Many people believe you cannot combine financial gain with helping the environment, but we beg to differ. Eco Terra puts to rest the myth that economic prosperity and environmental sustainability are contradictory goals.
Eco Terra was established to raise capital for direct investment in projects that support environmentally sustainable development while generating a reasonable financial return for investors.
Over the last several decades, human-made progress has dramatically altered the face of our planet. Many natural habitats have been severely damaged and some completely destroyed. Impending threats demand urgent action to influence and affect environmental protection.
Eco Terra seeks to mitigate these risks by identifying and offering diverse investment opportunities for qualified and accredited investors to participate in financially beneficial projects that positively affect the planet by preserving and enhancing our environmental resources and increasing sustainable energy use. Current and future projects include mitigation banking, solar farming, and sustainable development, among other alternative energy solutions.
Focusing on environmentally conscious and financially sound business models across the Southeast
Michael Beinenson believes in the environmental equilibrium and has devoted the last seven years of his professional career on making sure our presence on this planet leaves a positive mark.
This all started in 2013 when Michael made a decision to drive electric. At that time Electric Vehicles were a novelty, and with the advent of American made Nissan LEAF, driving on electrons was possible. He soon joined the EV Club of the South and became a very active member and significantly contributed to the promotion of the EV movement. Michael appears in a large number of interviews, articles, and video posts devoted to electric mobility.
After years in the payroll industry, Michael started Tax Incentives Experts Inc with a focus on lack of tax credit use by small businesses. During that time, he discovered an opportunity to work with environmentally conscious investors who would like to participate in financially beneficial projects that positively affect the planet. Eco Terra was born out of the desire to support this endeavor.
Michael graduated high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Beinenson extends his philanthropic reach to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he actively volunteers. In his spare time, you can find him cheering at an Atlanta United game or spending time outdoors with his two kids and wife of eighteen years, Natalia.
Promoting social and economic growth in the Atlanta community
Ted Griffith, an expert in raising capital for a diverse portfolio of investments, has been an integral part of Eco Terra since 2016. Mr. Griffith directs his attention to projects that support environmentally sustainable development while providing financial return for investors. He believes that financial gain and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand and coined our motto: Be Green, Make Green. Ted focuses on financial modeling, operations analysis, due diligence, and business development at Eco Terra. He has previously been affiliated with Old Ivy Capital Partners, Gallery Capital Management, McMaster Carr, and SimpleC.
Ted was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and received a B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Ted’s philanthropic activity extends across the Atlanta community, including representation on multiple nonprofit boards. He currently serves as the incoming board chair for the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education, on the Atlanta Committee of Help For Children, and board member of Help for Children Global. He has previously served as a board member for the Owen Graduate School of Business Alumni Board. Ted is excited to be involved in work that uplifts the social structure of the Atlanta community. In his free time, Ted enjoys playing squash and relaxing with his spouse, Rachel.
An environmental entrepreneur, passionate about solving environmental problems through market-based solutions,
Jamey O’Shaughnessey serves as an Environmental Associate at Eco Terra. He currently focuses his efforts on mitigation banking, solar project management, and business development.
Jamey graduated from Clemson University with a major in Economics and an emphasis in Natural Resources Economics. He has worked for multiple land trusts and spent time at the Property & Environmental Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, studying market solutions to environmental problems.
He has spent a life in the outdoors, fly fishing, bow hunting, and recently earned his captain’s license through the United States Coast Guard. Jamey’s experiences in the outdoors – from the Everglades, to Montana, to the Galapagos – have instilled in him a passion for conservation and environmental protection, and he enjoys pairing this passion with his entrepreneurial mindset.
Ryan is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina who has focused his efforts on commercial properties as well as land development and valuation. He was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, where he was involved in a variety of activities in and outside of school. He was a Boy Scout and is proud that while in high school he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school Ryan joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served his country while earning his degree from UNC Charlotte. These accomplishments helped mold Ryan but being raised in Boy Scouts and becoming an Eagle Scout opened his eyes to the value of experiencing the great outdoors, as well as the importance of working to preserve the environment in its most natural state.
In his free time Ryan enjoys cheering for his beloved Carolina Panthers and stays active by playing in a variety of recreational sports leagues, fishing, hiking, and, when the weather is nice, playing as much golf as possible.
Ryan enjoys working with Eco Terra because it provides him the opportunity to use his work ethic and determination to succeed with a company whose goals align with his views on conservation and making a positive impact on the environment.
Scott J. Frederick
NCLSS, CPSS, EI
Scott has a wide range of experience with many projects concerning ecological restoration, ecological asset evaluation, environmental assessments, stream and wetland determinations, forest inventory, natural resource location, reclaimed water and wastewater land application systems for municipal and agricultural wastes using forest systems, water quality permitting, and watershed management. He is a licensed soil scientist in North Carolina (NCLSS) and nationally certified through ARCPACS as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS). As an environmental engineer and a soil scientist, he has experience with many ecological service restoration projects involving project-specific mitigation and banking. Restoration work over the last 20+ years includes turnkey project services such as planning and design, permitting both State and Federal, construction, maintenance and monitoring, marketing and sales, and successful project close-out.
Scott received a B.S. Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State University in the Environmental/Soil and Water Program in 1996. He also received a Master of Science in Forestry and a minor in soil science from NC State University in 1998. In his spare time, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing, foraging, cycling, beekeeping, and all kinds of family adventures with his wife and two sons.
Norton Webster has actively worked to promote the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and preservation of environmentally sensitive habitats through sound, strong economic and ecological partnerships.
Norton works in the North Carolina office where he helps landowners determine the best mitigation options in resolving issues with existing mitigation banks. He is also actively engaged in pursuing opportunities with potential partners as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. Norton works with engineers and consultants, client representatives and regulatory officials during the concept, proposals, design, construction and monitoring phases of our mitigation projects. Norton was the founder of the Palustrine Group which had a similar mission, focusing on mitigation as well as conservation banking. Norton had served previously as Operations Manager for Environmental Banc & Exchange (EBX). Before joining EBX, Norton was as an environmental scientist with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and as a staff scientist at ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller. Earlier in his career Norton served as a wetlands consultant with Triangle Wetlands Consultants and as well as a research assistant in the Department of Forestry at NC State.
Norton is currently on the board of directors and serves as treasure for Carolina Wetland Association. A non-profit, non-partisan, science- based organization advocating for wetlands. Norton is the past chairman and currently serves on the executive board of the Piedmont Conservation Council (PCC). PCC is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is community-based and regionally-focused. PCC addresses natural resource conservation and development issues in the North Carolina Piedmont. Norton was also past president of the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association, Inc (NCERA). NCERA is collaboration of environmental consultants, mitigation bankers, contractors, engineers, surveyors, and financial professionals with an interest in promoting and expanding the environmental restoration industry in North Carolina.
- Master of Science-Forestry, NC State University, 1998
- Bachelor of Science-Business, Wake Forest University, 1989
- North Carolina Real Estate Broker (#288986)
Ellie currently fills the role of administrative assistant for EcoTerra. Ellie graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Throughout her career, Ellie has predominantly worked with non-profit organizations, helping fundraise, organize events, and volunteering with children in Inner-city Detroit. This work has created a passion for helping others, providing a better tomorrow for future generations.
During Ellie’s free time, she enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis and golf, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.