Welcome to my website. Here's my story

During the past ten years I've been fortunate enough to hold leadership roles in several entrepreneurial start-up companies such as Infopia along with some of Vermont's most successful companies such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and groSolar.  I've also consulted for dozens of clients large and small, mostly regarding e-commerce, sales, marketing, coffee, renewable energy, and business development. I've also been active in several local non-profits and grassroots organizations focused on sustainability and justice. 

I've always been passionate about sustainability and justice, but I'm still trying to figure out what these words really mean, how do we get there... How do we find common ground on these ideas?

I recently stood for public office, offering myself to be a Washington County Senator as an independent candidate focused on re-localizing our economy and decentralizing our state and federal goverment. I believe that sustainability means different things in different places and cultures, and that requires local control over decisions impacting the economy and civil society. I didn't "win" the election, but I had nothing but positive feedback during the "campaign" and got about 10% of the vote without raising or spending any money and without aligning myself with either branch of our one-party political system. I continue to do some citizen-lobbying in Montpelier regarding issues, as much as I can and I do have hope for Vermont's political landscape.  

I've recently expanded my consulting work on a freelance basis, focused on helping companies and organizations with a triple-bottom-line mission. If you are interested in how I night help your company or organization, send me an email at gaelanb@gmail.com for more information and references. 

I'm also putting together a new non-profit organization to further refine and develop the Jean Pain method which I've successfully prototyped at my house with the help of many friends and family members. A specially designed mound of shredded woody biomass is built with a heat-exchange-coil inside it. As the composting process develops (within 2 weeks) the mound can heat up to 120 to 140 degrees, and then you can get lots of free hot water from the coiled water lines buried inside.

Based on our research of Jean Pain's work, and our initial results, we believe it's possible to capture more btu-value from the hot water that we get from the mound (during it's 18+ month duration), than you would get if you simply burned the wood. 

It's also possible to place an anaerobic digester inside the mound, while the steady heat environment of the mound allows for biogas (methane, natural gas) to be generated, again using wood-chips as the "feedstock". 

At the end of the 18-month life of the mound's heat output, you have large pile of expremely high-value compost that can go direclty into your soil or around trees you want to feed.

No burning. No waste. Making soil by composting chipped brushwood (while clearing unhealthy undergrowth from forests) and collecting massive amounts of energy in the process...sounds like a winner to me! 

www.CompostPower.org is our website, please check it out. 

Cheers

GB