Raap is a legend in both the world of entrepreneurship, and the world of environmental conservation, social responsibility and stewardship.

Rapp founded Gardener’s Supply Company with a clear and compelling social mission, and built that company into a leading marketer of gardening equipment, supplies and know-how, while never losing sight and commitment to that mission. Rappl was a pioneer whose trend setting thinking on community, business social responsibility, land use and sustainability have been put to use in so many creative ways by people everywhere.

Today, Rapp works to create and nurture local food, waste recycling and land restoration enterprises that support a more sustainable economy and future. with projects in both the Burlington community and in Costa Rica. Among other things, he is Chairman of the New Economics Institute, an organization of creative thinkers working to develop a fair, sustainable new economy that functions within ecological limits and considers the world’s diverse people and cultures.

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