Aspen Institute and National Geographic Announce the 2010 Aspen Environment Forum, July 25-28

May 18, 2010

Jennifer Myers
The Aspen Institute
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Beth Foster
National Geographic magazine
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Speakers to include EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, UN’s Mohan Munasinghe, and author Jeff Goodell

Washington, DC, May 18, 2010 The Aspen Institute and National Geographic announce that registration is open to the public for the 2010 Aspen Environment Forum. From July 25-28, 2010, on the Institute’s signature campus in Aspen, Colo., more than 400 high-level speakers and committed voices from a wide range of perspectives – business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations – will explore how to work together to develop bridges to long-term, equitable sustainability across a variety of interconnected issues, including energy, environmental conservation, and climate change adaptation/management.

Notable speakers confirmed to date include EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle; Mohan Munasinghe, vice chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott; Former Austin, TX Mayor Will Wynn; author Jeff Goodell; Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Senior Scientist James Barry; Smart Power President Brian Keane; Post Carbon Institute Founder Richard Heinberg; Heidi Cullen, director of science communications for Climate Central; Ocean Voyages Institute’s Doug Woodring; and Moscow State Institute of International Relations Professor Vladimir Golitsyn, among many others.

“This third annual forum, which could not come at a more timely moment, will allow us to explore the ever-growing tension between human needs and our planet’s finite resources,” said David Monsma, executive director of the Institute’s Energy and Environment program.

“Recent events have underscored the balancing acts individuals, communities, and nations face between managing human needs and protecting the environment for future generations,” said Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine. “It is essential that we engage in real discussion and debate about how to move towards sustainable management of our planet.”

To register for the forum, visit Select sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information, contact Bob Amberg, National Brand Director, National Geographic Global Media, tel. (212) 610-5511,

For those not able to attend, daily video highlights from the Environment Forum will be posted at, and event updates will be featured at and

This year’s Aspen Environment Forum sponsors include Chevrolet, Duke Energy, and Shell.

EDITORS’ NOTE: A limited number of press passes are available. For more information and to apply, please visit

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