2014 Featured Guest - President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter and AREI President Sally Ranney

The 11th Annual AREDAY Summit theme: "Accellerating Solutions for the Great Transition" brought together 139 speakers over 4 days in Aspen, Colorado. The Annual Summit includes a film festival, concert and environmental expo. Join us this year on June 20th-24th for the 13th Annual Summit.

View AREDAY2015's featured speakers, sponsors,
conference agenda and highlights here.

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We are working on curating the list of speakers for the AREDAY Summit 2016. They will be added to this page, so please check back.

AREI announces the 13th Annual AREDAY Summit

June 20-24, 2016
Aspen | Snowmass

"From Paris to the Polls: Implementing Low Carbon Economies"

 

Thomas L. Friedman (New York Times) and Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute) in a discussion during AREDAY2015.

Join world leaders in the race for a low carbon future
at AREDAY2016

AREDAY 2016
Featured Speakers

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
The President of Iceland

 

Huang Ming
Himin Solar Co, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Behar
CEO
As You Sow

Gen. Wesley Clark
Co-Chair
Growth Energy

Trammell S. Crow
President
Crow Family Foundation

Dr. Sylvia Earle
Mission Blue

Rod Eckhardt
Principal
Seminole Equity Partners

 

Kyle Sundman
President
DU Solar

Michael Fitzpatrick
Founder
EARTH'S CALL

Jon Freedman
Global Government Affairs Leader
GE Power & Water

Geoff Greenfield
President
Third Sun Solar

 

Katie Hoffman
Managing Partner
The Resilience Collaborative

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren
CEO
LanzaTech

Steve Katsaros
Inventor
Nokero Solar

Timothy E. Wirth
Vice Chair 
United Nations Foundation

John Powers 
Board President 
Alliance for Sustainable 
Colorado

 

John Ramo
Founder and CEO
Digital Directions International Inc.

James Redford
Documentary Filmmaker
jamesredford.com

Laura Turner Seydel
Director 
Turner Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation

AREI Programs

America's Premiere Renewable Energy Networking Event featuring Clean Energy World Leaders in Finance, Investment,Government, Finance, Solar, Biofuels, Geothermal, the Public and Private Sectors.

Founded in 2004 as a one-day renewable energy expo, American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) is now one of the most important renewable energy technology and policy summits in the United States. Held annually in Aspen, Colorado each summer, AREDAY attracts national and international attention with its impressive roster of speakers and participants. Additionally, AREDAY has a multi-faceted program platform and numerous partnerships.

The mission of AREDAY is — To create vibrant and powerful cross-sector dialogue, commitments, collaborations and investments that foster climate change solutions at the speed and scale necessary to phase out fossil fuels, and usher in a rapid transition to a new, clean energy economy.

Past Alumni include:
President Jimmy Carter
Ted Turner, The Turner Foundation
James Cameron, Film Maker
Bill Ritter, Center for the New Energy Economy
General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, Growth Energy
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue
T. Boone Pickens, PB Capital Management
Tom Steyer, Farallon Capital Management, LLC
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute
Larry Schweiger, PennFuture
Timothy E. Wirth, UN Foundation
Jamie Redford, documentary film maker
Hon. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia
Huang Ming, Himin Solar Company


RENEW

The newest program of AREI, RENEW is the retrofit of the built environment to a carbon neutral or net zero standard, moving toward the ultimate goal of carbon or net positive buildings. With approximately 120 million residential homes and 60 billion square feet of commercial real estate constituting the greatest national use of fossil energy, RENEW is designed to reduce energy use while increasing economic savings.

 “There is more money to be made in saving energy than producing it.”- Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute.

RENEW creates awareness of climate change solutions through net zero retrofitting projects in critical areas of high energy consumption. From resort communities, like Snowmass Village, Colorado, to retrofits in urban areas such as Detroit, Chicago, and Denver, the goal of RENEW is to stimulate job creation in renewable and energy efficiency sectors, while creating measurably reduced energy use in each retrofit. Demonstration projects will include local, regional, and national educational outreach and awareness campaigns, policy initiatives based on a project overview, as well as a tandem effort of on-site job training with our educational program - The American Climate and Energy Literacy Initiative. 

RENEW’s pilot project, began in Jan 2013, at the Goodwin residence, in Snowmass Village, CO. This home is typical of high energy use homes in the Aspen and Snowmass area, and represents a real energy consumption issue in the Roaring Fork Valley.  While this home is a year round residence, many like it are vacant for many months of the year, yet require heating and cooling even when unoccupied.  Through a coordinated effort with local energy contractors, trades, and renewable energy experts, our team redesigned the energy systems of this home, implemented air sealing and weatherization of the building shell, and added renewable energy after significant energy efficiency measures were taken. As a result of these improvements, this project is reaching its NET ZERO goal. 

NET ZERO:  A building produces as much energy as it uses, bringing it to a carbon neutral operating level.

CARBON/NET POSITIVE:  A Building produces more clean energy that it uses, delivering clean energy back to the grid.

The further goals of RENEW are to recommend policy and initiatives on both local and regional levels that will support the overall vision of the RENEW program.

 


START UP GREEN

Startup Green, a partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is a business incubation, innovation and accelerator platform for clean energy startups. It is designed as a 2 day workshop,  in which attendees will work with a series of mentors, develop business plans, overcome market barriers and identify an implementation strategy for successful business in clean technology.  They will convene in a sanctioned hotel or meeting space and assemble in a plenary periodically for presentations and lectures throughout the weekend. 

Startup Green is being strategically located in the state of Colorado, one of the leading states for renewable energy and clean technology and with a major hub, The Denver International Airport. Additionally, Colorado is the home of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The Colorado Collaboratory; a partnership between the State of Colorado, The Colorado School of Mines, The University of Colorado, Colorado State University and NREL. Colorado is also the first state in the union to have a voter mandated Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

Startup Green is purposely placed in the Aspen/Snowmass area, as this is one of the epicenters for successful entrepreneurs, businessmen, corporate titans, and captains of industry with an easily accessible airport and surrounded by 500,000 acres of wilderness. To bring the global movers and shakers together once a year for four days to network, meet and discuss business opportunities in advancing the low carbon economy, is of paramount importance


Sustainability News & Entertainment™

 

Hosted by Diana Dehm

“We are all in this together!” Hosted by Diana Dehm. We are crossing the nation, and heading around the globe to bring each of you to the table to tell your story on how you have made a green difference. This is all in an effort to share information we can learn from, and create a global collective for a sustainable planet – One shared idea, one solution, one conversation, and one laugh at time!

Our goal is to bring awareness around the new green economy, and drive improvement towards social and environmental impact on the planet. Diana believes “People are the heart of driving change” and that your innovative voices, ideas, and solutions will drive the green difference. We are turning up the volume and putting a voice behind green consumer products, green partnerships, sustainable technologies, renewable energy options, green jobs and so much more, with a focus on our next generation. You will walk away with a better understanding of opportunities, risks, choices, and the tools for making a green difference on the planet.

 

ACELI

”To accelerate the partnership between industry, community colleges and public education to create core curriculum, both online and classroom, that results in the implementation of jobs in the clean technology sector.”

ACELI educational programming is being developed and will be available in four different formats:

  • Public Education Curriculum of accredited coursework offered through various Community Colleges
  • A series of Speakers Programs offered throughout the year both for public attendance, in K-12  and Community College Classrooms
  • Junior Climate Ambassadors K-12 Classroom Projects and Programs to promote climate and energy literacy while advancing science and math standards. Online curriculum development, including an interactive platform for students to share and collaborate on projects.
  • AREDAY Video library archive of prominent Keynotes, Panel Discussions, and Power Point Presentations of nationally recognized experts and business leaders in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability fields from the AREDAY Summit programs.

 


IMPACT FILM™

Each AREDAY Summit delivers a full day of the most impactful environmental and thought provoking films of the current year. 2015 featured the award winning film "Racing Extinction" by  Louie Psihoyos who won an Oscar for his 2009 film "The Cove".

 

 

Racing Extinction

"This is the biggest problem our generation will face. 
It could be a film that helps save us."

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, "Racing Extinction" will change the way we see the world and our role within it.

 

AREDAY SUMMIT VIDEO ARCHIVES

 

 

MEDIA

AREDAY Summit begins today in Snowmass The Aspen Times - August 9, 2015
Former PM speaks on politics of fear vs. hope Aspen Daily News Online - August 10, 2015
‘Politics of climate change’ featured during AREDAY Aspen Daily News Online - August 10, 2015
EPA officials: Flexibility key to clean power plan Grand Junction Daily Sentinal August 10, 2015


AREDAY’s Impact Film Brings Oscar-Winning Director to Summit
Racing Extinction Director Louie Psihoyos,
Redford Center’s Jamie Redford, speaks at 2015 Summit
Psihoyos projected “architectural art event” about endangered species on Empire State Building last week.

Snowmass Village, Colorado… American Renewable Energy Day’s Impact Film brings documentary filmmakers and six environmentally-themed films to Snowmass Village during the 2015 Summit, August 8-13. Racing Extinction, the latest documentary by Oscar-winning director and Boulder, Colorado resident Louie Psihoyos, closes out Impact Film on Tuesday, August 11. The films are open to the public and are free to Summit pass holders. Impact Film takes place at the Westin Conference Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.

Psihoyos will talk before the screening of Racing Extinction, along with filmmaker Jamie Redford of the Redford Center, Mike Phillips of Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Steve Michelson of Slow Media Group. Redford, son of actor Robert Redford, has written, directed or produced more than a dozen films over the last two decades, including the award winning HBO documentaries Watershedand Toxic Hot Seat. Psihoyos will take audience questions prior to the screening. Full Release August 5, 2015


Australia’s Former Prime Minister Joins 100+ International Renewable Energy Leaders at American Renewable Energy Day Summit

Kevin Rudd, Tom Friedman, Amory Lovins, Sylvia Earl, Gen. Wes Clark, Tim Wirth, Bill Ritter among Speakers Local’s Passes Now Available to the 12th Annual AREDAY Summit, August 8-13. Full release. July 20, 2015


Huang Ming “the Solar King of China” Speaks at American Renewable Energy Day

Ming founded China’s largest solar thermal product manufacturer/ launched one of the biggest solar city projects in the world. Full release. July 10, 2015

Speaker Highlights

Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute
The pace of disruption is determined by the insurgents, not the incumbents. Re energy sources, value must exceed price, price must exceed cost. Some disruptors: Electric vehicles, urban design, grid defection. It’s not just one thing – it’s the way they all work together. The effects are enormously greater than if they are evaluated one at a time. Amory suggests the U.S. have "fee-bates" for low income people to buy energy efficient cars, which would address both fossil fuel use and income disparity, by helping to provide reliable transportation for getting to work. Income disparity between black and white people would be cut in half if everyone had reliable, energy efficient vehicles. Full Release August 10, 2015


Dr. Sylvia Earle
American Renewable Energy Day Summit

"The ocean is not too big too fail – it is changing in ways that not only don’t bode well for whales and fish but for us as well.”

“We are changing the nature of nature – something I thought impossible when I was a child.”

“I couldn’t have imagined the changes we’re seeing now – when I was a child.”

Full release. August 9, 2015


 

Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy—“Every Second Breath Comes from the Ocean”

  • We can’t predict behavior of complex systems under pressure, and the physical system of the ocean is unbelievably complex
  • The stresses of adding heat, plastics, nitrogen, acidity to the oceans are enormous
  • We’ve been in the “known known,” and need to wade into the “known unknowns”
  • As we figure out the “knowable unknowns,” we need to find out the “what,” more than the where or when, to know what to do. (Such as in earthquake preparedness, the question is, ”What are the requirements for a building to withstand a 7.8 magnitude quake?”, not where or when it will occur) Full Release  August 12, 2015

 

About AREI

The mission of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), is to advance the rapid implementation of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the speed and scale necessary to provide solutions of both the environmental and economic crises currently facing humankind and the planet.

AREI, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 public charity not-for-profit corporation. AREI programs showcase innovative solutions and visions developed by leading thinkers in clean technology, renewable energy and sustainability. AREI operates under the fundamental principles of five “E’s”— Energy, Environment, Economy, Education and Employment.

 

 

 

The AREI Board of Directors

Chip Comins is the Founder, 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., Co-founder of Green Girl Minute and Associate Producer Racing Extinction. 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, BET and Discovery Networks.

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 has just produced the 12th Anniversary AREDAY Summit “Racing Climate Change: Green Bridge with China, Road to Paris”. He is an Associate Producer on the new film Racing Extinction.


Sally Ranney President, American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI); CoFounder, International Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), has forty years experience in the environmental arena. She is CEO of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company and a Patron of Nature for the IUCN. Ranney is Chairman of eraGlobal Alliance and an anchor for “A Matter of Degree,” an internet series on climate change. Ranney has worked with three U.S. Presidents, including appointed by President Reagan to his Commission on American Outdoors. She now serves on the Global Advisory Committee of Women & the Green Economy (WAGE,) the Advisory Board of RoundRock Partners, LLC. and the board of the Climate Accountability Institute. Recognitions include the Horace Albright Award, the International Conservation Award, Earth Guardians’ Earth Stewardship Award, and the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) Lifetime Achievement Award.


Daniel Fung Vice-Chairman AREI, Chairman of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Peace and Development Foundation, served as Hong Kong’s first solicitor general of Chinese descent. He is a graduate and Fellow of University College London and a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar. He is a visiting professor at Peking University Law School, visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, and senior visiting fellow at Yale Law School. Mr. Fung is a national delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and has served on the World Bank International Advisory Council on Law & Justice. Mr Fung serves on the board of governors of the East West Center and is a founding governor of the China-US Exchange Foundation. Mr. Fung has been honored by the United Nations for his contribution to the UNDP China and the UN Millennium Development Goals.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 sellerWaging 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.


Trammell S. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.  He is the father of Nathan, Margaret, Daniel and Isabella. Prior to assuming his present responsibilities, Mr. Crow had various other positions within the Crow family businesses.  Mr. Crow began his career as a warehouse leasing agent in Denver and then transferred to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and, subsequently, to lease retail space.  Returning to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, he then worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by over 2 million square feet.  By 1985, he had developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport.  From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International, overseeing the Brussels International Trade Mart (largest in Europe) and developing additional trade marts in Asia. Mr. Crow is a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, and the League of Conservation Voters. He supports various non-profit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.


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 FundAmerican 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 theAdvisory 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.


Jim Farrell co-founded CC3IC with Emma Farr Rawlings to search for, invest in and guide truly breakthrough technical innovations with the potential to stop and reverse mankind’s contributions to climate change. 

CC3IC builds on Farrell’s success as an entrepreneur with a broad-gauged engineering and business background.  In addition to his work at McKinsey & Company Farrell has founded several companies, with his most notable success to date coming with f’real foods, LLC which grew from his original ideation and innovation in his garage to become a food and food equipment business with distribution in over 15,000 locations throughout the US and Canada with retail sales of over $100 million.  Farrell has BS and MEng degrees from Cornell University in Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Harvard University.

CC3IC’s disciplined search process has led to a tight focus on finding and supporting breakthrough new energy sources at the very leading edge of non-carbon energy innovation. 

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.


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.


Dr. Greg Holland Willis Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, UCAR, has a long career in tropical meteorology with the major focus being weather and climate extremes. He has a PhD in atmospheric sciences from Colorado State University. At the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Greg became Senior Principle Research Scientist. He chaired the Working Group on Tropical Meteorology for the World Meteorological Society Commission for Atmospheric Sciences for 12 years. At NCAR he has been Director of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division and founding Director of the Earth System Laboratory. Greg’s publications include major contributions to six textbooks and forecast manuals, and over 120 research papers. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and Member of the American Geophysical Union.


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.


Marjorie Layden is an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Montecito, California.  Currently Marjorie serves as Chair of the Henry Schimberg Foundation for Ethics and Leadership, whose mission is to foster a strong sense of personal and business ethics among future leaders by investing in education, publications, and civil dialogue. In partnership with her late husband, Henry A. Schimberg, she has permanently endowed and continues to support the University of California at Santa Barbara seminar, “Ethics, Enterprise and Leadership,” which is designed to engage undergraduate students in the study of ethics and philosophical debate.

Ms. Layden is currently a Board Member for Salzburg Global Seminar as well as the American Renewable Energy Institute, and she is actively involved with a number of nonprofits focused on mindfulness, including the Mind & Life Institute, Tibet House, and The Dalai Lama Peace and Development Foundation.


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" byInteriors & 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.


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 ofPharmacy 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.


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.


John R. Seydel Trustee Elect, Turner Foundation, is a rising senior studying political science and business at the University of Denver in Colorado. As the eldest of Ted Turner’s grandchildren, he is also the oldest of the trustee elects on the Turner Foundation. He intends to follow a path of developing renewable energy projects while receiving his MBA. John R. has a passion for politics and has interned for the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper and is actively working on Senator Udall’s re-election campaign in Colorado as well. John R. participates in baseball at DU, Divest University of Denver, and is a member of Kappa Sigma to which his grandfather also belongs. In 2010 he graduated with an International Baccalaureate degree from Upper Canada College in Toronto, Canada.