Climate Hero Doug Woodring is the founder of Project Kasei, an effort to raise awareness and help clean up the Pacific Ocean's “Plastic Vortex” - a
floating mass of marine debris and pollutants stuck in a confluence of currents. Project Kaisei’s expedition in August 2009, will involve two vessels, the Kaisei and the New Horizon (a Scripps Institution research vessel), and a team of scientists on each boat. The expedition will be working with some of the leading technologies for plastic processing/recycling, as well as undertaking studies on toxicity and plastics in our food chain.
Doug has worked in Asia for the past 17 years in a number of industries
which have been at the forefront of technology within their sectors.
He is a consultant for a number of environmental technologies, including
Verte Asia, which specializes in living vertical green walls which can
effect significant energy efficiency improvements in urban design.
Doug is active in the environmental community and is currently the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee. He has spoken at numerous conferences on renewable energy, pollution, and energy strategy issues, and he has written a variety of articles on air pollution, ocean issues and carbon trading.
Born in California, Doug has a dual masters degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he studied Environmental Economics. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.