Ms. Andrea Putman

Ms. Andrea Putman

Senior Vice President SoAR Foundation

Andrea Putman, Senior Vice President at Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, has dedicated her career to communications, outreach, and building partnerships to advance agricultural, climate, renewable and energy efficiency issues.

She developed FedByScience, a collaboration of universities focused on “storytelling” to highlight the value of scientists’ research. Ms. Putman recruited 20 universities and an Advisory Committee of 9 chancellors, vice presidents, and deans. She writes and oversees the Retaking the Field series (5 volumes).

Previously, Ms. Putman was Director of Higher Education at ecoAmerica, a non-profit that that uses research and strategic partnerships to build awareness and action for climate solutions among mainstream Americans.  She engaged 20 senior leaders of universities to serve on the Solution Generation (higher ed) Executive Committee.

She served as Second Nature’s Director of Corporate Partnerships for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a network of over 670 presidents and chancellors who have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations.  Ms. Putman recruited donors including Lockheed Martin, Waste Management, Sodexo, Staples, Trane, and others. As Director of Sustainability Financing at Second Nature, she co-managed the partnership between the Clinton Climate Initiative and ACUPCC.

Ms. Putman has written extensively on agricultural science, climate, renewable and energy efficiency, financing, and sustainability. She is the co-author of two books (Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change and The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities), editor of one book (Financing Sustainability on Campus) and co-author of multiple articles and reports.

She was President of Green Innovations, a woman-owned small business that provided expertise on innovative best practices to transition academic institutions toward net-zero energy campuses profitably.

Ms. Putman served on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Advisory Council. She was a developer/facilitator for Ithaca College’s Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership, a Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional.