Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Social-E Six: Nick Blitterswyk, CEO & Co-Founder of Urban Green Energy
Be A Social Entrepreneur blog
Six questions with Nick Blitterswyk, CEO & Co-Founder of Urban Green Energy.
Founded in 2008, Urban Green Energy (UGE) is changing the face of distributed energy generation. With installations in approximately 60 countries, including with several government agencies and Fortune 100 companies, UGE’s goal is to put users in control of their energy source. It achieves this by designing and manufacturing more versatile wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar systems for use in applications ranging from residential to commercial from suburban U.S. homeowners to off-grid telecoms towers in rural Africa.
What inspired your mission?
I think that what really inspired my mission (to start UGE and to fight for a more sustainable planet) goes all the way back to my upbringing. My parents were the caretakers of a nature reserve in Western Canada, so I had this amazing opportunity to grow up really submersed in nature. Then I went off to university, chose a future in finance (as an actuary), and came to New York City for my first job out of college. Immediately, I started noticing things around me that just weren’t sustainable, and these things would bother me constantly: offices not recycling and leaving lights on 24/7, the “concrete jungle” with the city almost devoid of trees, the retail stores with their front doors wide open during the hottest days of the summer.
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