Executive Director, Andrea Guajardo was a founding board member in 2010 and elected to the position of Executive Director in 2011.
Ms. Guajardo is an eighth generation resident of Conejos County and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.
During the Fall on 2010, Ms. Guajardo
served on the task force assembled by former Congressmen John Salazar to help resolve a radioactive, hazardous and toxic waste dispute involving the Federal Agency
the Department of Energy
, as well as various corporate entities.
consistent advocacy for fair public process during task force discussions ultimately resulted in a legal settlement to ensure that Conejos County would have a fair public National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process prior to radioactive, hazardous and toxic waste transfer through Conejos County.
Presently, Ms. Guajardo
is promoting awareness on the following campaigns in Conejos County: Low Altitude Tactical Navigations, where the Federal Agency
Cannon AFB is seeking air space for simulated military conditions in mountainous regions, Solar Energy Zones, where the Federal Agencies the Department of Energy
and the Bureau of Land Management
are trying to identify federal lands for solar energy development in an effort to streamline the development process, Greater than Class C Waste, where the Federal Agency the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
is trying to identify federal sites for the storage of commercial wastes, and Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement where the Federal Agency Department of Energy is attempting to demolish an old and build a new facility to build plutonium pits, nuclear weapons triggers.
Prior to working for CCCW, Ms. Guajardo managed a plethora of projects to protect environment in the states of Colorado, Texas, and California.
She successfully managed projects from conceptualization, through engineering, during execution, ending in start-up and transition to clients.
Projects include; redesign of Probat Roasters burners at a Maxwell House coffee plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, redesign of Cooling Towers to increase efficiency and reduce electrical consumption at a Maxwell House coffee plant, design of caustic wash recycle system to reduce degenerative chemicals in a natural cheese plant's waste stream to the municipality, and a total plant waste balance to reduce electro-conductivity in a natural cheese plant's waste stream to the municipality.
project management experience coupled with her
unique voice rooted for generations in an environmental justice community made her
a prime choice for collaborative efforts for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
(NEJAC) selection; since, she
understands the importance of building relationships and advocating for environmental justice communities through those relationships.
understood service on NEJAC
was a collaborative effort as a means to advocate for environmental justice communities and their unique needs.