Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.”
Margaret Stella McRoberts, Founder
Margaret holds a master’s in “Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in Sweden and a graduate certificate from University of Denver in Renewable Energy & Sustainability. She has worked in Germany for the UNEP and for Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nürnberg Universität. She held the position of Intermountain Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the National Park Service and worked with the National Park Service’s Washington D.C. Office of Sustainable Operations and Climate Change before choosing to stay at home after the birth of her son and operate an organic peach orchard on the western slope of Colorado. She returned to Denver almost three years ago and is enthused to focus on Sustainability concerns across the Front Range.
Alyssa Wechsler, Senior Associate
Alyssa has a masters degree in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford where she studied how communities use spaces and technologies to govern sustainable action. Alyssa’s work is grounded in food justice and food sovereignty. Most recently, as an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming, she has acted as project manager for Growing Resilience, a $3.2 million project assessing home gardens as family health interventions at the Wind River Indian Reservation. From 2013-2017, she acted as project coordinator for Food Dignity, a $5 million community-based participatory research project focused on tracing how communities maintain and develop sustainable local food systems. Before that, she conducted program evaluations for the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center. From 2015-2019 she acted as member and vice chair of the Big Hollow Food Co-Op and treasurer of the Laramie Enduro organization. She is also an avid cyclist and coaches women’s mountain bike skills clinics.
Shaun Sellers, Advisory Role
Shaun is a doctoral student at McGill University, and has an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds. She has worked as a sustainability and natural building systems consultant, focusing on supply chains and strong sustainability approaches, and her history of entrepreneurship revolved around re-localizing economies and fair trade. Her work is driven by a vision of long term well-being within planetary limits, and the relationship between humans and the global community of life being one of mutual benefit.
“Margaret’s outstanding ability goes beyond intellectual understanding, and includes a pronounced maturity, including a capacity to discuss subtle relationships between data, theory and philosophy, and critical (but not negative) thinking. Margaret is intelligent, meticulous with her work, and highly principled with integrity and a boldness to express criticism. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending Margaret, and I look forward to collaborating with her again, should that opportunity be offered to me.” – Karl-Henrik Robert, Founder of the Natural Step Framework