Imagine: Sustainable Futures

The Aspen International Mountain Foundation, together with the Aspen Institute, presented a forum on sustainable mountain environments at Paepcke Auditorium in April, 2007 as part of the Aspen Sister Cities' 20th anniversary celebration of their sister city relationship with Chamonix, France.

Dr. Dan Garvey, President of Prescott College of Prescott, Arizona, made a presentation entitled "IMAGINE: Sustainable Futures Dialogues." After the presentation, Dr. Garvey moderated a panel discussion with mountain environment authorities including Matthew Hamilton of the Aspen Skiing Company, Mr. Eric Fournier, Vice Mayor of Chamonix, France, Dr. Rusty Butler, Utah Valley State College and other invited guests. Also, in attendance were Baktybek Abdrisavev, former Ambassador to the U.S. from the Kyrgyz Republic, Danielle Butler, Utah Valley State College, the delegation from Chamonix including Jacque Tomei, Chair of the Chamonix-Aspen Committee and Mr. Francois Bidault, Director and CEO of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Ski Company, and Officials of the Aspen Skiing Company. Mayor Helen Klanderud opened the forum and introduced Dr.Garvey and the other participants.

According to Dr. Dan Garvey: "These dialogues give citizens and leaders an opportunity to imagine and create the future we would like to live in, both in our personal lives and for the public good."