Energy Works Team

Emile LauzzanaEmile Lauzzana, AIA, LEED AP - Executive Director, is the founder of Energy Works Michigan. Under his leadership, Energy Works has garnered $8M in funding to partner with over 150 schools and school districts across the State of Michigan.  He also serves as the Chair of the US Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter Public Policy Committee, contributes to the MI Bureau of Workforce Transformation Green Partnership Team, participates in the City of Detroit Green Taskforce, and is an active member of The Engineering Society of Detroit.  He has taught courses at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University in building science and sustainable design.  Emile is a licensed architect and LEED accredited green building professional.  He and his wife Cara have two wonderful children, a victory garden, and work to improve their home featured on the annual National Solar Homes Tour.

Jason Bing, Project Manager
Jason Bing, RA, LEED AP - Operations Director, facilitates work in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs of the MRSP. Jason works with qualified architects, contractors and engineers to identify energy savings opportunities for schools, as well as install small scale solar and wind energy equipment. Jason has focused on healthy, high performance buildings his entire career He has experience in the design and development of several LEED certified buildings, in addition to conducting residential and commercial energy audits, and performing solar feasibility analyses. Jason has served on the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Appropriate Technology Collaborative. Jason is a frequent lecturer and educator, and is consistently involved in researching energy issues and technologies on a local, regional, and national scale. He is a licensed architect and LEED A.P., and has earned a Master of Architecture from Kent State University.

Kelly Weger  Kelly Weger, RA, LEED AP - Project Manager, facilitates the successful completion of the Renewable Energy Program.  Kelly works with qualified wind and solar contractors to develop local  renewable energy educational tools for sustainable schools across Michigan. Kelly is also the marketing and communications manager, working with all aspects of the Michigan Renewable Schools Program to ensure consistently clear and effective communication for project success. Kelly is a sustainable architect with strong ties to community and local food movements. Her participation in various volunteer organizations and networking groups has led to a diverse array of sustainably-focused activities, from the Ypsilanti Planning Commission to being a local foods SELMA guest chef. She is passionate about disseminating knowledge about all aspects of sustainable living to her local and regional community. She is a licensed architect and LEED A.P., and has earned a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 Kendal Kuneman, LEED AP - Project Manager, manages the Post-Secondary Program to coordinate Michigan colleges and universities with high schools statewide to discuss career pathways in EERE, and assists in the Energy Efficiency Program administration. Kendal is an Intern Architect with a long commitment to sustainability.  She has experience with comprehensive project design work and hands-on design and construction management for small community-based projects, including an adaptive reuse project that received designation as a National Historic Landmark and involved deconstruction and reuse of salvaged building materials.  Kendal is a Board Member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Michigan Chapter, and was involved in the formation of the Chapter.  She is LEED A.P. and has earned a Master of Science in Design Build, with Minor in Community Planning from Auburn University, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Natalie YoungNatalie Young - Project Assistant, assists with marketing, contest design, and office management as part of her role in the Michigan Renewable Schools Program. Natalie was a coordinator for the student organization known as GREEN (Gathering Resources to Educate about our Environment and Nature), a student organization that valued promoting environmental education to students as well as community members. Her involvement with GREEN developed and deepened a passion for educating, and being educated, on how we can all live sustainable lifestyles to help protect the environment. Natalie is a recent graduate from Eastern Michigan University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Laura Holladay, Education Program Director
Laura Holladay - Ecology Center - Education Director, oversees and implements all environmental education efforts of Ecology Center and Energy Works Michigan. Laura has presented hands-on environmental workshops to over 10,000 students throughout southeastern Michigan. She has extensive experience developing educational programs on sustainability issues. She has worked as a faculty member in Schoolcraft College's Biology Department, outreach specialist for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and program coordinator for the Leslie Science & Nature Center. She has earned a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from The University of Michigan. Laura is an avid traveler and nature lover who has studied the natural sciences all over the world, and she loves bringing her enthusiasm for nature and environmental issues into the classrooms that she reaches.

Lauren LaRocca  Lauren LaRocca - Education Associate, is responsible for sustainability education programming and assists in implementing the professional teacher training workshops for Energy Works Michigan. Lauren is a talented curriculum developer and educator, working to improve the quality of sustainability education in Michigan and beyond. She has developed high-quality curricula for the Ecology Center, the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Leslie Science and Nature Center, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. She has earned a Bachelor of Science, Program in the Environment from The University of Michigan.