Summit County at High Country Conservation Center
As an Energy Smart partner we focus on home energy efficiency. Other areas of focus include waste reduction, clean energy, and sustainable food production. Just a few of our programs include Composting in the Schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs.
Energy Smart at High Country Conservation Center: 970.618.5703 – Kevin@EnergySmartColorado.com
Your Energy Smart Staff
Jennifer Schenk, Executive Director
Prior to joining HC3, Jen Schenk was the executive director at the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability in Eagle County. She also worked in the hospitality industry at Copper Mountain for almost 15 years, gaining experience as an environmental manager and in marketing. Jen has been actively involved in strategic waste reduction within the community for the past 15 years. Jen also serves on the Colorado Association for Recycling’s Board of Directors. Jen graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biology and earned a M.A.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. In her free time, she loves mountain biking, telemark skiing and spending time with her family.
Kevin Berg, Energy Operations Manager
Kevin joins HC3 as a staff member after a six year stint on the HC3 board of directors. His experience in conservation lies in waste reduction, recycling, and composting. He has a strong passion for conservation education and community based grass roots advocacy. He graduated from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Ecology and has attained his experience from work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in Summit County since 1997. His commitment to the environment stems from his love of the outdoors and all that the mountains provide in the way of recreation. When he is not advocating for a cleaner environment he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and all other endeavors outdoors. He is a husband to Kate Berg and a proud father of two, Alana Grace and Ian Michael.
Marty James, Energy Programs Coordinator
Marty moved to Summit County in 2013 after completing a master’s degree in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. Although she is new to the HC3, she is not new to conservation. Before graduate school, she worked as an Americorps volunteer doing conservation work throughout the southwest. Later she worked at Philmont Scout Ranch as a backpacking guide leading groups of scouts into the Philmont backcountry. Her varied interests led her to work as a firefighter for the Forest Service in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her passion for environmental issues is rooted in her love for the natural environment and her desire to protect our last remaining wilderness areas. She believes the best way to do this is by making our communities more sustainable. She is an Xcel certified building analyst and helps run the residential and commercial programs for HC3. She is also in charge of Energy Explorers, an educational program that promotes energy conservation and efficiency in Summit County 4th, 8th and 9th grade classrooms. Her favorite activities outside of work include anything that gets her outdoors with her husband Carlton. This includes alpine and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and gardening.