If Bedford’s first director of energy and sustainability left anything in his desk at his most recent place of work, he probably will just purchase a replacement.
Andres Correa was sustainability and quality coordinator for Electrical Products of Central America, an electrical engineering company in Panama City, Panama, about 4,600 miles away.
Correa, who is scheduled to begin in Bedford before the end of December, is working remotely from the United States as a sustainability data analyst for the Panama company.
The position was approved by the 2022 Annual Town Meeting after months of advocacy led by the local chapter of Mothers Out Front. The manager is responsible for “administering and promoting sustainability initiatives for greenhouse gas mitigation, resilience, and building programs within residential, commercial, and municipal sectors,” according to the job description.
Although the position was authorized as of July 1, 2022, it remained vacant for almost a year and a half. Soon after he began in September, Town Manager Matt Hanson expanded the criteria to include candidates with backgrounds in marketing and communications as well as environmental science, energy, and environmental policy. The result was a number of applicants
Correa’s master’s degree, earned at Modul University in Vienna, is in sustainable development management and policy. His bachelor’s degree in international business is from the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama City.
In his cover letter, Correa said he was in charge of “counting the greenhouse gas emissions and creating the roadmap to facilitate sustainable manufacturing” in his most recent position. “I was in charge of identifying activities that generated greenhouse gases throughout the manufacturing process,” he wrote.
The Bedford position “includes developing and administering programs, policies, and initiatives to advance the Town of Bedford’s sustainability profile,” according to the job description.