Salazar Center

The Center, where work commenced in the fall of 2018, 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.

Photo of Beth Conover and Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar served as United States Secretary of Interior, Colorado United States Senator and Attorney General. A native of Colorado, Mr. Salazar led the creation of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund in the early 1990s and the America’s Great Outdoors Council in 2009. Mr. Salazar is a frequent speaker on issues related to energy, conservation and tourism, Native Americans, water and law enforcement.

Beth Conover – Director

Beth Conover (pictured here with Ken Salazar) has spent her entire career working at the intersection of environmental policy and community development. She recently joins Colorado State University 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 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 a senior policy advisor to the mayor, now Governor Hickenlooper, and his former chief of staff and now U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

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.