Charlie Popeck is a recognized authority and leader in the field of green building. As President and founding Principal of Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants, Charlie is sought after as an expert in LEED, the Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He is responsible for business development, marketing, educational programs and operations. Charlie has worked on a wide range of commercial and residential projects and has expertise in green building products, applications and installation techniques. His construction experience as a carpenter includes residential and commercial framing, concrete formwork and finish work. He has been a licensed California General Contractor and has held senior management level positions for general contractors, manufacturers and architectural firms. His passion for the green building industry, 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 United States, Charlie has been a leader in the green building industry for many years. He is a former member of the USGBC's National Faculty, and regularly delivered educational seminars throughout the country on behalf of the organization. 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. 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.
Mark Wilhelm is a founding principal of Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants and is responsible for project management, consulting services and technical development. He and his team manage over 70 LEED, green building, and sustainable development projects representing over 28 million square feet of high-performance building space.
Mark has devoted over three decades to energy efficient and sustainable building design and planning. He has trained over 5,000 professionals in sustainable design and construction. He is a dynamic and motivational speaker who is sought-after nationally to speak on sustainability, green building, and the energy enterprise.
Mark is the appointed Chairman of the State of Arizona’s Solar Energy Advisory Council and its Climate Change Subcommittee. He is 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 of the USGBC West Region Council. He is past President and Chairman of the Phoenix Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. He is a member of the EPA's Technical Advisory Group for Building Healthy Hospitals and a member of the GPEC Techonomy Leadership Council.
Mark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University with a focus on energy-efficient building design, solar energy technology, and building energy simulation. While at ASU, Mark operated the ASU Solar Test Yard at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He also worked for the U.S. DOE/ASU National Solar Water Heater Workshop, where he taught homeowners to build solar water heaters.
Prior to forming Green Ideas, Mark was President of GreenBuilt Consulting, a sustainable building consultancy serving clients in the energy, manufacturing and AEC industries. Through GreenBuilt, Mark consulted with myriad companies to develop market transformation strategy, including EPRI, IBM, SAIC, First Solar, Energy Central, and KEMA Consulting.
Mark spent four years with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he was Product Line Leader for Commercial and Mass Markets, eBusiness Strategic Alliance Manager, and Director of Practitioner Communities for ElectricWindow, a vertical e-commerce portal for the energy industry operated by EPRI and SAIC. In addition, he worked with KEMA Consulting and LogOn Consulting to establish the Process Control Systems Cyber Security Workshop, which was an international consortium serving electric utilities and government agencies.
Mark spent thirteen years in marketing, customer service and sales leadership positions with Arizona Public Service Company. Mark managed the APS residential, commercial and electric-critical market segments and developed and implemented DSM, conservation and technology-transfer strategy. His teams managed business relationships with top APS customers and opinion leaders throughout Arizona.
While at APS, Mark also directed the development of a world-class technology transfer project, the APS Environmental Showcase Home (ESH). 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 was the subject of an eight-part PBS television series titled “This New House”, and a book titled “The Environment Comes Home”, for which Mark was a contributing author.
Tara Haviland, a LEED Accredited Professional, is a Project Manager for Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants and serves as Materials Specialist providing support for building owners, architects, engineers and contractors who build high performance, sustainable buildings. Tara provides project management and product research; develops LEED credit strategies; collects, manages and submits LEED documentation; serves as a liaison for team members on technical issues; provides insight on innovative sustainable technologies; clarifies and interprets the LEED rating system and facilitates communications with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Ann Sawyer is a registered architect and serves as Project Manager with a diverse background in building design and construction management. She is a LEED Accredited Professional who has a broad knowledge of building technology developed from decades of professional practice. She has experience in many varying project types including public facilities, commercial, industrial and residential buildings. She has practiced internationally and is currently registered in Arizona and Hawaii. In addition to managing her own architectural firm, she has worked in offices ranging from small partnerships to multi-national joint ventures.
Alex Tsuji is a Project Manager and serves as the Site Issue Specialist for Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants, providing support for building owners, architects, engineers and contractors who want to build high performance, sustainable buildings. Alex provides project management and product research; assists in creating LEED credit strategies; collects, manages and submits LEED documentation; serves as a liaison for team members on technical issues; provides insight on innovative sustainable technologies; clarifies and interprets the LEED rating system and facilitates communications with the U.S. Green Building Council.