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2008 Keynote Address


2008 Keynote Speaker Denis Hayes

President and CEO, The Bullitt Foundation

Denis Hayes is former director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and one of Time magazine's "Heroes of the Planet." He was also named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th Century by Look magazine and one of the National Audubon Society's 100 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century.

Mr. Hayes coordinated the first Earth Day in 1970—an event often credited with launching the modern American environmental movement. Twenty years later he headed the first International Earth Day, with 200 million participants in 141 countries. Mr. Hayes returned in 2000 to serve as chair of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, and remained as head of Earth Day Network, the group coordinating Earth Day activities worldwide.

Today Mr. Hayes serves as President and CEO of The Bullitt Foundation, a $100 million environmental foundation located in Seattle. An environmental lawyer by training, he has published more than 100 articles, books, and papers on energy and the environment. He also serves as board chair of the International Earth Day Network, as well as the immediate past chair of the Energy Foundation.

Mr. Hayes is or has been a trustee or director of Stanford University, Greenpeace USA, the World Resources Institute, the American Solar Energy Society, the Federation of American Scientists, the Energy Foundation, the League of Conservation Voters, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Programming Council for Public Television, CERES, and Children Now.

"“Every one of you has a torch out there with your name on it. It will be up to you to find it, seize it, and carry it to your destiny.” ."

—Denis Hayes, in his Imagine Tomorrow keynote address

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