Andrew Butcher is cofounder and CEO of Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. GTECH works with communities to save energy and create new energy. Since 2007, the nonprofit organization has invested in distressed urban communities by reclaiming vacant, blighted places and re-energizing and refueling local economies to convert waste into energy. This enterprise seeks to cultivate the unrealized potential of people and places to create a prosperous green economy.
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 in 2010, was selected as a Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur.
Butcher holds a master's degree in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in Washington D.C. He participated in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in St. Louis, and holds certificates from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the National Outdoor Leadership School. He sits on the Board of The Sprout Fund and GTECH.
Butcher is a 1998 graduate of Boulder High School where, as student body president, he helped integrate the Conference on 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 is honored to participate in the CWA as it is where his parents first met.