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Thomas Kirk

  • Climate Intelligence

Thomas is a Manager for Sunshine for Mines, the Institute’s flagship program on carbon reduction in the mining industry, founded in 2016 at Carbon War Room. His work includes advising mining industry clients on serving the electrical load of their operating sites and repurposing their closed sites into renewable energy facilities, as well as financial and technical modeling.


Before joining RMI, Thomas worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) coordinating and executing research and development projects in the areas of distributed energy resources and distribution engineering. Projects consisted of a mix of field trials and business case analysis reports. Prior to this role, Thomas worked a series of jobs in outdoor recreation and as a GIS consultant.


B.Sc., Geographic Science, James Madison University
Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Mining for Emissions Reductions: Strike while the Earth Is Cool

Download RMI’s new report Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness. Companies involved in natural resource extraction and refinement are uniquely positioned to both benefit and suffer from society’s response to climate change. On the one hand, global demand for many metals and minerals is increasing…