Alison's work in the field of solar energy was recognized in 2004 by the American Solar Energy Society
with the first ever "Women in Solar Energy" (WISE) award.
Alison earned her B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on solar thermal technologies, from Colorado State University in 1993.
learned how to design and install photovoltaic systems at Solar Energy International
(SEI) in Carbondale, CO in 2003.
Alison served as the Chair of the Fort Collins Electric Board from 2001 to 2004 and, in that capacity, led the development of the City's Renewable Energy Policy - the first policy of its kind in the state.
Alison consults on a Tribal Energy program for Trees, Water, and People; lectures to building professionals on the implementation of solar technologies; and is the director of SolarBound, the Million Solar Roofs Initiative for Northern Colorado.
In 2002, Alison successfully led an effort to establish the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society - a subchapter of the American Solar Energy Society that advocates the use of renewable energy technologies through outreach and education.