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An MIS student at UT Austin, Andrew loves bouldering & thrifting and has a bucket list full of food & travel.
Meet Andrew, a Climate Analyst intern at CarbonBetter. Andrew comes to CarbonBetter from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) by way of the Asian Business Student Association (ABSA), where Andrew is the Director of Public Relations. ABSA is a professional, social, and philanthropic organization at UT with over 300 members. CarbonBetter founder and president Tri Vo was also a member of ABSA when he was a student at UT. As a Climate Analyst intern, Andrew is working under Nicole Sullivan's leadership on both project work and supporting ad-hoc needs from the broader team. The Climate Services team helps CarbonBetter clients pursue sustainability and decarbonization goals, which include sustainability reporting, carbon offsets procurement, and project development. Let’s get to know Andrew!
Andrew, what do you love about working at CarbonBetter?
I really love CarbonBetter's mission and the industry we're in. The climate sector is so new and constantly shifting, so there's never a dull day working at CarbonBetter. In addition, I've enjoyed working at a smaller firm. It's an intimate setting, getting to see everyone's work, and exciting to see the company grow with each project. It's really rewarding to know the work you're doing is moving the community towards a better, sustainable future.
What does your day-to-day look like at CarbonBetter?
My day-to-day varies depending on what projects the Climate Service team has scheduled. My work can range from helping calculate environmental impacts, to updating sustainability reports, to researching carbon credit protocols. Alongside the diverse day-to-day work, I'm researching and writing a paper about the current scope of sustainability reporting and where it's heading in the business world.
Do you have any personal or professional goals that you'd like to share?
I've been on a mission to prioritize my health more and learn how to balance self-care with work. Some other goals include getting my real estate license and integrating myself into that space since my parents have been doing real estate for a while, and I would love to pick up after them.
"I've been on a mission to prioritize my health more and learn how to balance self-care with work."One of Andrew's Current Goals
Do you have any personal sustainability habits that are important to you?
I enjoy dressing up and pulling together some fits, but I'm a big supporter of buying secondhand. I thrift pretty much the majority of my clothing now and also furnished most of my apartment through Facebook Marketplace. If you have the time you can get some banger deals, give pieces a second life, and also get a fun treasure hunt out of thrifting.
If you live in Austin, what is your favorite activity here?
My main sport right now is indoor bouldering. The moment I clock out for work I'm heading straight to the gym! I haven't gotten a chance to boulder outdoors yet, so I'm looking forward to that.
Have you taken any personality tests? If so, tell us about your personality and what it means.
I'm an ENFP, a campaigner, which I would sum up as someone who is quite introspective and values the connections and relationships we have in life. I also love asking people what their 5 love languages are. My order from most important to least is: quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, and receiving gifts.
What's something you've learned recently, or something you want to learn?
I've been learning how to crochet so I can eventually make my own jumpers. Something else I would love to learn is pottery. I think it'd be so cool to eat and drink from ceramics I made myself!
What are 5 things on your bucket list?
- Celebrate Lunar New Year in Vietnam
- Snowboard in Japan
- Hike in Banff during the winter
- Develop my own arsenals of Vietnamese recipes
- Bake a loaf of bread
Thanks for sharing, Andrew! We are so grateful you're on the team, and your kind smile and positive attitude are always noticed and appreciated. Make sure to explore the rest of our Life @ CarbonBetter series!