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Green living, sustainability topic of Sunday conversation

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Auden Schendler, author of “Getting Green Done," will speak at Squaw on Sunday.

Squaw Valley Institute's "Alchemist Speaker Series" continues Sunday with special guest Auden Schendler, Author of "Getting Green Done."

Schendler is the Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Ski Company. He has written extensively about the difficulties of enacting sustainability initiatives in the business world and the ineffectiveness of conventional green business practices in the face of climate change.

He has been featured in Men's Journal, Businessweek, Outside, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Scientific American's Earth 3.0.

At Aspen Skiing Company, Schendler is part of a team that has developed several innovative utility-scale clean energy systems including a microhydroelectric plant, a solar photovoltaic farm, and a coal mine methane-to-electricity project, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi.

Guest panelists joining the discussion with Schendler include professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones and Chris Steincamp of Protect Our Winters.

POW was founded in 2007 by Jones who witnessed the first-hand impact of climate change in our mountains. POW's mission is to unite and actively engage the global snow sports community to lead the fight against climate change.

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Our third panelist is Jamie Simon. She initiated and established all sustainable business practices for Red Bull North America and became the global corporation's first Director of Sustainability.

Prior to this ground-breaking position, Jamie was a former Red Bull athlete and World Champion freestyle whitewater kayaker.

Sunday's presentation takes place on at 6 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; those nine and under are free. All SVI members are always admitted free. Tickets can be reserved at squawvalleyinstitute.org.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Squaw Valley Institute. SVI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs that span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports.