AIF Blog - Environment

June 29, 2017
Brett Perlman is a fellow at the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where his work focuses on the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and technology innovation. He agreed to answer a few questions before he speaks at the Feeling The Heat track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. In 1999, you were appointed the Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas by...
June 24, 2017
By Julie Beck, The AtlanticI am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.The mountains, and their attendant plant life...
June 23, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast TAKEOVER is back for its second year! In the spirit of a diverse exchange of ideas, we’ve handed over the mic to a handful of Festival presenters to take over the show! During the week of the Aspen Ideas Festival—going on now through July 1st—six Takeover Hosts—Julie Rovner, Perri Peltz, Michele Norris, Joshua Johnson, Pete Dominick, and Susan Page...
June 22, 2017
Michael Dorsey is a co-founding Director of the Center for Environmental Health. He is a featured speaker at Spotlight Health.Why was the Center for Environmental Health founded? What is the CEH working on now?At the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) we work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and many other health problems. Over the last...
June 16, 2017
Aspen New Voices Fellows pose at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The challenges of international development can seem insurmountable. The world’s toughest problems in global health, food security, and poverty reduction defy easy solutions. The Aspen New Voices Fellowship, part of Aspen Global Health and Development, is working to address these problems. This year, the program's Fellows will lend their voices to the...
June 15, 2017
 Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Mark will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the program track Feeling the Heat: The Big Ideas on Climate.The Nature Conservancy has historically focused on protecting biodiversity and saving pristine places. Why are you now tackling climate change?The Nature...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
June 01, 2017
John Hall is the Associate Vice President and Texas State Director for Clean Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund. He will speak at Aspen Ideas 2017 as part of the program track Feeling the Heat: The Big Ideas on Climate.The clean energy economy now employs more than 3 million Americans, vastly outweighing the number of jobs in fossil fuel electricity. This impressive growth is largely a result of states – and...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
December 23, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at Spotlight Health 2016.Word has gotten out that Spotlight Health is the health conference to attend. Last summer in Aspen, Colorado, participants, speakers, and experts spent three days discussing the biggest ideas in the most innovative fields. Read, watch, and listen below for some of the highlights.Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on curbing the opioid epidemicOver the past 10 years,...

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