Ben Wessel is a 21-year old student at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he has always been fascinated by politics, and feels that strong legislation and real advocacy efforts from the grassroots, particularly young people, will be a main factor in solving the climate crisis. His passion for activism, policy, and adventure has taken him from a WWF-sponsored "Voyage for the Future" in the Norwegian Arctic to the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Poznan, Poland and Copenhagen to the halls of Congress and Capitol Hill with 1Sky and Powershift '07 '09. Most recently, Ben helped lead the "Race to Replace Vermont Yankee," a youth clean energy voter campaign in Vermont that helped support clean energy candidates for Governor and other elected positions in Vermont. When not geeking out the latest CBO scoring of climate legislation, he is likely to be found snowboarding, cooking, or rooting for the Washington Redskins.