About the Program

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) serves a unique impartial role situated at the intersection of where energy policy, markets and environmental protection meet. The Program’s core competency is convening professional, high-level, content-driven dialogues in the policy, science, finance, and business arenas with experts from government, business, academia, and nonprofit organizations in dialogue structured and moderated for discussion, exploration, and consensus building. To do this, EEP provides nonpartisan leadership and a neutral venue for improving energy and environmental policy-making through values-based dialogue. The Program was first established in 1969 as the Program on the Environment and Quality of Life.

For four 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:

  • Aspen Energy Policy Forum
  • Forum on Global Energy, Economy and Security
  • The Aspen Institute Clean Energy Forum
  • The Modern Shale Gas and Oil Production Forum
  • Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum
  • Food Security Strategy Group (FSSG)
  • Oceans Community Study and Dialogue
  • Dialogue and Commission on Arctic Climate Change
  • US-India Track II Dialogue
  • Conservation in the 21st Century
  • Catto Fellowship Program