Laurie Dickson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2016
Laurie comes to 4CORE with an extensive history of working in the business and nonprofit communities within the Four Corners region.
Laurie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sustainable Community Development, is a LEED Accredited Professional and has an Associate Degree in Photography. She has been involved in sustainable building practices, energy efficiency, solar applications and community development in the region for over 25 years.
Laurie brings a broad base of experience, community connections and understanding of nonprofit organizations and grant management. She has served on several boards including the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, the founding organization of 4CORE, and the Durango Arts Center as president where she conceived and ran one of the biggest arts festivals in the community, organizing over 100 volunteers.
Her role as Project Manager in 2010-2011 with a green building consulting firm in California, Building Wise, focused on the LEED certification process for existing commercial buildings. The biggest scope of work focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. During her time with the company she was part of the team that achieved LEED certification on 17 buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area.Laurie brings a broad base of experience, community connections and understanding of nonprofit organizations and grant management.
As founder and CEO of the first green building store in the Southwest, the Eco Home Center, in Durango, she sought innovative ways to promote, sell, educate and encourage sustainable building practices throughout the Four Corners.
Emily Birk, Program Manager
Start Date: 2017
Emily Birk. A Colorado native, comes to 4CORE with a breadth of experience in solar installations for low-income residents that included four years with the Denver-based organization GRID Alternatives as their Outreach Manager.
As Program Manager, Emily will immediately oversee the EPA grant-funded Clean Air program, Raise the Solar Bar. This project involves a solar installation for lower-income seniors at Socorro Senior Living in Pagosa Springs. 4CORE will benefit from her skilled project management, her training with Solar Energy International (SEI) and her experience developing and engaging volunteers for community solar gardens.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain learning Spanish and international business for two semesters.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking and cheering on the Denver Broncos
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