Eight years ago, today, the Clean Technology Trade alliance was launched to develop a core offering of solutions by vetted clean technology companies. Over the years much has changed and many lessons have been learned, but the core goals remain the same. That said an organization needs to continue to grow and change to remain effective and relevant so CTTA has been changing and new additions have been added to the family to create the synergies needed to secure our future.
CTTA was developed to identify businesses that provide clean, sustainable solutions, vet the solutions and make connections with other parts of the greater puzzle to create truly resilient options and get them adopted to help mankind achieve sustainability. The past eight years have been a journey of learning, making friends with remarkable, innovative and world changing people. It has also been filled with disappointment and the reality that far too many of the businesses that promise clean solutions are likely to fail due to a wide range of issues from lack of available funding or not laying a proper business foundation, to selling the clean technology version of snake oil.
The companies we have identified have provided a strong, if small, foundation of solutions and synergies on which to build and we have begun to do so. CTTA never was the proper type of organization to do the project development due to the restrictions of its mission and to access of funding options. Because of this the leadership team has spent the past several months reviewing options and developing plans and identifying resources.
As a result, a new 501c3 non-profit organization, Resilient Ecosystems.org, is being developed to meet the project development and oversight needs. The CTTA Board of Directors is in the process of reforming and a Board of Directors for Resilient Ecosystems is in the process of forming to provide a combined vision and bring a level of coordination to the joint efforts.
Mark Frost will continue to be the Executive Director of the Clean Technology Trade Alliance but is resigning from the Board and Paisley Gallagher is taking on the role of Executive Director for Resilient Ecosystems. All the Clean Technology Trade Alliance’s developing projects will move under Resilient Ecosystems.org while CTTA focuses on vendors, technologies and developing synergies, which is its core mission.
Mark Frost has also launched Frostworks Consulting LLC with a team that can provide support for projects and functions that are outside of the non-profit scope such as analysis and planning functions.
This expanded organization engagement will better, and more fully, support the growth of sustainable resilient solutions for communities and regions while providing profitable business for the great companies that comprise CTTA membership.