Tim Brown

Tim is a founder and the CEO of Tradewater, a company that collects and destroys greenhouse gases.  To date, Tradewater has destroyed over 4,100,000 metric tons of CO2 from old refrigerants that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. 

At Tradewater, Tim provides strategic direction for the firm in all business areas.  He is developing new programs to further Tradewater’s mission and expand its impact.  He is working to open new markets and facilitate the firm’s international expansion.  Tim brings to Tradewater 36 years of experience in carbon programs, environmental policy, hazardous waste cleanup, and pollution prevention. 

He founded Wabashco in 2008 to develop carbon offset and renewable energy projects in the Midwest. In 1998, he co-founded the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to improve environmental quality, promote community, and economic development in the Great Lakes Basin. He ran the Delta Institute’s environmental program, which included a wide range of water quality, pollution prevention, toxic reduction, and carbon sequestration work. Tim has worked for a range of environmental organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors including Clean Sites, ICF, and the Center for the Great Lakes. 

He is a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow with the Sustainability Leaders Network. Tim holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. He has held leadership positions on many boards over the years including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Rebuilding Exchange, Delta Institute, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes, among others. He currently serves on the board of the Lochland School.

Updated April 2020.