What We Do


The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado serves as the sustainability networking and education hub for the greater Durango area; we also take strong advocacy positions on climate and energy issues.


We envision a thriving community where people collaborate to support a strong local economy and a healthy natural environment.


The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado is a nonprofit organization based in Durango, Colorado. We trace our roots to the 2002 La Plata County Community Summit and the 2003 Sustainable Economic Development Study Circle. A breakout group at the 2004 Community Summit addressed the idea of a “sustainability policy council.” Our founding Board of Directors was nominated in December 2005, and they formally adopted bylaws in February 2006.

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors Election Campaigns

LPEA Districts MapOne of SASCO’s largest efforts is to increase local control and responsible energy production. Specifically, we work to identify and support progressive candidates running for membership to the publicly-elected La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors.

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board members inform policy, rates, and practices within our regional electric cooperative, thereby playing a pivotal role in our energy future. We need to elect LPEA Board members that serve the best interests of you, the co-op members. This means:
Keeping your electricity bill low
Building the local economy with resources and energy generated locally instead of a Tri-State coal plant
Supporting clean air, water, and a safer climate

Some current board members have undermined local renewable energy with increased mandatory fees on your bill, raised those fees by 60% over the last five years and have been an obstacle to addressing climate issues. If you are interested in clean energy, increasing community resiliency, and increasing local control over, and responsible sources of, energy production benefiting our local economy, please get in touch with us on how you can help!

Want to learn more? Our fiscal sponsor, San Juan Citizens Alliance, provides lots of information on their their website!

2018 Election Results:

District 1 (Archuleta County):
Kirsten Skeehan: 1,109 won; incumbent Bob Formwalt: 796

District 2 (Southern and Western La Plata County):
Incumbent Kohler McInnis: 1,292 won; Jeff Mannix: 1,074

District 3 (City of Durango):
Incumbent Britt Bassett: 1,452 won; Gene Fischer: 678

District 4 (North and Eastern La Plata County):
Tim Wheeler: 1,123 won; Karen Barger: 1,106

Did you know that less than 25% of our community turns out to vote in LPEA elections every April? Let’s change that. We must elect an active, forward thinking LPEA Board of Directors in order for LPEA to unveil and pursue the best path to a less expensive, clean, and reliable energy future.

Durango Green Drinks

Durango Green Drinks offers a place for anyone in the area to come,  mingle, meet others and chat about local sustainability issues. This informal monthly get-together gives people the chance to learn about community sustainability issues, meet like-minded locals and simply have fun. Please join us on the last Thursday of each month from 5 to 6:45PM at Carver Brewing Company.

Who can attend? Anyone! Business owners, sustainability professionals, community leaders, employers, job-seekers, singles, couples—anyone interested in a healthy planet and who wants to chat, mingle, and catch up with old and new friends! Bring a friend and come with conversation!

Questions? Please contact: durangogreendrinks@gmail.com

2019 Hosts and Calendar:
January 24 (week early due to Snowdown): All hosts
February 28: Trails 2000, San Juan Mountains Association
March 28: Sustainability Alliance of SW Colorado (SASCO), Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE)
April 25: Turtle Lake Refuge
May 30: Durango Nature Studies, The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado
June 27: City of Durango, La Plata Open Space Conservancy
July 25: La Plata County Thrive! Living Wage Coalition, Sherpa Sustainability Institute
August 29: Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Good Food Collective
September 26: Environmental Center At Fort Lewis CollegeSan Juan Citizens Alliance
October 24 (week early due to Halloween): Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Mountain Studies Institute
November 21 (week early due to Thanksgiving): The Wilderness Society,  Conservation Colorado