AERO Welcomes New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), is pleased to announce that Bryan von Lossberg has been hired as the new Executive Director of AERO. Beginning May 16th, 2011 Bryan will replace outgoing Executive Director Jonda Crosby, who has served as AERO’s Director for the past nine years.

Bryan is an accomplished organizational leader with a commitment to AERO’s mission and a thorough understanding of AERO’s program areas of energy conservation and sustainable agriculture. Bryan brings years of business and non-profit management experience to the position, having served as the Executive Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute and as a program manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Materials.  Through his work at the non-profit Tahoe-Baikal Institute, Bryan participated in training emerging environmental leaders and fostering place-based watershed education and an international cultural exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.  Bryan is also the founder of an energy conservation business, Commons Link, which provides tools that use real time energy usage information and feedback (the “Prius Effect”) to help homeowners conserve energy.

When asked why he would like to work for AERO, Bryan said, “I love AERO’s focus on sustainable solutions and conviction in the power of community.  Its members put their principles and ideas into action every day at their homes, in their businesses, and on their farms and ranches across Montana.  It’s a community of doers.  AERO does vital work bringing those people together to share, debate, and learn.  I’m thrilled and honored to join a talented staff and contribute to AERO’s work in individual and community empowerment.”

Bryan’s formal education includes an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Bryan has been recognized for his conservation work by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and as a recipient of a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship.

AERO’s retiring Executive Director Jonda Crosby said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Bryan over the past year and half while he served as AERO’s Board Treasurer. Over that time I have been repeatedly impressed by his level of competence in program development, fundraising, and budget oversight, as well as his commitment to AERO’s values.  I am confident that Bryan will bring effective management and outstanding leadership to AERO as this organization begins its 37th year.”

The Board of Directors of the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), is pleased to announce that Bryan von Lossberg has been hired as the new Executive Director of AERO. Beginning May 16th, 2011 Bryan will replace outgoing Executive Director Jonda Crosby, who has served as AERO’s Director for the past nine years.  

Bryan is an accomplished organizational leader with a commitment to AERO’s mission and a thorough understanding of AERO’s program areas of energy conservation and sustainable agriculture. Bryan brings years of business and non-profit management experience to the position, having served as the Executive Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute and as a program manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Materials.  Through his work at the non-profit Tahoe-Baikal Institute, Bryan participated in training emerging environmental leaders and fostering place-based watershed education and an international cultural exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.  Bryan is also the founder of an energy conservation business, Commons Link, which provides tools that use real time energy usage information and feedback (the “Prius Effect”)  to help homeowners conserve energy.

When asked why he would like to work for AERO, Bryan said, “I absolutely love what AERO is, and that AERO’s work is driven by the members. I love the community that is fostered by AERO, and share AERO’s principles and ethics. I also appreciate that AERO is always willing to take on a little risk because that is where cutting edge ideas are fostered. I am also drawn to the notion of independence at the personal and community level, which AERO embodies.”

Bryan’s formal education includes an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Bryan has been recognized for his conservation work by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and as the recipient of a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship.
AERO’s retiring Executive Director Jonda Crosby said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Bryan over the past two years while he served as AERO’s Board Treasurer. Over that time I have been repeatedly impressed by his level of competence in program development, fundraising, and budget oversight, as well as his commitment to AERO’s values.  I am confident that Bryan will bring effective management and outstanding leadership to AERO as this organization begins its 38th year.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events:


Save the Date: AERO Ag Task Force meeting!

May 12, 2011–Timeless Seeds, Ulm, Montana

 

Join us on May 12, 2011 at Timeless Seeds in Ulm from Noon to 4:30. This is a great opportunity to get involved in AERO’s Sustainable Food & Ag program and help guide the direction of our work. The meeting will start with a potluck lunch and an opportunity for everyone to visit and get to know each other, and then we will get down to business. You will hear a report on AERO’s ongoing projects, a review of the Jane Kile Memorial Fund, and a recap of the 2011 legislative session with the opportunity to help identify needs for future policy changes. We will also ask you to help plan this summer’s farm tours as well as a Small Farms Conference for Montana. Please contact the AERO office for directions and additional information. We hope to see you there!

New West Hosts a Conversation about Local Food and Local Economies
May 6, 2011–New West Festival, Missoula, Montana

Be part of a discussion about how local food can mean economic recovery for the Rockies.

Nationally renowned food system analyst Ken Meter will be in Missoula Friday, May 6 at the New West Festival to talk about the results of his recent study on the food system of Western Montana as well as share insights on how the region as a whole is tapping into the burgeoning local food market.

Meter’s keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with key players in the food chain, including growers, journalists, chefs, processors, distributors and retailers. The panel will take off from Meter’s study and begin mapping how the region can best seize these new opportunities in agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Register Today:
Local Energy Solutions Conference

May 18-19, 2011–Helena, Montana

Registration and the agenda are now available for AERO’s second annual conference showcasing the emerging role local governments and community leaders are taking in energy conservation efforts.

Conf logo 072 lgConference highlights include case studies of local government efficiency and renewable energy projects, overview of grants and utility rebates available to help finance energy conservation, networking with energy professionals and community leaders. Please pass on the news, especially to city, county and tribal elected officials as well as local government managers, facility operators, fleet supervisors, wastewater treatment operators.  [MORE]

Real Foods is celebrating Earth Day by supporting the Growing Community Project!
April 22, 2011–Real Foods, Helena, Montana

Stop by any time between now and April 22 to enter a raffle drawing to win a Garden Kit, including a consultation with an expert gardener, organic seeds, and a yard of compost.  Tickets are $1 each, 5 tickets for $3.00, or 10 tickets for $5.00. Tickets are available at the register. In addition, Real Foods will be donating a portion of their profits for the day on April 22. For more events see the AERO calendar at aeromt.org or WEEL News and Events.

 

Legislative Update:

Sustainable Food & Ag Program

AERO has had the opportunity to work on extremely important legislation this session that directly affects our members. We are making progress on protecting farmers in the event of GE crop contamination, supporting Farm to School and farmland protection, and assisting value-added food producers.

AERO is a founding member of Grow Montana, a statewide coalition that focuses on community economic development policies that create a sustainable and equitable Montana-based food system. As part of this coalition we have been busy pursuing two legislative priorities: a resolution encouraging Farm to School and support for Montana’s network of  Food & Agricultural Development Centers. Both of these bills are still alive in this very late hour of the legislative session and will be decided on any day now. Click here to learn more about these policies as well as AERO’s other legislative efforts.

Energy Program

It’s not over yet: Ask Governor to veto anti-conservation bill

The Montana Legislature has passed SB 253, a bill that would eliminate Montana’s energy conservation and renewable energy tax credits. Last year more than 28,000 Montana tax payers claimed the tax credits to help finance commonsense energy efficiency measures like insulation, updated boilers and furnaces, new windows, solar panels, and small scale wind turbines.

Our last hope to stop this backwards bill is the Governor. Please email him, or call (406) 444-3111 and respectfully ask for a VETO on SB 253.  You can read what AERO member and real estate broker Freda Wilkinson said about the tax credit in a recent AERO radio commentary. [MORE]

 

 

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