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Andrew Pattison- MPA Class of 2007

Andrew Pattison



Andrew Pattison received his B.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior from Skidmore College in 1999 and went on to work as a conservation biologist for New York State and The Nature Conservancy in both New York and Colorado.  He later taught biology and environmental science at a progressive charter school in Santa Fe, NM and was the Science Program Coordinator at the Blue Academy, a non-profit eco-tourism company he helped launch in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Fiji

Andy moved to Denver in 2003 in order to complete a Master in Public Administration with a focus in Environmental Policy, Management and Law from the School of Public Affairs at UCD.  For two years, Andy worked as a researcher at the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy supporting the Wirth Chair’s efforts in local and statewide sustainable development policy advocacy. Andy’s Master’s thesis involved working with the Colorado Municipal League and dozens of Colorado municipalities to develop and author a book entitled “Energy Management and Conservation: Municipal Best Practices". While pursuing his PhD in Public Affairs at SPA under the IGERT Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program, Andy is continuing his research in municipal-scale sustainable development policy centered on energy and climate issues.  The working titled of his dissertation is “Beliefs, Learning, and Policy Entrepreneurs: A Examination of Local Climate Policy Development”. 

In Dec 2009, after over four years of advocating for progressive sustainability policy at UCD and on the Auraria campus downtown as the chair of the student lead Sustainable Campus Program Subcommittee, Andy was hired to be the Sustainability Officer for the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) where he directs all greenhouse gas inventory work, climate action planning and other sustainability projects on the Auraria campus, the largest campus in the nation.

He also now teaches at SPA in the MPA program and currently serves on The State Pollution Prevention Advisory board and the board of directors in New Era Colorado. Andy was 2009 fellow in the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Colorado Political Leaders Fellowship program and a 2009 fellow in the Denver Community Leadership Forum.


Energy Management and Conservation, Municipal Best Practices. September 2007.

A Review of Green Job Estimations for Colorado by
Andrew Pattison MPA, Abel Chavez MBA, Anu Ramaswami PhD, Blair Gifford PhD. Presented at Colorado Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council Summit, November 18, 2009.

Harnessing expert-based information for learning and the sustainable management of complex socio-ecological systems by Christopher M. Weible, Andrew Pattison, Paul A. Sabatier. Environmental Science and Policy, 13 (2010) 522-534.
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