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 founded Hunt Green LLC in 2007 to provide strategic advising on energy, agriculture, transportation, and the environment. 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 support the ongoing sustainability practices at her family’s seventh generation farm and winery Hunt Country Vineyards, and to help accelerate the historic clean energy transition underway in NY State. Suzanne’s current projects range from solarizing farms and wineries, to converting old coal plants to battery storage and solar plants, to facilitating community solar installations, to clean tech capacity building in the finance sector. She remains focused on the critical connections between on-the-ground realities and national and international policy efforts.
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. Her work has been featured in publications such as Time Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg and Scientific American. Suzanne meets regularly with government, industry, and civil society leaders. She has been featured on programs such as CNN International, CNN en Español, MTV, Voice of America, and National Public Radio. 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, Cornell, RIT, the University of Minnesota, and American University.
Currently she sits on the advisory boards of Business for the Planet and the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She is a member of Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Advisory Panel, and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the NY State Clean Energy in Agriculture Task Force, and is an Associate at the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) in Germany. She is also a (hobby) singer/songwriter and is a Co-Founder of The Unity Concert in the Paha Sapa of South Dakota.
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 run on biofuel, visiting sustainable biofuel producers along the way. Suzanne was featured as a “Pioneer” in Science Magazine. In 2011, she competed in a zero emission road rally in Norway in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Suzanne was a founding advisor to the annual Art Center Sustainable Mobility Summit and the Climate Lab. She holds a BS 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 is currently the Director of Business Building for Johnson Controls, a fortune fifty corporation. 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 is assisting 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
By bringing innovative ideas to a range of diverse projects, Terrapin helps clients think differently about environmental strategy, policy and related opportunities. Perhaps best know for their green development expertise – having worked on everything from the greenest skyscraper in the world to Olympic villages, new cities, the White House and military installations – Terrapin BG and HuntGreen have collaborated on green design projects in North and South America.
“Life is short. Race hard. Live green.” is her motto and calling to action 100 million race fans in the US to make a difference by spreading environmental awareness about sustainable living alternatives, clean energy, alternative fuel vehicles, and environmental legislation, is her mission. Munter and Hunt teamed up on Zero Emission Road Rally in May of 2009 and support each other’s work on a variety of sustainable transport and energy initiatives.
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.
Green Strategies is a strategic business consulting firm helping companies and investors understand, adapt to, and prosper from the rapidly changing social, political, technological and business drivers in the energy and environmental arena. They help companies and investors in understanding marketplace developments, finding new business opportunities and partnerships, and designing advocacy and core business strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
Art Center Summit on Sustainable Mobility
The overall summit from 2007 to 2009 was lead by David Muyres. Suzanne Hunt has spoken at, as well as provided recommendations on content and speakers in her role as advisor to the summit.
Suzanne Hunt’s family vineyard continually strives to improve sustainability in all aspects of the farm and business.
We were involved in RMI’s Oil Solutions initiative and collaborate closely with RMI staff. Bill Browning worked at RMI for 17 years prior to founding Terrapin Bright Green.
Suzanne Hunt led Worldwatch’s bioenergy work for two years prior to founding HuntGreen.