MtnSEON’s Social Ecological Systems (SES) Approach

The Mountain Science and Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON) has formed a working group comprised primarily of scientists/academicians and federal resource managers to examine the feasibility of creating a Mountain Research Education Institute—MREI.

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Case Study: 100% Renewable Electricity at Aspen Electric by 2015

The City of Aspen’s 100% renewable energy (RE) by 2015 goal is one component of a broader strategy to reduce both the City’s operational and community‐wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% below 2004 levels by 2020 and 80% below 2004 levels by 2050.

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Why Mountains Matter

In recognition of International Mountain Day celebrated on December 11th each year, I wanted to share with you the short video created by the Mountain Partnership to highlight Why Mountains Matter and the sustainable development issues surrounding them.

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Two Colorado nonprofits collaborate to give North American Mountains a global voice

Two Colorado nonprofits—the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) and the Telluride Institute—have submitted a major report on sustainable development in North American mountain ecosystems and communities for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a.k.a. Rio+20. The report begins with a brief description of eight major North American mountain ranges, followed by discussions on 11 themes: water, glaciers, mineral, biodiversity, climate change, encroachment/wildland-urban interface, conservation/protected areas, recreation/ecotourism, mountain events, mineral extraction, and poverty/wealth discrepancies. Finally, the report highlights institutional/organizational initiatives on sustainable mountain development that are taking place within North America.

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AIMF leading efforts to coordinate a Report for Rio+20

December 15, 2011—Aspen, CO—Preparations for the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012 are well underway. But unlike other parts of the world, North America’s mountainous regions have not yet mobilized to provide input; so we risk not having our issues and our views included in materials presented at the Summit. These materials will help inform and guide important policy decisions dealing with sustainable development over the next decades. Therefore, AIMF and the Telluride Institute (TI) have joined forces to help coordinate a report that describes some of what has been going on in North America for the past 20 years. 

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Climate change bridges gap between Aspen and Uganda

Aspen, CO— November 27, 2011— Aspen resident Jim True discovered earlier this month that concerns over climate change in mountainous areas can bridge gaps between a wealthy, pre-dominantly white ski resort in America and a subsistence farming village in Uganda, Africa.

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