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January 21st Meeting – Final Updates to the Ozone NAAQS

Happy New Year!  We hope your 2016 is off to a great start.

Thursday January 21st will be our first meeting of the new year.  Ms. Jody Ostendorf will present on the “Final Updates to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”.  Her presentation will discuss EPA’s October 1, 2015 decision to tighten the ozone standard to 70 ppb and other provisions of the final rule.  She is the State Implementation Plan Program Manager  for EPA Region 8 and is currently working on ozone issues in the Air Quality Planning Unit.  Please contact us if you have any questions at  You can review the meeting information here: SWEP_January 21_Jody Ostendorf.  Details are also provided below:

Date: Thursday, January 21st

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, check-in begins at 11:45 am.

Location: US EPA, Bitterroot Room (2nd Floor)
1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202

Please remember your government issued photo ID as it is required at the EPA building security desk.  You may need to allow a few extra minutes to get through security.

Cost: Purchasing a lunch will be optional due to the meeting being held at the EPA building.  There will be no charge for attending the presentation. The typical fees will be charged if you would like a SWEP lunch ($15 for members/$25 for non-members).  Please include in your RSVP if you will attend and whether you would like a lunch or not.

RSVP by COB January 15th to

November Luncheon – Colorado Habitat Exchange for the Greater Sage-Grouse

Elaine Porter, Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Wildlife Subcommittee

The Colorado Habitat Exchange is a program developed to incentivize habitat improvements and conservation on private, state, and federal lands that would offset impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in Colorado.  The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking recognition for the program from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. Porter is serving as liaison for COGA in development of the habitat exchange and will provide a summary and explanation of the program and its intricacies.

Date: Monday, November 9th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Registration begins at 11:45

Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits Training Center, Aspen Room B 789 Sherman Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO

RSVP by COB November 3rd to

About the Speaker: Elaine Porter is a Project Manager and Ecologist with Tetra Tech, Inc.  She is a consultant for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) Wildlife Subcommittee where she serves as a liaison among COGA management, operating companies, State agencies, agricultural producers, and environmental interests.

Screening of Big Dream

You are invited to join SWEP for the screening of Big Dream at the Boulder Public Library on Saturday, October 3rd. We will be getting for refreshments together afterwards at the Southern Sun (~6 PM).

Please RSVP through the link below (not affiliated with SWEP), and send an email to if you plan on attending.

Hope to see you there!

Big Dream Film Screening October 3 | 3-5:30pm | Boulder Public Library


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Big Dream follows seven young women living in different parts of the world who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing and engineering. From small town Iowa to the bustling streets of the Middle East, Big Dream immerses viewers in a world designed by and for the inspiring next generation of girls. Following the film screening, there will be a short panel discussion with local girls and women in STEM fields. Click here to RSVP.

2015 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship recipients – Courtney Naumann, Chelsea Panos, and Heather Steffens!

Thank you so much to each of our scholarship applicants!  We had a very difficult time deciding on the winners and had to split the scholarships into three $1,000 awards.  Our difficulty in determining the winners goes to show the wonderfully talented and dedicated students out there.  You all will make great additions to your environmental fields!

June 3rd Meeting – Igniting a Project for Success

Tiffany Dahlberg will discuss “Igniting a Project for Success” at our Wednesday June 3rd meeting.   Ms. Dahlberg is the founder of Ready2ACT  and has helped people and companies save time and money through smart project management, business analysis, and professional development.  The meeting will be held at  Golder Associates, Inc. (44 Union Boulevard, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80228).  The cost will be $15 for members/$25 for non-members.  Please contact us if you have any questions at  You can review the meeting information here: SWEP Invitation_June 3 2015.

2015 Scholarship Announcement

SWEP is pleased to announcement a scholarship opportunity for 2015.  Up to two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this year.  We ask that applicants be enrolled in an environmental degree program and be at the junior level or beyond for the fall of 2015.  Please review the SWEP Scholarship Announcement and SWEP Scholarship Form for more information.  Complete application forms should be submitted on or before March 31, 2015 to  The scholarship recipients will be notified on May 15, 2015.

More New Job Openings at ERM

ERM still has an opening for a Senior Partner in their Oil & Gas Sector in Denver, and also has three new positions posted.

See the Jobs Page for more information.

February Luncheon: Managing Human-Wildfire Interactions in a Changing Climate

Wednesday February 11th will be our first meeting of the new year.  Dr. Tania Schoennagel will discuss “Managing Human-Wildfire Interactions in a Changing Climate”.   Dr. Schoennagel is a research scientist and adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of western forest disturbances, primarily wildfire and insect outbreaks.  The meeting will be held at the Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. (2650 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205).  The cost will be $15 for members/$25 for non-members.  Please contact us if you have any questions at  You can review the meeting information here: SWEP Invitiation_Feb 11 2015.

December Networking Event – C.B. & Potts

The holidays are upon us, so let’s celebrate by having one more event before the end of the year.  Bring a new toy with you and get a discount on this event.  We will donate all toys collected to Toys for Tots.  We’ve reserved space at C.B. & Potts at the FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield on Monday December 8th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  SWEP will provide light appetizers and one drink.  Please email to RSVP.  We ask that you do this no later than Wednesday Dec. 3rd.  Please review the event announcement for more information: Happy Hour_Dec 8 2014.

New Job Opening at ERM

ERM has an opportunity for an experienced leader to join their global consulting firm as a Senior Partner in their Oil & Gas Sector in Denver. See the Jobs Page for more information.