High Country Conservation Center
High Country Conservation Center (HC3) focuses on home energy efficiency, waste reduction, clean energy, and sustainable food production. HC3’s programs include composting in the schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs.
737 Ten Mile Drive, Suite 205 Frisco, CO 80443
(mailing address: P.O. Box 4506 Frisco, CO 80443)
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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.
Cody Jensen, Energy Operations Manager
Cody resides in Breckenridge and is a graduate of both Summit High School and Colorado Mountain College. Cody earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Sustainability Studies, before moving to the California Bay Area to work in the renewable energy sector. There he worked for a distributed energy organization consulting and selling residential solar photovoltaic utility contracts. His passion for environmental stewardship as well as economic sustainability drew him to the solar industry. Upon moving back to Summit County, he gained experience in the installation of residential and commercial solar before joining the HC3 team as the Energy Programs Manager. Cody originally moved to the high country in 2008 to pursue his passion for skiing. He loves spending time with his twin brother Tyler, biking, backpacking, and skiing the mountains of central Colorado.
Jess Hoover, Energy Programs Manager
Jess Hoover joined the HC3 staff in May 2016 as the Energy Programs Manager. Jess is no stranger to Summit County; she spent a few seasons as a ski instructor at a local resort before pursuing adventures overseas with the Peace Corps and, later, in graduate school. After returning to Summit County – this time for good – Jess worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for Breckenridge Grand Vacations where she gained experience managing waste diversion programs and advocating for energy efficiency projects. As an adjunct faculty member, Jess teaches courses in Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University. In her free time, you can find Jess trying to keep up with her ever growing reading list, or playing outside on either two feet, two wheels, or two planks.
Chris Refer, Office and Energy Programs Coordinator
Chris joined HC3 in December of 2017 as the Office and Energy Programs Coordinator. He grew up on a small family farm in Tennessee, where he became instilled with a love for sustainable living and an appreciation for the environment. After getting his B.A. in Foreign Languages and History from Tennessee Technological University, he moved to Colorado in 2016, and that appreciation grew further after experiencing our great Rocky Mountains. He continues his family’s tradition of self-sufficiency on a small acreage in rural Summit County, where he gardens and raises chickens. In his free time, Chris can be found experimenting with French cuisine, landscaping, or hiking around our national forests.