SXSWeco Interview: Val Fishman, BEF


bef-logoBEF is an environmental non profit based in Portland that works with companies to address three big environmental challenges: energy, carbon, and water. BEF looks to use market based solutions such as renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, and water restoration credits to help companies meet their goals of reducing environmental impact.

Of particular interest at SXSWeco this year has been the issue of water.  I sat down with Val Fishman, BEF’s VP of corporate partnerships  to learn a little but more about how BEF’s various projects are having a positive impact on global water issues and specifically the Colorado River watershed.

Among many corporate partnerships, BEF has also recently helped launch a portal called which offers opportunities for individuals to get directly involved in watershed restoration.

Learn more in the short video below…

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.