Alex Birdsall joins COA



Alex Birdsall PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

Alex Birdsall
PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

BAR HARBOR — Alex Birdsall has joined the College of the Atlantic staff as the Sustainable Business Program manager.

After graduating from Oberlin with a double major in Hispanic studies and religion in 2006, Birdsall received a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University and was a bilingual elementary teacher in the NYC Public Schools.

After several years in the public school system, he moved into sustainable enterprise and joined a solar start-up housed at the incubator at Pratt University. The company, called Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology, developed Solar Ivy, a system of architectural PV solar membrane structures and was awarded a provisional patent in 2011. In his roll at the company, he translated complex engineering concepts into a comprehensible language to increase awareness, drive sales and attract investment.

More recently, Birdsall worked in marketing and communication at the water purification firm Hydro-Photon in Blue Hill and went on to become global sales director at the weather station company RainWise, now in Trenton.

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