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Andrew Spees ’04 took time off school to work with the Americorps NCCC program building homes with Habitat for Humanity, fighting wildfires, and teaching school in inner-city Baltimore before he graduated with a degree in environmental education. For his ELC internship, he studied the growth rates of mahogany trees in Belize.
His years since graduation have been similarly action-packed: after leaving Wilson, Andrew spent several years doing ornithological research in Hawai’I, California, Venezuela, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Mexico, and Florida. He moved on to volunteer in Morocco with the Peacecorps, where his main focus was improving the efficiency of cookstoves to conserve natural resources.
Back in the States, he enrolled in grad school at Appalachian State University, focusing on appropriate technology with a concentration in renewable energy. Skills gained from years on Campus Support at Wilson came in handy when he bought what he calls “a REAL fixer-upper,” a cabin off the grid in Mountain City, Tennessee, intending to power it with solar electricity and rainwater.
After graduate school, Andrew did some work on producing bio-gas from cassava root in Rwanda, and made a trip to South Africa to watch the Americans lose the World Cup to Ghana. Since his return from Africa, Andrew has been working for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the gulf, monitoring the BP oil spill cleanup.