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Mary graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of Engineering, specializing in Environmental Engineering and with additional background in Urban and Regional Planning and Process Engineering. After working in Water and Wastewater for Gainesville Regional Utilities, she moved to Progress Energy as an Environmental Analyst, then in Power Plant Operations Management, and finally in Power Plant Construction, managing environmental compliance.

Observing first hand the environmental cost of energy production led to a career change to energy optimization and sustainable building practices. Working with business partner Architect Jennifer Langford, she formed The Sustainable Design Group in 2007, with the philosophy that engineers and architects working together can create the optimal product: a beautiful and efficient building design that works well. In addition, synergy between the design and engineering of the building saves the client money - both in the upfront design costs as well as in the on-going operation of the building. In addition to providing these services, Mary is a project manager, provides root cause analysis and environmental consulting.