Published: July 29, 2019

Heidi VanGenderenCU Boulder Chief Sustainability Officer Heidi VanGenderen will be one of six witnesses testifying at the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ first congressional field hearing on Thursday.

The hearing on “Colorado’s Roadmap for Clean Energy Action: Lessons from State and Local Leaders” is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Colorado Law School's Wittemyer Courtoom, and will be open to the public.

“As a leading public research university, we are honored to host a congressional hearing,” said Chancellor Philip DiStefano. 

Also among those testifying will be Gov. Jared Polis and Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones. A livestream of the hearing will be available on the select committee's website.

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., whose district includes Boulder, is a member of the committee and announced the hearing earlier in July.

CU Boulder experts are regularly asked to testify before congressional committees regarding environmental research. The university is a top university for National Science Foundation funding, consistently ranked top in the world for geosciences, and maintains a high commitment to sustainability through multiple programs and initiatives. It’s also home to several research hubs, such as the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SciencesRenewable and Sustainable Energy InstituteNational Snow and Ice Data Center, and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. The Front Range is home to the National Center for Atmospheric ResearchNOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; one of Future Earth's five global research hubs; and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, one of the country's leading centers for research in wind, solar and energy efficiency.