Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, June 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Air Quality Control Commission, Independent Ethics Commission, State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council, Mined Land Reclamation Board, Colorado Natural Areas Council, Private Occupational School Board, Supreme Court Nominating Commission and Board of Veterans' Affairs.

The Air Quality Control Commission develops and maintains a comprehensive program for the prevention and control of air pollution in Colorado. The major goal of this program is to meet national ambient air quality standards.

For a term expiring Jan. 31, 2020:

Megan Elyse Garvey of Denver, to serve as a person with appropriate scientific and technical experience, and occasioned by the resignation of Jeffrey Todd Mitchell of Aspen, appointed.

The Independent Ethics Commission ("IEC") is charged with the implementation of Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution. The purpose of the IEC is to give advice and guidance on ethics issues arising under Article 29 of the Colorado Constitution and any other standards of conduct or reporting requirements as provided by law, and to hear complaints, issue findings and assess penalties and sanctions where appropriate.

The Commission has jurisdiction over all State executive and legislative branch elected officials and employees, and local officials and employees, unless the county or municipality is a home-rule entity with its own ethics code. The Commission does not have jurisdiction over judges or employees of the judicial branch.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, June 2, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Business Experiential-Learning Commission, Colorado Medical Board, Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Board and Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The Business Experiential-Learning Commission develops, evaluates and implements a systemic solution for integrated work-based education and training to meet the needs of Colorado’s economy. The Commission focuses on three main areas: engaging business involvement in educating and training students and workers in partnership with the State’s K-16 education system, workforce system and related civic agencies; creating a digital badging system to provide the opportunity for students, interns, apprentices and workers to document skills they have obtained in the workplace, and to share that information with the K-16 system to support curriculum development; and leveraging existing resources to create a portal of information to connect students, job-seekers, schools, employers and civic agencies with experiential learning, training opportunities and careers.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Colorado Trail Explorer – an online statewide trail map

DENVER — Friday, June 2, 2017 — The Colorado Trail Explorer – a comprehensive online statewide trail map and a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative – is now live and available to the public in celebration of National Trails Day on June 3.

The Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 39,000 miles of trails managed by more than 225 jurisdictions across the state. It ranges from paths managed by towns and counties to hiking, bicycling or motorized trails running through state parks and federal lands. It represents the first-ever effort to provide routes for every trail in Colorado through a single mapping tool.

“The Colorado Trail Explorer builds on our Colorado the Beautiful initiative by giving people quick and easy access to recreational opportunities and more readily connects people with the outdoors,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Consolidating trail information that traditionally exists in dozens or hundreds of places into a single application makes it easier for Coloradans to find the trail options that might be just beyond their back door or near a favorite destination.”

Trail managers across Colorado have collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and mapping leader Esri to provide data for the project since it was announced in June of 2015. To date, the Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 17,000 trails and maps more than 1,400 trailheads. While the online map is now fully public, work continues to add additional data, particularly related to non-motorized trails on federal lands. CPW will continue working on a mobile app for the Colorado Trail Explorer. Currently, the desktop version is mobile friendly.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord

DENVER — Thursday, June 1, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord:

“It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity. Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord.  

“America’s greatness has always been demonstrated by our moral leadership. Today, we break ranks with 190 nations who are working together to stop the worst effects of climate change, which the scientific community agrees would devastate the global economy and our planet, and the defense community agrees would destabilize vulnerable nations that have served as breeding grounds for international terrorism.   

“The U.S. is letting go the reins of world leadership, allowing other countries like Russia, India, and China to take our seat at the international table. Our economic and technological competitiveness will suffer. Isolationism is not leadership.

“Colorado’s commitment to clean air and clean energy will continue. Clean energy is abundant, home-grown, and creates 21st century jobs for our modern workforce across every part of our state. We renew our commitment to pursue cleaner energy at a lower cost. To do otherwise would be governmental malpractice.”