ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Henk Mooiweer
Executive Director &
​VP Buyers Club

Henk Mooiweer holds a doctorate in organic chemistry. In his 25-year career at Shell, he managed multiple complex business and innovation opportunities. At Shell GameChanger, he took disruptive, highimpact innovations to implementation. Henk is an adjunct professor at Rice University, teaching invention and innovation.
Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and scientist and professor in the practice at Rice University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is co-director of the SSPEED Center and a faculty scholar at the Baker
Institute, both also at Rice University.

Jim Blackburn
​VP NGO & Stakeholder Outreach

Megan Parks is an entrepreneur focused on soil health, regenerative agriculture, and climate change. Previously, she worked for nearly two decades on
environmental issues in the energy industry. She holds undergraduate
and graduate degrees in engineering.

Megan Parks
​VP Eco-services

Annie Hutson is general counsel of Soil Value Exchange, overseeing legal affairs, including corporate governance, business, and regulatory compliance in various states. Hutson earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and received her J.D. with a Diploma in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University’s Law Center.

Annie Hutson
​Legal Council

vacancy
​VP Sellers Club

Executive with strong ranching background, track record in enhanced land management. Ability to listen and connect to landowners and rapidly build trust.
to be recuited Q3-2018

vacancy
​VP Trading &
Commercial 

Executive with strong trading and commercial background.
To be recuited Q2-2019

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Henk Mooiweer
Executive Director &
​VP Buyers Club

Dr. Henk Mooiweer holds a doctorate in organic chemistry. In his 25-year career at Shell, he managed multiple complex business and innovation opportunities. At Shell GameChanger, he took disruptive, highimpact innovations to implementation. Henk is an adjunct professor at Rice University, teaching invention and innovation.
Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and scientist and professor in the practice at Rice University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is co-director of the SSPEED Center and a faculty scholar at the Baker
Institute, both also at Rice University.

Jim Blackburn
​VP NGO & Stakeholder Outreach

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Henk Mooiweer
Executive Director &
​VP Buyers Club

Dr. Henk Mooiweer holds a doctorate in organic chemistry. In his 25-year career at Shell, he managed multiple complex business and innovation opportunities. At Shell GameChanger, he took disruptive, highimpact innovations to implementation. Henk is an adjunct professor at Rice University, teaching invention and innovation.

Jim Blackburn
​VP NGO & Stakeholder Outreach

OUR HISTORY

The Soil Value exchange (initially called the Texas Coastal
Exchange, or TCX, and then expanded to apply to
other appropriate ecosystems) was developed as a
mechanism to reduce hurricane-surge flood damage
along the Texas Coast. After Hurricane Ike, which
made landfall near Galveston in 2008. Researchers at
the Rice University SSPEED Center observed that natural systems such as coastal wetlands and prairies recovered
quickly after coastal surge flooding, essentially defining the resilience that coastal planners seek to achieve. But Texas does not grant counties zoning authority, and in conservative Texas, land use regulatory programs to prevent new development are
simply not feasible. Instead, we focused on creating an economic approach that paid landowners for maintaining and restoring their lands in a natural state, thereby offering a market-based alternative to selling land for real estate development to generate cash flow.

When Jim Blackburn and his team and Henk Mooiweer started to collaborate in 2016 many ideas and concepts fruitfully collided. Several apporaches were tested in large workshops with key stakeholders. The deep conviction that we rapidly need reliable, affordable, scalable solutions led to the Soil Value Exchange, its audacious objectves and the approach. 
Healthy soils and ecology, water resilience, thriving farms and ranches, and significant reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions will be the result.
At least, that is our aim – and our genuine expectation. Join us. The future is about to get very interesting.

OUR MISSION 

The Soil Value Exchange is designed to support landowners as they manage their property to promote healthy soils and soil carbon storage. Our goal is to enable the storage of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year in 2024 and 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide credits each year in 2028.

     OUR VISION
Imagine a future in which about two billion tons of
carbon dioxide, representing more than 25 percent of
the US carbon dioxide footprint, is stored each year in
restored prairies. This same future would change the
mid-section of the country – from the Texas coast to
North Dakota and beyond – into an ecologically
vibrant system that provides greater income for farmers
and ranchers at less cost than they face today. And
imagine one step more: Such a system will be brought
about by the workings of the market.
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