AREDAY lands Jimmy Carter for August summit in Aspen

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks onstage with Mark Updegrove, director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/, Ralph Barrera, Pool)
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President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to appear at the American Renewable Energy Day Summit, scheduled Aug. 10 to 13 at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.

The announcement was made Monday.

This year’s theme is “Accelerating Solutions for the Great Transition,” and other guests include Ted Turner, founder and chair, Turner Enterprises Inc.; Dr. Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence, National Geographic Society; Dr. Amory Lovins, founder, Rocky Mountain Institute; Susan Reilly CEO, RES Americas and chair-elect, American Wind Energy Association; and Catherine Bachand, CEO, ONE DROP Foundation.

Carter, the 39th president of the U.S., was an advocate for solar power during his time in office from 1977 to 1981.

“President Carter’s work was undeniably key in laying the groundwork for the Great Transition,” said Chip Comins, chairman and CEO of American Renewable Energy Institute, the sponsor of AREDAY. “As a country we’ve survived both the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and are now welcoming the Great Transition, in which we must take the critical steps toward an environmentally and economically sound future.”

The 2014 AREDAY Summit agenda includes a multi-day speaker series, film festival, sustainability expo and other ancillary events and activities to be announced. A limited number of 250 passes are available for this year’s Summit, and can be purchased at /AREDAY2014 until June 1 for the early bird rate of $900. Passes, if remaining after June 1, can be purchased for $1,200. For more information, visit


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