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June 3, 2024

Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann Appointed to EPA Local Government Advisory Committee


Stolzmann to Bring Climate Action and Community Resilience Experience to National Environmental Efforts


  • Boulder County Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann was appointed to the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee to advise on environmental issues affecting U.S. communities.
  • Stolzmann will use her experience to contribute to important discussions on topics like disaster response, the impact of forever chemicals, and climate equity.
  • The next committee meeting is scheduled for September.
  • To receive this information in another language, contact Gloria Handyside by phone 303-441-1622 or email ghandyside@bouldercounty.gov.

Boulder County, Colo.Last week, Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann joined officials from local, state, Tribal and territorial governments across the United States to give recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on critical environmental issues impacting local communities.

As a member of the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Commissioner Stolzmann had the opportunity to share reflections on the impact of PFAS (“forever chemicals”) in the environment. During the May meeting, local government representatives also shared feedback on the EPA’s plans to advance equity and its resources to help local governments effectively deliver services even as the climate changes.

Commissioner Stolzmann brings her background in engineering and manufacturing, as well as her leadership experience as mayor of Louisville during the 2021 Marshall Fire, to the LGAC. An elected official since 2013, she has chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments, overseeing regional planning, transportation, and aging services across 58 governmental agencies. She has already contributed to the committee's discussions on the impact of PFAS, commonly known as forever chemicals.

Working with colleagues from across the country on environmental and climate challenges is truly inspiring, said Commissioner Stolzmann. Although we come from 37 communities across 27 states, we all face threats from climate change and pollution. I believe tackling the climate crisis is the most critical issue for Boulder County and the world and that the decisions we make in the next decade will shape our future. It is vital that local, state, and federal governments collaborate, and I am committed to bringing Boulder County's perspective to this crucial conversation.

In 2024, the committee will provide input on several key initiatives, including proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements, the draft Strategy for Reducing Plastic Pollution, the development of a cumulative impact framework, and enhancing community-level communication and engagement on climate issues.

The next committee meeting will take place in September. Each meeting includes the opportunity for public comment. Visit the LGAC website for more information about previous and future meetings and the work of the committee.

About the EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee

Chartered in 1993 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Local Government Advisory Committee is comprised of elected and appointed officials at local, state, tribal and territorial governments within the U.S., who provide independent policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments. Visit the LGAC StoryMap to learn more about LGAC members and the communities they represent.


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