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Mountain Mayhem: An Inspiring Evening

A rapt audience listens to guest speakers Ted White and Jules Kortenhorst as they converse about climate change.

On Feb. 17, Basalt’s Rocky Mountain Institute and Young Presidents Organization of Aspen joined together to present a conversation addressing climate change. Held at the new Tesla Gallery in Aspen, the event featured a conversation between RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and Ted White, chair of RMI’s board of trustees surrounding the “Global Call to Action for the Next Generation. “

Among RMI’s chief efforts is the transformation of global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure low-carbon future. Kortenhorst spoke to RMI’s work in addressing the urgent threat of climate change and why the work they do around the world is now more important than ever.

White is the managing partner of Fahr LLC, the umbrella entity for the business, policy, political and philanthropic efforts of Tom Steyer (NextGen Climate Organization). Both spoke to technologies and developments on a global scale that effect social change — citing the growth in production of low carbon cars from manufacturers including Tesla, to harnessing alternative forms of energy such as wind power in the West and solar power in the Southwest to using LED lights. All can help reduce our carbon footprint.

“As business leaders, it’s up to us to show the way” Kortenhorst noted.

Learn more about RMI’s work on its site,

Afterward, several guests adjourned down the street to a birthday party at Baldwin Gallery for gallery owner Richard Edwards.

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