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Conor Merrigan

Senior Principal

Conor has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, with the common thread among them being sustainability. Since beginning his career building straw bale homes in 2003, Conor has focused on maximizing positive impact and delivering high value. This commitment to sustainable actions has driven his initiatives in city planning, energy program leadership for the State of Colorado, and a host of experiences in sustainability consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University and master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Urban Design from the University of Colorado at Denver.

As Sustainability Principal at Spirit, Conor is further developing our program by focusing on providing solutions that remain innovative while identifying methods for our client partners to implement sustainable practices at earlier stages of project development. From certifications to deployed projects, and many points in between, Conor is leading Spirit and our client partners to a more sustainable future.

What is your favorite city to which you’ve traveled? 

Probably Crested Butte, CO though Mazunte, Mexico is close for entirely different reasons.

What is your favorite quote? 

“The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

What is your favorite sports team? 

Denver Nuggets. No doubt, no other. #Nugglife

What is your favorite food? 

All-you-can-eat spaghetti from the Gondolier in Boulder. Half spicy marinara, half olive oil, and fresh garlic with a side of oil and garlic.

Why do you like working at Spirit? 

It’s true that the opportunity to grow services that have a significant positive impact, and the commitment Spirit has made to this program, is huge. However, the culture at Spirit embodies collegiality and professionalism that bleeds through invigorating workdays into a group of people that actually enjoy each other’s company after work hours as well. Honestly, at this stage of my career, workplace culture matters more and more.