Bard MBA

Auden Schendler

Executive Director of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company

Auden Schendler Auden Schendler is vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute. Schendler has 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 has climbed Denali, North America's highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Scientific American Earth 3.0, Salon.com, and other media. 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. He has also been named a Wirth Chair "Pioneer of the New Energy Economy" by the University of Colorado, a "Climate Saver" by the Environmental Protection Agency, and an E-Chievement Award winner by the radio show eTown. Schendler has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change and speaks widely on sustainability. His book Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution was called "an antidote to greenwash" by NASA's James Hansen. He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.