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Ginna Kelly
Ginna is the Founder of the non-profit organization Climb for Conservation, Inc. whose mission is to inspire people to climb mountains around the world for a conservation cause. C4C raises awareness and funds for endangered species protection and organizes climbs up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Machu Picchu in Peru, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, and Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Ginna is currently working on a Master's Degree from Yale University, focusing on the study of Philosophy of Religion. Ginna has a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and was a law clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Entries by Ginna Kelly

Mountains as Sacred Centers

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:06 PM

In traditions around the world, mountains have served as sacred centers. Mountains remain a dwelling-place of the gods and destinations of spiritual journeying. People of diverse cultures continually view and interact with mountains they revere. It is convincing why the ancient Greeks placed their pantheon on Mount Olympus, why Moses...

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AREDAY Summit - Leadership for America's Energy Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 5:49 PM

Aspen AREDAY Summit Targets Advanced Energy Policies for Jobs and Economic Growth

In its ninth year, the AREDAY Summit (American Renewable Energy Day) is being held at the five-star St. Regis Aspen Resort, August 16 to 20. The Summit offers attendees, exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to engage directly with...

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Slow Money: Bringing Money Back Down to Earth

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 9:34 AM

We must bring money back down to earth. -- Slow Money Principle #1

This fall I attended the 2011 Slow Money Conference in San Francisco, California. The annual conference brings together a unique combination of investors, entrepreneurs, and farmers to create social change. For an interview with...

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BusinessClimate: Accelerating Returns Through Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Yesterday I interviewed Mr. Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, at the BusinessClimate 2011 conference in New York City. President Figueres discussed his national development strategy for Costa Rica during the 1990's that transformed the nation's economy based on tenets of sustainability.

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Greening the Empire State Building

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2011 | 7:00 PM

On Monday, July 25, 2011, Tony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building and Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, spoke in Aspen about the $550 million green upgrade to the Empire State Building. The story is not only amazing from a conservation perspective, but from...

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Mountainfilm at Telluride: Awareness Into Action

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 12:57 PM

One word describes Telluride Mountainfilm: INSPIRING. Inspiration is truly the take-away of this fascinating festival.



The mission of Mountainfilm "is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations...

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The High Price of Gas From Above

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Today I had a truly amazing conservation experience. I took my first flight in a very small Cessna to obtain an aerial view of natural gas drilling over western Colorado. Our seasoned pilot, Bruce Gordon, flew Peter Hart, a conservation attorney for the Wilderness Workshop, EcoFlight videographer Jonathan Kloberdanz, and...

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Al Gore: "The Hard Right or the Easy Wrong?"

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 4:20 PM

Yesterday I attended the symposium "Forests at Risk: Climate Change and the Future of the American West," organized by the non-profit For the Forest in Aspen, Colorado.

The educational symposium included distinguished scientists from around the United States and Canada to explore the critical connection...

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TED TURNER: President Obama Made a "Big Mistake"

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 3:10 PM

Ted Turner, billionare and founder of CNN, stated on Sunday, December 5th that President Obama made a "big mistake" in not pursuing an energy climate bill before a health-care bill.

As reported by the Bloomberg News, "We would have an energy climate change bill in the United...

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Sprawl and Cappuccino Cowboys

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Do you swing by the suburban Starbucks in the morning and then commute into the city for work? If so, you may be a 'cappuccino cowboy.' Suburbanites who tend to desire a rural lifestyle, but demand urban amenities and an urban level of income, are often referred to as '

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Green Read: The Five-Fifty-Seven

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 3:12 PM

One of my favorite summer reads is Corey T. Zurbuch's The Five-Fifty-Seven. I love this novel not just because its an explosive legal thriller, but also it's only being offered in the eco-friendly Amazon Kindle version.

The "green machine" otherwise known as the Kindle, is...

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Legal Implications of the BP Oil Spill

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 9:44 PM

Sue, baby, sue. After the Exxon Valdez spill, twenty years of litigation followed. Expect to see more from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

On April 20, 2010, an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded after a blowout and sank two days later. Eleven people were killed and...

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The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 12:48 PM

Alicia Silverstone defines herself not only as an actress and author, but as an environmentalist and vegan. In her book The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstone sets out a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving our planet.

The Kind Diet is not a diet book per se....

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Virginia Menhaden Mess

(6) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 9:38 AM

Have you ever heard of the menhaden? If you're a striped bass fisherman, I'm sure you love this bait fish. The menhaden are small, oily, and inedible. According to H. Bruce Franklin, for a fish that no one eats, the menhaden may just be the "most important fish...

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Does Your iPod have a Carbon Footprint?

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 3:36 PM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your iPod has a carbon footprint.

With the holidays upon use, consumerism is alive and well. It makes me think about all the gifts I've purchased for loved ones and their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate Change Threatens Our National Security

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 4:45 PM

Climate change will be the defining issue of our generation. Not only does it threaten the air we breathe and the water we drink, but it poses a serious threat to America's national security.

On October 6th, 2009, I listened to Senator John Warner speak to the climate change-national...

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"Glacier-less" National Park by 2020

(19) Comments | Posted October 3, 2009 | 1:04 PM

This August I visited Glacier National Park in Montana. The experience was life changing. I am still stunned to have learned the following fact: by 2020, no glaciers will exist in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park sits on the "crown of the continent." The park is bordered...

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5 Ways to Green Your Tailgate

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 7:01 PM

1. RECYCLE YOUR BEER CANS AND BOTTLES. This is a no-brainer. Bring a separate trash bag to throw your beer and bottle cans in. Put it in the back of your truck - and take it to the recycling center on Sunday.

2. EAT LOCAL FOODS. Try to aim...

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Federal Tax Credits for Solar Power Improvements

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 8:33 AM

I'm finally done studying for the Virginia Bar Exam! There is no way around the fact that studying for any bar exam is a miserable experience. I don't care how smart, organized, type-A you are, the bar exam will consume your life for two long, torturous months. Now I have...

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Governor Kaine Leading the Way for the Chesapeake Bay

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 2:03 PM

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. It is the largest estuary in the United States and the largest Atlantic watershed. Stretching over 200 miles long, the Bay watershed provides ecological services to New York down to Virginia. If you live near the Chesapeake Bay, you know that its health...

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