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Tom Casten is a businessman, environmentalist, and former Marine who has spent the last three decades promoting the development of waste energy recycling projects. Now chairman of Recycled Energy Development, he has founded and run several additional companies including Trigen, which he took public on the New York Stock Exchange, and Primary Energy Recycling Corp, which was on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In each position, Tom’s goal has been to generate heat and power at double the efficiency of our current energy system, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. In all, the companies he has led have invested more than $2 billion in about 250 projects, producing 11,000 megawatts of clean energy.
Tom has provided civic leadership by founding or leading some of the top organizations in his field, including the World Alliance for Distributed Energy (WADE), the International District Energy Association (IDEA), and the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association (USCHPA). He serves on the boards of the Carnegie Mellon Electric Industry Center, American Council on Renewable Energy, Ontario Alliance for Clean Technology, Climate Institute, and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Energy Task Force.
Tom is a globally recognized expert on energy efficiency whose articles have been widely published. He has made presentations to the U.S. Congress, Clinton Global Initiative, Aspen Energy Policy Forum, and many other institutions worldwide. In addition, he has advised Indian, Chinese, and Brazilian officials on power industry governance. Tom’s book, Turning off the Heat, explains how the world can simultaneously save money and slash greenhouse gas emissions. His work has been featured by The New York Times, Forbes, National Public Radio, Nature, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among others.
For his efforts, Tom has received numerous awards, which include the Platts Global Energy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Norman R. Taylor Award, designation as an “Energy Efficiency Champion” from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and a “CHP Champion” from the USCHPA. Tom was the first member inducted into the WADE Hall of Fame.
Tom is also committed to philanthropy. He founded the Casten Family Foundation, which supports international educational travel in an attempt to broaden tolerance and appreciation of cultural differences, and served as founding chairman of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, now under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.
Tom is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Colorado and was valedictorian of his graduating class in Columbia University’s MBA program.