Will Toor

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Director of the Transportation Programs

Will Toor is the director of the transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), working on smart growth transportation policy and electric vehicle policy in six states across the southwest.

Prior to working at SWEEP, Will served as Boulder County Commissioner from 2005-2012. Will spearheaded the adoption of the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Will served as Mayor of Boulder from 1998-2004, where he played a strong role in the development of the community transit network, EcoPass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill.

He represented the City of Boulder and Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) from 1998-2012, and served as chair in 2005. In his role at DRCOG, he successfully advocated for significant shifts in funding towards transit and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, and led DRCOG in adopting goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled in the regional land use and transportation plans.

Will was a founding member of the US 36 Mayors’ and Commissioners’ Coalition, and helped develop regional consensus for bus rapid transit, and no additional general purpose lanes, on this highway linking Boulder and Denver. He worked with multiple state and federal agencies to secure $500 million for this project.

He served as director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center from 1992 to 2004, developing campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and campus transportation. He is co-author of the books Finding A New Way: Campus Transportation for the Twenty-First Century, and Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities.

He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1992.

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