Employee Spotlight: Ben Martin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

By Erika Schneider,

Director of Communications

This month we are going to get to know Ben Martin. Ben is one of the heroes that works in the field, installing solar, wind and water systems, and, as a Crew Leader, leads our field technicians.

Ben is native to North Carolina, born in Raleigh, to a family of 5. His parents, Tom and Edlene, fostered his love of snowboarding, camping, spending time in the woods, and all things outdoors. Ben has an older brother, Zack, who now lives in New Jersey and an older sister, Shelley, who lives in Georgia. Ben is also a newlywed, married to Erin, for just a little more than a year. They live in Swannanoa and have a dog and a cat.

Ben graduated from NC State with a degree in Environmental Technology and Management and he followed this up with a Masters in Technology with concentrations in Building Science and Appropriate Technology.

Inspired to work in the renewable energy field by his fascination with nature, Ben feels that this work gives him an opportunity to play a role in making the planet a healthier place, as well as finding the work meaningful.

Ben’s vision for the planet is “for all human beings to take accountability for helping our planet. I believe every single human on this planet may work toward making our world a more loving, safe, and sustainable place. I believe small actions can help make a global difference- and I believe in trusting and utilizing your own voice when harm to our planet comes from larger, economic systems.”

Let’s see what we find out on the list:

Three words that best describe you: Kind, Compassionate, Adventurous

Listening to: The String Cheese Incident

Favorite scent: Tomato plants

Favorite pastime or hobby: Rock Climbing or hiking in Linville Gorge with my Rottweiler

Favorite meal: I’m a huge foodie so I love almost every meal- but if I had to pick… I would probably go with some type of Indian cuisine. Anything spicy does the trick!

Favorite word: Smile

Last movie watched: Life of Pets

Favorite quote: “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility. Not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” – Dalai Lama