Our Guest Speakers
Presented by Denise Eisman, AHLA Executive Director
Director of Energy Efficiency Services
Austin Energy, Austin, TX
Denise Kuehn is the Director of Energy Efficiency Services at Austin Energy in Austin, Texas. She manages, oversees and directs the implementation of Austin Energy’s demand side management programs for the residential, commercial, multifamily and industrial sectors. Utilizing an approximately $25 million budget and 50 full-time, contract and temporary employees, Ms. Kuehn plans, directs and coordinates the accomplishing of the 800 MW demand reduction goal by 2020 expanding to 900 MW by 2025. These efforts align with the City of Austin’s Climate Protection Plan and integrating the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance into the community for all four business sectors.
She received her M.B.A. from Bellevue University and her degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska. Over her twenty seven-year career in the utility and demand side management area, Ms. Kuehn has worked for three utility companies, an engineering consulting firm and Johnson Controls. She has led numerous strategic planning, process improvement and change management efforts.
Ms. Kuehn was a founding member of four groups focused on sustainability within the utility, the local community, the state, and on a national basis. Within the Omaha Public Power District, she established a cross-functional sustainability effort. In Omaha, she partnered with others to unify the efforts of over fourteen different entities to form the Green Omaha Coalition. Collaborating with other utilities, they formed the Nebraska Energy Efficiency Partners resulting in the first state wide school-based education program with over a 90% participation rate. Nationally, she worked with other utilities to form the Large Public Power Council Energy Efficiency Working Group creating an electric utility effort for negotiating program offerings for approximately 12% of the energy consumers in the US. She was chairperson of the Energy Assistance Program, a board member of several groups including Keep Omaha Beautiful, the Nebraska Stakeholder Code Advisory Board and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers where she was awarded the Best Chapter President and Outstanding Chapter Award for Region IX.
Austin Water Utility
Water Conservation Division
Mark Jordan currently serves as a Conservation Program Coordinator, Water Conservation Division, with the Austin Water Utility. He joined the city in August of 2011.
Prior to working for the City of Austin, he was the Manager for River Operations for the Lower Colorado River Authority for 11 years.
Before coming to the LCRA, he worked for the Texas Water Commission and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for almost 15 years as an attorney and then policy director for the state’s water rights, water quality and water utility programs.
Sr. Waste Diversion Planner
Austin Resource Recovery
Teresa Chapman works in Austin Resource Recovery’s Strategic Initiatives Division on the Business Outreach Team. Organic diversion is Teresa’s specialty within the business community. She works with restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, assisted living facilities and other food service companies to support efforts to address their organic waste.
Teresa has a Master’s degree in Geography from Kansas State University. Teresa began her career in 2009 at the Watershed Department with the City of Austin, but has found her passion and niche with organics at Austin Resource Recovery.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Sarah has worked as the Director of Marketing and Businesses Development for Balcones Resources since October 2013. Sarah leads the marketing and branding initiatives for Balcones, manages the sales team and strategic partnerships for the company including qualified electronics recycling partners. Sarah has been in the recycling industry since 2011, and prior to joining Balcones, she managed the implementation of sustainability and waste diversion programs on college and university campuses. She received her BA and MBA from Texas Tech University, is on the board of Keep Austin Beautiful, a member of The Junior League of Austin, Pi Beta Phi Alumni Association, and Texas Tech University Alumni Association.