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Mayor to continue climate protection work in private sector job

Thursday, April 16, 2009 by Austin Monitor

Mayor Will Wynn has joined the leadership team at LPB Energy Management, a position that will give him a chance to pursue his passion for reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the leading cause of global warming. And LPB gets a former Mayor helping the company gain market share in the public sector.


Wynn’s second term ends on June 22, at which time he will devote all his energies to his new job. In the meantime, he said, “I am excited to join such an innovative and growing company. LPB embraces my passion for cost effective sustainability.”


LPB Energy Management uses software, equipment upgrades, consulting and other methods to help companies measure and reduce their energy use. 


“We are honored to have Will Wynn join our leadership team at LPB,” said Matthew Berke, founder and president of LPB Energy Management. “Will has been hailed by political and environmental leaders as a critical voice in forming energy policy. LPB will benefit greatly from his experience and insight.”


LPB is based in Dallas, but Wynn said he would work for the company from his downtown condo. “So I get to stay in Austin and do what I’m passionate about and help the bottom line of everybody involved,” by lowering their utility bills, he said.


Wynn told In Fact Daily, “LBP has a very impressive existing client base but much of it is in private sector. It is perfectly suited for big government consumers of electricity, such as cities, school districts, the federal government and large institutions like universities. I’m excited about taking their product into the public realm,” which he said would help those consumers dramatically reduce their utility costs. And, “by doing that what I’m really doing is reducing the consumption of electricity, therefore reducing dramatically energy being generated, reducing CO2 emissions.”

As chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Committee, Wynn has been instrumental in adoption of a number of resolutions strengthening energy conservation codes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enacting tax credits for renewable energy and conservation. As Mayor, Wynn led the City Council in adoption of Austin’s Climate Protection Plan. That plan calls for Austin Energy to aggressively ramp up its clean energy programs, achieving 700 MW of new conservation and efficiency savings and having 30 percent of its energy needs come from renewable resources by 2020.

According to information from the company, LPB has helped over 1,000 corporate and government clients reduce energy costs and increase sustainability. LPB has been recognized with ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence awards.

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