Foster a culture of sustainability to drive business success. Reduce reliance on natural resources. Elevate the human experience.


We leverage design, technical, education and communications expertise to deliver unique services and value.

1. We help organizations understand their current level of sustainability, assess gaps and create a practical roadmap to their desired future.

2. We quantify the business value of sustainability strategies and pair it with compelling stories to drive buy-in with decision-makers and wider audiences.

3. We create educational programs to help people grow and get excited to meaningfully engage with the places they live, work and play.


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Design Practitioners, Engineers and Contractors:

From pre-design vision creation thru operations, from products to campuses and all scales in-between, we facilitate a sustainability exploration process that challenges and leads the team. We build consensus to focus diverse priorities into clear, quantifiable and manageable objectives. Feature Project: Oberlin Green Arts District Gateway

Real Estate Developers:

Support upcoming development projects as the owner's sustainability expert by writing cost-effective building performance requirements into RFPs, exploring funding opportunities, creating a sustainable project vision and communication strategies to effectively engage future occupants. Feature Project: US Department of Energy Developer RFP Funding

Building Owners, Operators and Managers:

By assessing current sustainability approaches, from portfolio-wide strategy to single buildings, we identify ways to reduce costs, improve marketability and occupant satisfaction. We represent the owner and prioritize actions that are most valuable and achievable. Feature Project: Facility Sustainability Standards

Academic and Research Institutions: 

Teach, support class / curriculum development and create educational materials related to our areas of expertise.  We facilitate and manage research and educational initiatives, particularly those with an inter-disciplinary component. Feature Project: Campus as a Laboratory.


MIST was founded by Mike Stopka AIA, LEED BD+C. With 18 years in sustainable strategy, development, design, operations, research and education, he has successfully led over 80 projects with broad range of clients. Mike volunteers on the Illinois Green Alliance (formerly USGBC-IL) Board of Directors, is Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University and an advisor to civic, institutional to corporate organizations. Previously, he was Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago and founded the sustainability department at the design firm, SCB. His favorite pastime is fishing with his wife and three daughters.

View Mike’s detailed qualifications.