Meet Chris Lane

Chris Lane, ACES CEO

Chris Lane is CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a 52-year old nonprofit environmental organization. At ACES since 2012, Lane has led a staff of 45 employees who work with partner organizations, schools, government agencies, and other key decisionmakers to tackle regional environmental issues around ecological literacy, forest health, regenerative agriculture, land restoration and climate change to advance conservation and education outcomes.

Lane also has 30 years of executive environmental management and corporate sustainability experience across varying sectors. Prior to ACES, Lane was vice president of sustainability for Xanterra Travel Collection, the country’s largest national park and resort management company where he pioneered the development of environmental management systems in national parks and resorts around the world.  

Earlier in his career, Lane served as director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company, the first such position in the industry. He has consulted with large corporations throughout his career. He has served as an elected official and on the Colorado Governor’s Pollution Prevention Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Environmental Systems Manager. He lives in Basalt with his wife and two kids. 

An avid outdoorsman and life-long birder, Lane is always seeking out new places to get a glimpse of another bird to add to his life list.