Consistent with our corporate philosophy of building successful collaborative working relationships to provide a higher degree of service and profitability for our investors and clients, Encore Redevelopment has been working with a number of affiliate organizations on various initiatives and projects.
Jeffrey Hollender is working with Encore Redevelopment on a number of exciting renewable energy finance initiatives and is a Managing Director in Encore's 4.4MW wind development project, Encore Derby Line Wind. Jeffrey is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm with a focus on corporate responsibility and sustainable business practices. More than 23 years ago, Jeffrey co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Jeffrey is currently the Chair of the Greenpeace Fund US; and a board member of Health Care With-Out Harm and Verité, a leading workers' rights organization. He is co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business. Jeffrey's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win.
Encore has been working with Will Raap, a social entrepreneur and change agent, since 2010 on a variety of renewable energy ventures. The focus of Will's work is to create and nurture local food, renewable energy, waste recycling and land restoration enterprises that support a more sustainable economy and future. His innovative efforts extend from the mountains of Vermont to the tropical forests of Costa Rica.
Will serves as chairman of Burlington, Vermont-based Gardener's Supply Company, which he founded in 1983. The 275-person, employee-owned firm, now among the world's largest online and catalog gardening retailers, has won national and regional awards for its products and services, as well as for its socially responsible business practices.
Will also founded and is past chairman of the Intervale Center, an internationally-recognized non-profit organization located on 350 acres of agricultural land in the heart of Burlington. Some of the Intervale Center's many successes include Vermont's largest community composting facility, its first and largest membership farm, its largest conservation plants nursery and an incubator program for new farmers that has generated dozens of new farms.
Will Raap is co-chair of the New Economics Institute Board of Directors and has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards including Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Land Trust, Intervale Center, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, University of Vermont School of Environment and Natural Resources, Champlain College, Living Technologies and Seventh Generation.
Spencer Newman, Green Mountain Insight
Spencer Newman is working with Encore to help develop the company a comprehensive growth strategy. Spencer is a seasoned executive with nearly twenty years of experience in helping companies develop and execute growth strategies in new and emerging markets. Spencer has held positions as CEO of Jvillage Network, Vice President of Marketing at Home Bistro, Director of the TastyGram division at Vermont Teddy Bear, and CEO/ founder of Adventurous Traveler, which was sold to the Away Network in 2000. Spencer is currently President of Green Mountain Insight, a strategic planning and financial services firm for high growth companies, and actively serves on the boards of the Burlington Electric Commission (Chairman), Vtrim, and the Nathaniel Group. Spencer is also a Contributing Editor to the Roen Report, a financial services newsletter focusing on alternative energy investments.
Based in Boston, BlueWave Strategiesworks as an advisor and, in some cases, as an equity partner on a wide range of environmentally complex projects, with a focus on sustainable real estate development and renewable energy ventures. BlueWave’s extensive knowledge of environmental and energy technologies, law, regulation, and economics, combined with strong professional relationships with key political, regulatory, business, and non-profit leaders, has helped its partners and clients achieve significant economic returns and environmental results on a diverse array of ventures.
BlueWave’s Managing Partner is John P. DeVillars. From 1994 to 2000, John served as the New England Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he directed the operations of 800 employees and a $400 million annual budget. Under his leadership EPA New England was recognized as a national leader in smart growth, regulatory reform, environmental technology, and brownfields development, winning more awards for successful reform than any other EPA office. His previous public service includes serving as the Secretary of the Environment for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. John holds an MPA from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Turning Earth, LLC
Turning Earth is an integrated organics recycling company dedicated to producing renewable energy, high value compost and sustainable local agriculture.
Turning Earth uses the Aikan™ High Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) Technology to convert food waste streams in addition to a broad range of other organic feedstocks into renewable energy and compost. Aikan's unique three step integrated HSAD and in-vessel composting (IVC) technology allows for batch processing of waste, producing biogas and compost, without moving the solid waste fraction. Aikan technology provides the most elegant, flexible and integrated solution to converting organic waste into high quality biogas and compost. Aikan is proven technology having operated successfully for over eight years in European facilities managed by Solum A/S, Denmark's largest anaerobic digestion company and manufacturer of engineered soils and high quality turf products.
Encore is assisting Turning Earth with project development services to support their efforts in deploying anaerobic digestion Triple Play facilities throughout North America.
Renewable Energy Vermont
Renewable Energy Vermont is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly
300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing
our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable
sources of power in Vermont. REV works across a spectrum of activities to advance and grow reliance
on renewable energy. REV strengthens Vermont renewable energy
businesses by building business networks and partnerships, and providing
professional development, training and support. They push for state
energy policies that promote increased, affordable, and comprehensive
renewable energy, and represent renewable energy at Public Service Board
proceedings. REV engages in outreach and education about the benefits of
renewable energy, holds biannual conferences and tradeshows, publishes a
monthly newsletter and provides a deep online and on-call resource for
Vermont-specific information on renewable energy.