About
Impact Bioenergy

Impact Bioenergy’s distributed bioenergy solutions reduce energy & disposal costs by generating energy from adjacent organic waste streams. Our prefabricated bioenergy units are uniquely engineered and sized to allow organizations and communities to practice onsite bioenergy food waste diversion, thus substantially reducing multiple costs and generating a faster ROI than wind or solar.

Impact Bioenergy™ develops and manufactures bioenergy products that allow communities and commercial food waste generators to lessen their environmental footprint and conserve local soil resources, while also reducing their waste disposal and energy costs.

Impact Bioenergy™ is an experienced team of professionals with a singular focus: create a community of bioenergy customers who operate as part of an open-source network of small, decentralized facilities wherever high operating costs, environmental principles, or social principles are moving customers away from disposal. We build engineered products and provide the necessary support services to our customers to make new resources from organic materials. We make bioenergy systems happen quickly and cost-effectively. Our team has millions of tons of organic material diversion experience, and deep credentials in communication, technology sharing, new facility development, and team collaboration. Our core values and competency in biomethane, composting, soil manufacturing, gasification, and operations are specifically designed to make our customers successful and sustainable in the new environment of zero waste, distributed energy, renewable energy, and farm-to-table food supply.

We are defined by what we do rather than what we say. This will demonstrate what we stand for, what we believe, and why we do what we do. Our promise is to design with economics, environment, and society in mind. Ask us for our operating precepts to learn more about how we live our company culture.

Why We Were Founded

Impact Bioenergy™ was formed in 2013, with the mission to construct and deliver the best bio-conversion technologies and services available, which will empower communities by making renewable energy and soil products locally through organic materials recycling. We have professionals located on the West Coast and East Coast, and in the United States and Canada. The corporate home town is Seattle, Washington. The company manufacturers the equipment in the Pacific Northwest and considers simplicity, local equipment sourcing, and local empowerment to be the foundation of success. The old mind-set that exporting waste to regional processors and large facilities wins by economy of scale is not the ideal model anymore. We are focused on proving that a new model of local energy, recycling, and food production can be connected in a real and powerful way.

Management Team

Jan Allen

P.E, CMQ/OE

Jan Allen

P.E, CMQ/OE

Jan leads Impact Bioenergy as Chief Operating Officer.  He is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence.  He has been involved in design, construction, and operation of organics facilities since 1988, at Cedar Grove Composting, CH2M HILL, Concept Kinetics, and Harvest Power.  He is the registered holder of 6 US Patents for composting, digestion, and biofiltration.  Jan is a Certified Compost Facility Operator. He has 37 years of experience in waste treatment design, organic waste processing, marketing of recycled organic products, and environmental controls, and has designed over 50 organic waste recycling facilities which have diverted over 10 million tons of organics from disposal, including bioenergy facilities with an installed capacity of over 10 MW of renewable energy generation.  He was awarded honor and recognition award by the Washington Organic Recycling Council as Regulatory Subcommittee Chair. He graduated from Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering Department.

Pete Agtuca

LCNW

Pete Agtuca

LCNW

Pete is serving as a Strategic Advisor for Manufacturing and Business Development.  He is President of LCNW; Laser Cutting Northwest, and Founder of Pacific Air Cargo Transfer Systems, 3 Phase Energy Systems, and Powersails.  He leads Impact Bioenergy’s manufacturing, forming, fabrication, and robotic welding.  He has over 25 years developing and manufacturing innovative products related to clean technology and renewable energy solutions.  Pete is also leading a rare manufacturing accelerator for select startup businesses that can benefit from his manufacturing capabilities. He is the registered holder of nine US Patents and eleven 11 US and International Patents Pending. Pete won the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Small Firm Innovator of the Year Award for 3 Phase Energy Systems.

Srirup Kumar

MBA

Srirup Kumar

MBA

Srirup leads Impact in the areas of Community Partnerships, CSB, Education, RD&D, Marketing & Sales. He is a 2015 graduate of Presidio (formerly Pinchot University/BGI) where he received his MBA in Sustainable Business and a certification in Sustainable Energy Solutions. During his graduate studies he served as a due diligence project manager for Element 8 cleantech investors. He sits on the advisory board of a zerowaste NGO. Srirup has a decade of technology development and implementation across public, private and non-profit sectors. Before earning his MBA, he graduated from Boston University with BS degrees in Business Administration and MIS.

Michael J. Smith

Attorney, LEED AP

Michael J. Smith

Attorney, LEED AP

Michael serves as LEED AP, Land Use, Real Estate, and Legal Expert.  He also works on Business Development and as a Lead Transaction Specialist for Impact Bioenergy.  He co-leads our IP and Licensing Team.  He is a real estate/land use attorney with a passion and focus on clean energy business development.  He has handled over $200 million in acquisition work with Wyndham Vacation Ownership, remodeled a land use code into a unified development code for Snohomish County, WA.  Michael is an Element 8 Fellow, having served as a due diligence project manager for the clean energy angel group.  He is a member of the Cascadia Green Building Council and a Living Future Ambassador (sponsor of Living Building Challenge).  Michael received his JD from George Mason University School of Law and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from American University.

Andrew Corbin

PhD, ASA

Andrew Corbin

PhD, ASA

Drew leads Impact in the areas of Agronomy and Organic Food Production.  He specializes in field testing, education and training in sustainable agriculture, especially as it relates to the use of organic matter, compost, reduced tillage, and organic farming practices.  He has 28 years of experience in Agronomy and serving as a County Agricultural Agent and Specialist.  His record of publishing and teaching is supported by his awards and honors awarded in 2010, 2013, and 2014.  He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS degrees in Forestry, from Cornell University with a MPS in Plant Protection, and a PhD from Michigan State University in Soil & Crop Sciences, focusing on the value of converting conventional cropping systems to certified organic farming.

James Rehrmann

MBA Int'l Management

James Rehrmann

MBA Int'l Management

Jim leads our Technology Market & Project Development Team and co-leads our IP and Licensing Team.  He is a Specialist in new markets, new products, industrial operations, construction, and revenue generation.  He served as Intellectual Property and Information Protection Lead at Boeing from 2001 to 2014.  He served as Market and Customer Development Expert through his own firm from 1991 to 2001.  He served as Vice President for Technology Transfer in US, Japan, and UK for TIE Inc. from 1983 to 1991.  He served as Strategic Planning and Market Research Consultant at Weyerhaeuser from 1977 to 1983.  Jim graduated from University of Santa Clara (B.A.), and earned an MBA from American Graduate School of International Management, which now part of Arizona State University.

Tim Murphy

EIT

Tim Murphy

EIT

Tim Murphy is a Technologist at Impact in the areas of Engineering and Operations.  He specializes in anaerobic digestion for community based systems and is responsible for design review and construction of the bioenergy systems.  He is the Lead Operator for the initial commissioning of new systems.  He also manages collection of organics, contaminant control measures, and liquid products from the digestion process.  Responsibilities include design support, construction, operation, field measurement, and data management.   This includes quality control and operational excellence.  Tim graduated from Seattle University with a BS in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Department.

Samuel Do

B.Com

Samuel Do

B.Com

Sam leads Impact as Business Development Manager for Pacific Rim and Western Canada.  He has served as organics field expert during source separation, feedstock preparation, and conversion to energy.  Sam developed proprietary systems for automating load identification, quality control, scoring, documenting, and connecting with scale and accounting systems from the field.  He graduated from University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business with a double option in Marketing and Real Estate, including a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Professional and Advisory Support

Elisabeth Allen

MBA

Elisabeth Allen

MBA

Lisa is our Finance Manager at Impact.  She has served as controller for five real estate entities, three construction companies, and as Treasurer and Payroll Manager for a neighborhood organization.  She also served as the finance lead for the Northwest engineering group for GTE, which then became Verizon, which then became Frontier Communications.  She has been managing receivables, payables, and electronic banking for a number of years.  She graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management (BS), University of Washington School of Industrial Engineering (BSIE), and Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics (MBA).

David Lahaie

BSME

David Lahaie

BSME

President of Evergreen Recycling Inc. David serves as an Advisor, Business Development Partner, and Joint Venture Partner on Select Projects for Impact Bioenergy. Evergreen designs and operates Zero Waste Programs for large manufacturers.  He has built business relationships with companies like Boeing, Intel, Seagate, Toyota, Samsung, Kimberly Clark and Sony and continues to find recycling options diverting materials from landfill and reducing long term liability. Evergreen is over 20 years old and works with various industries including Refineries, Steel Making, Primary Aluminum production, Cement and Brick Manufacturing, Silicon Chip and Hard Drive Manufacturing, Automotive and Aircraft Production, Public and Private Utilities. David graduated (BS) from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Marine Engineering.

David Lightfoot

CPA, CMA

David Lightfoot

CPA, CMA

David has over 30 years of accounting, finance and operational experience. Most of the last 25 years David has served as Controller, Chief Financial Officer or Vice President of Finance for small and medium-sized businesses. He also has operations experience and has worked as a CEO, giving him a broad business perspective.  His focus is on cash for the short-term, profitability for the mid-term and increasing the value of the business in the long-term.  David has been a CPA for over thirty years and also is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant). He is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Washington, holding a degree in accounting.

Connor Folley

BS

Connor Folley

BS

Connor is a Co-Founder and provides us with Marketing and Brand Strategy Leadership.  He has experience in all aspects of B2C and B2B global marketing for consumer products, musical equipment, high-profile manufactured sports equipment and healthcare products.  In addition to help launch Impact Bioenergy he has worked for Amazon, Flywheel Digital, and K2 Sports.  He drove one product from 3rd market position in 2009 to 1st market position in 2011 with a 40% increase in sales, and another from 7th market position in 2009 to 2nd market position in 2011 with a 34% increase in sales.  He won Outside Magazine’s coveted Gear of the Year Award for 2012 & 2013.  He graduated from University of Montana, School of Business Administration and Marketing.

Kathy Lombardo

Kathy Lombardo

Kathy is a management consultant who specializes in leading teams that want to Integrate between business units and marketplaces.   She specializes in collaborative leadership, driving soul into business operations while improving financial results.   She served as Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a member of the Agricultural Development Team.  Prior to joining the Foundation she was Senior VP of CH2M HILL’s Northwest Region comprised of offices in six states, and managed complex multidisciplinary technical investigations and negotiated solutions among various groups, clients, and agencies.  Kathy graduated from University of Washington Schools of Art (BA) and Earth and Space Sciences (BS).

Fred Wright

Fred Wright

Fred is an Entrepreneur and has served on several Boards and Commissions.  He has twenty five years of business development and senior management experience. Fred is results-oriented and a visionary promoter with demonstrated ability to build new businesses and turnaround financially troubled companies.  This includes proactively recognizing and resolving problems, enhancing return on investment, improving customer loyalty, maximizing efficiency, and delivering profit increases. Fred is an effective facilitator who thrives in a collaborative organization.  He possesses proven ability to successfully work with all levels in complex organizations.  Fred graduated from Ohio University (Broadcast Management BS) and is certified by WSU as a Master Gardener

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth is serving as an Urban Organics Subject Matter Expert and Advisor to Impact Bioenergy.  She provides strategic advice on branding, operations, and communications.  She has served as Project Developer and Manager with cross-functional responsibilities in the bioenergy field since 2010.  She manages strategy, community engagement, and marketing programs.  Her skills are focused in closed-loop, low-impact development in urban areas, zerowaste, low impact food systems, and effective communication.  She graduated from The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs.

Tamara Thomas

P.E.

Tamara Thomas

P.E.

Tamara is serving as a Design and Operations Subject Matter Expert to Impact Bioenergy.  She owns her own consulting firm focused on helping the composting and recycling industry with education, permitting, compliance issues, design, construction, process efficiency, product quality, outreach and marketing.  She has worked with a number of operators in the industry over the past ten years and served as President and Board Member for the Washington State Organic Recycling Council.  Tamara graduated from University of Washington (Civil Engineering, MSE) and Washington State University (Crop and Soil Sciences, MS).

Services

Contact us with your need, challenge, or problem statement. We have tools and technologies that are innovative and beyond the commodity solutions in the typical marketplace today. In the area of organic materials management we can extract the most value and view the materials as a resource rather than a waste material.

We deliver energy independence and waste minimization solutions. We are in the service business which includes consulting, design, operational audits and troubleshooting, operational support, and design-build of community-scale facilities. We can add value in each of these areas.

We are primarily focused on cost-efficiency, quick deployment, zero waste and waste diversion, distributed and on-site energy production, and improving the triple-bottom line. Our business is biomimicry in every sense of the word by using natural systems. We can provide LEED based systems, Living-Building Challenge solutions, B-Corp solutions, and solutions that address quadruple-bottom line objectives.

Impact Bioenergy™ can operate autonomously or as a project delivery partner for new or existing teams and projects. We are well positioned to deliver 5-10 year ROI (Return on Investment) for onsite renewable energy, energy efficiency, and for waste minimization and diversion. Our approach aligns closely with ESPC (Energy Service Performance Contract) models and compares well against other energy solutions. Within the ESPC context

– We can generate more value and revenue from existing facilities.
– We can win new efficiencies by bringing in a new core competency.

Feasibility reporting usually includes a comprehensive audit of all waste and recycling costs, volumes, their energy potential, GHG (greenhouse gas) reduction opportunities, electrical costs with potential for bioenergy offsets, heating costs with potential for bioenergy offsets, vehicle fuel costs with potential for bioenergy offsets, waste transportation costs and opportunities for savings, and private-label food supplier waste stream waste stream and disposal diversion opportunities. The approach will be to simultaneously focus on economic Return on Investment, Environmental Benefits, Social Benefits, and progress toward a more sustainable future.

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