Meet the Advisors

PACE is a one-stop-shop for business sustainability in Boulder County. While each advisor specializes in different areas, every advisor advises on all sustainability topics, providing the highest level of service to businesses by maintaining a single point-of-contact.

In working with PACE, you’ll find our business sustainability advisors to be your most valuable resource. Our advisors bring a diverse array of experience and technical expertise to the PACE Program. While advisors work one-on-one with each business, they also collaborate to problem-solve and develop best-in-class strategies to help you meet your sustainability goals. Collectively, the current team has advised over 1,500 businesses on 3,000 upgrades.

Ambra Sutherlin

Business Sustainability Advisor

Ambra is the lead advisor for places of worship and the marijuana sector. Ambra is a LEED AP in BD+C and O+M and has more than 15 years of experience helping property managers, owners, and tenants with energy efficiency, zero waste, water conservation and best business practices. In her prior career, Ambra worked in the architecture field on government and high-end commercial tenant improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay area.

Denise Grimm

Business Sustainability Advisor

Denise is the lead advisor for energy efficiency. Denise Grimm is a LEED AP, BD+C and holds a degree in Environmental Health. She has over ten years of experience assisting the building design community, facility operators and business owners with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining PACE, she worked with energy efficiency program implementation for an electric utility, and also in the non-profit sector where she helped to develop a green building certification program for small commercial buildings.

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Elizabeth French

Business Sustainability Team Lead

Elizabeth collaborates with community partners, develops PACE communications, and supervises several PACE advisors. Elizabeth completed the Environmental Policy and Management graduate program at the University of Denver with a concentration in Environmental Management and a certificate of advanced study in Energy and Sustainability. Prior to joining PACE, Elizabeth worked with sustainability non-profits in Denver and the Vail Valley.

Kaela Martins

Business Sustainability Advisor

Kaela is a waste reduction specialist. Kaela holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Denver, and is currently working on her Master’s in Environmental Policy & Management. Prior to joining Boulder County, Kaela worked for 4 years with the University of Denver’s waste program, excelling their zero waste sports. She also worked for the City & County of Denver, bringing composting to three Denver Public Libraries and aiding in the success of waste programs in Denver Public Schools.

Liz Swanson

Business Sustainability Advisor

Liz is the lead advisor for retail throughout the City of Boulder. Liz holds a MA Degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and a BA in Sociology with a focus on Conflict Resolution from CU Boulder. She has ten years of experience working in various sustainability roles, including zero waste event planning, University level sustainability program management, and working with business owners throughout Colorado to implement holistic approaches to sustainability. She most recently worked with B Lab where she led a state-wide program to engage hundreds of businesses in measuring, managing and improving their environmental and social impacts.

Matt Hannon

Business Sustainability Advisor

Matt is the lead advisor for business recognition. Matt holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MS from the University of Montana. Prior to joining Boulder County, Matt worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington D.C. and conducted a year-long sustainability assessment on a business in Montana. He’s excited to help businesses in Boulder County improve their bottom line by cutting down on waste and other unnecessary expenses.

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Toby Russell

Business Sustainability Advisor

Toby is the lead water efficiency advisor on the PACE team. Toby has been working in the field of sustainability for over 12 years; for eight of those years he was the as the CEO of Natural Capitalism Solutions, supported Hunter Lovins, the sustainability pioneer, in consulting with corporations, companies and communities around the country.

Tom Hardie

Business Sustainability Advisor

Tom is an entrepreneur with a track record for sustainability. An east county business he founded in 2014 has been awarded gold-level Green Business recognition over four consecutive years by the City of Lafayette for leadership in energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, and alternative transportation. His enthusiasm for implementing upgrades and best practices in his own business led him to join the PACE team, where he enjoys working with other businesses to do the same. Tom serves on the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee and holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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Zac Swank

Business Sustainability Coordinator

Zac supervises PACE’s team of expert advisors and works with PACE’s partners to collaboratively set the strategic direction of the organization. Zac has an MBA and BA in environmental politics. Before coming to Boulder County, Zac served as operations manager of eGo CarShare and worked at Natural Capitalism Solutions, where he helped a $1.8 billion restaurant chain establish its first sustainability program.