Robert Youngberg is President of Sustainable Development / International in Denver, Colorado consulting on national and international renewable energy and environmental development projects for a variety of clients.
Robert Youngberg has a lifetime of experience and expertise in supporting development efforts locally and internationally in the areas of Social, Energy and Environmental Sustainability.
The following is a summary of Robert's experience and activities in energy and environmental sustainable development.
Robert has extensive experience in professional consulting in the renewable energy, environmental and information technology industries serving national and international clients for over 30 years.
Robert founded and served for 8 years as Director of the Renewable Energy Research and Policy Office at the University of Nebraska.
Robert’s executive and management positions include HWS Environmental Engineering, Oracle Consulting, Sun Microsystems Professional Services, Cendant Corporation, and Information Handling Services (IHS) / Cambridge Energy Research Associates – (CERA), and sustainability consulting for the University of Denver Research Institute.
Robert’s current activities include:
• International Program Committee of the World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF 2012),
• Chair of the Colorado Organizing Committee for the World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF 2012).
Note - WREF 2012 will be held in Denver on May 13-19, 2012 at the Colorado Convention Center. This is a combined conference of the World Renewable Energy Congress/Network, the International Solar Energy Society, the American Solar Energy Society, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and others. Last year the WREC/WREN event was held in Abu Dhabi. The Denver attendance is expected to be about 6,000 - 8,000.
• Advisory Board for HealthKind Foundation - Implementing sustainable, community-based health and wellness programs and services in the developing world - focused on Sudan,
• Founder of Colorado Alliance for Renewable Energy - C A R E for the development of Feed-in Tariff in Colorado, providing numerous presentations, panels, meetings, and forums on FiT,
• International Steering Committee for the Alliance for Renewable Energy,
• Founding member of Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado,
• Advisor for the City of Fort Collins, CO Feed-in Tariff Solar Incentive Program,
• Program Committee for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society Annual Conference 2011,
• Program Committee for CORE - Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy,
• Sustainability Chair for the 2009 Rocky Mountain CleanTech Open Competition,
• Judge for the 2009 and 2010 Rocky Mountain CleanTech Open Competition,
• Judge for the Colorado Environmental Partnership 2010 and 2011 Sustainability Champion Awards,
• Judge for the Aspen 2010 Rocky Mountain Green Award,
• President of the Board of Directors for the Trailblazer Foundation– Jackson, WY,
• Steering Committee for the 2010 and 2011 Rich Phillips Pancreatic Cancer Walk
• Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Village Earth / International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) at Colorado State University.
Robert has also served in many other volunteer positions including Chair of the Lincoln, NE City Energy Commission, Energy Advisor for the State of Nebraska Consulting Architect and Engineers Selection Board, served on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Solar Water Heating Design and Installation Standards Committee, provided testimony to the United States Congress - Committee on Renewable Energy Policy and Tax incentives, Chair of the American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Annual Fundraiser, and served on the State of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Business and Industry Sector of the Colorado Climate Action Committee.
Robert was born and raised in Nebraska, has an amazing son and daughter-in-law, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and graduate work in Architecture and Decision Sciences at the University of Nebraska. Robert served 28 years as a Cryptology Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves, has been an avid snowboarder for over 25 years, lived in Spain for two years and is an avid world adventure traveler.
Adventure trips include climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with his son for the 2000 Millennium, a wooden dug-out canoe trip up the Orinoco River to Angel Falls in the Venezuelan rain forest, and he recently discovered an abandoned 800 year-old Khmer temple in the jungles of Cambodia. Robert regrets turning down an offer to to winter over in Antarctica and climb Krakatau volcano but he's not done yet.