Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Founder, Benjamin Lapidus, worked on Wall Street as a Trading Assistant intern as a Rutgers undergraduate student. With many skills and ambitions, he felt his day-to-day plug and chug was not taking advantage of his full potential. With the recession blowing away the financial industry, he knew that this experience had saved him from a lifetime of the same non-impacting monotony. Having always wanted to visit Costa Rica seeking opportunity, he emailed over 100 hotels to try and work there for a month in exchange for free room & board. One hotel responded positively to his request, so he spent 4 weeks there after quitting his internship. With his time at the hotel, he met a man, brilliant in the understanding of renewable energy and economic fluctuations, that had toiled with the idea of bringing Costa Rican elementary students to his hotel to learn about the different energies that surrounded him, as this was not a topic taught in grade school. Benjamin latched on to this idea and offered a counter-proposal to use the Costa Rican infrastructure of eco-tourism and energy innovation to educate American University students. After including two more founders on his team, GREEN piloted their program in January of 2010 with 12 Rutgers students. With the goal in mind of making this a growing network that together can change the world, as opposed to a one-time service, it's high reviews and great testimonials grew to over 40 more students from almost 20 other Universities, job placements, financed capstone projects, and online resources for the graduated alumni.