John Hanselman is the Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Vanguard Renewables — the U.S. leader in farm-based organics to renewable energy. John has more than 30 years of experience leading mission-driven companies focused on disruptive, emerging technology and processes. He launched Vanguard Renewables in 2014 and has focused his work on developing a decarbonization pathway for the food and beverage industry by enabling the repurposing of unavoidable manufacturing and supply chain waste into renewable natural gas. (Read more ...)
John’s strength is bringing together partners in the decarbonization journey and Vanguard has strategic partnerships with Dairy Farmers of America, Dominion Energy, VGS, and ONE Gas among others. In 2020, Vanguard Renewables launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside founding members Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks, a pre-competitive movement to explore decarbonization strategies - recycling unavoidable food waste at farm-based anaerobic digesters and converting a portion of thermal load to renewable natural gas.
Vanguard Renewables currently has six operating farm-based anaerobic digesters, seven under construction, and 10 in development across the U.S. The company plans to expand its program to 100 operating anaerobic digesters in the top 20 markets over the next five years.