Author name: John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism. In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

Chinese Investors Showing Interest in Biodiesel Palm Oil Plants in North Sumatra

Biofuels Digest reports that a group of Chinese investors are showing interest in palm oil-based biodiesel production in North Sumatra.  The investment group has sent an exploration team and is investigating the financing of construction projects that would commence in 2009.  Berita Sore points out that crude palm oil and other animal/phyto oil exports in the January-October 2008 period were

Green Muck Has Biofuel Investors Chomping at the Bit

When you visit the Khosla Ventures website, you are greeted with a quote that articulates the spirit of the movement that we are trying to capture at the Inspired Economist.  It reads, “Innovative bottom up methods will solve problems that now seem intractable- from energy to poverty to disease. Science and technology, powered by the

Mo Money, Mo Mileage

Advantage Capital Partners, a venture capital and small business finance firm, has made an investment in SOMS Technologies LLC, the manufacturer of the microGreen vehicle engine oil filter.  The microGreen filter  utilizes a patented filter technology designed to keep engine oil cleaner, extending the oil life up to 30,000 miles.  Advantage’s investment will be used to support

Growing Food to Feed Cars Will Continue to Drive Up the Price of Food

As the demand for biofuels increases, so too will food prices around the world.  The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s recent report notes that “the historic linkages between agriculture and the energy sector are becoming stronger and are changing in character.  Biofuel demand will continue to exercise upward pressure on agricultural prices for considerable time to

Welcome to The Inspired Economist

Editor’s note: We’re pleased to launch the fifteenth blog in the Green Options Media blog network today: The Inspired Economist. A counterpart to Ecopreneurist and other blogs in our Business & Technology channel, The Inspired Economist will cover the broad world of green and conscious business. Please welcome lead writer and founder John-Paul Maxfield to

Good Business International (GoodB)

   Good Business International (GoodB) is a free access public service information and research center dedicated to documenting the social, economic, and environmental trends in the Good Business movement nationally and internationally. The Site features: Wall Street Walk: “Green Action” & “Purpose & Profit” on Wall StreetBetter World Business Leaders: Gates, Buffet, GE’s Immelt &

Sustainability: Leadership Required

November 4-7, 2008- Grand Hyatt- New York, NY With sustainability at the top of the world’s agenda, the global business landscape is changing fast. Staying ahead of the curve requires dynamic leadership and systemic solutions that deliver solid financial, social and environmental results. The BSR Conference will equip you to tackle the sustainability challenges of

The Climate Registry

The Climate Registry is a nonprofit partnership developing an accurate, complete, consistent and transparent greenhouse gas emissions measurement protocol that is capable of supporting voluntary and mandatory greenhouse gas emission reporting policies for its Members and Reporters. It provides a verified set of greenhouse gas emissions data from its Reporters supported by a robust accounting

Freddie, Fannie In Trouble

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted Friday as Wall Street and Washington became more convinced that the government is likely to bail out the nation’s key mortgage financiers, click here for the full story from the Associated Press.

Access To Medicine Index

On Monday June 16th, Innovest launched the Access to Medicine Index ranking of 20 pharmaceutical companies with regards to access to medicines. The ranking evaluates companies in the areas of Management, Influence, R&D, Patenting, Capacity, Pricing, Drug Donations, and Philanthropy. .

The Global Water Policy Project

The Global Water Policy Project, based in western Massachusetts, aims to promote the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water through research, writing, outreach, and public speaking. Founded in 1994 by Sandra Postel, a leading authority on international freshwater issues, the project fosters ideas and inspiration for redirecting society’s use and management of fresh

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