Walt Hecox - Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreational

Walt Hecox

At Large

Walt grew up in Denver, attended Colorado College, and after graduate school and service in the Army returned to Colorado Springs for a career as a CC faculty member. Hiking, skiing, backpacking, Eagle Scout activities, and a love for Colorado’s outdoors tethered him here for 43 years of active teaching and now retirement. Walt Hecox professor emeritus of economics in the environmental program, Colorado College, received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1969)

His specialization in courses and research related to regional resource, sustainable development and ecological economics questions. As a consultant he has managed and performed research for the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, Southern African Development Coordination Conference, U.S. Military Academy, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy and Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He helped organize a citizens group: Advocates For Pikes Peak Summit House; served for 4 years as Senior Program Advisor for El Pomar Foundation’s Pikes Peak Heritage Series; has written about the outdoors as a Guest Contributor to the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Gazette on Pikes Peak region tourism and recreation issues. Regional economics and management have been central to his research over the past 2 decades. He created and directed the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project 2004-2016 that brought student researchers to over 40 topics driving the economic and environmental dimensions to the 8-state Rockies Region, with annual Report Cards, Conservation surveys, and publication as well as press coverage in state, regional, national and international publications.