Planning a sustainable future for Denver with Laura Aldrete + Grace Rink

Spur of the Moment: Episode 10
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Denver hasn’t stopped growing since 1850. Two people who know the city will only keep growing are Grace Rink, executive director of the Office of Climate Action, and Laura Aldrete, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development.

On this episode of Spur of the Moment, Laura and Grace talk about how, while they work in separate offices for the City of Denver, they often work together – at the intersection of city planning and sustainability – to find solutions on issues like energy and water conservation.

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Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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