 2006. He is a founding member of Fort Collins’ Air Quality Board and has served as its chairman for many years. During this time, the Board helped create many of the City’s environmental initiatives, including a comprehensive Climate Protection Program. Eric was instrumental in stopping the burning of hazardous wastes by a local cement plant in the early 1990s, and he helped develop the City’s Radon standards. He has also been active with the Sierra Club, and published a statewide environmental newsletter under a grant from the Chinook Fund.

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.

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.