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ASES Remembers Two Longtime Members
ASES lost two valuable members
recently, Maurice Albertson and Greg
Maurice Albertson, a Colorado
State University researcher, Peace
Corps founder and longtime ASES
member, died Jan. 11 at age 90. Albertson taught at CSU for more than
six decades and helped develop the
university’s research, graduate and
international programs. Albertson was
also a vocal advocate for renewable
energy and an active member of the
Colorado Renewable Energy
Society. In 1961, he also helped found
the Peace Corps. Donations in his
memory can be made to his nonprofit,
Village Earth ( villageearth.org), or to the Maurice Albertson Scholarship Fund at Colorado
State University ( colostate.edu).
Greg Franta, senior vice president at the
Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colo.,
died in a car accident in February. He was 58.
An architect and proponent of passive solar
design, Franta was at the forefront of the green
building movement. He was one of the original
creators of the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED standards and was a co-founder and past
chairman of the American Institute of
Architects’ Committee on the Environment.
Franta’s good friend Douglas Balcomb, Ph.D., a retired research fellow
at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, remembers Franta’s tireless
work promoting Balcomb’s Energy- 10
computer program, a design tool that
encourages architects to investigate a
range of energy-efficiency strategies in
a building under design.
“[Greg] had an instinctive under-
standing of passive solar design principles,” Balcomb said. “His passing at
the prime of his career is a tragic loss not only
for his family and friends, but also for the whole
community of designers working to integrate
architectural delight with energy efficiency.”
Donations in Franta’s memory can be made
to the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Greg Franta
Leadership Fund at rmi.org.
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