Timothy DenHerder-Thomas

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas is a co-founder of Grand Aspirations (www.grandaspirations.org), and is committed to unleashing the potential of a generation of leaders helping communities create integrated solutions to climate change, the energy crisis, economic stagnation, social injustice, and community fragmentation. Through Grand Aspirations, he has helped support teams of youth innovators nationwide to create green economic opportunity for themselves and their communities through energy efficiency, green industry, sustainable food, transit access, and clean energy. Timothy graduated from Macalester College, where he helped secure bold carbon neutrality policy and pioneer the Clean Energy Revolving Fund (CERF), which supports self-financing sustainability projects. From there, he launched Cooperative Energy Futures (www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com), a cooperative that uses the power of community to create economic opportunity through energy efficiency, and recently helped form the Our Power campaign to expand access to energy efficiency and clean energy in South Minneapolis.Timothy has also been closely involved in the Alliance to Re-Industrialize for a Sustainable Economy (ARISE), a green industry coalition working to transform an aging industrial site in St. Paul into a mixed-use green industrial center. Timothy, now 25, has served on the Steering Committee of the Energy Action Coalition (www.energyactioncoalition.org), a national coalition of organizations working to empower youth people to lead a clean energy future. He is a Young People For Fellow, a Morris K. Udall Scholar, a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, and a recipient of the 2008 Brower Youth Award and the 2009 Mario Savio Award. [+]