Auden Schendler

Auden Schendler is Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company where he focuses on big scale solutions to climate change, primarily clean energy and activism.

Mr. Schendler opens the 2014 SHIFT Festival at the Center for the Arts on Wed., Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. with his address “Great Fear, Great Hope: Meaningful Action in a Climate Change World.”

This is a free event. Registration is not required.

An overview of Mr. Schendler’s talk may be found here.

Mr. Schendler has published extensively about the difficulties of enacting sustainability initiatives in the business world and the ineffectiveness of conventional green business practices in the face of climate change. Previously a corporate sustainability researcher at Rocky Mountain Institute, Mr. Schendler has lectured at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Google and Starbucks, as well as to second graders and a Chilean kayaker.

His work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure, Businessweek and Men’s Journal. Mr. Schendler was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine, and he has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change. His book Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen.

He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias, who call him “a goofy global warming guy.”

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