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Mark Wilhelm

Phoenix, AZ

Mark is a founding principal of Green Ideas, Inc. and is responsible for project management, sustainability consulting, and market transformation services. He has devoted over three decades to energy efficient and sustainable building design and planning. Mark is a LEED AP O+M and a Certified Energy Manager.

Mark and his team have managed over 100 LEED, green building, and sustainable development projects representing over 38 million square feet of building space. Over 60 of these projects have earned LEED certification. He works with large corporations, universities and government entities to develop climate action plans and market transformation strategies for the green economy. He has also trained over 7,000 professionals worldwide in sustainable design and construction and delivers courses to help professionals earn LEED AP, Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, and Sustainable Building Advisor accreditation.

Mark was a founding member and past Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Arizona Chapter. He Chaired the USGBC Greenbuild 2009 Host Committee and is a past Director and founding Co-Chairman of the USGBC West Region Council. He also spent 17 years in the electric utility industry working for Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and the Electric Power Research Institute.

While at APS, Mark directed the development of a world-class technology transfer project, the APS Environmental Showcase Home (ESH), from 1992-1995. This sustainable residence was designed to consume 85% less energy and 60% less water than a typical home, while showcasing over 150 sustainable technologies, strategies and materials. Over 40,000 people toured the home, which received 26 major environmental awards, including an international award in 1997 as the Top Environmental Project in North America. The ESH spawned an eight-part PBS television series titled “This New House” and a book titled “The Environment Comes Home”. A case study for this landmark project is available at the U.S. Department of Energy EERE Building Database - http://eere.buildinggreen.com/overview.cfm?projectID=42.

Mark holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University with a focus on energy-efficient building design, solar energy technology, and building energy simulation.