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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Jan 29, 2020

Today’s episode features Sarah Talkington of Austin Energy. Sarah is a Texas native and has been a part of Austin Energy for over 13 years. She is a green building and energy expert and a recently minted LEED Fellow! Austin Energy offers year-round rebates and incentives to help offset the cost of making energy-efficiency improvements to homes or businesses in the Austin, TX area.

Sarah Talkington manages the Commercial Austin Energy Green Building team. In this position, Sarah coordinates with local developers, owners, design teams and other building professionals to find best practice, sustainable design & construction solutions for Austin.  She is responsible for the development and adoption of the Commercial Energy Code for the City of Austin. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the United States Green Building Council’s Technical Committee.

You can learn more about Sarah on LinkedIn.


3 Reasons to Listen

  • Moments that reminded Sarah she was on the right path
  • Her experience working on the Dell Children’s Hospital project
  • A new way to think about energy management: the Power Partner Thermostat Program

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