SLV Conference Focus: Sustainability

The San Luis Valley Tourism Association will host it’s 20th annual conference on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Sustainable!”  Speakers will include Addison Phillips with Charge Ahead Colorado, Steve Coffin with NoCo PLACES 2050, and Dr. Nick Parker, teaching Sustainability 101.

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) jointly administer the Charge Ahead Colorado electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure grant program. Grants are available for electric vehicles and community-based Level II and DC fast-charging stations. Program objectives include improving air quality, encouraging deployment of EVs across the state, and supporting implementation of the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan. Since its inception in 2013, the Charge Ahead Colorado program has made awards for more than 930 EV charging stations across the state.

The Town of Saguache’s official flower – the Hollyhock – is celebrated with great fanfare at the Annual Hollyhock Festival. Photo: SaguacheToday/Lynn Nowikowski.

NoCo PLACES 2050 is an organization formed in May of 2018 to begin a dialogue about the problem of managing the impact of growth on Colorado’s mountains.  The group includes more than 60 leaders from government agencies such as U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the State of Colorado.  Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson County administrators are included along with tourism marketing, economic development, outdoor recreation, and transportation agencies.  Throughout his career, Steve Coffin has specialized in developing and implementing strategies to help businesses, governmental entities and non-profits align themselves around strategy and vision and more effectively communicate and position themselves and their initiatives.

The annual tourism conference will include, the popular “What’s New” session, providing updates from around the valley.

Dr. Nick Parker spent most of his career with U.S. Fish & Wildlife at Texas Tech University.  He is on the leading edge of sustainable development including building a hydrogen fueled car.

The mission of the San Luis Valley Tourism Association is to preserve our environmental and cultural resources by unifying our marketing efforts to promote the Mystic San Luis Valley as a tourism destination and thereby developing responsible economic growth for the seven counties of the Valley.

The 2020 SLV Tourism Conference will be held at The Elks Lodge in Alamosa at 401 Hunt Ave

The conference will be held March 4th at the Alamosa Elks Lodge at 406 Hunt Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.  The conference will include, as always, the popular “What’s New” session.  You may register online at or at the door.

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