Leadership of Green Cities Coalition

Steering Committee/Executive Board

Konrad Schlarbaum

(term: 2016 – 2018)

Konrad is the Sustainability Coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College, where he engages and teaches sustainable lifestyle behaviors to staff and students through education and outreach, leadership and strategic planning and the development and execution of a sustainability plan.  He calls himself a “Social and Sustainability Entrepreneur”. You can learn more about Konrad at LinkedIn and a wonderful radio interview on KCMJ Community Radio.

Vice Chair
(term: 2017 – 2019)

(term: 2018 – 2020)


Alea German

(2016 – 2018)

Kimberly Reeves

Steering Committee Member • Recycling Coalition Liaison
(term: 2016 – 2018)

Kimberly has been the Sustainability Programs Manager at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs since Aug 2014. There she oversees the Zero Waste program and collaborates with many different departments on campus. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kimberly has a Masters in Environmental Planning + Design from the University of Georgia.

Ellen Johnson-Fay

Steering Committee Member • Local Food Coalition Liaison
(term: 2016 – 2018)

Ellen is currently Minister Emerita of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs and an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and a practitioner of Engaged Buddhism.  Ellen facilitates workshops in compassionate communication, supports the Local Food Revolution in whatever way she can, and enjoys hiking whenever she gets the chance.

Becky Elder

Liaison to City of Manitou Springs

Becky Elder is an environmental consultant and has been gardening on the Colorado Front Range since 1975.  As a permaculture designer, she is a passionate advocate for building community resilience along with Pikes Peak Permaculture and Green Cities Coalition. A life-long organic gardener, Becky is well known for her Earth-conscious Blue Planet Earthscapes, an award winning gardening company.  Becky’s first book, Raven in the Garden, a Front Range Gardener’s Journal was published in 2007.   Becky lives in Manitou Springs and currently sits on the City Council.


Heather Kelly, MBA

Website Manager & Advisor

Heather is a local entrepreneur with a long history with sustainability and technology. She owns of Altru Systems, a purpose driven software and web development company, and she is a former partner at Sustainable Transformations, a sustainability consulting firm. She is a certified small business consultant (certified by the Colorado SBDC) with advanced sustainability training from the International Society of Sustainability Practitioners.