In co-founding TerraLogix Group LLC, CEO Kurt Karsten pairs his extensive legal and professional expertise with a deep personal empathy and commitment to serve the human community on a global scale. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985 and was subsequently admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Kurt practiced law for 23 years as a name partner in Cowdrey, Thompson and Karsten P.C. and served as lead trial counsel on more than 200 large exposure, complex civil and medical cases in state and federal courts in several jurisdictions.
In the fall of 2007, pursuing a passion for land and environmental conservation, Kurt was hired as a consultant by Bluewater Wind to help organize and establish their Maryland offshore wind project. In 2008, Kurt retired from his law firm to pursue his environmental energy interests full-time, and was named President of start-up Talbot Energy Associates. Working with his colleague, David Blazer, former Director of the Maryland Coastal Conservancy, Talbot served as Lead Project Director and Outreach Coordinator on Bluewater Wind's offshore project until Bluewater Wind was purchased from its parent company, Babcock & Brown, by NRG in early 2010.
Since that time, Kurt has consulted in utility scale and large commercial scale renewable energy projects with corporations, municipalities and individual communities, including First Solar, Schott Solar, Vanguard Energy, Pro-Tech Energy, abacus USA, Inc, LightSky Energy LLC and the Maryland Port Authority. He performed the initial feasibility study on using warehouse rooftops located at the Maryland Port Authority's Cruise Ship Terminal to develop a utility scale solar PV energy project for use at the Port and Fort McHenry.
Pursuant to grants from the Maryland Energy Administration, he also consulted with the Town of Chesapeake Beach on a prolonged study of renewable energy technologies and financing strategies for large scale wind and solar projects, and authored the Model Interconnection Agreement for communities to aggregate households in net-metered community energy projects. Most recently, Kurt has taken the first and largest privately developed, utility scale (7 MW) solar farm, Church Hill Solar Farm, through the Maryland state, county and local permitting process (CPCN – Case No. 9314 in the Public Service Commission).
Kurt earned his JD from Vanderbilt University in 1985 after graduating Magna Cum Laude in Political Philosophy from Amherst College. He also completed a year of intensive graduate level studies in life and physical sciences at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. Kurt has four wonderful children and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
In Kurt’s own words:
"As world population doubles to seven billion people, we need to focus on the broad-based implementation of sustainability. TerraLogix forges together old and new technologies to create leading edge solutions that will favorably disrupt markets for the investors, stakeholders and shareholders we aim to serve - which, in fact, potentially represents the entire global community.
Through TerraLogix, we can take the waste human communities currently create and discard, chemically reform it in ways to create energy, and - this is crucial - sequester carbon - all the while eliminating the human and animal waste stream as the public health problem it is becoming. And, we can do all of that with greater economic efficiencies than the current practices that partially treat and then discard it to become a source of pollution. In taking on the opportunity and challenge of starting and growing TerraLogix, I am saying to my kids, my family, and my community, we can make a difference, every day. When we see what needs to change, to make all of our lives better, we can make that happen, if we make the effort."