David grew up in Fryeburg, hiking and skiing in the western mountains of Maine. Through high school and college, he worked on a local farm each summer, developing a lifelong passion for local sustainable food. David studied at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he majored in Civil/Environmental Engineering and minored in International Studies.
Following graduation, David worked in construction management and safety for Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in New Haven CT and Meadowlands, NJ. During this time, he became a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction.
In 2009, he moved to Reno, Nevada to volunteer as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Envirolution, where he developed lessons and curriculum to teach middle and high school students about energy efficiency and clean energy. This includes activities where students assess the energy consumption of their homes and their school. This hands-on curriculum has been recognized by the National Science Foundation for its effective student outcomes.
David also worked for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, where he developed and led energy efficiency programs statewide in Nevada. These included programs to help low-income seniors reduce their energy consumption, and developing ~$50 million in energy-saving projects for public agencies – cities, counties, school districts and colleges – throughout the state.
Additionally, David started a non-profit initiative, Powered by Sunshine, to drive Nevada toward 100% renewable energy statewide. Specifically, he highlighted the economic benefits of shifting to local clean energy instead of importing $6 billion in fossil fuels from outside the state each year. In addition, he transitioned his home in Reno to net-zero energy, highlighting the savings and effectiveness of efficiency and clean energy on a home-owner basis.
David moved back to Maine in 2017, and is now transitioning an old Maine farmhouse, built in 1828, to 100% clean energy with a combination of efficiency measures, air-source heat pumps, a heat pump water heater and solar. He is excited to help Maine’s citizens and businesses transition from fossil fuels to clean energy!