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Charlie Popeck is a recognized authority and leader in the field of sustainability and green building. As President and founding Principal of Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants, Charlie is sought after as an expert in sustainability, building science and LEED. His business responsibilities for Green Ideas include business development, marketing, educational programs and operations. As a life‐long construction industry professional he has worked on a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential projects and has unique expertise in green building products, applications and installation techniques. He has been a licensed California General Contractor and has held senior management level positions for general contractors, architectural and product manufacturing firms. His passion for sustainability and green building, along with his construction management and tradesman background uniquely qualifies him as one of the most versatile green building consultants in the country.

As one of the first LEED Accredited Professionals in the U.S., Charlie has been a leader in the green building industry for many years. He is a USGBC Faculty member and regularly delivers educational seminars country on behalf of the organization. USGBC Faculty are the official instructors for USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. Charlie is authorized to teach the following instructor-led workshops:

  • LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED
  • LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
  • BDC 251: Understanding the BDC LEED Rating Systems
  • BDC 301: Implementing the BDC LEED Rating Systems
  • OM 251: Understanding the OM LEED Rating System
  • In addition, Charlie served on the steering committee that was responsible for bringing a chapter of the USGBC to Arizona in 2002, and has held leadership positions within the chapter including Chairman, Vice‐Chairman and Secretary. Charlie has a keen understanding of the various LEED Rating Systems, as well as hands‐on field experience with green building products, applications and installation techniques. As a certified Construction Documents Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute, he also brings a unique product and construction administration perspective to the green building industry.

    Charlie has personally trained over 30,000 architects, engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, building owners, and other construction industry professionals about sustainability issues, building products, material selection, and construction means and methods relating to green building and the LEED Rating System. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who has delivered on the subject of sustainability before dozens of trade associations, universities, businesses, municipalities and multi‐national corporations around the globe including Arizona State University, BASF, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Intel, Parsons, Raytheon, Starwood Development and Wachovia.

    As a certified Charrette Facilitator, Charlie has effectively led the planning process for many high‐profile green building projects including Optima Camelview Village, Echelon Place, General Dynamics C‐4 Systems, the Phoenix Convention Center, the Lee H. Brown Conservation Learning Center and BASF’s Near‐Zero Energy Home in Patterson, New Jersey.

    Charlie is also an accomplished author who regularly writes on the subject of corporate sustainability, high‐performance design, construction and operations management. His articles have appeared in Environmental Design + Construction, Southwest Contractor, California Green Building Quarterly, American Builder and Green Living Magazine, among others. He is a contributing editor to Smart HomeOwner Magazine, a premium publication that provides innovative solutions for creating efficient homes. His perspectives on sustainability and the green building industry are a stand‐out feature in every issue of the publication.