New NCS Fellow: Brook Assefa

IMG_0022 Brook AssefaBrook is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He earned a BS in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he also played 4 years of varsity soccer and was part of a NCAA National Championship team. During his last year Brook attended graduate level courses on environmental politics while also working at First Southwest Bank as a Market Research Analyst.

It was having the opportunity to live and travel globally that led Brook to realize the drastic differences in the quality of life among people from a young age. This experience always lingered and made him question what “development” truly meant and whose environment and life it was impacting for better or worse. His curiosity eventually led him to his existing interest and passion for sustainability. Brook aspires to work internationally improving the quality of life for as many people as possible by implementing useful, comprehensive and creative projects that are highly impactful and regenerative to the environment, especially focusing on the segments of society that are most disadvantaged. Having recently being awarded a scholarship from the Green House Gas Management Institute, Brook is earning his Diploma in GHG measurement, reporting and verification.

As a Natural Capitalism Solutions fellow, Brook provides key research and support for NCS’s sustainability projects. His focus is on assisting the development of climate action and sustainability plans for educational institutions and municipalities. He is responsible for data collection, GHG emissions inventory, identifying sustainability best practices, website development, and internship management.