Ben Behlke is the Wisconsin Field Director for Land and Liberty Coalition. Ben was born and raised in Galena, Illinois. However, after graduating from Galena High School, Ben attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he grew a strong connection to the State of Wisconsin. While at UW-Platteville, Ben earned a dual major in Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems and Political Science. During this time, he served as Student Body President from 2019-2021, the City of Platteville Intern from 2019-2021, and Pennycress Biofuels Student Researcher from 2019-2022. In addition, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Platteville in 2020. Additionally, Ben spearheaded the effort by students at UW-Platteville to get the university’s landmark 2.4 megawatts, a behind-the-meter solar array, which at the time was the largest state-owned solar array and the fifth the largest solar array at a university nationwide.
Ben previously worked as a solar installer and design intern for Eagle Point Solar out of Dubuque, Iowa, from 2020-2021. Before coming to the Land and Liberty Coalition, Ben served as a Government Affairs Intern for Renew Wisconsin over the summer of 2022. Through his experiences, Ben has developed an ability to communicate and understand renewable energy’s complexities effectively.