Aspen U: Almost Like College but Better

These events are open to the public and fall perfectly into the Limelight’s happy hour from 3pm-7pm. Come early or stay later for dinner – ASC employees don’t forget your ski pass to get your employee discount after 7pm. $4 draught beers, $10 cheese or pepperoni pizzas, networking, and powerful speakers – you can’t lose.

 February 11 – Impact Finance: Investing Your Money for Good and Profit
Stephanie Gripne, PhD. Founder and Director, the Impact Finance Center at the University of Denver, and Research Fellow, University of Denver Daniels College of Business.

Dr Stephanie Gripne 2-11

Stephanie Gripne, PhD

Forget government: there’s enough private money in the world to solve climate change and the rest of the world’s problems, usually at a profit. But we need a lot. To have an 80 percent chance of keeping global warming to just 2 degrees centigrade, the International Energy Agency estimates an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment is needed through 2050—or an average of $1 trillion more per year compared to a“business as usual” scenario over the next 36 years. The problem is the investors don’t know about the investments that make money and do good. Stephanie’s job is to connect the two. She founded the Impact Finance Center in 2012 at DU, and formed a partnership between University of Denver Daniels College of Business and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – Sustainable Endowment Institute. The Impact Finance Center’s mission is to catalyze investments that produce enduring value for the investor, society, and environment.

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About Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton is Aspen Skiing Company’s (ASC) Sustainability Director. He is also the Executive Director of the Environment Foundation, which has donated more than $2 million over the past 15 years. Matthew oversees ASC's community philanthropy, and runs ASC's day-to-day environmental programs, including the monthly Greenletter, and GREENTRACK, ASC's ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Matthew is also consultant with Aspen Sustainability Associates, and has lectured nationally and internationally on ASC's work. He currently serves as President of the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education, and on the boards of the Carbondale Tourism Council, Colorado Youth Corps Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Previously, Matthew was a Research Officer at The Piton Foundation, working with low income neighborhoods on issues of education reform, affordable housing and economic development. Prior to that, he worked for Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger anti-poverty group; the Independent Sector, a national association of nonprofits and foundations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (on a project called Enterprise for the Environment), for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and for Middlebury College. Matthew has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University where he focused on nonprofit management. During his free time he can be found on his bike spending time enjoying many of the local trails and back roads. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Jen, and their children Boden and Beck.