The Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Roadmap is a policy framework and stakeholder engagement initiative aimed at advancing bipartisan policy to support environmental stewardship and profit opportunities for farmers. It provides a policy outline for stakeholders to discuss, which would enable investment in rural communities by providing profit-oriented payments to farmers for their stewardship of our shared air, water, and soil resources. The revenue would come from a pollution fee charged on the energy sectors based on their greenhouse gas pollution.
The RIPE Roadmap is an operating project of Multiplier, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating impact for initiatives that protect and foster a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. Funding has been provided by individual donors and the Energy Foundation – which is dedicated to promoting a transition to a sustainable energy future.
The RIPE Roadmap advisory group includes:
- Anonymous, fourth-generation farmer of grains and cattle; serves in leadership roles in state and national farm trade associations
- Clare Sierawski, former environmental advisor to Senator John Kerry and former Chief of Staff for U.S. State Department Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change
- Dr. William H. Schlesinger, President Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
- Christina DeConcini, Director of Government Affairs, World Resources Institute
- Ari Peskoe, Director, Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School, Environmental & Energy Law Program
- Dr. Laura Bozzi, Co-Director, New Leaders Council state chapter & Commission Member of Rhode Island Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission
- Carla Frisch, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute on America’s Pledge & former Director of Climate & Environmental Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
- Prof. Ted Feitshans, Extension Professor Emeritus, Agriculture & Resource Economics, University of North Carolina
An Agricultural Advisory Group is currently being formed for farm representatives to analyze and inform the policy design. Participation does not presume endorsement, and can be done anonymously to allow farm trade groups to analyze the policy impacts on their constituency before determining a position. If you represent an agricultural trade association and are interested in considering participation in the Agricultural Advisory Group, please contact us to learn more.
The RIPE Roadmap is directed by Aliza Wasserman, a seasoned non-profit program director and proud policy wonk, with expertise in facilitating consensus-based policy recommendations. She previously worked at the National Governors Association, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and Business for Social Responsibility. Ms. Wasserman received her Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University with a concentration in domestic and environmental policy. The RIPE Roadmap is based out of Washington, DC and has team members in six states.