President, Pax Natura Foundation (USA)
Randall Tolpinrud is President of Pax Natura Foundation and the Bosque Lluvioso. Randall was involved in the early stages of the Sustainable Development movement in the early 1990’s and was the author of a popular book on the principles of Green Building. As a Broker and Instructor in sustainable development with the State of Utah Department of Commerce, he partnered with Utah State University to build the most energy-efficient and healthy demonstration home of its time at the University’s Botanical Center. Randall taught philosophy, mysticism, and environmental ethics at Salt Lake Community College. He is the principle author of the Pax Natura Declaration and Charter and has participated and spoken at numerous environment conferences in the U.S., Europe and Central America. He, along with other Pax Natura Trustees, represented Costa Rican forest conservation programs at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), within the Conference of the Parties (COP), and at Carbon Market Conferences throughout the world.
Randall is President of Groupwest Corporation that promotes energy and resource-efficient building design and has earned several awards for its residential and commercial development. As a member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Groupwest has developed several solar-photovoltaic generating plants. Randall serves on the board of directors for Round River Conservation Studies and is a member of the Organic Consumers Association and an advocate for non-GMO agriculture and agro-ecology. He has also served as a director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate program at the University of Utah College of Humanities. Randall received a BA in Philosophy and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah.