Healthy Planet Partners is a group of people who believe that business and environmental stewardship should go hand in hand. Together, we have extensive experience in the finance, renewable energy, and building operations industries. Our expertise, contacts, and hands-on approach allow us to be leaders in the field of renewable energy solutions.
Mike enjoyed a successful 15 year career as goalie for the New York Rangers, where he was a three time NHL All-Star and, in 1994, led the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years. Mr. Richter also represented the United States in numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning World Cup Gold in 1996 – where he was named tournament MVP – and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2002. Mike’s team jersey was retired by the New York Rangers and now hangs in Madison Square Garden.
Mike is a founding partner at Environmental Capital Partners, a $100 Million Private Equity Fund focusing on resource efficiency. Mr. Richter currently serves on the Board of Directors for Riverkeeper, the Board of Trustees for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, and serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Sierra Club. He recently began collaborating with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their effort to bring the best ecological practices to the sports industry. He also launched Athletes for a Healthy Planet, an organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the connections between environmental issues, human health, economy, social justice, and well-being.
He is the chairman of the new Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society Program dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of athletic participation in society, as well as the NHL Ambassador to Beyond Sport, an NGO chaired by Tony Blair, whose mission is to use the power of sport to promote social change. He is a member of the 2010 class of Aspen Institute Catto Environmental Fellows.
After retiring from the NHL, Mr. Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy.
Ron is the Co-Founder of RecycleBank, a service that rewards millions of people for their positive green actions across North America and the UK and has diverted over a billion pounds of waste from landfills. During his tenure as CEO from 2004- 2010, RecycleBank grew from an idea into a company with over 200 city governments under contract. Ron and RecycleBank were recognized by a number of leading business and environmental organizations including the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, the United Nations Environment Program as a Champion of the Earth and the U.S. of the Earth, Conference of Mayors – Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships. RecycleBank was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #1 Venture Backed Clean Tech Company of 2010. Ron is currently a member of RecycleBank’s Board of Directors. Ron holds a patent for the development of technology and financial incentives in the recycling industry.
Prior to RecycleBank, Ron was at Deloitte Consulting. He was a recipient of the 2010 University Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, which is awarded annually to an alumnus under the age of forty-five for outstanding achievement in scholarship, public service, and professional life. In 2011, Ron joined the faculty at Columbia Business School as an adjunct professor, where he teaches a course on social entrepreneurship. He is a past member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Sustainable Consumption and is currently a member of the steering committee for the New York Product Stewardship Council, is a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ron is the lead investor at Linhardt Design Studio, a jewelry company that merges high design with sustainable principles, and serves on the Board of Advisors of Source4Style, DailyFeats, and ArmedZilla. He is a Director at E2, a group within NRDC focused on entrepreneurship and the environment. He is on the Board of Trustees at RARE Conversation, an organization that applies community-based solutions to global conservation challenges.
Ron received a B.A. in History from UMass-Amherst where he was a Massachusetts Commonwealth Scholar. He received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Andrea Wenner was the Founder and Executive Director of Out2Play, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system. Since Out2Play’s founding in 2005, the organization has raised over $35 million in public and private funding and developed over 175 play spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Andrea led the organization on a path to complete its mission – a playground for every New York City public elementary school that needed one – by the end of 2012. Having fulfilled Out2Play’s goals ahead of schedule, Andrea joined the team of Healthy Planet Partners in 2012, eager to continue her work as a social entrepreneur.
Andrea has received numerous awards for her work with Out2Play. She was named by Crain’s New York magazine as one of “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2010; she received a Neighborhood Achievement Award from the City of New York; and she earned Out2Play Best Nonprofit of the Year by the New York Enterprise Report.
Andrea received a BA from Yale University where she graduated with distinction and was a member of the women’s soccer team. She received an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.