I have been called a "Bioneer" and described as "One of the most influential voices in BioEnergy". I first became interested in agricultural, environmental, health, economic and energy issues while traveling internationally during the late 1990's and began investigating the potential benefits of alternative fuels. I then founded the American Biofuels Council in early 2007, and have served as CEO since its inception. Under my direction, ABC has become one of the nation's most respected and influential grassroots advocacy organizations for biofuels, and is comprised of members from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, representing millions of Americans who care deeply about energy security and the environment.
Over the years I have earned the respect of colleagues in every facet of Agriculture, Algae, and Biotech from Seattle to São Paulo; briefed U.S. Congressmen, Senators, Governors, and Officials in foreign countries; authored more than 200 articles on biofuels, co-created and developed the Certified Biofuels Educator (CBE) program, served on the Center for Hemispheric Policy Energy Security task force; chaired round table discussions and entire international conferences. I receive between 15-25 invitations per week to serve as either speaker or panelist at a variety of business, educational, and governmental venues about Algae technologies and biofuels.
I regularly give interviews to the media and have been quoted in the Des Moines Register, Forbes, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, NPR News, San Francisco Chronicle, Science Magazine, the scientific journal Nature, and by Repower America.
Areas of Expertise
Algae, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Wastewater treatment, Bio Energy, Advanced Biofuels
An idea worth spreading
Imagine a world in which Municipal Wastewater nutrient runoff from Agriculture is combined with Carbon Capture and recycled into Feed, Fertilizer, Fibers, Pharmaceuticals, Biobased materials, AND an entire suite of Advanced Biofuels all from Algae. Now let's take it a step further and turn some of that Algae into Biochar that sequesters CO2 for over 1,000 years. That makes Algae not just carbon neutral but carbon negative. We are standing at the forefront of The 4th Wave (The Algae Revolution) that leads to a sustainable Biobased Economy, and that is an idea worth spreading.
I'm passionate about
Solving the challenges to Food and Energy Security, Sustainably
Talk to me about
Energy, Agriculture, Food, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, Water Quality
My TED story
I have been a TED fan for more years than I can remember. I consider Amory Lovins a mentor and TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong a colleague and friend who is very supportive of the work I'm doing. I look forward to speaking at a TEDx event this year.