Aspen International Mountain Foundation
The Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) is a Colorado nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the world's mountain communities. It's primary mission is to provide a global and regional voice and share best practices across the region and around the world.
AIMF is a governing member of the United Nations Global Mountain Partnership (MP). In October 2013, VERTEX (a joint initiative of AIMF and the Telluride Institute) was confirmed as the representative for the MP's North American, Central American, and Caribbean region.
To learn more about who we are and how we conduct the organization's affairs see our Principles of Engagement & Code of Conduct.
What We Do
AIMF's initiatives are designed to promote and support sustainable mountain environments and communities in our region and around the world. Such initiatives include:
- Sustainability projects in mountain geographies that address the conservation of natural environments and resources, human livelihoods, and mountain cultures.
- National and international forums to bring awareness to key issues that affect mountain environments and communities.
- Events that celebrate mountain landscapes, ecosystems, and ways of life.
AIMF was formally established in 2001 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It evolved from a decade of working with the United Nations' Environment Program (UNEP), the City of Aspen, the Aspen Institute, Aspen Sister Cities, and other public and private organizations.
These collaborative efforts culminated in a coherent focus on sustainable mountain development.
They also produced a series of international conferences including the Sustainable Mountain Conference in Hokkaido, Japan (1995) and the Chamonix Tourism Summits (1996 - 2001).
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Advisory Board Members
Neil Beidleman, April Bucksbaum, Jay Cowan, Chris Davenport, Liba Icahn, Billy Kidd, Chris Klug, Pete McBride, Sally Spaulding Potter, Sam von Trapp