Andrew Butcher is cofounder and CEO of Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Using a range of alternative energy strategies, GTECH invests in distressed urban communities by repurposing vacant, blighted places, to create a platform for education, training and employment. This nonprofit enterprise seeks to revitalize the most marginalized sites by demonstrating how reclamation can also be used as an economic driver.
A Boulder, Colorado, native, Butcher is a committed practitioner of creative social and environmental responsibility. He has studied and worked in the fields of renewable energy, resource management, public policy, and community development for the past 10 years, and continues to earn the title of social entrepreneur. In 2008, he was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship and was selected as a Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur in 2010.
Butcher holds a masterís degree in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelorís degree in political science from American University in Washington DC. He participated in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in St. Louis, and holds certificates from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Butcher is a 1998 graduate of Boulder High School where, as student body president, he helped integrate the Conference of World Affairs into school activities on a yearly basis. Currently, he lives near a park in Pittsburgh with his wife, Julie, and dog, Jasper-Bacon. He misses the mountains, but is inspired by urban regeneration and sustainability in shrinking cities around the world. He is honored to participate in the CWA as it is where his parents first met.