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New Venture To Finance Healthy Forests For Carbon Capture And Storage
Bruno Marino, PhD, founder of Planet Alpha Corp, is working to finance projects to preserve, protect and expand forests in cooperation with local communities. Using modern technology, the new company can actually measure the amount of carbon sequestered by the forest. The company is conducting a $50 million Regulation A+ offering that is open to the public.
Preliminary Interview with Bruno D.V. Marino, the founder and CEO of Planet Alpha Corp.
The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.
What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?
PαC will develop forest carbon storage projects across the planet with a mission to reduce emissions of CO2 and greenhouse gases (“GHG”). We do good by supporting forest landowners and communities for their reduction of CO2 emissions through forest tree planting, growth, conservation and management. The ultimate mission of our company is to reverse and slow deforestation, one of the most challenging global and humanitarian issues of our time and of our future. PαC will develop innovative forest carbon sequestration projects resulting in unique measurement based products that are sold to buyers worldwide, creating revenue while ultimately fulfilling its mission of supporting landowners, reversing deforestation and reducing the burden of atmospheric GHGs. As a for-profit company in what is sometimes perceived as a non-profit endeavor we strive to be seen as a signal of positivism for humanity. Our mission as a successful corporate business is to pursue lofty goals such as improvement of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet for future generations. Science (e.g., monitoring and analysis) will likely not save us but people making choices that restore and defragment nature have great potential to manage the Earth for future generations. Our core principle is embodied in leaving a “legacy” of forest sustainability and vibrant communities that manage forests. Every individual and entity can participate and build a legacy for all.
More about Planet Alpha Corp:
Planet Alpha Corp. (“PαC”) develops forest carbon projects across the planet fulfilling our mission of supporting families and landowners, reversing deforestation and reducing the burden of atmospheric GHGs. We live in a time of imbalance between nature and human activity. Vast populations are forgotten and poor yet they hold the key to preservation of the planets most precious natural resources: forests. We are passionate about our work because future generations will inherit the planet we leave them. When youth ask: “What did you do to sustain Earth’s resources for our generation?” What will you tell them? We believe that humanity can manage the planet for many future generations (no need to go to Mars). We believe that planetary management is in its infancy. PAC is a solution but cannot succeed without global support of individuals–the #HUMANITYintheCROWD. While we recognize that the flora, fauna and Peoples that comprise the planet’s forests are truly priceless, the anthropogenic impact on forests can be valued and priced for correction through innovative technologies that touch the biosphere. Our approach structures transactions between investors of the world and the poorest of the world. We differentiate ourselves from other carbon product companies by deploying GHG measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. We are Planet Alpha, the now, the “alpha” , the beginning of something new for the planet.
For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit
PEM Carbon (affiliated company): https://www.pemcarbon.com
Bruno D.V. Marino’s bio:
Bruno D.V. Marino is an American scientific entrepreneur involved in solving diverse social problems through a scientific lens and public purpose. Bruno has over 20 years’ experience in early stage companies serving in diverse roles including as CEO, COO, CTO and Director of Research. Specifically, he founded Planetary Emissions Management Inc. in 2007 and has continued to serve as CEO of that company to the present. His primary interest has been the impact of climate change on culture and an understanding of climate change effects on the biosphere. He has published extensively in these areas as well as environmental monitoring, employing stable and radiogenic isotopes, ecosystem science and experimental manipulation of large enclosed human-rated engineered ecosystems. He served as Director of Science and Research at Biosphere 2, Tucson, Arizona, where he engaged and challenged world class scientists to elucidate the scientific importance of the closed facility and its relevance to climate change. He was co-editor of a special issue of Ecological Engineering describing past and current research in the Biosphere 2 research facility. He also served as a Research Associate of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University and of the Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He holds a number of patents issued and pending in diverse countries including recent issues in the United States entitled “System of Systems for Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Fluxes” (2013) and “Systems and Methods for Managing Global Warming” (2015). He has experience in finance and securities having held brokerage licenses (Series 7-General Securities Representative, Series 63-Uniform Combined Registered Investment Advisor, State Laws, and, Series 31- Futures Managed Funds License) and has directed extensive field work in the United States and Belize. He founded PEM in 2007 to create and commercialize technologies to manage GHG emissions at large-scale with economic and social returns. Bruno was Principal Investigator for a PEM four-year cooperative agreement award in 2010 totaling ~$2 million with the Department of Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory. During the agreement period PEM successfully deployed advanced isotopic laser analyzers in remote and populated locations to directly measure fossil fuel and related sources of CO2. He is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, Johns Hopkins University (BA) and Harvard University where he was awarded a NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Fellowship to complete his PhD in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He holds an MA in Biological Anthropology also from Harvard. Bruno is a co-founder and Trustee of the PeaceKeeper Foundation whose mission is to promote peaceful negotiations around climate change for future generations.
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