ACES hires Chief Executive Officer


The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) names Chris Lane as Chief Executive Officer.

"We are very excited about having Chris Lane join ACES as the new CEO,” said Jeff Berkus, Chair of ACES’ Board of Trustees.  “His extensive experience in environmental management and corporate sustainability is a perfect complement to Tom Cardamone's strong naturalist background and he will provide the leadership critical to ensuring the legacy and bright future of ACES."

ACES has been led by Executive Director Tom Cardamone since 1975 and he will continue his involvement with ACES as the President and Chief Ecologist. Cardamone says “ACES strong team of dedicated and capable naturalists, educators, and land stewards is beyond enthusiastic about having Chris Lane join us. He brings the capacity to help ACES realize its full potential.”

ACES believes that its mission to inspire a life-long commitment to the earth by educating for environmental responsibility, conserving and restoring the balance of natural communities, and advancing the ethic that the Earth must be respected and nurtured, has never been more important. Hiring a Chief Executive Officer is a crucial step to helping ACES reach its potential in serving the regional and global community through its four remarkable sites and a myriad of programs.

Chris Lane is currently Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest national park and resort management company, where he has been responsible for all aspects of company environmental affairs. He has 19 years of experience across varying sectors of the environmental field including: Director of Environmental Affairs at Aspen Skiing Company, Program Director for the Sierra Club, and an Environmental Consultant at IRT Environment Inc., a spinoff of Rocky Mountain Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.

According to Lane, “I am thrilled to join the dedicated team of staff and board at ACES. I share their vision and their passion for environmental sustainability and education. I look forward to bringing my experience from the private sector back home to such a renowned organization as ACES, and to work with the Roaring Fork Valley community, where my heart has been since 1991.”

Lane lives with his wife and two young children in Basalt. He is an avid birder, ski mountaineer, and is currently training for the Power of Four race. He will start at ACES May 1st.

John Bennett will continue in a transitional role through June 30th, focused on incorporating For the Forest programming into ACES.

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring biodiversity by building an active community of informed, capable, and motivated environmental stewards.  ACES offers inspiring programming at Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, the Catto Center at Toklat, and Spring Creek.