Executive Director of Michigan Saves
Michigan Saves has enabled more than 12,000 Michiganders (residential and commercial) to invest nearly $80 million in projects that help reduce their carbon footprint.
Mary Templeton has dedicated a significant portion of her career to eliminating energy waste and increasing energy efficiency in Michigan. As a program director at Lansing-based public policy think tank Public Sector Consultants (PSC), she serves as the executive director of Michigan Saves, a PSC-managed multimillion-dollar nonprofit that provides financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. Michigan Saves has enabled more than 12,000 Michiganders (residential and commercial) to invest nearly $80,000,000 in projects that help reduce their carbon footprint.
Under Ms. Templeton’s leadership, the Michigan Saves team created the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards (GEEA), which pays tribute to those across the state who have performed exceptional energy-efficiency work. The GEEA’s purpose was, in part, to stimulate more informed conversations about energy issues and encourage others to take action for the cause. Ms. Templeton brought together leaders from across the energy industry to form a statewide steering committee for the GEEA, which she continues to chair.
Previously, Ms. Templeton was the program manager for BetterBuildings for Michigan, a statewide multimillion-dollar grant program designed to create a sustainable energy-efficiency market. She also was the executive vice president of sales and marketing with Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting. In 2008–2009, Ms. Templeton served as vice chair of the Wind Energy Resource Zoning Board, helping identify the best locations for wind energy development in Michigan. She currently serves on the State Energy Efficiency Local Action Network’s Financing Solutions Working Group.
Ms. Templeton holds a BS in Business from Wayne State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.