Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series Presents: Oh The Humanity

How People Impact Energy Systems

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Event Details




Online: Zoom



Brought to you by:

Institute for Energy Studies, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the Oh The Humanity: How People Impact Energy Systems.

Have you ever wondered why the shift to clean energy didn't occur in the 1970s? Or why there are utility incentive programs brimming with what seems like free money that remains untapped? What drives certain organizations to embrace new technologies while others stick to the status quo, squandering precious resources to their own detriment? A deeper understanding of the latest neuroscience and human behavior research is crucial for speeding up the transition to clean energy. Concepts such as choice overload, status quo bias, and primal fear are fundamental elements that influence both the macro and micro energy sectors and have the potential to drive innovation.

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Amanda Cambre is a light-skinned female who smiles warmly and wears a pendant necklace and black jacket.

Amanda Cambre, Speaker

Director of Facilities Management for WWU

Amanda Cambre is currently the Director of Facilities Management for WWU and previously served as the Campus Utility Manager and Director of Sustainability Integration. After receiving her B.S. in Architectural Science from the University of Texas at Austin, she quickly discovered that the nexus between the built environment and resource conservation was the area of the industry that most aligned with her skills and values. Her career spans roles such as the Federal and State Energy and Water Manager for the Texas Army National Guard, Deputy Director of Facilities for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and various policy and consulting positions that support the clean energy transition. 

Additionally, she administered the San Antonio 2030 and Dallas 2030 Districts and was instrumental in developing utility incentive programs that focus on operational and behavioral savings. She also led the benchmarking and strategic planning program supporting 41 public building owners, including the City of San Antonio, the University of Texas at El Paso, Mustang Public Schools, and the City of Little Rock. Ms. Cambre’s expertise lies at the crossroads of design, operation, and functionality in the built environment with a focus on public sector operations, leveraging these intersections to minimize resource waste and enhance the environment and objectives of public institutions.

Accommodations and Other Details

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