Brix describes himself as an environmentalist but not an environmental activist. "I'm not hanging banners off the federal building, that's not my style," he says. "I have to be able to work with utility companies, renewable energy contractors, home owners, business owners, and other people in government, as well as neighborhood organizations and nonprofits."
Brix spends most of his time writing and revising energy efficiency project proposals, but he does leave the office on occasion. He recently took a tour of a few potential wind turbine sites in the area and is putting an educational kiosk in the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market to explain its photovoltaic electrical-generation array. "It's nice to be able to walk by something and say, 'Hey, that's there because of something I was a part of,'" he says.
Brix doesn't own a car--he bikes to work year-round from his rented house off Summit. He's a devotee of the People's Food Co-op and often stops in after work for a peanut butter Bumble energy bar. When Brix and his buddies learned that a truck full of locally grown cabbage and rutabaga was unloading at the Co-op, they flocked to the store with the excitement of kids rushing to an ice cream truck.
"Food is probably the biggest thing I do besides work," Brix says. He and his housemates have a "fermentation fascination," and although they weren't successful with their last batch of cider, Brix boasts about their sauerkraut and pickles.