Energy and Environment Program

Our Program

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program provides nonpartisan leadership and a neutral forum for improving energy and environmental policy-making through values-based dialogue. With its intentional dialogues, public programs, annual policy forums, and an environmental leadership initiative, the program creates impartial venues for global leaders to engage in informed discussion around energy and environmental challenges and solutions.

The Program’s core competency is convening professional, high-level, content driven dialogues in the policy, science, finance, and business arenas. For more than three decades, its Energy Policy Forum has brought together senior industry, government, environmental and other leaders to report on a broad range of energy challenges and opportunities, including climate change, electricity markets, nuclear power, renewable fuels, and fuel efficiency. The Global Forum on Energy, Economy and Security assembles experts and policymakers to discuss oil and gas global markets. The Clean Energy Forum addresses the intersection of renewable energy, clean technology, innovation, and financing with commercial and public policy.

The Program’s efforts to advance collective knowledge about critical environmental problems have included collaborative dialogues on the impact and governance of climate change in the Arctic, conservation and human development, improving water access, sanitation, and hygiene policy, and international institutional responsibilities for validating emerging carbon markets.

The Program also spearheads the Institute’s Catto Fellowship Program for young environmental professionals and has partnered with National Geographic to convene the Aspen Environment Forum.

Among various convenings and events, the Program manages several innovative ongoing conversations. They include: