Everything we do revolves around solving problems and designing futures using sustainable strategies simply as powerful, but practical tools to achieve ANY goal. Sustainability is a byproduct, not a reason.

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Explore our projects and research.

1. We help organizations and institutions understand how to leverage their internal teams and existing resources for long-term sustainable outcomes

2. We help practitioners and developers, from the product to neighborhood scale, identify the most valuable interventions for their built environment projects

3. We create educational programs and strategic plans to focus priorities and build capacity in people to meaningfully engage with the places they inhabit

 

Approach

One reason sustainable solutions aren't more widespread, despite broad applicability, is because they're often advocated using ideology, responsibility and belief. This narrowly positions them as applicable to only those who are motivated by environmental issues or global concern, alienating a huge and critical audience. It short-circuits their real value as practical tools to solve ANY problem.

We see sustainable solutions simply for what they are, a means to an end. That end is driven by your goals, whether that’s a real-estate development seeking ecological design, a neighborhood trying to boost the local economy or a profitable company trying to better its bottom line. Drawing from change management and decision-making psychology, we reposition and communicate sustainable solutions to make their value self-evident to all, but business and executive perspectives in particular.

When we remove bias we open a broader conversation with more people, raise sustainability's appeal, increase its use and drive meaningful change that sticks, which is MISTs ultimate mission.

 


About Our Founder

MIST was founded by Mike Stopka AIA, LEED BD+C. Most recently Mike was the Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago and founder of the Sustainability Department at SCB, a large international design firm.  With 17 years experience in sustainable strategy, development, design, operations, research and education, he has successfully led and implemented over 75 diverse projects with broad range of clients.  View Mike’s full background.

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