Tom has designed and developed renewable energy, lighting systems, film productions, and cleantech projects in 34 countries over 30 years, including village-level community Solar Thermal Energy case studies in Ithaca, NY for deployment in African villages; a celebrated water documentary on the decimation of Canadian fishing villages from Tar Sands extraction; speaker appointments on Sustainability at the Milken Institute CA Summit and on Sister-City tours with the City of Los Angeles to Berlin and Sao Paolo; and innovative collaborations for SmartBuildings & SmartCampuses in CA and New England.
Tom is CEO of VITAL and CSO of Bioproducts Innovation Center, in affiliation with LA Cleantech Incubator. Tom holds PMP and CRRA ZeroWaste certifications, and has been a member of five (5) national film unions (NABET-15, 53 and IATSE-52, 600, 728).
His key interests are Sustainability Leadership, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Water Remediation & Revitalization, Sustainable Energy for All, Mission-Aligned Collaborations, Joint Venture Structuring and Sustainable Project Finance.
A graduate of Cornell, Tom enjoys skiing, yoga and Big Red college basketball.
Eileen has designed and developed appropriate tech, high tech, mobile tech and cleantech projects for over 30 years with NEC (Japan), Alcatel (Germany) and NTT DoCoMo (Japan), plus several newly-minted technology start-ups and public private partnerships in the US, Japan, Jamaica, UK and New Zealand.
Eileen worked as a Community Developer in the Peace Corps (Fiji); founded an interactive literacy gaming NGO; and served as Program Manager of ITU 3G/4G partnerships for high-speed, IP-based, telemetric mobile systems. She also serves as EVP for Partnerships at Renewable Nations Institute, a Proud Partner of Sustainable Energy for ALL.
Her key interests are Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Sustainable Energy for All, Food Loss and Waste + Healthy Soils, Global Benchmarking & Standards, and Debt Finance Packages.
A graduate of CU Boulder, Eileen enjoys skiing, gardening, and Zags college basketball.
George has developed renewable energy, Triple Bottom Line agriculture and multi-sector property projects for over 30 years, including a wind turbine park with renewable energy contracts to SCG&E; a Triple Bottom Line Joint Venture for agricultural, residential, commercial and resort development; and a residential mixed-use Public Private Partnership with 5-year entitlements across the Pacific Rim (Hawaii, Japan, CA and Australia). George is a Director of Future Channel, Inc., and Broadband Network Systems, Ltd.
His key interests are Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Stakeholder Engagement, Business & Project Planning, and Joint Venture Structuring.
George went to UCLA. He enjoys skiing and Bruins college basketball.
Renewable Nations Institute
VITAL is a Project Development Partner for Renewable Nations Institute (Renewable Nations). Current projects are under development with the following stakeholders:
A) Instituto Nacional de Energia y Sostenibilidad Islena (INESI), Puerto Rico
B) The Presidio Trust within the framework of the United Nations #SDGAction13739
C) Proud Partner for Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL)
Renewable Nations is a Proud Partner to SEforALL, and a Commitment Partner to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It's mission is to provide an integrated set of Enabling Actions in Energy Planning and Policies, and in Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing, targeted to low- and middle-income member countries of the UN.
Renewable Nations is spearheading the formation of the United States Partnership for the SDGs, a public-private-partnership to stimulate $200 billion USD in U.S.-based investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through 2030, and to develop a Project Incubator to support the development of investment-grade proposals to help meet the goals and objectives of the historic Paris Agreement. (renewablenations.us)
Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL)
VITAL is developing a portfolio of sustainable energy projects in its capacity as a Project Development Partner to Renewable Nations Institute, a Proud Partner with SEforALL. This portfolio of projects is focused in SEforALL's Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Hub.
In 2015, governments worldwide agreed on a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – among those, Goal 7, which calls for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. To achieve this ambitious goal – a billion people still lack access to electricity, three billion lack access to clean cooking - we need a massive energy transition that will also drive an economic transformation for all.
As a global platform, SEforALL empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy. "We marshal evidence, benchmark progress and connect stakeholders. We also amplify voices of our Partners and tell stories of success."
SEforALL is a Joint Venture between the UN and the World Bank. SEforALL sustainable energy targets are three-fold: (1) closing the universal gaps in Energy Access by 2030, (2) doubling the share of Renewable Energy by 2030, and (3) doubling the rate of Energy Efficiency improvements throughout the world by 2030. (seforall.org)
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
VITAL is a member company of LACI, a global leader of sustainable entrepreneurship, formed as a non-profit organization in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has launched its cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital. LACI is the business equivalent of baseball’s farm system: it identifies local talent, nurtures it, and helps it get to market, resulting in more jobs and a bigger green economy in Los Angeles.
The city’s primary economic growth strategy is to drive innovation in clean technologies. The Los Angeles region is already the largest green economy in the nation. There is an unprecedented economic opportunity as the country rebuilds its energy and transportation infrastructure, shifting energy dependence away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy sources.
LACI is a non-profit organization funded by the CRA/LA and the LADWP for the City of Los Angeles. In partnership with the city’s exceptional educational and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of their clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs. LACI is a result of the Clean Tech Los Angeles (CTLA) alliance among the Mayor’s office, the City’s universities, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Business Council, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, LADWP and the CRA/LA. (laincubator.org)
BioProducts Innovation Center (CENTER)
VITAL hosts the CENTER at LACI. The CENTER is a non-profit organization that curates SmartUse of organic waste & resource streams everywhere - SmartCities, SmartCampuses, SmartCommunities, SmartAg. The CENTER builds partnerships to get Bioproducts market-ready and get markets Bioproduct-ready. Forged by dynamic analysis over 4 years of study, the CENTER was officially formed in 2017 by leaders in the Bioproduct and Circular Economy in CA.
Awarded as an Administrative Grantee in Food Waste #FreeTheFood challenge established by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LA-DPW), the CENTER designs the public Dashboard for participating community garden project grantees. In addition, the CENTER designs, captures, and analyzes the project metrics and the targets established by the Sustainable pLAn for Los Angeles as measured against global Food Waste benchmarks to improve the beneficial impacts for the program.
The "Sustainable City pLAn" is an award-winning blueprint from the office of the Mayor of Los Angeles to highlight the integrated approach LA is undertaking to improve execution of all city departments as a leading Green City. (bioproducts.center)