Joseph Hankins

Joe HankinsDirector of the Fund’s Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a TCF Vice President, Joe Hankins brings a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to key conservation issues of food security and water availability. Joe joined the Fund in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development and technology outreach in Appalachia. Today he leads an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production.  In addition to his work at the Freshwater Institute, Joe serves as an Officer of the Natural Capital Investment Fund. He is active in local and regional work-groups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and life cycle assessment.  He holds a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University  and a Masters in Environmental Biology from Hood College.

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