Salazar Center

The Center will focus on conservation throughout North America and play a leading role in building and maintaining effective links between science, policy development, and management. It is intended as a new venue for discussion of difficult issues, definition of opportunities for innovation, and development of new approaches to key challenges.

One of the center’s most important tasks will be promoting a large-scale and systemic view of North American conservation that recognizes connections between conservation, environmental quality, economic strength, and our quality of life. It will explore the conservation implications of critical interlinked challenges like climate change, land use change, and biodiversity loss.

The center is also expected to address the relationship and coordination of public and private sector conservation decisions, the creation and maintenance of international parks and reserves, and the management of water resources and invasive and protected species across international borders.

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Goals for the Center

Conservation needs, environmental needs, societal needs, economic needs, and competing priorities for use of land, water, the atmosphere, and energy resources do not exist in silos; neither can their solutions. The Salazar Center will bring communities and leaders together to develop and implement a 21st century conservation agenda broad enough to make impact across North America, yet focused enough to produce tangible results.

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Beth Conover - Director

Beth Conover has spent her entire career working at the intersection of environmental policy and community development. She joins Colorado State University this month as director of the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

Conover most recently served as senior vice president at the Gates Family Foundation in Denver, where she had worked since 2011. She worked for John Hickenlooper from 2003 to 2007 when he was mayor of Denver.

During her tenure at the city and county, Conover developed the Greenprint Denver sustainability office and created a climate action plan for Denver. She was one of four senior policy advisors to the mayor, now Gov. Hickenlooper, and his former chief of staff and now U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.