Hunter Lovins is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies. She believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet.
Brandon is originally from a small town in Massachusetts. As he grew older he discovered that the Boston suburb lifestyle was not aligned with his interests and goals. This prompted him to study hundreds of miles north at the University of Vermont. Here, a seed was planted and given time to grow. In Vermont, he fostered a passion for the sacred planet we live on, leading him to graduate with a degree in Environmental Science. Now, he is hoping to learn more about using economic tools to drive people’s decisions in a regenerative manner that benefits people, the planet, and profits. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, photography, riding his bike, backpacking, catching up with friends, and reading interesting books.
AJ is originally from Falmouth, Massachusetts and made his way to the Rocky Mountain region by way of Colorado College. After graduating from college in 2015 with a degree in Mathematical Economics, AJ worked several jobs, each causing him to question the way businesses take their impact on the world into account. In joining NCS, AJ sees an opportunity to shift the economic paradigm using lessons lent from the previous industrial model to forge a new path towards economic prosperity. One which fosters the conservation and sustainable use of the Earth’s natural capital.
Growing up on a peninsula south of Boston, Isabel’s interest in the environment began when composting as a kid, and exploring in the Appalachian Mountains. Further interest in sustainability developed while taking a local food course at Elon University. Shortly after, she created an independent major, Sustainable Business Development, crafting a unique curriculum influenced by The Way Out, a book written by Hunter Lovins. Her goal was to acquire a skill-set and pair it with her passion; which led her to the world of corporate sustainability. Through her studies, she recognized the dependency that each segment of our current economic system has on the environment and the threat that this poses globally.
When she’s not working, Isabel enjoys all things outdoors; running, biking, hiking and skiing. She loves to cook, frequents the New York Times crossword, and often is reading a book, or four. Additionally, she volunteers with Minds Matter Denver, leading a group of 10 mentors and mentees through educational material pertaining to college admissions. Overall, she’s enjoying exploring Colorado and excited to be working as a team member at the Colorado Carbon Fund.
Rowan Van Arsdell
Environmental Market Business Development Fellow
Rowan is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Anthropology, Business, and Peace & Conflict Studies. As a Colorado native, she spends as much time as possible outdoors either camping, climbing, hiking, biking, rollerblading or skateboarding. Rowan also enjoys travel, and studied abroad for a semester in Dublin, Ireland.
Greenhouse Gas Audit Fellow
Gannon completed his undergraduate degree on environmental science at Northern Michigan University. He spends a lot of time conducting field work concerning water quality and vegetation patterns in wetlands. From there he decided to pursue a masters degree in greenhouse gas management and accounting at Colorado State University. The reason is that he wanted to aid in solving climate change from it’s source. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, and swimming.
Proposal and Grant Writing Fellow
Born and raised in Longmont, Colorado, Carly attended Colorado State University where she majored in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology. With a passion for research, Carly has served in research labs as well as writing her own thesis entitled “Aging Baby Boomers’ Sexuality in Care Facilities” for her undergraduate honors program. She has also worked on the local and national level to promote reproductive rights through work with Planned Parenthood. Her love for writing, research and the Rocky Mountains has brought her to the non-profit sector where she hopes she can make a real difference. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog, cooking with her husband, writing by herself, and drinking craft beers with just about anyone.