Keith Glassbrook

Keith Glassbrook

Keith Glassbrook is currently pursuing a joint MEM/MBA between the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He aims to combine new skills gained in grad school with his experience in environmental and cost-benefit analysis to help cities meet their energy and environmental goals while achieving large net benefits.

Prior to grad school, Keith worked at Capital E where he co-led a first of its kind cost-benefit analysis of 7 innovative urban surface solutions that indicates a net present value of over $5 billion in three cities.  He also served as co-chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee of USGBC’s national capital chapter. His background is rounded out with experience at a VC-funded solar firm and securing funding and supporting the launch of a campus bikeshare program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Keith holds a BS in Environmental Science from UNC-CH, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction.

Career Interests

Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Cities, Built Environment, Transportation

Employment Sought:


Master of Business Administration, 2019
Kenan-Flagler Business School 
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Master of Environmental Management, 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC 
Energy and Environment Concentration.
Energy course topics: modeling, power markets, transportation, buildings, technology, law, and economics.
Energy Week Website Manager. Environment Hall Ambassador. 
Bachelor of Science, highest distinction, 2013
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Major in Environmental Science
Concentration in Energy and Sustainability. Minor in Mathematics. GPA 3.93.
Study abroad at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Bangkok, TH (Jun – Dec 2012).
Phi Beta Kappa (2012). The Bill Glaze Award (2012), based on merit. Dean's List (all 8 semesters). UNC Bikeshare Taskforce (2011 – 2013). UNC-CH Jazz Big Band and Combos (2009 – 2011). 

Professional Experience

Graduate Associate (Senior Analyst, 2014-2016; Analyst, 2014), Capital E, Washington, DC 
Smart Surfaces Cost-Benefit Analyses: Co-authored first of their kind cost-benefit analyses of 7 innovative urban surface solutions. Acquired in-depth knowledge of each technology and served as Capital E’s resident expert. Synthesized disparate data into innovative, intellectually rigorous report and economic valuation model mapping city-wide and low-income heat mitigation, energy and carbon reduction, and health benefits potential. Results indicate net present value of over $5 billion over 40 years in 3 cities. Supported Capital E President in pitches to earn backing from nationally recognized organizations in health, energy, buildings, and urban issues. Successfully added 9 partners. 
Deep Green Building Incentives and Policies: Recommended incentives and policies to expand deep green building practices in the city while achieving net benefits of up to $34 million over 10 years. Collaborated with project partners, the Coalition for Green Capital and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, to ensure consistency across deliverables and a streamlined editorial process. 
Other Responsibilities: Critiqued and edited 4 of Capital E President’s writings for media outlets, 3 conference presentations, and Congressional Testimony on the US DOE Loan Guarantee Program. 
2014 − Present 
Co-Chair (2016), Vice-Chair (2015), U.S. Green Building Council, National Capital Region, Emerging Professionals, Washington, DC  
Managed investigation of renewable energy, utility rate reduction, and stormwater management for community green building project. Forecasted energy cost savings of more than $100,000. Led scope presentation to Board earning the go-ahead for the majority of scope proposal. Awarded scholarship to represent Emerging Professionals at world’s largest green building conference. 2015 − 2016 
Solar Analyst Intern, SOL Systems, Washington, DC
Researched and analyzed clean energy topics. Condensed findings for internal and external distribution. Prepared internal biweekly news roundup to keep colleagues abreast of industry news. Fall 2013 
Intern, RTI International Delta, Durham, NC 
Summarized public comments and developed emissions fact sheets in support of EPA bioenergy rule. Performed research on biofuel feedstocks for NC with potential to inform RTI environmental impact model. Summer 2011

Additional Information

Proficient in Visual Basic for Applications and Excel; familiar with Matlab, HTML, and QGIS.

Glassbrook, K. A. et al. Life cycle assessment and feasibility study of small wind power in Thailand. Energy for Sustainable Development 22, 66–73 (2014).


cost-benefit analysis
energy efficiency
excel modeling
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank