Why We Signed the #climatedeclaration

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One year ago Aspen Skiing Company signed BICEP’s Climate Declaration asserting that there was real economic opportunity for American business when policies reducing the impacts of climate change were instituted. We join major businesses like Burton, Starbuck’s, IKEA, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Ben and Jerry’s as signatories. Aspen Skiing Company joined BICEP (Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) to address climate change, the most significant threat to our business.

On April 9th and 10th I joined BICEP colleagues and Climate Declaration signatories in Washington, DC. We met with Senators and their staff to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as increase investment in a clean energy economy.

Kaplan_Methane_OpeningThe outdoor industry contributes $650 billion and 6.1 million jobs to the economy. Of this, snow-based recreation contributes $67 billion and 600,000 jobs. The changing climate has a direct impact on our industry, the economy and the livelihoods of many Americans. Similarly, companies like Starbucks and Jones Lang LaSalle see reduced coffee bean availability and increasing energy costs as direct threats to their business. We’ve joined together to enact meaningful energy and climate legislation to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in the global economy and that our businesses are sustainable in the long term. Bringing a more rational approach to energy policy that recognizes the challenges of climate change can only happen when the business community and our customers reach out to their elected officials. Signing the Climate Declaration, and joining BICEP are meaningful ways to bring about the kind of policies we need to ensure the long term viability of Aspen Skiing Company and the economic vitality of tourism-based economies.

Join our efforts to tell Congress taking action to reduce the impacts of climate change on your career or business are critical. Sign the Climate Declaration!

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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.