Governor to speak at ARE Day |

Governor to speak at ARE Day

ASPEN Colorado’s governor, the mayor of Denver and a host of national, state and local experts and leaders in energy policy, along with live music and a variety of informational booths, will highlight ARE (American Renewable Energy) Day 2007, scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25 in downtown Aspen.At 3 p.m. Aug. 24, Gov. Bill Ritter will deliver a keynote speech on “Leading Our Renewable Energy Future” at the Wheeler Opera House. He will be joined by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is speaking about greening the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Denver.On Aug. 25, beginning at noon, the Cooper Avenue mall will jam to the live music of Jimmy Ibbotson, formerly of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In addition, nationally known renewable energy experts will present solutions to global warming and show how to reduce carbon emissions. Highlights will include speakers on the emerging green energy economy, renewable energy and energy efficiency displays.There will be and demonstrations of renewable technologies by both the public and private sectors, including federal, state and local government agencies and departments, NGOs and for-profit and nonprofit organizations.At 2 p.m. Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland speaks about measures Aspen is taking to reduce the local carbon footprint.Family activities are to include a bungee trampoline and free ice cream. All ARE Day events and activities are open and free to the public.For more information about ARE Day 2007, visit, or call the event’s producer, Chip Comins, at (970) 963-7335.

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