Post-Carbon Living is the brain-child of one man: Mark Brown (born 1969, Suffolk, England). He hails from a rural background - his family were farmers. Mark is not an environmentalist but is a businessman, Director and sole employee of an IT Business Consultancy. He graduated from University in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering and was a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. At University Mark was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no political affiliation since that time. He has travelled widely with his business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics.
In September 2001 events in the USA caused Mark to re-evaluate and ask: "what exactly makes the world go round?" & "Why are so many so angry?" Conclusion: fossil fuels make the world go round & scarcity would drive man to inhumanity. Since becoming a father Mark has devoted his life to ensuring that his childrens' lives would no longer be blighted by this curse. Fossil fuels would have to become history. So we started to make the following changes:
2005 installed photovoltaics panels on his fledgling post-carbon superhome
2007 founder and creator of the carbon-cutters.com website - an attempt at a carbon reduction action group
2008 co-founder and chairman of Transition Town High Wycombe
2009 Carbon Cutters scrapped and replaced by the current Post-Carbon Living enterprise
2009 Mark wins the Transition Town High Wycombe a seat on the Wycombe Strategic Partnership
2010 Mark's work is recognised with grants for a Local Food Guide and Energy Saving Kits for the Library
2010 Mark presented to Ecobuild alongside Rob Hopkins
2010 the 2nd attempt at a retrofit home bore fruit with his current home becoming Britain's 59th Superhome
2010/2011 coordinated a Thermal Imaging project
After a spell of three years Chairing Transition Town High Wycombe Mark stepped down to become Energy Group Coordinator in 2011. He still represents the public face of Transition Town High Wycombe and represents the organisation on the Wycombe District Council's Strategic Partnership's Environment Sub-Group and Community Carbon Taskforce. Mark has authored four key consultancy documents:
2008 "Sustainable Economic Prosperity Strategy" Discussion Document
2009 "Carbon Reduction and the Community" Report
2011 "Our Energy Transformation - A Response to the DECC Microgeneration Consultation"
2011 "Wycombe's Energy Transformation and the Big Society in Bucks" Evidence for the joint Councils Review
Mark has also been the prolific author of almost every Newsletter, Presentation, Poster and Factsheet published by Transition Town High Wycombe. He blogs and publishes book reviews on post-carbon-living web site under the name of "Post-carbon Man". Mark also blogs for Transition Town High Wycombe on the web site of the local Newspaper the Bucks Free Press. Mark is active on Twitter as @TTWycombe with 600+ followers (www.twitter.com/TTWycombe) as well managing the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TTWycombe).
The Post-carbon-Living.com and the Transition-Wycombe.org.uk websites were developed and maintained by Mark. He also maintains a professional web site krofire.com, a family Facebook site at krofire.org and a hobby site at small-wonder.org. Mark web masters the Food On Our Doorstep web site.
A picture of Mark can be found on page 204 of the 2011 book by Rob Hopkins "The Transition Companion" (ISBN 978 1 900322 97 3). The post-carbon-living web site is listed as a reference on page 226 of the 2010 book by Chris Bird "Local Sustainable Homes" (ISBN 978 1 900322 76 8). Mark is quoted in the 2010 book by Alex Rowell "Communities, Councils & a Low-Carbon Future" (ISBN 978 1 900322 65 2) pages 54 & 55.
Mark is employed full time by his own business. He is married with two children.