Mark Lewis (June-2007)
Mark is a Colorado native who only recently settled back into his home state. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of San Diego in May, 2005. Upon graduation, Mark departed on a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia, where he taught English language to primary and high school students, volunteered in an HIV orphanage, worked on various water reclamation projects, and helped formulate and raise funding for a Thai non-profit educational organization. He also spent time absorbing the culture, language, and environment of various countries, ending his journey in the north of New Zealand where he spent time volunteering on an organic farm. Mark also has had the good fortune of studying at Oxford University for a term as well as spending a summer working on Capitol Hill for the House Natural Resources Committee. Mark now lives in Boulder and is working as a sales representative with Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises. He also enjoys volunteering his time at Natural Capitalism and is passionate about the crucial and imminent transformation of the energy industry.
Kate Curl (May-2007)
Kate is a native of Tucson, Arizona and a recent graduate of CU Boulder with a double major in International Affairs and Environmental Studies. In 2003-2004, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Chile which was a life-changing experience. Kate hopes to combine her passion for the environment and for the cultures of the world by working in sustainable international development. This summer Kate will be working on the LASER Handbook researching successful case studies. In her free time, she likes hiking, biking, running, reading, coffee shop hopping, and watching movies. Kate joined NCS staff fall 2006.
Tamara was born in Newport, Vermont and raised just over the border in Quebec, Canada. This summer Tamara will be working with Natural Capitalism solutions on the development of a sustainability curriculum to be used in both high school and university settings. She will return to Middlebury College, VT in the fall to complete her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics. Tamara’s love of environmental studies and interest in sustainability was sparked by her upbringing and through her studies at Middlebury, her studies abroad with School for International Training’s program in Sustainability and the Environment in Australia, and through her experience with assisting her family in designing and constructing sustainable bungalows in San Pancho, Mexico.
Mike is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin pursuing a dual degree in Public Policy and Business. After graduating from the University of Utah in 1999 with a degree in Anthropology, Mike served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador where he worked with farmers and schoolchildren planting trees and promoting soil conservation techniques. In 2002, Mike joined SalvaNATURA, a non-profit organization in El Salvador focused on the conservation of natural resources, where he was the manager of an eco-lodge outside of El Imposible National Park. As an intern with Natural Capitalism Solutions, Mike will develop a resource handbook detailing greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies for cities that have committed to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. In his free time, Mike enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, ultimate Frisbee and basketball.
Jeremy Epstein graduated from the University of Colorado in 2004 with degrees in Environmental Science, Anthropology, and Geography. Last year, Jeremy spent 8 months in New Zealand as part of a work exchange program on organic farms. This trip piqued his interest in permaculture design and sustainable agricultural methods, things he plans to continue studying. He is particularly interested in the protection of natural areas around the world from human encroachment through the proliferation of efficient and sustainable land use methods. In his spare time, he likes to climb rocks, make music, and see new places.