Two Alums Share Day in the Sun

by Mariam Zakhary '13
Denver accepts its award as the nation's most solar-friendly community.
From left, Rebecca Cantwell '75, Jessica Scott '00, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the ceremony for Denver's Solar Friendly Community Award.

Denver's recent designation as the first "Solar Friendly Community" in the country is thanks in part to the work of Rebecca Cantwell '75, senior program director for Solar Friendly Communities, and Jessica Scott '00, the sustainability strategist for Denver's Office of the Mayor. Denver earned this recognition for its efforts to reduce the permitting and licensing costs of installing solar panel technology.

"We have been working together for over a year," Scott says, "and just recently discovered we graduated from the same college!"

Both Scott and Cantwell have a variety of experience in the sustainability field. A LEED Green Associate, Scott joined Greenprint Denver in 2011 to manage the City's Department of Energy Solar America Cities grant. Scott, who graduated with a degree in biology and environmental studies, also serves as the alumni representative on the College's Sustainability Committee. 

Cantwell helped create Colorado Harvesting Energy Network in 2006 and edits Smart Energy Living, a Colorado consumer magazine focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Cantwell, who majored in religion at Swarthmore and later earned an M.S. from Columbia's School of Journalism, is also an award-winning former staffer for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.