Alex is the Executive Director of the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI-Mexico) in Mexico City, an excellent platform for his research as a Master’s of Science candidate in the Environmental Systems Program at HSU. His research examines the design, dissemination, and social acceptance of anaerobic digestion systems that process organic waste and produce energy for household and community use. Alex is exploring the potential to fund small and medium scale renewable energy systems, with a focus on anaerobic biogas digesters, through emerging carbon markets. Alex received a B.A. in Community Journalism and Environmental Studies from the Western State College of Colorado where he founded the Renewable Energy Fund, a student driven funding mechanism for clean energy technology on the Gunnison, Colorado campus. Prior to moving to Mexico his motivation to work on socially integrated renewable energy was developed during project work in Alaska, Russia, and Nicaragua.