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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Living and Designing Sustainably in Southern Chile with Bureo Co-Founder Ben Kneppers
Photo: Kevin Ahearn
Living and Designing Sustainably in Southern Chile with Bureo Co-Founder Ben Kneppers
Brooke Ortel

Patagonia’s $20 Million & Change fund [Update: the investment fund is now called Tin Shed Ventures.] 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 using it up.” Today,…

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