Mike Stopka


Leveraging over 15 years leading sustainability from multiple perspectives, Mike founded MIST, a teaching, research and consulting firm empowering a variety of clients to create vibrant, healthy and high-performance buildings, campuses and cities. Through MIST, Mike uses his experience in design, strategic planning, urban and natural systems, communications and change-management psychology to facilitate interdisciplinary problem-solving, no matter the project scale, achieving ‘regenerative’ outcomes that are environmentally and economically win-win.

Previously he was Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago, heading efforts across campus, academic and research sectors. Major achievements include creating the University’s first Strategic Sustainability Plan, UChicago Sustainability Governance Board and the Campus as a Lab Initiative. Prior, he founded the sustainability department at the architecture firm SCB working on projects with the US Department of Energy, Oberlin College and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Mike’s taught courses at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago, among others. He regularly advises higher education, design, business, and civic entities. 

Most importantly, he is always looking to spend more time outside with his wife and three daughters. See Mike’s full background here.