Everarbor founder Derek Skapes

Business and sustainability alumnus is building a lifestyle company centered on a passion for the outdoors.

BW Graduate Branches Out with Nature-Focused Company

March 16, 2017

Everarbor founder Derek Skapes

EcobrewCould your soil use a cup of Joe? A BW grad is serving up his Ecobrew soil additive as part of a growing business that celebrates the great outdoors.

Drawing on a decade of experience working in Oregon, California and his native Northeast Ohio, as well as his BW education in business administration and sustainability, Derek Skapes '06 is building the Everarbor Company.

With a mission to be a "lifestyle company centered on a passion for the outdoors," Everarbor combines the Ecobrew soil additive, apparel, landscaping, tree service/arboriculture and wildlife solutions into the ultimate set of services for nature lovers. 

Cleveland Connection

"Cleveland has beaches, wildlife, biodiversity, diverse weather/seasons, great places to hike and excellent recreational opportunities," Skapes writes on his company website. "Everarbor’s goal is to influence people to get outside and experience what Cleveland has to offer.”

Skapes also aims to minimize waste and promote conservation efforts by collecting the brew waste and coffee grounds of local Cleveland businesses to use for the company's Ecobrew soil supplement.

All of Everarbor’s apparel is locally printed and designed too.

Experience in the Industry

Along with Everarbor, Skapes currently works with Cleveland Metroparks as a wildlife research technician and forestry technician.

Skapes explored the outdoors in many ways before launching Everarbor. Immediately after BW, he worked with AmeriCorps in Oregon on a wildlife research team. In addition to AmeriCorps, Skapes has worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, and as an environmental scientist for Orange County, California.

Skapes' ultimate goal is an Everarbor storefront, possibly as early as this summer.