John Hanselman

Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer
Vanguard Renewables

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.

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Vermont Family Farm Raises a Crop of Energy and Teaches Us a Lesson
Vermont Family Farm Raises a Crop of Energy and Teaches Us a Lesson

Cleantech / The anaerobic digester at Goodrich Farm turns cow manure and food waste into carbon-negative, renewable natural gas that benefits much more than the farm. And the family’s journey is highly replicable. - 4 months ago

Perspectives from the Food Waste Trenches
Perspectives from the Food Waste Trenches

Waste Not / Food waste is catalyzing everyone in the food, waste and recycling industries to create new solutions and best practices to convert a negative into value for the environment and for business. Here are insights from some food industry leaders about efforts to reduce waste first, then recycle what cannot be eliminated. - 4 months ago

Regenerative Agriculture: Soil Health, Herd Health, Human Health
Regenerative Agriculture: Soil Health, Herd Health, Human Health

Supply Chain / Regenerative ag is a growing, dynamic movement that has potential for tremendous climate reversal and healthy food production. When even Neil Young says, “Put the carbon back in the soil," you know it’s time to get on board.  - 6 months ago

The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in the Decarbonization of Our Economy
The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in the Decarbonization of Our Economy

Cleantech / The potential of renewable natural gas in the decarbonization landscape is examined in this Q&A with Johannes Escudero, CEO and ED of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition). - 9 months ago

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Starbucks, Unilever, Dairy Farmers of America on Their Food-Waste-to-Energy Alliance
Starbucks, Unilever, Dairy Farmers of America on Their Food-Waste-to-Energy Alliance

Cleantech / The three founding members of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance discuss how the pioneering partnership is propelling their individual sustainability strategies. - 9 months ago

Food Waste Recycling Sees Setbacks During Pandemic
Food Waste Recycling Sees Setbacks During Pandemic

Waste Not / While zero-waste initiatives in the US gained momentum in 2019 and early 2020, myriad complications related to the pandemic brought many to a screeching halt. But as we transition from emergency mode, there have been restarts. - 9 months ago

New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction
New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction

Cleantech / Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America have joined the historic alliance, which calls on the food industry to embrace the simple, circular relationship between food waste and its potential to reduce greenhouse gases. - 10 months ago

Combatting Food Insecurity Takes More Than a Village
Combatting Food Insecurity Takes More Than a Village

Collaboration / As Congress signs off for Thanksgiving, roughly 12 million Americans could soon lose jobless benefits. The hope is that people and companies continue to step up; government programs continue, and the flexibility the food supply chain has gained during COVID will enable a nimbler switch to accommodate future need. - 11 months ago

How Your Company Can Enact the #1 Solution for Combating Climate Change
How Your Company Can Enact the #1 Solution for Combating Climate Change

Waste Not / Consumers are increasingly aware of food waste, and its impact on food access and on climate change. Those businesses that commit to responsible food-waste recycling can turn a problem into a point of pride, customer loyalty and cost reduction. - 11 months ago

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Repurposing Farm-Based Food Waste Provides Pathway to a Healthier Planet
Repurposing Farm-Based Food Waste Provides Pathway to a Healthier Planet

Waste Not / Food waste handling presents itself as either a generator of deadly greenhouse gases — or a tool for immediate decarbonization of the food cycle, and an increase in the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. - 11 months ago

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