Auden Schendler

Auden Schendler Board MemberAuden 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. As board chair of Protect Our Winters, Auden regularly accompanies delegations of athletes and businesses to Washington D.C. to lobby on climate. In Colorado, he helped develop a 3 megawatt coal-mine-methane-to-electricity power plant that makes as much power as Aspen Skiing Company uses annually and offsets three times the carbon. Previously a corporate sustainability researcher at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden has also taught high school, cooked burgers, insulated trailers, led Outward Bound trips, built goose nest-islands in Alaska’s Copper River Delta, sorted junk for an auction company, and hitchhiked all over the western U.S. Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine, and has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change. Aspen Skiing Company’s sustainability work has been covered in Businessweek, Outside, Fast Company and Men’s Journal, and Auden’s writing has been published widely. 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.”