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AREDAY 2015 Summit

AREI

Board of Directors

Chip Comins is the Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, (AREI, Inc), Founder of the AREDAY Summit, Expo and Film Festival, Managing Director of American Spirit Productions, President and CEO of WEnergy, Inc. and Co-founder of the Green Girl Minute. He has produced and directed both long and short form documentary films for educational and broadcast television markets, including The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE Wind Powering America, PBS, Link TV and BET.

A long-time advocate of developing and implementing renewable energy resources to abate green house gases and climate change, Comins advocates a business approach to solving both the economic and environmental crisis. In 2009 he produced 13 official side events at the UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen and is now producing the 11th Anniversary AREDAY Summit featuring President Jimmy Carter "Accelerating Solutions for the Great Transition" August 10-13, 2014.

 

Chip Comins
Chip Comins

Chairman & CEO

Renewable Energy

Sally Ranney is CEO of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company, founder/President of Rising Wolf Int'l, a consulting group, co-founder/Anchor of A Matter of Degree, a program for TV that examines climate change and business, and spoke at 2011 TEDx Denver.

With 30 years experience in the public/private sectors biodiversity, energy, water, wildlife and public land policy, Sally developed 'Corridors of Life', the first GIS satellite land mapping program undertaken by an NGO in the U.S. She founded American Wildlands, was appointed by President Reagan to the Commission on American Outdoors, is on the BOD of of the Gallmann African Conservancy (US/Kenya) and chairs the Earth Restoration Alliance. She is on the Patron Committee, IUCN, the Steering Committee, iMatter Campaign, the Global Advisory Committee, Women & the Green Economy (WAGE) and a managing partner of A.R.E. Equity Partners. Sally served on the BOD of the Natural Resource & Agricultural Policy Advisory Board, CSU, and The Natural Step.

 

Sally Ranney
Sally Ranney

President

Renewable Energy

Andrew Quiat serves as a Trustee of the 100+ year old Iliff School of Theology (see www.iliff.edu). As a law student some 40+ years ago, he was an environmental intern with the Ford Foundation on a grant program through his law school. In between he has had a full career in both private and public life with experience in executive positions, board governance, for-profit public, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging in the private practice of law. His law practice is substantially limited to realization upon large money judgments and in pursuing people who send spam. He is actively involved through outreach efforts of the Aspen Community United Methodist Church, of which his wife is the Pastor, with the provision of sustainable water to rural Kenyans. In addition he is a co-founder of ProvidIce, LLC, an R&D stage venture dedicated to the commercialization of free floating Antarctic Icebergs for their potable water and thermal content for production of water, energy, and carbon offsets.

 

Andrew Quiat
Andrew Quiat

Secretary

Renewable Energy

Eric Ringsby is a real estate investor with industrial, commercial and residential interests. Ringsby specializes in restoring historic buildings. His current project is making lumber and furniture from reclaimed beetle killed pine cut on his ranch in Wyoming. Ringsby has a life long passion for conservation of the natural world. He was an intern at Windstar. Ringsby worked as a field biologist in the Canadian arctic studying global warming. Ringsby is also an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist with over 25 years experience exhibiting, selling, teaching and collecting art. A founding partner in Cornell DeWitt Gallery in NYC, he taught at the Chicago Art Institute and University of Wyoming. Ringsby and AREDAY's Chip Comins founded American Spirit Productions together, in Aspen, the 1990's. In addition to being a board member of AREI, Ringsby is also Treasurer, on the grant committee, sponsor, and film festival director since 2011. Ringsby is a 5th generation Colorado native whose forefathers arrived in covered wagons. Educated in six countries in three languages, Ringsby earned an MFA in Sculpture from the Chicago Art Institute, a BFA in Sculpture, BA in Biology with English & History and EMT certificate from the University of Colorado. Eric lives and works in rural Wyoming, Aspen and Brooklyn.

 

Eric Ringsby
Eric Ringsby

Treasurer

Renewable Energy

Lawrence Bloom, Executive Chairman, Be Energy, a triple bottom
line sustainable energy company, that is working
to be a new model of success in business. The Company is
currently in discussions with the Paraguayan Government
to assist in becoming the first country to be fully sustainable
in energy, while improving the position of its poor. Bloom is
about to take the position of Secretary General of Be Earth Foundation a UN

 

Robert Gough
Lawrence Bloom

Renewable Energy

Michael Bowman, National Steering Committee Member for "25x'25", is a fifth-generation native of Colorado. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, served as a board member of the Colorado Conservation Voters, chaired Colorado's New Energy Future in 2006 and was co-chair of Governor-elect Bill Ritter's energy transition team. He served as a steering committee member for Colorado's Climate Action Plan where he focused on the opportunities for agriculture and Colorado's rural communities in a low-carbon future. Michael is a graduate of the Colorado Agriculture and Rural Leadership program, was a Next Generation Fellow in Columbia University's American Assembly and a 2008 recipient of Gamma Sigma Delta's Significant Achievement in Agricultural Award by Colorado State University. He is a candidate for the Colorado State Senate District 1, the largest geographical district in the state.

 

Chip CominsMichael Bowman
Michael Bowman

Renewable Energy

Graciela Chichilnisky, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Global Thermostat; Professor of Mathematics and Economics, Columbia University, is author of the carbon market of the United Nations Kyoto Protocol that became international law in 2005. Originator of the concept of Basic Needs, which the 1993 United Nations Earth Summit voted the cornerstone of Sustainable Development, she also created the formal theory of Sustainable Development used worldwide today. Called an "A-List Star" by the Washington Post, she appeared in the 2009 Time Magazine issue focusing on "Heroes of the Environment," served as a U.S. Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (which received the 2007 Nobel Prize), and as special adviser to several United Nations organizations, heads of State, and the U.S. Congress. Currently also Director of Columbia Consortium for Risk Management, her pioneering work employs innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions and conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

Graciela Chichilnisky
Graciela Chichilnisky

Renewable Energy

General Wesley K. Clark, Co-Chair of Growth Energy, is former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and presently serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates. He is Chairman of Rodman & Renshaw, Chairman of Emergya Wind Technologies Americas, member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and is a member of ACORE's Advisory Board. Author of three books including the best seller Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat. In 2003, Clark was a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Graduating first in his class at West Point; he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and others.

 

Wesley Clark
Gen. Wesley Clark

Renewable Energy

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, is an oceanographer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Dr. Earle serves as executive director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy. Former chief scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle founded the Mission Blue Foundation and was chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She has authored many books on the ocean, written over 150 publications, lectured in over 60 countries, and appeared in hundreds of television productions. Her research concerns marine ecosystems and exploration and the development of new technologies to access the deep sea.

 

Sylvia Earle
Dr. Sylvia Earle

Renewable Energy

Robert Gough, Business Development Advisor at Native Wind, is an attorney and secretary of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP). Gough has expertise in sociology and cultural ecology, with 30 years experience in tribal and natural resource law. COUP members are federally recognized Indian Northern Great Plains tribes, providing a forum on rights and resources for utility services on tribal lands, assisting tribes interested in building sustainable homeland economies based upon renewable energy. Gough co-chairs the COUP's national assessment of Native Peoples/Native Homelands and was the first director and now consultant to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Utility Commission, participating in WAPA negotiations for tribal allocations of federal hydroelectric power.

 

Robert Gough
Robert Gough

Renewable Energy

Jan Hartke, Senior Advisor at the Clinton Climate Initiative, has worked on global environmental issues, including climate change, for twenty-five years. He has served as President of the Global Tomorrow Coalition, Executive-Director of EarthVoice, and on the Board of Directors of a wide variety of organizations, including the Enterprise for the Americas as an appointee of President Clinton. Prior to working in the NGO movement, Hartke served as the elected State Treasurer of New Mexico, Chief Public Defender for the State, and Director of the Governor's Washington D.C. Office. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his degree in international relations from Brown University.

 

Jan Hartke
Jan Hartke

Renewable Energy

Robert Lavia, Managing Director, Veremonte, is responsible
for bringing together high net worth individuals, projects, and expertise from many industries in order to successfully execute high-impact global projects. Veremonte is an investment and holding company headquartered in London, which is comprised of private and institutional investors. Lavia often compares this to working on a sprawling, intricate, international partnership puzzle. Lavia successfully coordinates interests across channels of industry, including real estate, agriculture, energy, entertainment, government, retail, and manufacturing. Lately, the future of energy has been his primary focus as he has a direct involvement in FIA Formula E racing.

 

Robert Gough
Robert Lavia

Renewable Energy

David Orr PhD, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, is Senior Adviser to the president at Oberlin and a James Marsh, Professor at large at the University of Vermont. He is presently the director for the Oberlin Project a joint city/college effort to build a sustainable post-fossil fuel economy. He helped launch the President's Climate Action Plan (2008) and is known for his pioneering work in ecological design including the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin. He has written seven books, most recently Hope is an Imperative: the Essential David Orr and published 170 articles. He was named an "Environmental Hero for 2004" by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds six honorary degrees and was a distinguished scholar in residence at University of Washington, Ball State University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

 

David Orr
David Orr

Renewable Energy

Ken Sack is currently the CEO of Eagle Springs Solar and Eagle Springs Organic in Rifle, Colorado. Ken began his career as founder and CEO of Pharmacy Services Group, a nationwide pharmacy benefit management company. After selling PSG, Ken's interest in renewable energy and sustainable food sources turned his focus in developing Eagle Springs Organic LLC. ESO is a 1,600 acre USDA certified farm and ranch, producing organic vegetables, melons and herbs. A 1.3 mw solar field provides electricity into the Holy Cross Energy grid. Eagle Springs Solar has the approvals for up to 19mw of Solar. The production of organic ethanol from sugar beets, for both a fuel source and medical use is currently under consideration.

 

Ken Sack
Ken Sack

Renewable Energy

Joel Serface, Managing Director, Brightman Energy,is a seventh-generation Texas who, after starting a career in the Texas energy and policy arena, made a round-trip of the leading technology (and cleantech) communities including Boston, Silicon Valley, Austin, and Boulder.  In the process, Joel became one of the early cleantech voices, investors, community-builders, and policy-supporters leaving a trail of more than 20 companies, non-profits, and policy organizations that he either founded, funded, or fostered.  Joel advises and serves on boards of directors for companies and non-profit organizations that advance cleantech policy, community development, technology commercialization, and finance.

 

Joel Serface
Joel Serface

 

 

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