Hunt, Muyres and their partners are proven leaders who are accelerating the shift to cleaner technologies, more sustainable business models and more equitable investment strategies. They ground their work with a healthy sense of humor and a recognition that our collective humanity should be a source of strength and innovation rather than a daunting burden.
Suzanne Hunt has nearly two decades of experience solving problems in energy, agriculture, transportation and the environment. She founded Hunt Green LLC in 2007 to provide policy, fund raising, business development, and strategy support to leading organizations. Her clients have included private equity firms, UN bodies, government agencies, clean tech start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits. In the spring of 2015 she moved the business from Washington DC to the Finger Lakes region of New York State to help with her family’s seventh generation farm and winery Hunt Country Vineyards, and to help accelerate the historic clean energy transition underway in NY State.
From 2010-2015 Suzanne was a Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room where she led their work on aviation and renewable fuels. She designed an alternative aviation fuels competition for XPRIZE in 2011 and another tech-focused XPRIZE in 2013. Suzanne directed the Worldwatch Institute’s bioenergy program from 2005–2007, where she orchestrated the landmark research initiative and resulting book, “Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture.” She then drove across the U.S. and Central America in a charity road rally with a film crew in a 1981 Volkswagon truck run on biofuel, visiting sustainable biofuel producers along the way. In 2011, she competed in a zero emission road rally in Norway in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
As a result of her leadership in renewable fuels, Suzanne was featured as a “Pioneer” in Science Magazine. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Time Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg and Scientific American. She has been featured on programs such as CNN International, CNN en Español, MTV, Voice of America, and National Public Radio. Suzanne meets regularly with government, industry, and civil society leaders. She speaks frequently before diverse audiences ranging from European Parliamentarians to farm associations and has been a guest speaker at a number of universities including Georgetown, MIT, Yale, Cornell, RIT, the University of Minnesota, and American University.
Suzanne served as an energy advisor to The Club of Madrid, and as a member of Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Advisory Panel. She was a founding advisor to the annual Art Center Sustainable Mobility Summit in California and the Climate Lab in Washington DC, and is a co-founder of The Unity Concert in the Paha Sapa of South Dakota.
Currently she is an Associate at the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) in Germany, a member of the NY State Clean Energy in Agriculture Task Force, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca Park Zoo Society. She is a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and serves on the Advisory Councils of Carbon180 and Cornell AgriTech. She is also a (hobby) singer/songwriter and has collaborated with social change icons such as Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Keith Secola.
She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Penn State and master’s degrees in International Affairs and Natural Resource Management from American University and the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. You can find her on Linked In and follow her on Twitter @HuntGreen.
David Muyres was the Executive Director, Advanced Product Development, at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the worlds largest automotive interior supplier ($10B) from 2014-17. In this role he lead the global Product Innovation team (Research and Advanced Development) which converted new emerging trends and technologies into new more competitive product offerings. Dave also acted as the company’s Mobility Futurist and defined the product vision for the company. In this capacity he often spoke on behalf of the company on the future of the transportation industry and the impact that major disruptors, like autonomous and shared ride business models, would have on future consumer mobility experiences.
David previously held the position of Vice President, Educational Initiatives, for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In this capacity, Mr. Muyres was responsible for developing new strategic offerings for the college. Mr. Muyres was also responsible for directing the Art Center’s summits, a series of annual events focused on sustainable mobility (www.artcenter.edu/summit). The summits have brought together global business, design and governmental leaders to discuss the future of sustainable transportation—they explore creative new systems and business models that inspire people to think differently about how we all move around the planet.
Prior to joining Art Center in 2005, Mr. Muyres worked at Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), where he held various functional and executive management positions within the automotive division in the United States, Europe and Asia. During his tenure at JCI, he received six patents.
Mr. Muyres grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied mechanical engineering and philosophy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, with a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design. In December 2008, Mr. Muyres was asked to provide testimony on the future of the automotive industry to Rep. Ed Markey’s House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Mr. Muyres has acted as a design advisor to various start-up mobility and transportation companies and assisted in the creation of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business located in West Michigan. Mr. Muyres has a profound interest in bringing the best and brightest minds together to re-envision the transportation industry. He looks to bring his global industry experience, creative approach and the power of his broad network to develop solution-minded partnerships committed to creating more efficient ways of moving people and goods around the planet. Mr. Muyres joined forces with HuntGreen LLC to further integrate sustainable mobility solutions into newly emerging national policy.
We are able to do the work that we do only through collaboration with brilliant people and innovative organizations. These include:
Generate Capital is a leading private equity investor in climate solutions nationwide. Generate builds, owns, operates, and finances assets in: Sustainable Energy (microgrids, solar, energy storage, lighting, HVAC systems, fuel cells, geothermal, biomass & biogas, building automation & sensors, heat pumps, smart meters); Sustainable Mobility (electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, autonomous vehicles, charging depots & infrastructure, fleets); Sustainable Water, Waste & Agriculture (anaerobic digesters, wastewater treatment, desalination, food waste management, recycling/reuse, precision agriculture, farm automation, irrigation, sensors & meters).
Dr. Uwe Fritsch
The International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) is an independent trans-disciplinary research organization based in Darmstadt (Germany) which started operating in April 2012. Key clients and donors include national government agencies in Germany and other European countries, the EU Commission, the European Parliament, and international institutions (e.g., FAO, GEF, IEA, UNEP). IINAS also works with associations, foundations and the private sector, seeking diversity in funding sources as the base of its independence. Hunt and Fritsche’s first collaboration was the Biofuels for Transport book project which started in 2005.
Terrapin collaborates with clients to challenge assumptions and develop innovative solutions that improve the environmental and financial performance of their projects. By forging connections with nature they improve health and wellbeing in the built environment. They do this by leveraging 4 billion years of R&D to create innovative projects and processes that solve difficult technology and design challenges. Terrapin has worked on an incredible range of projects including the greenest skyscraper in the world, Olympic villages, entire new cities, the White House, and military installations. Terrapin BG and HuntGreen have collaborated on green design projects in North and South America.
Climate Finance Advisors, LLC is a consulting and advisory firm based in the Washington, DC area with experience working in both finance and climate policy. Stacy Swann is the CEO and Founder, and brings more than 20 years’ experience working with investors, fund managers, and project developers, as well as public policy makers at the national and international level. Climate Finance Advisors understands how to translate climate finance policy into practical action that delivers results, and we have extensive experience designing and operationalizing approaches, tools, and financing vehicles that can make the most impact, and allow for scaling innovative and climate-smart solutions.
Suzanne Hunt’s family vineyard continually strives to improve sustainability in all aspects of the farm and business. In early 2020 they become the first winery in NYS to receive the Sustainability Award from the NY Wine & Grape Foundation. The Hunts have been farming for seven generations and crafting wine for the public since 1981. They are committed to sustainable farming, because to make great wines you need clean air, clean water, healthy soil and a stable climate system. They produce a range of wines: reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and dessert. Their dry reds and sparkling wines are extremely popular, and their newly-released Reserve Wines are receiving high praise. Hunt Country is also the oldest continuous producer of genuine Ice Wine in the United States.
The Stella Group, Ltd. is a strategic marketing and policy firm facilitating distributed energy generation which leverages key partners, financing and unique customer relationships for applications utilizing advanced batteries, energy efficiency, concentrated solar energy, fuel cells, geoexchange, microgenerators, modular biomass, photovoltaics, small wind, water energy, and “smart” interconnection. Sklar and Hunt collaborate to address a range of technology, policy, and strategy challenges.
CEELAT is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Bogotá, Colombia. The Center is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, the analysis of current political, social, and economic issues, and the furtherance of international cooperation on issues of strategic importance for Colombia and the region. Bearing in mind the growth in world energy demand and projections for the future and potential use of natural resources in the region, the emphasis of CEELAT’s Energy Cooperation Program is on renewable energies, biofuels, energy efficiency, and management of the environment within a context of cooperation. Suzanne Hunt is on CEELAT’s board of advisors.
Libero Antonio Di Zinno
Libero Antonio Di Zinno is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design. From Air Jordan to the Dalai Lama, Mr. Di Zinno’s work spans six continents, and over 58 countries thus far. Since early 2008, he has been an advisory board member for Mountain to Mountain, and illustrated their book project, the “Streets of Afghanistan“, amongst others. His work in Afghanistan (where previous to 2002 all photography was banned) also involves advising young photojournalists and enabling them to tell their own stories from their unique vantage points. Di Zino, Muyres, and Hunt have teamed up on the Black Hills Initiative.