Brooke Ortel

Brooke is a passionate runner and writer based in Lander, Wyoming. Growing up on Block Island, Rhode Island, inspired Brooke’s interest in environmental science and sparked her love of the outdoors. Her family owns and operates the Block Island Sport Shop, a specialty outdoor retailer.

My Brother’s Homemade Electric Car
Photo: Jim Ortel
My Brother’s Homemade Electric Car
Brooke Ortel

At age 15, my brother, Wade Ortel, bought a rusty 1973 Volkswagen Bug, a purchase that marked the beginning of an extraordinary journey. His dream? To build an electric car, all on his own, using salvaged laptop batteries. Two years and countless hours of work later, the “e-Bug” is a reality. In front of our…

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A Different Path
Photo: Kevin Ahearn
A Different Path
Brooke Ortel

Living and designing sustainably in Southern Chile with Bureo co-founder Ben Kneppers. Patagonia’s Tin Shed Ventures® fund was launched in 2013 to help innovative, like-minded startups bring about solutions to the environmental crisis and other positive change through business. Or, in Yvon’s words, to help entrepreneurs and innovators succeed in “working with nature rather than…

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