KeyBank’s Head of Sustainability Gives Back to His Neighborhood

August 2017

KeyBank’s Head of Sustainability Gives Back to His Neighborhood

Well before Andrew Watterson became head of sustainability at KeyBank, he interned at Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, testing the viability of an EcoVillage in an urban setting. In fact, it was this internship that ultimately inspired Andrew to move back to Cleveland in 2003 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a short stint in Portland, Oregon.

While exploring the concept of an “eco-community within a community” in Detroit Shoreway, Andrew was drawn to its “human scale, urban feel, and access to the lake.”

Andrew Watterson, Head of Sustainability, KeyBank, with Carrie Carpenter, President and Executive Director of Gordon Square Arts District.

In Cleveland, Andrew’s career path led him to a job with the City, as chief of sustainability. In this role, he supported Mayor Jackson with the launch of Sustainable Cleveland 2019 – a ten year economic development initiative created to transform Cleveland into a “green city on a blue lake.” At that time, Andrew became personally invested in the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood, buying a home and accepting a role on the board of Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) in 2010. He was drawn to CPT due to its potential to drive economic development and urban sustainability.

It was through his role at CPT that Andrew joined the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District, and he continues to serve on the Boards of both organizations today. He believes that both have the unique opportunity to shape the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and define what it will look like for years to come.

A Strategic, Growth-Driven Approach to Creating a Sustainable Cleveland

In 2011, Andrew left the City to join Brown Flynn as a senior consultant in sustainability and corporate responsibility and ultimately joined KeyBank in 2014 as the head of sustainability. At Key, Andrew has successfully led Key’s evolution in it sustainability story from an operations focus to a strategic, growth-driven focus.

Andrew views his career in sustainability as creative, but in a different way from the arts organizations that he supports and on whose boards he serves. He believes that communities use the arts to define who they are, and his involvement with these organizations has made him more creative in his approach to sustainability at Key. He believes Cleveland is waking up to its full potential, and is proud to call this city his home.