Sean Penrith, Executive Director, The Climate Trust
Sean assumed the role of executive director at The Climate Trust in 2013. TCT is a mission-driven nonprofit established in 1997 that manages a $22 million carbon investment fund to deliver offset acquisition programs for utilities, governments, and large businesses. TCT’s specialty is in the forestry, agriculture and livestock sectors working in both the voluntary and compliance markets. Sean has been dedicated to TCT’s latest initiative to prove that environmental performance can be relied on to repay impact investors market rate returns while deepening the level of greenhouse gas reductions. 2016 saw the launch of Climate Trust Capital, a pilot carbon investment fund to demonstrate this thesis.
Sean is a recognized Portland Connector, an Edison Awards and Pivotal Leader nominee, an alumni of the EMERGE Leadership for Sustainability program, a member of the Association of Climate Change officers, a UNITAR Climate Change Diplomacy graduate, an advisor to MIT’s Climate CoLab initiative, and an Observer to the Green Bond Principles. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Sean presents frequently on topics that include conservation finance, green building, deep carbon reduction strategies, carbon mechanisms and markets, the future of sustainability, and climate change.
Sean is an avid sailor and can be found on any navigable body of water on his boat with his wife Meredith and son Quinn.