This training will focus on the importance of energy conservation, by discussing more efficient ways to produce energy, as well as ways to reduce consumption. Specifically, that consumption can be achieved either by using energy more efficiently (using less energy for a constant service) or by reducing the amount of service used (for example, by driving less).
Mary K. Priddy is the Conservation Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability. Her primary focus is education and outreach to Austin-area schools and businesses. In this capacity, she manages the City’s Bright Green Future Grant Program, which awards K-12 schools with grants of up to $3,000 for on-campus sustainability projects. She also manages the Austin Green Business Leaders Program, which recognizes businesses for their sustainable actions and is the Co-Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) for the Austin Independent School District. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability in 2008, Mary was the Executive Assistant over Community Relations for City Manager Toby Hammett Futrell.
In her spare time, Mary is a stand-up comedian and passionate animal advocate who co-founded DenMar’s Animal Refuge Network (DARN), a non-profit dedicated to helping rural shelters and rescues across Texas.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University.