AREDay Summit makes move to Snowmass Village |

AREDay Summit makes move to Snowmass Village

Bluesman Taj Mahal performs the free AREDay concert in Aspen's Wagner Park in 2012. The musician will be back for the 2015 summit, which is relocating to the Westin Snowmass Resort.
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AREDay is sponsoring the final free concert in Snowmass Village this summer, but there will many more above and beyond the weekly Thursday-night series.

June 12 – White Water Ramble & Old Man Canyon

June 25 – Orgone

July 2 – Lee Fields & The Expressions

July 3 – Wanderlust Spectacular

July 4 – The SteelDrivers

July 9 – Gangstagrass

July 16 – Jaden Carlson Band

July 18 – TBD

July 23 – Feufollet

August 1 – Swagger

August 6 – Firefall

August 13 – Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band

A renewable-energy summit that brings dignitaries and experts from around the world together to discuss solutions for climate change is moving to Snowmass Village this year.

The American Renewable Energy Day Summit, better known as AREDay, is moving from Aspen to the Westin Snowmass Resort from Aug. 8 through 13. Chip Comins, chairman of parent organization American Renewable Energy Institute, is hoping the new location will provide the room the event needs to grow.

“The appeal (of Snowmass) is that we have a very nice facility in the form of the conference center,” Comins said. “Quite frankly, we outgrew Aspen in terms of the venues.”

AREDay has been based in the Hotel Jerome and Aspen Meadows Resort over the years, and last year it had between 250 and 300 attendees at its different seminars. In addition to more room for attendees, Comins hopes to expand the event’s exposition by spreading it out over the Snowmass Village Mall.

In addition to speakers, the exposition and a film festival, AREDay also is sponsoring the last free Snowmass concert of the summer: blues-folk artist Taj Mahal, an avid conservationist and environmentalist who has played at the event in recent years.

Last year’s most notable speaker was former President Jimmy Carter, who packed the house. The keynotes for the 2015 summit have not been announced, but Huang Ming, chairman of a Chinese solar company and advocate for the technology, has been announced already. A film series during the summit also will feature “Racing Extinction,” a film by Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos.

Ming’s involvement fits with the 2015 summit’s theme of “Racing Climate Change: Green Bridge with China, the Road to Paris.” AREDay, along with large-scale events such as Earth Day Texas and the Green Festival in major cities like New York and Los Angeles, is a prelude to the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December, Comins said.

Speakers chosen for the summit come from a multitude of industries including government, finance, science and philanthropy, Comins said. Topics covered this year will focus on finance and clean technology.

“We feel very strongly that we have to figure out how to put the green in the green,” Comins said. “In other words, we have to transform the finance system, … the way banking is done, the way investments are being made. We have to go from a worldwide economy that’s based on the extraction and burning of fossil fuels to a worldwide economy that’s based on the rapid implementation of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.”

More summer announcements

Snowmass Tourism also has announced the lineup for its free summer music series, which this year is being expanded to include more than just weekly Thursday-night concerts. Free music will be offered on weekends by the Snowmass Mammoth Fest, the Deaf Camp Picnic, Wanderlust and the Colorado Scottish Festival.

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