Keith grew up in rural Western Massachusetts where he developed a deep love and appreciation for nature and wilderness. He considers himself fortunate to have grown up in an environment where camping, hiking and harvesting wood for heat were common activities.
Keith stayed close to home for his undergraduate studies, which included a Business Administration degree from Greenfield Community college and a Bachelors degree in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts.
After graduating from UMass, Keith took a job with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Boston in order to pursue a career as a software engineer. This eventually led to the completion of a Masters degree in Computer Science from Boston University. Keith has held numerous roles as an IT professional over the years, including business analyst, software developer and manager of a global technology team with people located in the U.S., India, Russia and Germany.
It was his growing awareness of climate change and the harm we are causing the planet that ultimately motivated Keith to change his career path. This decision prompted him to enroll in the Master of Design Studies - Sustainable Design program at the Boston Architectural College.
Keith's thesis work at the BAC focused on the creation of an operational rating system for homes based on the benchmarking of Energy Use Intensity (EUI). His final project won the Greene Master of Design Studies Award in Sustainable Design. He is currently working to make the rating system available for widespread use and hopes his work will eventually lead to dramatic reductions in residential energy consumption.