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Aspen’s AREDAY to pay tribute to Randy Udall

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A highlight of the American Renewable Energy Day Summit will include a free tribute to Randy Udall on Friday in Aspen, according to organizers.

Udall died in June during a backpacking trip in Wyoming. The memorial will be hosted by the American Renewable Energy Institute and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, which Udall founded. It will be followed by an armchair conversation with Ted Turner and the Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown, moderated by Sally Ranney, titled "Full Planet, Empty Plates," the title of Brown's new book.

The service is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Doerr-Hosier Conference Center at Aspen Meadows Resort. It will include a film tribute to Udall's life, narrated by Mark Harvey, plus remarks by writer Paul Andersen, Pitkin County Commissioner George Newman and others. Udall was executive director of CORE in Aspen, ARE Day's founding sponsor.

Half-day morning and afternoon passes for the ARE Day Summit will be available at the door each day for $30. There will be 46 speeches and panel discussions throughout the event, which runs through Sunday. ARE Day also has reduced the price of its summit passes for locals. The cost for any resident of the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen to Glenwood Springs) is $200 to attend all Friday, Saturday and Sunday speeches and panel discussions and includes lunch each day.

Today's events start with a free Film Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium. The summit will include more than 80 environmental leaders.

Among the attendees will be Turner, Brown, Jesse Jackson, Taj Mahal, T. Boone Pickens and Amory Lovins.

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For a full schedule of events or to buy tickets, visit http://www.areday.net.