Pharr Andrews, Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort IntrapreneurPharr Andrews joins the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise 2021 Cohort as an Intrapreneur to find solutions to address the energy poverty gap exasperated by the effects of climate change.

Energy poverty describes the situation where low-income households are not able to adequately provide basic energy services in their homes at an affordable cost. For example, housing with poor energy efficiency, inadequate insulation, and old or inefficient heating systems are often causes of energy poverty. This project proposes to address energy poverty through education, leveraging resources, amplifying ongoing actions, expanding partnerships, and conducting outreach on ways to close the energy poverty gap.

Pharr Andrews currently serves as the Senior Climate Coordinator for the City of Dallas, where her primary function is to coordinate the development and implementation of the City’s first Comprehensive and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). Previous work experience includes Environmental Outreach Manager for the City of Richardson and Air Quality Manager for the City of Austin. She has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of environmental and sustainability issues with a demonstrated record of success in project management, climate planning, state and local policy/rulemaking projects, communication of complex information, and management of climate protection, air quality, pollution prevention, water conservation, and land development programs. Her experience, paired with a strong commitment to preserving our natural environment, has earned her a reputation as an eco-champion.

While in Austin, she chaired the region’s Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee and helped develop and implement three regional air quality improvement plans. She was also a founding member of the City’s Climate Protection Team and played a vital role in the climate planning effort. Prior to serving at the City of Austin, she worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on environmental policy issues.

When asked what her motivation for intrapreneurship is, Andrews answered, “Climate Change impacts everyone on the planet, but does not affect everyone equally. I am very motivated to help ensure vulnerable front line communities have access to the tools that reduce negative impacts, build resiliency and improve quality of life.”

Stay tuned to the Hunt Institute Digest to follow Pharr, and her Cohort, on this journey in 2021 as she pursues solutions to energy poverty in the DFW area.

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