Aspen Ideas: Climate Returns to Miami Beach in Spring 2023

From March 6-9, policymakers, scientists, business leaders, technologists, artists, educators, journalists and more will convene to address one of the world’s greatest challenges

  • October 20th 2022

Miami Beach, FL, October 20, 2022 – The Aspen Institute and the City of Miami Beach today announced new details for Aspen Ideas: Climate 2023. From March 6-9, 2023, hundreds of leaders and climate innovators will gather with the public to showcase climate solutions with the potential to reshape our world. “Early bird” tickets go on sale from today until the end of the year, while people ages 18-25 are invited to apply to be among 250 participants in the Future Leaders Climate Summit, taking place ahead of Aspen Ideas: Climate from March 3-7.

“We intend to build upon our successful inaugural “Aspen Ideas: Climate” conference,” said Dan Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach. “In March 2023, we will once again host the world’s problem solvers as they continue to find solutions and strategies to address our collective climate challenges.” 

“Our first annual Aspen Ideas: Climate was an extraordinary success and I know that next year will be even more impactful,” said Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “Too often, strategies for addressing the twin challenges of protecting the planet and promoting clean energy access have been slowed by divisions between and among nations, governments at all levels, the private sector, nonprofits, and advocates. At Aspen Ideas: Climate, we’re breaking that cycle by bringing together many sectors of society to build the cooperation and partnerships needed to catalyze a clean energy transition, mitigate the effects of a warming planet, and help people and communities adapt and thrive.”

Building off the success of the first Aspen Ideas: Climate, the 2023 program will feature main stage events, breakouts, roundtables, excursions, and arts programming focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Programming will address flooding and sea level rise, new renewable energy technologies, the impact of climate change on food production, and much more.

New for 2023, is the Climate and Clean Energy Career Fair that offers students and professionals across multiple disciplines the opportunity to engage with sustainability-focused companies in the solar, energy storage, transportation, and finance sectors. Additionally, the Climate Innovation and Technology Expo will showcase startups, public and private companies demonstrating climate solutions. Planning is also underway for a concert on the beach, a fashion show, and an extensive, accessible arts program that showcases how the arts can shine a spotlight on the climate crisis.

The Future Leaders Climate Summit will also return in an expanded format. The summit will gather a diverse group of 250 young leaders (expanded from 100 young leaders in 2022), ages 18-25, for three days ahead of Aspen Ideas: Climate to discuss climate policy, communications, advocacy, and individual action with climate and energy experts. Future Leaders will then remain in Miami Beach to attend Aspen Ideas: Climate. Applications are open now.

"We're looking forward to not only doubling the size of the Future Leaders cohort that we are inviting to Miami Beach, but to also building sustainable connections in this community," said Nikki DeVignes, Associate Director of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program. "Miami Beach is a living laboratory for not only designing solutions to climate change but also how we talk about shared experiences across the generational, geographical, social, and economic divide. Our Future Leaders will be centered in these discussions and we're excited to do that."

The inaugural Aspen Ideas: Climate took place May 9-12, 2022, and made headlines around the world. Among the hundreds of speakers and thousands of participants were individuals from 12 countries and 50 states, hailing from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, alongside the media and engaged members of the public. Speakers included Nancy Pelosi, Al Roker, and John Doerr, while legendary music producer Emilio Estefan composed a new song for the event, We Still Have Time. Learn more about the impact of the 2022 event in this video.

As part of organizers’ commitment to sustainable programming, Aspen Ideas: Climate has partnered with Carbon Fund to offset the event’s carbon emissions, funding improved forestry management in Florida. Aspen Ideas: Climate is supported by title sponsors John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, RelatedPhilanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Glottman, GMCVB, Kleyner/Ullis, Lennar, LSN, MFG, Morgan Stanley, Valor, Wells Fargo, and Witkoff.

For media: Journalists interested in attending Aspen Ideas: Climate as covering reporters are invited to apply for press credentials here.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

World-famous Miami Beach welcomes millions of visitors each year to its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and vibrant cultural scene. Known for its colorful art deco and MiMo architecture, the 7.2-square-mile island offers some of the finest dining and hotel experiences anywhere along with a beautiful oceanfront promenade that connects South Beach to North Beach. Steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is also at the forefront of identifying workable solutions to meet the challenge of sea level rise.

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