Bryan L. Martel is a Managing Director of Environmental Capital Group (ECG). Bryan founded ECG with the goal of addressing global environmental problems by significantly expanding private equity investment in effective clean technologies. Bryan is appreciated as a vital link in the industry, fostering strategic connections and relationships between the investment communities, cleantech solution companies, scientific leaders and policymakers.
Within ECG, Bryan provides strategic leadership and is growing a broad range of business development initiatives. He leads the team in working closely with limited partner trustees and executives, fund managers and general partner groups to provide environmental due diligence, performance monitoring, and reporting services that account for the real environmental impacts created by investments in clean energy and technology. Bryan serves as Special Advisor to the CalPERS Clean Energy and Technology Fund. In this role he is involved in the selection process and monitoring of environmental performance of these private equity investments.
Recognizing the need for material amounts of capital to impact climate change on a global scale, Bryan worked with HRH The Prince of Wales and the University of Cambridge to establish in the P8 ("Pensions 8.") This program brings together board members and CEOs - decision makers - from 8 leading pension and sovereign funds, along with top scientists and policymakers to address critical climate change issues by putting capital to work. He currently serves on the P8 executive committee.
Before ECG, he was the Founder and CEO of Mobius Technologies, a material science/clean-technology company. At Mobius, Bryan led the development and commercialization of a world scale recycling process with operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Mobius, Bryan worked at The Dow Chemical Company and Bechtel. He received engineering degrees from Berkeley and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
Bryan lives with his wife and two children in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and enjoys skiing with them throughout the winter at Squaw Valley where he also teaches as a Ski Instructor.
TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009
Areas of Expertise
Clean Technologies, clean technology investments, pension systems, carbon emissions, nuclear waste treatment, ski instructor, Mechanical Engineering and Design, recycling of Thermoset Plastics, Environmental Analysis, Private Equity and Venture Capital Funding
I'm passionate about
I'm passionate about safeguarding the future of our planet. I believe science is our best shot for remedying climate change so we must fund good science. I love to ski & teach others each winter.
Talk to me about
Public private partnerships for large-scale investment in green energy and infrastructure.
People don't know I'm good at
Teaching! I won the Graduate Student Instructor award when I was at Berkeley for my Master's in Mechanical Engineering.