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Ben Vitale
1 Mar, 2016. 0 Comments. . Posted By: nkyuzon

“Values, and market forces, will drive strategies for investing in essential assets.”

Ben is a Principal at Equilibrium, focusing on Equilibrium’s water management and energy strategies. He is a Principal on Equilibrium’s Wastewater Opportunity Fund (WOF). He is a member of the Wastewater Opportunity Fund’s Investment Committee.

Ben’s sense of sustainability came into sharp focus when he asked “How will we remember what was lost?” while financing climate change solutions. Climate change is generating profound shifts in resource scarcity and efficiency that create compelling investment opportunities. Financial markets are rewarding investment managers that build sustainable Alpha from renewable energy, clean water, natural resources and other stable assets that benefit essential industries.

Ben has 27 years of technical and investment management experience in the wastewater, renewable energy, agriculture, forestry, technology and transportation sectors. He led portfolio development and investment decisions that established carbon assets valued over $40 million in 14 countries. These assets generated over 10 million tons of emission reductions and conserved over 2.5 million acres. Recently, he provided asset management services and financing to 15 facilities in the wastewater sector located in several regions of the United States.

He is an active member of both the Bioenergy Association of California and American Biogas Council. Ben has worked extensively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state government agencies, and the private sector to promote renewable energy, agriculture and sustainability policies that have driven greater investments into these sectors.

Before joining Equilibrium, Ben served as President of The Climate Trust, Managing Director of the Conservation and Community Carbon Fund, co-founder of VCapital, and principal in Motorola Ventures. He has contributed to the books A Climate for Life, Climate Change & Forests, Voluntary Carbon Markets and Defying Ocean’s End.

He serves as Board Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of Green Empowerment, and is an avid runner, bird watcher, scuba diver and hiker. Ben holds a M.M. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.



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