Energy Gives Back to Colorado


From Opening Day at Coors Field to outdoor concerts and hikes along mountain trails, there’s a lot to look forward to about springtime in Colorado. What many people may not know is that this season also is a great time to give back and help make Colorado’s communities even brighter.

To share how our state’s oil and natural gas industry is working with animal shelters, outdoor conservation groups and schools to give back and make Colorado a better place to live, we wanted to shine the spotlight on two members of Colorado’s energy family who’ve dedicated themselves to improving our state.

Energy Gives Back to Colorado

Leslie O’Connor has been a petroleum engineer for more than 35 years and now serves as a leader in Colorado’s energy industry. In her spare time, she not only donates her time as a volunteer at a local animal shelter, but serves on the board of the Audubon Society of Denver and the AirWaterGas advisory committee, which works to advocate for and support Colorado’s environment.

“It’s important to give back to the community and the environment.” Leslie said. “When those of us in the energy industry are out in the community, we can also share our knowledge about oil and natural gas development so people are more informed.”

Christina Ruby is an environmental geologist for a large environmental firm. In addition to specializing in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services that help support Colorado’s energy industry, her company started a volunteer program that encourages its employees to give back to the community through a variety of partner groups.

“The message that we get from our company is that there is nothing as valuable as giving your time to others,” Christina said.

Whether working with kids at The Urban Farm or repairing trails in Jefferson County Open Space, Christina uses her skills as a geologist to not only help deliver sustainable energy to Coloradans but also ensure that our state’s energy and outdoors are there for future generations.

It’s plain to see that Colorado’s energy industry is passionate about giving back to our communities. Whether through grants to schools, helping at-risk kids, or by volunteering outside work as a baseball coach, the people that make our energy possible help ensure that our state is leading the way to a sustainable energy future for all Coloradans.


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