Tom has worked at the intersection of environment, industry and policy for over two decades. After eight years in Washington DC as an environmental advocate, as a freelance journalist Tom was the first US reporter to document the island nation Tuvalu's loosing fight with climate change. He was later banned from Botswana for his undercover reporting on the impact of government sponsored diamond mining on the Bushmen people.
As founder of the non-profit Black Rock Solar, Tom helped give away more than 2MW of low/no cost solar to poor rural communties, work that got him named one of PEOPLE magazine's Environmental Heroes of 2008.
Tom now helps lead the effort to legalize community shared solar in California, Hawaii, and several other states.