OA Semester 37 (Fall 2013)
What did you do after High School?
I attended Haverford College where I majored in Economics with an Environmental Studies minor. As part of my Environmental Studies curriculum, I spent a semester abroad in Freiburg Germany where I learned a great deal about the energy transition. During my senior year, I authored a thesis on the political economics of utility-scale battery storage.
What are you doing now and how are you involved in the global climate community?
I am a developer in the renewable energy industry working on utility-scale projects, primarily in upstate New York. I work for a company called ConnectGen that develops, builds and operates utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects across the United States. The development-stage projects that I work on, in aggregate, have the potential to power over 100,000 homes.
What is your favorite memory, or the most influential thing you recall from your time at 43 Hart Road?
Susan Tinsley Daily’s environmental seminar course unquestionably inspired my life’s work. As a participant in her seminar, I honed my passion for pragmatic climate change mitigation which ultimately catalyzed my career in renewable energy. To this day, I look back on my four months at OA as a truly formative moment. I would not be where or who I am today without OA and ENF.
What else are you up to these days?
I currently live in Houston, TX. However, my girlfriend Page and I frequently return to Asheville, Brevard, and Pisgah Forest where hiking is plentiful and all four seasons actually exist.