Mar 07, 2013
Andrew Butcher, a Master of Science in Public Policy Management (MSPPM ’06) Alum from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, was recently presented with a Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Diversity Award from Coro Pittsburgh.
Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program for professional and community leadership development and a community of over 1500 alumni. Their mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. Coro’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership & Diversity Awards are designed to honor individuals and organizations in the Pittsburgh region that lead from their values in the service of building a more inclusive democracy.
Butcher was the recipient of the Distinguished Coro Alumni Leadership Award, which goes to a Coro alumnus who practices values-based leadership in the service of a more inclusive democracy. Butcher is the co-founder and CEO of Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH) Strategies. GTECH is a nonprofit that is dedicated to cultivating the unrealized potential from people and places to improve the economical, environmental and social health of our communities. GTECH reduces urban decay by employing low-cost, high impact environmental strategies on single sites and large development corridors, bridging the gap between blight and redevelopment on vacant land.
“The research I did at Heinz College is what led to GTEC,” said Butcher. “The time I spent at Heinz not only connected me with tremendous people, but it gave me the specific tools and substantive knowledge to take ideas and put them all into action.”
Butcher went on to cite his time with Heinz College professor Denise Rousseau as truly substantial in teaching him how to take concepts out into the wilderness in order to prove them.
Originally thinking he would relocate immediately after his education at Heinz, Butcher has remained in the Pittsburgh area where he continues to be a driving force in the community.
Learn more about GTECH and their mission to transform vacant or blighted properties into viable community economic development opportunities by reclaiming sites and employing green redevelopment strategies to revive and recover the land. >>
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