2022 Aspen Ideas Festival to Explore Climate Solutions, Advances in Science & Technology, Environmental Conservation, & More

June 10, 2022

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, and science educator Bill Nye among 300+ speakers appearing

Contact: Jon Purves
Associate Director, Media Relations
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC and Aspen, CO, June 10, 2022 — High profile leaders and innovators are set to discuss scientific advancements, climate change, environmental protection, and sustainability at the Aspen Ideas Festival from June 25 – July 1. The Aspen Institute’s flagship summer event returns this summer as a full scale, in-person convening in Aspen, Colorado, delivered in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group.

“Heat” is one of the six key themes at the festival this year. Attendees will address the realities of a warming climate – including megafires, rising seas, and failing food systems – and the roadmap to a healthier relationship with our planet and the technological, policy, and business solutions to get us there. More than 300 speakers are ultimately set to attend, with the full speaker list available here. Among those attending with scientific and environmental expertise:

    • John Doerr, Chairman, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
    • Lisa Dyson, Founder and CEO, Air Protein; Founder, Kiverdi
    • Carlos Fernández, Colorado State Director, The Nature Conservancy
    • Margaret Hansbrough, Principal, Third Coast Climate Solutions
    • Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology; Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, The Paulson Institute
    • Ciril Jazbec, Documentary Photographer; National Geographic Explorer
    • Indira Lakshmanan, Senior Executive Editor, National Geographic
    • Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator, White House
    • Bill Leslie, CEO, Soli Solutions
    • Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College of Columbia University
    • Robert Niven, Founder, Chair, and CEO, CarbonCure
    • Bill Nye, Science Educator
    • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor
    • Annie Murphy Paul, Science Writer; Author, The Extended Mind
    • Rohan Patel, Senior Global Director, Public Policy, Tesla
    • Richard Powell, CEO, Clear Path and ClearPath Action
    • Susan Prichard, Fire Ecologist; Research Scientist, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
    • Niloo Razi Howe, Senior Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partners
    • Michael Regan, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
    • Tania Simoncelli, Director of Policy for Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    • Steph Speirs, Co-Founder and CEO, Solstice
    • Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society
    • Kristine Tompkins, Co-Founder and President, Tompkins Conservation
    • Malaika Vaz, Wildlife Filmmaker and Founder, Untamed Planet
    • Alaina Wood, Sustainability Scientist; Climate Communicator; Founder, The Garbage Queen

    The Aspen Ideas Festival is built around six substantive core themes: Heat, Power, Connection, Trust, Money, and Beauty. In addition to the names above, the festival will bring together policymakers, scientists, artists, educators, academics, and more.

    Last year, the festival and NBCU News Group announced a multi-year, multi-platform partnership that includes an editorial and programming collaboration. Top anchors and journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Noticias Telemundo are participating throughout the event.

    Editor’s Note: A limited number of press passes are available for media interested in attending the Aspen Ideas Festival as covering reporters. To apply, please fill out the form here. 

    Passes to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival are available for purchase, with the option to attend Festival 1 (June 25-28) or Festival 2 (June 28-July 1). Organizers also recently launched Aspen Ideas Digital, a digital pass that will mirror the in-person Festival experience. The digital passes provide access to view a curated sample of the best in-person sessions and participate in live, virtual-only Q&A sessions with distinguished speakers.

    Presenting Underwriters for the Aspen Ideas Festival are Allstate, Comcast NBCUniversal, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Meta, Mount Sinai Health System, PayPal, Prudential Financial, Inc, Soli Solutions, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Wells Fargo. Supporting Underwriters are EY-Parthenon, Google.org, IBM, Skoll Foundation and YouTube. Contributing Underwriters are Guild Education, PBS, National Geographic Society and TPG / Rise Fund.


    The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org. 

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