Energy Efficiency Workshop for Local Government

Sponsored by McKinstry

This workshop will provide city, county administrators, facility managers, energy managers and other public sector officials with some of the latest strategies, methodologies, and benchmarks that lead towards a “best-in-class” 2020 Vision for local government facilities. The facilitators are industry experts who will provide solid research and data, highlight emerging relevant trends and describe some of the latest innovations and best practices. Golda Obinzu, City of San Antonio Energy Manager, will share actual case studies from the City of San Antonio’s successful energy efficiency and sustainability programs driving their City to superiority.  Charlene Heydinger, President of Texas PACE Authority and Executive Director of Keeping PACE in Texas, will share how PACE is as an innovative financing methodology and how it benefits local governments.  Lee Riback, Regional Commissioning Manager at McKinstry, will discuss real life of examples of High Performing Buildings vs. non-performing buildings.  These innovative programs and hands-on examples will greatly benefit your city in their quest for energy efficiency and sustainability.


Quinn Tolbert (Workshop Moderator)
Lee Riback, Cxa, CEM, LEED-AP
Charlene Heydinger – Executive Director for Keeping PACE in Texas, President of Texas PACE Authority
Charlene Heydinger is the president of the Texas PACE Authority, the non-profit administrator of Texas PACE programs and executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, where Ms. Heydinger led the PACE legislative effort and the collaborative PACE in a Box model program design process involving 130 stakeholder volunteers. She worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a general counsel to the House Republican Leader, Bob Michel, minority general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and minority counsel to the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees. As vice president and Washington counsel for ABC, Inc., Heydinger represented the company’s television and radio networks and owned stations, ESPN, and print interests for nine years. She served as executive director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation. Heydinger is a member of the Texas, Washington, DC, and Michigan Bar Associations.
  • Host

    • Energy Systems Laboratory
  • Co-Host

    • North Central Texas Council of Governments