Staff Biography for Will Toor
Toor serves as the director of the transportation
program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Prior to working at SWEEP, Will was
elected to the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder
County, Colorado in 2004, and was re-elected in 2008.
Will spearheaded the effort to create and adopt a
countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green
building code, the EnergySmart program, and the
ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected County
Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder, Colorado
from 1998-2004. He played a strong role in the
development of the Boulder's community transit network,
EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and
policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development
as an alternative to sprawl.
represented both 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 sustainability
principles including goals for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions and vehicle miles travelled in the long range
regional land use and transportation plans.
appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the state
Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon
panel, the Governor's Climate Action Panel, and the
Regional Air Quality Council.
a founding member of the US 36 Mayors' and
Commissioners' Coalition, and played a key role in
developing a regional consensus for bus rapid transit,
and no additional general purpose lanes, on this major
artery linking Boulder and Denver. He worked with
multiple state and federal agencies to secure $500
million for this project, which is under construction.
served as the director of the University of Colorado
Environmental Center from 1992 to 2004. In this role he
developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of
solid waste, building energy use, and campus
transportation planning. He is co-author of the books
Finding A New Way: Campus Transportation for the
Twenty-First Century, and Transportation for
Sustainable Campus Communities.
received a number of awards including the
United States Conference of Mayors Outstanding
Achievement Award for City Livability in 2002, the DRCOG
Distinguished Regional Leadership Award in 2005, and the
National Association of Counties Best in Category award
to Boulder County for the Climate Smart Loan Program in
his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in
1992, where he studied theoretical condensed matter
physics, completing a dissertation on phase transitions
in electrorheological fluids.