Episode 15: Rudi Roeslein’s vision for restoring 30-million acres of grasslands

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Rudi Roeslein has a plan to restore America's grasslands.

Rudi Roeslein has a plan to restore America’s grasslands.


Rudi Roeslein personifies the American Dream. He grew up in south St. Louis, after immigrating to America from Austria with his parents in 1956 with nothing more than the backpack he was carrying.

He attended St. Louis University and majored in engineering. A field in which he has excelled. In 1990, Rudi launched Roeslein & Associates – a global engineering, modular fabrication, and construction company home to over 600 employees with offices across the United States, United Kingdom, and China.

Through his lifetime of corporate success, Rudi has never strayed from his passion for nature. He has spent a decade restoring prairie grasses and natural habitats across his 2,500 acres of farmland in Missouri. Ceaselessly working to benefit the natural ecosystem of the area, by restoring native flora and fauna. His passion led Rudi to follow another corporate path – a path of wildlife and prairie restoration.

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) was founded in 2012 as an operator and developer of renewable energy production facilities that converts agricultural and industrial wastes along with renewable biomass feedstocks to renewable natural gas and sustainable co-products. A big part of the process is anaerobic digestion, which naturally breaks down organic matter in an oxygen-free environment. A byproduct is methane-rich biogas that can be converted to renewable natural gas. The remaining solids can be used as natural fertilizer and the water for irrigation.

“Rudi Roeslein is an inspiration to me and so many others. He is just one of those rare people who have a special way of viewing the world and an ability to implement actions that solve problems. Missouri is certainly lucky to have Rudi working on behalf of and supporting our natural resources,” said Brandon Butler, CFM Executive Director.

Roeslein Alternative Energy works to preserve the land for the future and has a vision to restore 30 million acres of grasslands on marginal land throughout the Midwest region within the next 30 years. With the goal of the RAE model being used to restore hundreds of millions of acres of grassland around the globe.

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