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City of Des Moines Approves First-Ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

The City of Des Moines unanimously adopted ADAPT DSM, a robust Climate Action and Adaptation plan. ADAPT DSM creates a game plan for the next 25 years to help Des Moines reach its target of net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Brendle Group is proud to have supported this plan alongside RDG Planning & Design. Learn about the plan here.

NSAA Journal Feature of Judy Dorsey

Brendle Group President and NSAA Board Member, Judy Dorsey, has worked with ski industry leaders for more than 20 years. We’re so proud of the impact she’s had on the industry’s sustainability journey. Learn more about it in NSAA’s Journal!

Brendle Group earns B Corp™ Certification!

The B Corp certification process, which took nearly a year, requires a holistic review of a business’s social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Our purpose has always been to create lasting impacts the inspire and sustain our communities and our world and this distinction furthers our commitment towards operating our business as a force for good. We’re excited to join a network of like-minded organizations leading a global movement to create a more sustainable future. Learn more about B Corp.

Mountain Towns 2030: Growth and GHG Emissions: At Odds or a Breakthrough Opportunity?

Jason MacMillan, Mayor Pro-Tem, Town of Crested Butte; Morgan Mingle, Director of Sustainable Tourism, Park City; Johnny Ziem, Town of Jackson; Judy Dorsey, Brendle Group (moderator)

Achieving science-based targets requires forecasting future GHG emissions. The math is clear that unless we break the positive correlation between growth and emissions these goals are unattainable. And yet mountain towns are faced with economic and even humanitarian drivers for growth. Panelists will discuss growth trends brought on by climate migration, the acceleration of remote work, tourism, and the search for affordable housing in rural communities. In thinking about temporary, seasonal, and permanent growth, we’ll explore how big moves in mitigation, combined with equity and resilience principles can lead the way to a new relationship between growth and emissions. Watch the recording here.

Arapahoe County Is Saving Water with Native Grasses

Brendle Group is proud to have supported Arapahoe County’s Water Action Plan. Strategies are being put into action like this landscaping conversion project in Littleton, Colorado where three acres of Kentucky bluegrass are being converted into a field of native grass. It is expected to save an estimated 1.5 million gallons annually! Read more.

“The Window for Action” Oil Painting by Kirsten Savage

To commemorate our 25th anniversary, former Brendle Group employee Kirsten Savage created a painting that includes symbolic elements to show Brendle Group’s humble roots and how our team sustains and inspires clients and communities worldwide. Read the full description. 

Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Webinar

Enterprise Scale Sustainability and Emerging Global Challenges webinar with Brendle Group President Judy Dorsey. January 28 from 2-3 p.m. ET. Register at

Fort Collins Community Action Network: Salon Duc Tape

Watch Judy’s presentation to the Fort Collins Community Action Network on Global Climate Migration: How can Colorado communities play a leadership role?

Bozeman approves ‘bold’ plan calling for emissions reductions

Brendle Group is proud to have supported the development of the City of Bozeman Climate Plan! Very excited by the City’s efforts to accelerate climate action!

6 Ways Environmental Advocates Can Change Climate Concern Into Action

Check out this article from Karin Kirk that features Brendle Group President, Judy Dorsey.

Discussing Climate Migration
KOA Radio Discusses Climate Migration

Climate migration is an emerging issue that people are dealing with in a number of areas. KOA Radio discusses the concept and why it’s becoming more prominent with Judy Dorsey. Listen to the radio segment here and check out the white paper here.

Colorado Firm Urges Community Leaders to Address Climate Migration Crisis

Several news outlets have shared information about Brendle Group’s white paper, International Climate Migration What Can U.S. Communities Do?

Bloomberg Law – Climate Migration Stalls for Years Without Federal Lead: Watchdog

Brendle Group President, Judy Dorsey, quoted in the article here.

Colorado WaterWise Webinar: What Water Managers Should Know About Cooling Towers

Join Brendle Groupers Zach Taylor and Amy Volckens as they walk through a discussion on cooling towers.

Thursday, December 6 from 2-3 p.m.

Register and learn more at

American Planing Association Water and Planning Connect Conference

The APA Water and Planning Connect Conference explores new ways to integrate land use planning with water management to ensure your community’s healthier, more sustainable future.

The Conference focuses on collaboration with planning and water industry leaders on topics such as “One Water,” planning for climate change, and engaging the public on important water issues.

Brendle Groupers Shelby Sommer and Amy Volckens present on Aligning Planners and Water Professionals.

Climate Action in the Winter Sports Community

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy talks about the efforts taking place in the winter sports community to reduce climate change. She gives a special thanks to NSAA Industry Impact Award recipient, Judy Dorsey.

General Aviation Airport Sustainability Program

For general aviation airports in Colorado, sustainability is about their ability to remain viable and valuable assets to their customers and communities and to adapt and improve in a changing market. Sustainability also helps balance economic, social, and environmental pressures while still meeting the operational needs of an airport.

Brendle Group helped develop a sustainability planning tool kit with Mead and Hunt and the Colorado Division of Aeronautics to support GA airports on their path to greater sustainability and viability.

From Net Zero Energy to Net Zero Water: A New Frontier in Sustainability

With drought intensifying across much of the country and a changing climate that means less water for growing populations, the water resource risks and uncertainties faced by companies, organizations, and communities are increasing. Yet the tools to comprehensively assess current water use and quality impacts, examine water and cost reduction scenarios, and take action have been lacking. The Net Zero Water Initiative fills this gap and is now available for free download. Read more here.

The City of Hermosa Beach, California Sets Ambitious Goal to Achieve Municipal Carbon Neutrality by 2020

In February 2015, Hermosa Beach became the fourth city in America to choose to codify its carbon neutral plans, setting a goal of municipal carbon neutrality by 2020. Hermosa Beach joins the cities of Davis, Austin, and South Miami as early adoptees of carbon neutrality. Read more here.