Professional Associates - Steve Ruddell

Steven Ruddell

Professional Title:    President, CarbonVerde, LLC

BS, Forest Management, Utah State University, Logan, UT
MS, Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
MBA, Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Completed three years of work towards a PhD in natural resource economics, Michigan State University


Professional Profile:
Steve Ruddell is Founder and Principal at CarbonVerde, LLC (2009), a bio-carbon project and policy consulting firm with headquarters in Durango, Colorado.  As a professional forester (SAF Certified Forester #1433) and forest resource economist, Mr. Ruddell has 35 years of experience in public and private forest resource management, forest policy, forest economics & market research, manufacturing management, and supply chain management.  For the past 15 years Mr. Ruddell has lead several private sector companies and organizations in investing in forest conservation and sustainability initiatives using market-based mechanisms that include carbon asset management strategies for trading emission reduction credits, and investing in sustainable forest management (SFI, AFF, and FSC) practices required to access North American markets. 

Mr. Ruddell conducts investment due diligence, emission reduction feasibility studies, and manages project development through the registration of offset credits for its clients.  He works with forest landowners to support the commercialization and delivery of high quality emission reduction credits from Improved Forest Management, Avoided Conversion, Afforestation/Reforestation primarily for the California’s Air Resources Board’s (ARB) compliance market, and the Verified Carbon Standard’s (VCS) voluntary market internationally.  CarbonVerde has worked on domestic ARB projects on tribal lands, Alaska native corporation lands, industrial timberlands, and non-industrial private woodlands located in Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, Louisiana, Arkansas, Washington, Maine, Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina, and Oregon.  Internationally, Mr. Ruddell has worked on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects in tropical forested regions around the world.
Working in voluntary and compliance forest carbon markets since 2003, Mr. Ruddell has influenced the development of sustainability standards, and US and regional forest-climate policies through his involvement and leadership in; the Forest-Climate Working Group, the Society of American Foresters Climate Change Task Force, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative forest management standard, the Chicago Climate Exchange’s forest offsets protocols, and the North American Forest Carbon Standards Committee.  In 2009, through his work with the Forest-Climate Working Group, Mr. Ruddell provided testimony before the House Agriculture Committee on pending climate change legislation, and briefed Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff as part of a panel on the role of forests and forest offsets in US climate legislation.

Volunteer/Community Service:
Professional Associates - Host Family Program
Professional Associates - Village Aid Program
Fort Lewis College School of Business - Mentor for the HawkTank Business Plan Competition
Durango Public Schools - Finance Advisory Committee
Habitat for Humanity - Family Selection Committee
Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs
La Plata County League of Women Voters

Personal Interests:    Hiking, camping, x-country skiing, kayaking, fly fishing