Presidio heads to Austin, Texas for SXSW Eco

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By Daniel Heras, MBA Candidate

Published 10.4.13

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Next week, Presidio Graduate School will be heading to SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas.  Keys highlights for Presidio at SXSW Eco 2013 include an education session presented by current student Tim Shaw on Educating Chefs on Sustainability, a Sustainable Business Happy Hour co-hosted by TriplePundit on Tuesday October 8th at 5:30pm at Clive Bar, AND our very own exhibitor booth on the conference floor.  If you are at the conference make sure you come give us a visit, whether at our booth #414, at Tim Shaw’s session, or at the Clive Bar for happy hour!

Also, in honor of our presence in Austin, we would like to highlight a few Presidians of Texas! Check out the profiles below of current and former Presidio Graduate School students:

Zach-BaumerZach Baumer - Alumni

In Texas: City of Austin – Climate Program Manager

Zach Baumer leads climate action efforts for the City of Austin. He draws on nine years of experience as a private-sector consultant assisting cities and other clients with sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental protection. He has consulted with companies and governmental entities to create and manage overall sustainability strategies, as well as greenhouse gas inventories, protocols and reduction plans. Zach is a native of Indianapolis and holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. An Austinite since 2009, he joined the City in May 2011.


Daniel-HerasDaniel Heras – Current Student

In Texas: 2013 EDF Climate Corps Fellow, City of Austin – Office of Sustainability

Daniel Heras sent this past summer as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow with the City of Austin. During this engagement, Daniel put his new found skills gained during his first year at Presidio to the test. He analyzed the City of Austin’s municipal building portfolio and energy efficiency practices. Heras created an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) Index for more than 200 City buildings, performed level-1 facility audits and conducted in-depth interviews with over 30 City employees who are key players in the City’s energy efficiency practices. All of his work was in alignment with the City’s Climate Protection Plan, which sets a goal of carbon-neutral City operations by 2020.

As a result of this work, Heras has recommended four system-level energy efficiency strategies designed to improve the implementation process of energy efficiency projects for City-owned buildings. To find out what they are, click here.


Sean-MiddletonSean Middleton – Alumni

In Texas: Houston-Galveston Area Council – Air Quality Planner, Houston, TX

Check out his LinkedIn profile.


Tim-ShawTim Shaw – Current Student

In Texas: 2013 SXSW Eco Speaker, Educating Chefs on Sustainability

Chef Tim Shaw is both a graduate of The International Culinary Center and New York University, where he received his Masters in Food and Nutrition. Ten years after graduating from The Culinary Center, Chef Tim returned as faculty to give back to the place where his career began. His previous experiences as a private chef (for Goldie Hawn, Star Jones, and Rod Stewart) and adjunct professor at NYU inform his teaching style, and he always tries to bring a pinch of humor to the classroom. He joined the New York staff in 2005 and relocated to the Campbell campus in 2011.


Meghna-TareMeghna Tare - Current Student

In Texas: University of Texas, Arlington, Director - Office of Sustainability

Meghna Tare is the Director of Sustainability for UT Arlington. In 2010, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education named her a Technical Advisor for their Green Buildings workgroup. Prior to joining the University, Tare was an environmental manager with the city of Dallas' Office of Environmental Quality, where she worked on a variety of environmental projects related to climate change, air quality, green buildings, energy efficiency and outreach, community gardens, and environmental management systems. She also taught environmental studies classes at California State University at Hayward and the Collin County Community College.

Tare holds a Master's degree in environmental studies from San Jose State University and a Master's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco.

Hope to see you in Austin!!!!

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