2017 Summit Agenda

June 19-22, 2017

Agenda subject to change.

AREDAY SUMMIT 2017 – 14th Annual Event

All Sessions Start after a Continental Breakfast

Monday, June 19th

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel

Host for the Morning: Tara Sheahan Conscious Global Leadership

AREDAY Registration 8 am – 6 pm


7:00 amContinental Breakfast
8:00 amWelcoming Remarks
Chip Comins AREI
Sally Ranney AREI
8:15 amBlessings and Reflections
Scott Red Horse Barta GrandMotherEarth.Us Global Water Protector Campaign
8:25 amOpening Keynote Address
Present in the Future of Now
Introduction: Marjorie Layden Salzberg Global Seminar & AREI
Sally Ranney AREI
8:45 amPanel Discussion
The Framework and Tools to Heal a Divided America and Reconstruct Democracy
Moderator: Mathew Schmid Tree Media
Bill Becker Presidential Climate Action Plan
John Powers Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
9:15 amKeynote Address
Keeping Hope Alive: Climate in the Trump Era
Eric Pooley Environmental Defense Fund
9:30 amPanel Discussion
New Ideas in Green Conservatism: Clean Capitalist Acceleration
Moderator: Kris Mayes Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Rob Sisson ConservAmerica
Rod Richardson Grace Richardson Fund
Matthew Patsky Trillium Asset Management
10:00 amKeynote Address
Getting the Public to Act and Vote on Climate
David Fenton Fenton Communications
10:15 amPanel Discussion
Overcoming Alternative Facts and Fake News: Climate Change, Energy and the Environment
Moderator: Todd Woody News Deeply
Ruarai McKenna Care2
Laughlin Artz 2020 or Bust
10:45 amKeynote Address
The Time to Act is Now: Doubling Down on Climate Leadership
Daniel Kreeger Association for Climate Change Officers
11:00 amPanel Discussion
Creatively Changing Climate Perceptions through Media, Film and the Arts
Moderator: Michael Cain EARTHx Films
Jon Bowermaster Oceans 8 Films
Susan Israel Climate Creatives
Mark David OTG Productions
Carlotta Mast New Hope Media
11:45 amKeynote Address
Co-Creating a Climate Narrative In and Through Culture
Maggie Fox Alliance for Climate Protection
12:00 pmArmchair Conversation
How Can the Backward Slide Take Us Forward?
Andrea Yodsampa DEPLOY/US
Bob Perkowitz ecoAmerica
12:15 pmArmchair Conversation
Crypto Currency: Can the Blockchain Transform Finance?
Patrick Furlotti Projects for Change & Global Mana
Nick Gogerty SolarCoin

Host for the Afternoon: Scott Red Horse Barta GrandMotherEarth.Us Global Water Protector Campaign


12:30 pmBreak for Lunch
1:00 pmLuncheon Conversation
The New Green Conservatives
Chip Comins AREI
Trammell Crow EARTHx
1:30 pmLunch Break Wrap-Up
1:45 pmArmchair Conversation
$5 Trillion: Divest to Reinvest
Moderator: Chip Comins AREI
Tom Van Dyck RBC Wealth Management
Ellen Dorsey Wallace Global Fund
2:15 pmKeynote Address
Renewable Energy, Finance and Public Utilities
Jeffrey Ackermann CO Public Utility Commission
2:30 pmPanel Disussion
Shareholder to Stakeholder: Financing a Sustainable Future
Moderator: Tom Van Dyck RBC Wealth Management
Jim Farrell CC3IC
Ellen Dorsey Wallace Global Fund
Hanieh Sadat ImpactX Circle
3:00 pmKeynote Address
Financing the Regenerative Economy
Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalism Solutions
3:15 pmPanel Discussion
Finance Mechanisms for Conservation of the World’s Forests
Moderator: Sally Ranney AREI
Brett Byers Million Acre Pledge
Sally Jewell Coxe Bonobo Conservation Initiative
Harris Sherman Forest Trends
Rod Richardson Grace Richardson Fund
4:00 pmKeynote Address
One Road One Path: Institutional Investing for a Global Clean Energy Economy
John Rhee Stratis Private Equity Asia
4:15 pmPanel Discussion
Accelerating CleanTech Investment
Moderator: Joel Serface Catalyze
Mark Nichols Seaspire Investments
Nathaniel Gorence Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy
Ryan Kushner Elemental Excelerator
4:45 pmPanel Discussion
Reframing the Research Investment Discussion: Democratizing Investing in Humanity, Nature and Carbon
Moderator: Bill Brandt ASU LightWorks
Matthew Patsky Trillium Asset Management
Ellen Stechel ASU LightWorks
Noah Deich Center for Carbon Removal
Michael Ferguson S&P Global
5:30 pmKeynote Address
Financing Carbon Negative Technologies
Graciela Chichilnisky Global Thermostat
5:45 pmClosing Remarks
Chip Comin, AREI
Sally Ranney AREI

Evening Program

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel


7:30 pmFilm Screening
Age of Consequences (1hr 20m)
Director: Jared P. Scott
Introduction: Sherri Goodman Wilson Center

Tuesday, June 2oth

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel

Host for the Morning: Eva Leung Terra Cura

AREDAY Registration 8 am – 6 pm


7:00 amContinental Breakfast
8:00 amOpening Remarks
Chip Comins AREI
Sally Ranney AREI
8:15 amKeynote Address
Countdown: The World is Running Out of Water
Lester Brown Worldwatch & Earth Policy Institute
8:45 amPanel Discussion
The Impact of Renewable Energy on National Security Policy
Moderator: Gen. Wesley Clark Growth Energy
Sherri Goodman Wilson Center
Jon Powers Clean Capital
Andrea Yodsampa DEPLOY/US
9:30 amKeynote Address
Cyber Resilience and Energy Security
Erfan Ibrahim NREL
9:45 amKeynote Address
COP21 Terrorism and Resiliency
John Quigley Spectral Q
10:00 amKeynote Conversation
Wildlife Protection Solutions
Sue Thompson Wildlife Protection Solutions
Dave Weidner Wildlife Protection Solutions
10:15 amPanel Discussion
Then and Now: Public Land Policy in the West
Moderator: Sally Ranney AREI
Jerry Mallett American Wildlands
Harris Sherman Arnold & Porter LLP
Varushka Franceschi Shapeshift Dream Productions
10:45 amKeynote Address
Derailment: The Story of the Bakken Crude Spill
Arlene Burns Mayor of Mosier, OR
11:00 amArmchair Conversation
Implications of National Politics on State and Regional Clean Energy and Climate Action
Pete Maysmith Conservation Colorado
Jon Goldin-Dubois Western Resource Advocates
11:30 amKeynote Address
Climate Muscle in the Music Industry
Adam Gardner REVERB
11:45 amKeynote Address
Harry Kloor XPRIZE

Host for the Afternoon: Geoff Greenfield Third Sun Solar


12:00 pmBreak for Lunch
12:30 pmLuncheon Performance
President Teddy Roosevelt: Remarks and Observations
on Life, Politics and Conservation

Don Moon Character Actor
Followed by Armchair Conversation
with Sally Ranney AREI
1:00 pmLunch Break Wrap-Up
1:15 pmKeynote Address
The Alchemy of Carbon
Jim White Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
1:30 pm
Armchair Conversation
Carbon Majors
Chip Comins AREI
Rick Heede Climate Accountability Institute
1:45 pm
Panel Discussion
Delivering the Zero Carbon Economy at Scale
Moderator: Bill Brandt ASU LightWorks
Noah Deich Center for Carbon Removal
Jeff Erikson Global CCS Institute
Klaus Lackner Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
2:30 pmArmchair Conversation
CCS Tech: Economic, Safe and Reliable?
Klaus Lackner Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
Chrisoph Gebald ClimeWorks
3:00 pmArmchair Conversation
Pricing Carbon: Driving the Economics of Emissions Reduction
Moderator: Chip Comins AREI
Richard Eidlin ASB Council
Catrina Rorke R Street Institute
3:30 pm
Keynote Address
Happy Birthday Clean Tax Cuts (CTC)!
One Year and Eight Charrettes Older (& Wiser)
Rod Richardson Grace Richardson Fund
3:45 pm
Panel Discussion
Simple, Practical, High-Impact: New CTC Proposals and the Race Ahead to Clean Capitalism
Moderator: Rod Richardson Grace Richardson Fund
Hutch Hutchinson Rocky Mountain Institute
Travis Johnson ASU LightWorks
Travis Holland Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Aaron Berger Nexus Working Group on Climate Change
4:30 pm
Panel Discussion
Moving One Step In: Oil and Gas Best Practices
Moderator: Wiley Rhodes One Step In
Frederick Lemond The Lemond Consortium, LLC
Zane Rhodes Flash Gas Control, LLC
Travis Holland Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
5:15 pm
Closing Remarks
Chip Comins AREI
Sally Ranney AREI

Evening Program

The Nest Restaurant, Viceroy Hotel


7:00 pmAREI Networking Reception
The Nest Restaurant, Viceroy Hotel
Appetizers and Cash Bar

Wednesday, June 22nd

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel

Morning Theme: THE ESSENTIAL SHIFT: 100% RENEWABLES by 2050
Host for the Morning: Jennifer Broome, Broadcast Meteorologist

AREDAY Registration 8 am – 6 pm

7:00 amContinental Breakfast
7:55 amOpening Prayer
Rabbi Michael Cohen, Friends of the Arava Institute
8:00 amOpening Remarks
Chip Comins, AREI
Sally Ranney, AREI
8:15 amOpening Address
The Challenges of Communicating Climate
David Fenton, Fenton Communications
8:30 amPanel Discussion
Activating Americans: What Works and What Doesn’t
Moderator Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica
Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners
Ed Maibach, Center for Climate Change Communications
Cheri Anderson, SRIC-BI
9:15 amKeynote Address
Solar Valley: Solar Everything!
Huang Ming, Himin Solar
9:45 amPanel Discussion
Light the World with Sun Energy
Geoff Greenfield, Third Sun Solar
Mat Elmore, Microgrid Energy
Erica Mackie, GRID Alternatives
Steve Katsaros, Nokero Solar
10:15 amArmchair Conversation
Next Generation Wind: Money, Technology and Policy
Susan Reilly, Wind Energy Foundation
Jennifer Jenkins, DWEA
Abby Arnold, American Wind Wildlife Institute
John Kostyack, Wind Energy Foundation
10:45 amKeynote Address
Thomas Edison Your Time is Now
Sandra Vanderstoep, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
11:00 amPanel Discussion
The DC Project at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
Moderator: John Powers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
Denise Dihle, 360 Engineering
Bern Gallagher, PVI CM
Sandra Vanderstoep, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
11:45 amKeynote Address
Energy Security and US Prosperity
Kevin Knobloch, Department of Energy

Host for the Afternoon: Leilani Münter, Carbon Free Girl


12:00 pmBreak for Lunch
12:30 pmLuncheon Armchair Conversation
Solar’s Journey to Grid Party
John R. Seydel, The Revolution Nation Network
Kyle Sundman, DU Solar
Austin Rosenbaum, University of Denver
1:00 pmLuncheon Networking
1:15 pmKeynote Address
Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels: Ready for 100%
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
1:45 pmKeynote Address
The Intersection of Policy and Politics
Alice Madden, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources
2:00 pm
Keynote Address
Waste to Energy: Landfill to Grid
Mike Hart, Sierra Energy
2:15 pm
Panel Discussion
Emissions Reduction: The Carbon Opportunity
Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech
Mike Hart, Sierra Energy
Klaus Lackner, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
3:00 pm
Armchair Conversation
Soil, Climate Change and Drought: Evolving Biochar Technology
Moderator: Alison Burchell, Natural Terrestrial Solutions Group
James Gaspard, Biochar Now, LLC
Bill Beierwaltes, Biochar Now, LLC
3:30 pm
Keynote Address
The Rebirth of Hemp: Ancient Plant – Contemporary Resource
Michael Bowman, National Hemp Association
3:45 pm
Keynote Address
Clean Energy: A $3 Trillion Revolution
Brandon Hurlbut, Boundary Stone Partners
4:00 pm
Armchair Conversation
You Reap What You Know
Tom Van Dyck, RBC Wealth Management
Andy Behar, As You Sow
Melissa Beck, The Educational Foundation of America
4:30 pm
Keynote Address
The Faith Based Community and a Low Carbon Future
Rev. Mitchell Hescox, The Evangelical Environmental Network
4:45 pm
Keynote Address
The Determination of Coal

Mike Phillips, Turner Endangered Species Fund
5:00 pm
Keynote Address
Protecting the Places We Love And Values We Share
Margie Alt, Environment America
5:15 pmArmchair Conversation
Environment America: Taking it to the People
Moderator: Sally Ranney, AREI
Kim Stevens, Environment Colorado
Margie Alt, Environment America
5:45 pm
Closing Remarks
Chip Comins, AREI
Sally Ranney, AREI

Evening Program

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel


6:30 pmStart-Up Green Evening Showcase
Join us to hear pitches from cleantech entrepreneurs,
network and interact with Startup Green participants.
The top 3 teams from the Showcase will give final presentations
to the AREDAY Summit audience on June 23rd at 11:30am.
Cocktails compliment of Marble Distillery.
Sponsored by Renewable Energy World Magazine.

Click here for more information.
8:30 pmFilm Screening
American Epic: Out Of the Many, The One
Director: Bernard MacMahon
Executive Producers: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White
Creators: Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson
This special preview screening will feature an introduction
by the filmmakers, and will be followed by a Q&A with
musician Taj Mahal and the filmmakers.

Thursday, June 23rd

Grand Ballroom, Viceroy Hotel

Host for the Morning: Peter Hans Ward, Humble Plum

AREDAY Registration 8 am – 6 pm


7:00 amContinental Breakfast
8:00 amOpening Prayer
Rev. Mitchell Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network
8:05 amOpening Remarks
Chip Comins, AREI
Sally Ranney, AREI
8:15 amOpening Address
Rainforest Conservation and Global Warming
Brett Byers, Million Acre Pledge
8:30 amArmchair Conversation
Conservation and Climate
Larry Schweiger, PennFuture
Mark McGuffie, International Union for Conservation of Nature
9:00 amPanel Discussion
African Trade and Wildlife
Moderator: Louie Psihoyos, Oceanic Preservation Society
Sally Coxe, Bonobo Conservation Initiative
Dave Weider, Wildlife Protection Solutions
Damien Mander, International Anti-Poaching Foundation
Mike Korchinsky, Wildlife Works
9:45 amArmchair Conversation
Original Wisdom: Sustaining the Systems of Life
Bob Gough, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy
Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
10:00 amArmchair Conversation
Hidden In Plain View: Impacts of Population
Bill Ryerson, Population Media
John McBride, McBride Foundation
10:30 amKeynote Address
Water Energy Nexus
Ken Neubecker, American Rivers
10:45 amArmchair Conversation
The Snowmass Story
Tom Cardamone, Snowmass Discovery
Bill Madsen, Snowmass Village Town Council
Alyssa Shenk, Snowmass Village Town Council
11:15 amKeynote Address
At Scale and Everyone Plays: Can Big Cities Really Be Sustainable?
Jerry Tinianow, City and County Denver
Top Three Teams Presentations

Afternoon Themes:
Host for the Afternoon: Austin Rosenbaum, University of Denver


12:00 pmBreak for Lunch
12:30 pmLuncheon Keynote Address
Reinventing Fire: The U.S. China Nexus
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
1:00 pmLuncheon Networking
1:15 pmArmchair Conversation
Media Moves the World
Moderator: David Fenton, Fenton Communications
Jennifer Broome, Broadcast Meteorologist
Duncan Campbell, Journalist
1:45 pm
Armchair Conversation
Culture, Climate and the Global Brain
Moderator: Paul Miller, The Global Brain
Natalia Vega-Berry, The Global Brain
Michael Tracy, The Global Brain
2:15 pm
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
Steve Michelson, Lobitos Creek Ranch
Greg Reitman, Blue Water Entertainment
John Quigley, Spectral Q
2:45 pm
Panel Discussion
Leadership: Women at the Front
Moderator: Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
Janice Hall, Natural Network International
Joanie Klar, Media Producer
Leanne Wheeler, Wheeler Advisory Group
Leilani Münter, Carbon Free Girl
3:15 pm
Armchair Conversation
Greenest Village in America
Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
Richard Goodwin, Goodwin Foundation
3:25 pm
Keynote Address
Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution
Gov. Bill Ritter, Center for the New Energy Economy
Book Signing to Follow
3:45 pm
Keynote Address
Paris to the US Polls
Sen. Tim Wirth, United Nations Foundation
4:00 pm
Keynote Address
How to Make a Lasting Difference in a Divided America
Maggie L. Fox, Alliance for Climate Protection
4:15 pm
Armchair Conversation
SHOW UP! STAND UP! SPEAK UP!: Millennial’s in the 2016 Election
Courtlyn Carpenter, bridgeUSA
Patrick Kearney, bridgeUSA
Leigh Francia, bridgeUSA
4:45 pm
Keynote Address
Mission Blue
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue
5:15 pmKeynote Address
Stepping Up to the Plate: Winning 2016 to Protect Colorado’s Values!
Sen. Gail Schwartz, Former Colorado Senator
5:30 pmClosing Panel
From Paris to The Polls
Sally Ranney, AREI
Chip Comins, AREI

Evening Program

Snowmass Village Mall


5:45 pmOpening Remarks
Greg Poschman, Moving Media, Inc.
6:00 pmOpening Remarks
Gail Schwartz, Former Colorado Senator
6:15 pmOpening Remarks
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
6:45 pmMusical Performance
Michael Fitzpatrick
7:00 pmTaj Mahal Trio Concert
Contemporary Blues & Jazz
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Friday, June 24th

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center
22830 Two Rivers Rd, Basalt, CO 81621


10:00 amWildlife Hike
Meet in the lobby of the Viceroy for a wildlife flower hike
with local plant ecologist Lisa Tasker.
Wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes, sunscreen, a sun hat,
and bring a water bottle and your curiosity!
3:00 pmTours of RMI Innovation Center
(30 min.)
4:00 pmReception
5:00 pmScreening of Time to Choose
White Steyer Impact Studio
Director: Charles Ferguson
6:30 pmDiscussion and Q & A
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Sally Ranney, AREI

Sunday, June 19th


Solution-Oriented Action Based Films

Base Village Conference Center, Snowmass Village • 10am-10pm
AREDAY Registration 10-6 Base Village Conference Center

IMPACT FILM is a solutions oriented film festival, featuring documentary and environmental focused films.

Michael Cain, M3 Films
Greg Reitman, Blue Water Entertainment


10:00 amRacing Extinction (1 hr 34 min)Louie Psihoyos
12:00 pmYoung Voices for the Planet (5 min shorts)
Save Tomorrow
Plant for the Planet
Dreaming In Green
Lynne Cherry
12:30 pmBreath of Life (1 hr 23 min)Susan Kucera
2:30 pmWildways: Corridors of Life (56 min)James Brundige
4:00 pmWritten on Water (58 min)Merri Lisa Trigilio
5:30 pmHow to Let Go of the World (2 hrs 5 min)Josh Fox
8:00 pmStop The Burning (8 min short)Jeff Horowitz
8:30 pmWe the People 2.0 (1 hr 30 min)Leila Conners

All-Day IMPACT FILM Pass $35
Festival Passes on sale at The Wheeler Opera House and soon available online.
Full AREDAY Summit Passes include entry into IMPACT FILM.

Click here for more information about IMPACT FILM.

Agenda subject to change.
Any questions please contact us.