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ACORE Now Well-Positioned to Transition America to a Clean Energy Economy

August 9, 2010 - The American Council On Renewable Energy today announced two key staff positions that have been filled by veteran professionals from the non-profit world. Marc Morgan joins ACORE as the Director of Development, and Heidi VanGenderen becomes the Director of National and Regional Outreach.


"We are delighted to have two high-level professionals join ACORE in these key positions," said Michael Eckhart, President of ACORE. Marc Morgan came most recently from the Carbon War Room, a non-profit dedicated to the implementation of market-driven solutions to climate change, where he was the Deputy Director of Development. In that role, he secured corporate and foundation funding for the organization. Morgan has also worked as a fundraiser and organizer for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, as a Finance Director for the Maryland Republican Party.


"I'm excited to be a part of ACORE," said Morgan. "I look forward to expanding the organization's base of funding and strategic relationships."


Heidi VanGenderen joined ACORE in June as the Director of National and Regional Outreach. VanGenderen is part of ACORE's policy team and is organizing a network of Regional Councils across the country, and is building partnerships with allies in the private, public, NGO, and college and university sectors.


"Heidi's dedication to and accomplishments in energy and environmental work has been remarkable," said Eckhart. "And she will help to both broaden our reach, and deepen our state and national connections in the renewable energy industry."

VanGenderen has worked on energy and climate issues in the non-profit, public, academic and private sectors as an organizer, writer, researcher, and public speaker for the whole of her professional career. She previously served as Colorado's first gubernatorial Climate Advisor where she oversaw creation of the state's first Climate Action Plan. Prior to that, VanGenderen served as senior staff to the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado. During that time, she worked to help instigate and pass Amendment 37, Colorado's citizen initiated renewable energy standard. VanGenderen also serves as a Senior Energy Advisor at the Worldwatch Institute where she is part of the Energy and Climate team.


"The renewable energy sector represents such hope for everything we care about, whether it's job creation, economic prosperity, energy security, environmental health and well-being, or the future our children face," said VanGenderen. "It's an honor to be a member of the ACORE team and to work with such a great array of people and organizations to expand and deepen the roots of the renewable economy."


VanGenderen completed a Chevening Fellowship on Finance and Investment in a Low-Carbon Economy in Edinburgh and London in 2009, and is a graduate of Carleton College.

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