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The Aspen Institute and ACES to Welcome Paul Hawken on July 13


1000 North Third Street, Aspen, Colorado 81611
Tel. 970-544-7929 | Fax 970-925-4188

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Vice President, Aspen
The Aspen Institute
[email protected]
Tel. 970-544-7929


The Aspen Institute and ACES to Welcome Paul Hawken on July 13
Environmentalist and author to be featured in collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in honor of its 50th anniversary

ASPEN, CO, June 18, 2019 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to feature environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist Paul Hawken in conversation with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies CEO Chris Lane. Hawken will discuss the policy, technology, and substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. This event will take place on July 13, 2019 from 6:00-7:15pm in Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. The Hurst Lecture Series is generously underwritten by the Hurst Family Foundation.

Tickets are $25 and will go on sale Saturday, June 22 at www.aspenshowtix.com, (970) 920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as a full-capacity audience is expected for this event. Doors will open at 5:15pm, and any unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door.

Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment, and will be speaking on the topic of his recent book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed and multiple sustainability-focused companies. His book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world during his tenure as President.

Chris Lane has 27 years of executive environmental management and corporate sustainability experience across varying sectors. Currently, Lane is CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, a 50-year old nonprofit environmental organization that tackles regional environmental issues around ecological literacy, forest health, sustainable agriculture, land restoration and climate change. Prior to that Lane was vice president of sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest national park and resort management company where he pioneered the development of environmental management systems in national parks and resorts around the world.  Lane served as director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company. He has consulted with large corporations throughout his career. He has served as an elected official and on the Colorado Governor’s Pollution Prevention Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Environmental Systems Manager. He lives in Basalt with his wife and two kids. An avid life-long birder, Lane is always seeking out new birds to add to his life list.



Tuesday, July 9
McCloskey Speaker Series
Populism, Polarization, and National Identity

Featuring Francis Fukuyama, author of Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment in conversation with Elliot Gerson, executive vice president at The Aspen Institute. In 2014’s The Origins of Political Order, Fukuyama wrote about the decline of American Institutions at a time when powerful interest groups were on the rise. Since then, the world has seen an influx of political outsiders who seek to connect directly with “the people.” The people, however, tend to be a small segment of the population who are often defined by narrow identity terms. In his newest book, Fukuyama examines the origins and effects of modern identity politics and explores how countries can create national identities based on the common values of their populace.
Greenwald Pavilion, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Fee: $25. Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 25 at www.aspenshowtix.com.

Wednesday, July 10
The Sandra Day O'Connor Conversation Series
A Conversation with Jeff Flake
In collaboration with the Justice & Society Program
Featuring Jeff Flake, former United States Senator from Arizona, in conversation with Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Institute’s Justice and Society Program. Flake served as a U.S. Senator from 2013-2019 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013. He is currently a contributor for CBS News, where he contributes to a new series called “Common Ground.”
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:30 7:30 pm
Fee: $25. Tickets on sale Wednesday, June 26 at www.aspenshowtix.com.

Friday, July 12
A Total Work of Art: Bauhaus-Bayer-Aspen
Bernard Jazzar’s lecture, A Total Work of Art: Bauhaus-Bayer-Aspen, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name in the Resnick Gallery of the Doerr-Hosier Building on the campus of the Aspen Institute.  Following the sequence of the exhibition, Jazzar will present a brief overview of the Bauhaus, highlighting Herbert Bayer’s contribution to the art school as a student, teacher, and later as the designer of the Aspen Institute’s campus.
Doerr-Hosier Center, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Free and open to everyone. 

For more information on events open to the public, please contact Zoe Brown at (970) 544-7935 or[email protected], call the information hotline at (970) 544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website atwww.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has an office in New York City and an international network of partners.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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