Editor’s note: Due to incorrect information from Colorado Mountain College, the print version of this article erroneously reported that author Auden Schendler woud be speaking at CMC on Friday, April 11. The only speaking engagement he has in Summit County this weekend is on Saturday, April 12, at the Silverthorne library.
Auden Schendler, author of “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” will give a presentation about his book this weekend in Summit County. Schendler’s book is the 2014 Summit Reads Community Book Choice. The event, hosted by the Summit County Library, will be an evening of discussion with Schendler on Saturday, April 12, in the Blue River room at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne.
“We have hosted two book discussions on Mr. Schendler’s book,” said Joyce Dierauer, Summit County Library director. “As a result, Summit County has many readers who want to discuss sustainability practices and their impact with him.”
Topic of local interest
The Summit Reads committee had a bit of inspiration when choosing sustainability as the topic for this year’s program.
“We were approached by Emily Roesel in the sustainability program at CMC, and she wanted to start a seed library in Summit County,” Dierauer said. “That’s about the time we started talking about what we would do for another book for Summit Reads.”
The committee decided “Getting Green Done” tied in well with the overall theme of sustainability and Roesel’s seed library idea — which came to fruition last week as part of the program, Dierauer said. The group also thought Schendler’s book was relevant to our area and lent itself well to supporting events to encourage community discussion.
“It was talking about greening up a ski resort, so we thought we could have a panel discussion with local people talking about what they are doing, which would be a counterpoint to what Auden is talking about in his book,” Dierauer said, referring to a Summit Reads event that will be held on Thursday, May 15. “The panel discussion will be various people talking about what we’re doing locally to promote sustainability and what we’re doing to get more green up here in Summit County.”
Dierauer said Schendler’s topic is an important one because if we don’t attempt to pursue the goal of sustainability, we could continue to use more and more energy to the detriment of our mountain livelihood.
“Global warming will cause it to get warmer up here and we won’t have any snow anymore,” she said. “We want to get everyone thinking about how to be more green and sustainable, so we can slowly change things and keep our resort activities continuing for the foreseeable future.”
About the author
Schendler is vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co. and lives in Basalt with his wife, Ellen, and their children, Willa and Elias. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute and has also been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer and Forest Service goose nest island builder.
An avid outdoorsman, Schendler climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Slate, Scientific American Earth 3.0, Salon.com and other media, and his work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure and Businessweek. In 2006, Schendler was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine. “Getting Green Done” was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen.
Having the chance to hear Schendler discuss his book and how it relates to Summit County is an opportunity not to be missed.
“Since he’s writing about what they are doing at Aspen Skiing Co., people can hear in person about the trials and tribulations they have had trying to become more green in Aspen and, hopefully, take some of his ideas and make them work over here, as well,” Dierauer said.