What’s the best part about your job at LEAP?
For whatever reason, I am incredibly motivated to help people stop wasting money and energy. And I love houses and building things generally. And I love working with good people trying to create a more sustainable society. LEAP is where I can do all that.
What do you do when you’re not working?
My wife and I had our first child in 2014. So that about covers it. But we used to love time with friends and family, gardening, and making music.
Tell us about your house.
We rent a beautiful, 1935 four-square. It’s a bit of a disaster. The walls are uninsulated. The crawl (with ductwork) was totally open to the outside until I closed it in this past February. It’s a museum of electric wiring technology. The current furnace is a gas pack sitting in the yard; so more than half of my heat stays in the yard. Despite all this, we would love to buy it.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Age 8: astrophysicist (Carl Sagan); Age 12: pro soccer player; Age 16: rock and roll DJ
More about Andrew…
Andrew, who joined LEAP in February 2015, got his start in residential construction as a carpenter’s helper during high school summer breaks in the 1980s. He worked many years in homebuilding and remodeling and also served as a trainer and program facilitator in the experiential education industry. During graduate school he was hired by the City of Austin, Texas, and eventually became manager of their Sustainable Communities Initiative. In 2001 he founded Commonwealth Sustainability Works, a consulting firm focused on high-performance construction, sustainable land use, and green strategies for business.
Andrew is a LEED Accredited Professional, a RESNET certified home energy rater, and a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. His formal education includes a master’s degree in community and regional planning from The University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in social theory from Virginia Commonwealth University.