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YPiE Spotlight: Meet George Anderson

Name: George Anderson

Title: Sustainability Project Manager

Employer: Unitil

City/Town of Residence:

Bow, NH

Education: BS in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire

Why did you decide to work in the clean energy industry?

My decision to work in the energy sector was driven by a deep sense of responsibility for preserving our planet. With the majority of our global greenhouse gas emissions coming from energy and transportation, this industry offers ample opportunity to be at the forefront of combating climate change.

What interested you in working at your current employer?

Unitil has built a stellar reputation for its commitment to environmental stewardship, innovation, and community engagement. When I was considering what company I wanted to work with, it was incredibly important for me to be a part of a team that shares my values and is committed to addressing the urgency of the climate crisis.

Describe the work you do in more detail.

Working in environmental sustainability is broad by nature, but most of my work is centered around supporting my company’s ambitious sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Day to day, I could be working on anything from electric vehicle adoption and EV charging infrastructure for our fleet to promoting energy efficiency incentive programs for our customers. There’s never a shortage of things to do, and as a project manager, it all depends on what stage my projects are in.

What aspect of your job excites you most? Why?

I love the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability work. It’s really exciting to be constantly communicating across different teams and departments. Not only am I constantly learning new things, but I’m also helping others adjust their habits to be more environmentally conscious. It’s uniquely challenging work that’s equally impactful.

What interested you most about being part of YPiE? (Young Professionals in Energy)

The world of energy and sustainability is constantly changing, and we’re always learning more. Having a group of like-minded individuals with common goals to bounce ideas off of is what drove me to join this group. It’s an added perk that we’re all really fun to be around, too.

What advice would you give to someone that is new to the industry or fresh out of college?

Don’t underestimate the power of networking. Join professional groups, volunteer with organizations that share your values, and, most importantly, show up!

What do you like to do when you aren't working?

When I’m not working, I like to stay active and spend time outdoors. I love to run, hike, and climb. This winter, I’m learning how to cross-country ski. On my rest days, I love going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and supporting my favorite local businesses.

What's on your bucket list?

I’m far from ready for this, but I’d love to get to the point where I’m able to complete an ultramarathon.

Tell us one thing most people don't know about you.

I’m a huge coffee geek, and have tons of coffee gadgets at home. French press, pour over, espresso machine… you name it!

Fun Facts:

Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it?

Coffee. I especially love espresso.

Fave NH Restaurant?

Fave Musician/Band/Music genre?

It ebbs and flows, but lately I’ve been on a folk kick. I’m a big fan of Noah Kahan.

Fav Recreational activity?

Hiking, climbing, running, and travel!

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