Favorite place in CO: Emerald Mountain
Winn most recently served seven years as a Senior Environmental Scientist at Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA), an environmental engineering firm serving the Mountain West. At SMA, Winn assisted primarily rural Colorado local governments with management of their waste materials, with an emphasis on reduction, reuse, and recycling. She was a project manager for solid waste campuses in Eagle, Rio Blanco, Mesa, and Gunnison counties, providing environmental regulatory management, design, and technical assistance for landfills, compost facilities, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), and waste impoundments.
During her tenure at SMA, Winn was Project Lead for four regional waste diversion studies encompassing thirteen rural Colorado counties. These studies were grant-funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE’s) Recycling Resources & Economic Opportunity (RREO) program. Winn also assisted clients with special wastes, including beneficial uses for wastes, such as biochar.
Prior to working at SMA, Winn worked for several years with Twin Enviro Services in Steamboat Springs as their Compliance and Quality Control Officer, overseeing two landfills, two waste solidification facilities, a compost facility, and a transfer station.
Prior to working for Twin Enviro, Winn worked for ten years with Xcel Energy. She served five years as the Environmental Manager at their Hayden Station, a coal-fired electric generating station in Hayden, CO, and five years as an Environmental Specialist in the Air & Water Division of Xcel’s Environmental Services Department. Winn was recently appointed (2021) to CDPHE’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee (PPABAC) as a waste subject matter expert. Winn served on YVSC’s Board of directors for six years and volunteers her time to Water Engineers for the Americas & Africa (WEFTA), travelling to Ethiopia in 2018 to review several spring protection projects bringing much needed water to remote communities. Winn holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver.