Co-Founder, Sustainable-AG Services Co., LLC
Co-Founder, NativeEnergy, Inc
Co-Founder, Green Mountain Energy
We are now experiencing a future predicted by climatologists over 20 years ago, mostly dismissed at that time as exaggeration and bad science by our political leaders and fossil fuel-based corporations. I vividly recall a board meeting I attended of an NGO here in Vermont that ridiculed the notion of increased storm intensity and extreme variations in our weather that would result within our lifetime.
With the growing number of extreme weather events, even the most reluctant deniers of climate change will need to accept the fact that it is in fact happening, and is being driven by our fossil fuel-based economy. Progressive corporations that have led the movement to reduce their carbon footprint are being joined by more mainstream businesses to drive change.
Choosing renewable energy over fossil fuels, whenever possible, is a trend that will continue and will escalate as consumers both drive and follow their favorite brands’ actions, as the societal costs of fossil fuel use is full recognized in economic decisions, and as the actual costs of renewable energy continues to fall. Businesses with vision are also actively engaging their customers and suppliers and investing in energy and carbon reduction projects that have multiple environmental and social benefits.
Linking farm methane production to nutrient recovery is a prime example of a new phase for Vermont: producing added renewable energy, reducing green house gases and nutrient runoff into our waterways, while improving dairy farm economics and protecting our rural landscape. I’m delighted to be now focused on this new frontier.