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

IMG_1985.JPG

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 narratives 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.


Sustainability is a By-product, Not a Reason

Sustainable solutions aren't more widespread, despite broad applicability, 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 many problems.

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. We identify appropriate technical solutions to achieve your goals. Then draw from change management and decision-making psychology to position and communicate those solutions, making their value self-evident to business perspectives and wider audiences.


About Our Founder

MIST was founded by Mike Stopka AIA, LEED BD+C. With 15 years in sustainable strategy, development, design, operations, research and education, he has successfully led over 75 projects with broad range of clients. Mike is a Senior Advisor for Delta Institute, is on the Illinois Green (formerly USGBC-IL) Board of Directors and is Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University. Previously, he was Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago and founded the sustainability department at the design firm, SCB. View Mike’s detailed qualifications.

 
20160520_SpringHack_8alt.jpg