Over the years, I’ve talked to many people about the Climate + Energy Project. From casual conversations to formal presentations, I usually start with the same concept, that CEP takes a practical approach to finding common ground solutions that work in the Heartland. I sometimes joke that we’re the pollyannas of the Kansas environmental world. CEP’s positive, pragmatic approach is what I love the most about the organization, and it’s ultimately why I am so happy to rejoin the staff as Assistant Director.
I joined CEP way back in 2012 to launch a new initiative that would address the nexus of water and energy use in agriculture . . . in the middle of one of the worst droughts in recent history. Given the troublesome weather outlook at the time, the project could easily have failed.
I attribute the success of Water + Energy Progress
and many other CEP initiatives to the unique way CEP does the work - bringing together diverse voices into solutions-based dialogues that work for Kansas.
It’s not always easy, in fact it can be downright frustrating at times, but it’s an approach that I really believe in, and one that’s been effective at CEP for almost ten years.
Did I just say ten years? You bet, I did. CEP will celebrate ten years of good work in Kansas this year. I’ve been involved with CEP for five of those years, either as staff or board. We’ve weathered internal droughts and floods over the years, but I’m happy to say that the future has never been brighter for CEP.
Now, to work!