Michael Thornton

Michael Thornton

Advisor on Infrastructure and Carbon Footprinting

Michael brings deep experience developing power and water resources in the developing world and designing renewable energy and water systems for cities and resorts around the world. He is an expert on carbon footprinting, enabling businesses to measure, manage, and improve their carbon impacts

BASE San Francisco Bay Area and London


Mr Thornton is CEO and Founder, Carbon Analytics, which automates carbon footprinting for businesses via accounting integrations – enabling businesses of all sizes to measure, manage, and improve their climate impact.

Michael is co-founder of Odyssey Sensors which builds low-cost environmental sensors to improve yields, decrease resource consumption, and improve outcomes for developing world and small agriculture and aquaculture.

As a Sustainable Infrastructure Engineer Michael has designed renewable energy and water systems for cities, eco-resort developments, and green campuses around the world. He has served as Volunteer/Mentor for Engineers Without Borders and assisted MIT’s EWB Chapter with developing power and water resources for a rural health clinic and village in Ddegeya, Uganda.


  • Carbon foot printing
  • Opportunity generating
  • Infrastructure, renewable energy and water systems

Appointments, Awards, and Degrees

Board Appointments

Odyssey Sensors (co-founder)
Uganda Village Project
Terra Recovery (co-founder)
Sherwood Institute (co-founder)

Certificates and Awards

Professional Engineer, State of CA
IESE Social Venture Capital Investment Competition – 1st Place
Oxford Tata Idea Idol Grand Prize
Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship
Nick C Burro Science Award


Oxford University, Said Business School, MBA
Duke University, BS Mechanical Engineering + Environmental Sciences/Policy