Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Launches Energy and Sustainability Committee

The Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) has launched a new committee devoted to connecting, educating, and engaging young professionals with the established and emerging energy industry in Central Texas. This committee will focus on connecting students and young professionals with energy companies and organizations, partnering with groups to host events for young professionals interested in careers within the energy industry, as well as community service and outdoor engagement opportunities. Founding partners of the Committee include NRG Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Cielo Wind Power and Green Bank.

“We are on the cusp of incredible changes in the way we use, consume, and interact with energy”, said John King, Chair of the Energy and Sustainability Committee. “These changes present incredible economic opportunities for the energy industry, established companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, students, and young professionals.  We are fortunate to live in a city of technology and creativity and we need to leverage that to continue to attract the innovation that will transform our energy economy.”

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Energy and Sustainability Committee with host its first event at the Austin Club from 11:30 am to 1 pm featuring speaker Brewster McCracken, former City Councilman and Mayor Pro tem, and current Executive Director of the Pecan Street Project. The Pecan Street Project is an initiative that began in 2008 as a community collaboration to reinvent the energy system.

Jose Beceiro, Director of Clean Energy at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said he is looking forward to working with AYC and the committee to bring greater awareness to the emerging energy industry in Central Texas. “The AYC Energy and Sustainability Committee is a tremendous opportunity for young professionals, energy companies in Central Texas, and the City of Austin. We are at the forefront of a New Energy Economy and it is important to have all of our citizens, especially future leaders, educated and involved on these issues.”

For more details about the committee, or to join, email Melanie Plumber, Executive Director of the Young Chamber,, or John King,


About the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce-

The purpose of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) is to develop and connect young professionals in Austin to create business, community and individual success.

Work hard. Play hard. That’s our motto at the AYC. As young professionals in the Austin area we know that you work hard to develop yourself both personally and professionally. We also know that in a city like Austin there are countless ways to play hard. The AYC is where you can do both with other young professionals in the Austin community.

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