Auden Schendler

Vice President of Sustainability

Auden Schendler Aspen Skiing Company
Auden Schendler

Auden focuses on big scale solutions to climate change, primarily clean energy and activism. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute.

Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, and Forest Service goose-nest island builder. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Google and Starbucks, and to second graders and Chilean kayakers. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Scientific American, Climatic Change,, Huffington Post, The Denver Post, and other media, and his work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel + Leisure and Businessweek. In 2006, Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time Magazine and in 2007 he testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change on public lands. His book Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen.

Auden lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias, who call him "a goofy global warming guy."

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Matthew Hamilton

Sustainability Director

Matthew Hamilton Aspen Skiing Company
Matthew Hamilton

In addition to being Aspen Skiing Company’s Sustainability Director, Matthew is also the Executive Director of the Environment Foundation, which has donated almost $3.5 million over the past 21 years to 553 projects.

Matthew directs our community philanthropy efforts donating over $4 million in cash and product annually. He supports our internal environmental programs, including carbon accounting, composting, and local purchasing. His work is also focused on creating livable communities for our employees. He works to ensure access to high quality education opportunities for all those living in local communities where we operate. In addition, he spends time focused on affordable housing and immigration issues. He has lectured nationally and internationally on ASC's work. He currently serves on the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education, the steering committee for BICEP (Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), and on the board of English in Action.

Previously, Matthew was a Research Officer at The Piton Foundation, working with low income neighborhoods on issues of education reform, affordable housing and economic development. Prior to that, he worked for Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger anti-poverty group; the Independent Sector, a national association of nonprofits and foundations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (on a project called Enterprise for the Environment), for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and for Middlebury College. Matthew has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University where he focused on nonprofit management.

During his free time he can be found on his bike spending time enjoying many of the local trails and back roads. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Jen, and their children Boden and Beck.

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