September Power Lunch: Electrifying Transportation in Austin

Power lunches are BACK and in full swing this fall and we are kicking the series off with an exciting panel of speakers.  Jon Walker from Rocky Mountain Institute, Lindsey McDougall with Austin Energy, and Zach Baumer with the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability will be joining CleanTX on Wednesday, September 28th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Join us to hear about the latest efforts to electrify the transportation in Austin. The panel will be discussing everything from electrifying city fleets, taxis, and TNCs to incentive programs that will help you buy an electric vehicle (EV) on a budget! Join in on the conversation and let your voice be heard.


Interested to know more about our speakers? Get to know them before you meet them:

Jon Walker


Jon Walker is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Boulder office. He is focused on reducing energy and CO2 intensity of our mobility system. He has over ten years of experience designing products and systems as a design engineer and manager in the aerospace and IT industries. Jon joined RMI in July 2013.

Jon leads RMI’s efforts to rapidly scale electric vehicles and electric vehicle miles traveled (eVMT).  He also leads RMI’s research and work to accelerate and optimize the introduction of electric, autonomous mobility services.

Prior to joining RMI, Jon worked as a product development engineer and engineering manager at Panduit Corporation. In these roles, Jon designed and implemented energy-efficient data center systems. These systems reduce energy consumption in IT and data center environments.

Prior to that, Jon worked as a design engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace developing an energy efficient starter/generator for regional aircraft. He also worked on improving efficiency of integrated drive generators for large commercial aircraft.

Jon holds a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

 Lindsey McDougall


For over three years, Lindsey McDougall has charged forth with electric vehicle incentive programs for Austin Energy, the 8th largest publicly owned electric utility in the US.

She oversees the Plug-In EVerywhere subscription membership program which allows any EV driver to access the nationally recognized Plug-In EVerywhere network of over 250 charging stations powered by 100% renewable energy. Lindsey also manages the Plug-In Partners home charging station rebate program and EV360, an EV sub-meter time of use program.

She is an electric vehicle EVangelist who drives a Nissan Leaf and is the ultimate conversation starter on why people should drive electric. Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University- San Marcos and was born and raised in central Texas.

Zach Baumer


Zach has been with the City of Austin since 2011 where he manages the Climate Program in the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability.  His primary duties include overseeing the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the City organization and community.

Prior to the City of Austin, Zach spent 10 years working in the environmental consulting industry, primarily assisting large industrial clients with environmental data management, greenhouse gas inventories, and sustainability planning.

Zach holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Top 5 reasons to join CleanTX for the September Power Lunch:

  1. Meet our new Executive Director, Dwain Rogers
  2. Meet thought leaders and other cleantech community members during our network session
  3. Enjoy the latest in electrifying transportation over lunch
  4. Get a surprise Electric > Gas gift!
  5. Be one of the first people in Austin to hear about an exciting EV program that will soon be launched by CleanTX!