Auden Schendler is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company where he focuses on big scale solutions to climate change, primarily clean energy and activism. Aspen Skiing Company's pioneering climate action projects include utility reform, intervention to support state energy and methane policy, and development of groundbreaking clean energy projects like coal mine methane to energy and small hydroelectricity. Previously a corporate sustainability researcher at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden has also taught high school, cooked burgers, insulated trailers, led Outward Bound trips, built goose nest islands in Alaska, sorted junk for an auction company, and hitchhiked all over the western U.S.. His work has been covered widely, including in Outside, Fast Company, Businessweek and Men's Journal. He has published in media ranging from the NY Times to Harvard Business Review and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Google and Starbucks, as well as to second graders and teen-age Chilean kayakers. Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine, and has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change. "Getting Green Done,' was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen. He sits on the boards of Protect Our Winters and Conservation Colorado, and in 2018 was appointed to Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission. He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias, who call him "a goofy global warming guy."
Auden has consulted with numerous entities on sustainability (focusing on actually getting stuff done as opposed to talking about it) including:
- The Australian Ski Industry
- The International Ecotourism Society
- Scottish Enterprise Sustainable Tourism Group