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Greg Franta May 17, 1950 - Feb. 9, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. -- Greg Franta, 58, of Boulder, Colo., died Feb. 9 in a car accident.

Services were March 16 in Boulder. Memorials may be sent to Gregory Franta Memorial Fund at University of Colorado Foundation or to the Greg Franta Leadership Fund, set up by Rocky Mountain Institute,

He was born May 17, 1950, in Graceville to Joseph and Loretta (Esser) Franta. They moved to Willmar in 1956 and he graduated from Willmar High School in 1968. He graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Colorado in 1973 and a masters in architecture from the University of Arizona in 1976.

He founded and led the ENSAR Group in providing services for over 800 energy efficient and environmentally sound projects, including community and large scale developments, offices, laboratories, educational buildings, health facilities, libraries, homes (including the White House. He received his fellowship with the Amerian Institute of Architects in 1994. He was co-founder and past chairman of the AIA Committee on the Environment, past chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, chairman of the CU Design Review Board and 1998 AIA Colorado Architect of the Year. He led the Rocky Mountain Institute's Built Environment Team, was a leader of the green building movement and was one of the original creators of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building standards.

He is survived by his wife: Jana Simpson; her daughters: Sara (and Rob) Kosick and Jenny (and Koeby) Johnson; her four grandhildren; his three daughters: Loretta, Lindsay and Emily; and his siblings: Bernie (and Jan) Franta and Marjorie Bean.