Green Building Matters with Marc Mondor

Marc Mondor has been a licensed architect for over a decade and has been an influential voice in sustainability since the early 1990’s. As Managing Principal and Cofounder of evolveEA, Marc works with greening design and construction projects in order to leverage organizational and operational sustainability.  His consulting work has led to many notable and innovative firsts, including the first LEED certified project in Africa, the oldest LEED EB certified project (1869) and the first LEED certified supermarket.

Marc Mondor – Commitment & Contributions

In 2015, Marc was selected as a LEED Fellow for his service, commitment and contributions to the green building and sustainability field. Marc has lectured nationally, is one of several dozen international professionals to be named US Green Building Council LEED Faculty and is a trained facilitator. Prior to co-founding evolveEA, Marc was Project Manager for the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance, where he consulted for organizations, managed the Green Building Fund and helped chair the USGBC Greenbuild Conference.  Marc received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and studied sustainable design in Scandinavia and Denmark and this is what kindled his interest. He is a Registered Architect and a LEED O+M BD+C and ID+C Accredited Professional.

“There was really no name for the type of work that we wanted to do back then.” – Marc Mondor

Studying Abroad and Mentors

Marc studied in France, Scandinavia and Denmark.  This opportunity did spark his interest in sustainable design.  Marc had several mentors along his journey. Bill Browning was one of the mentors later in his studies that provided much needed validation to ensure this was the career for him.

“You look far beyond the components of the building, you are looking at all the systems that impact the building.” – Marc Mondor

Projects with Impact

Marc notes that the work done on supermarkets is one of the projects he feels is making an impact still today.  Additionally, they did a project in Egypt for HSBC which was a global concern and they were mandated to do a LEED project without being fully aware of what it was.  Ended up with the Regional Headquarters and was the first LEED project in Africa.

“We had to create a lot of communications graphics for them in regards to what LEED is and why should they care about this rating system that is from the United States.” – Marc Mondor

Around the Corner, Routines & Favorite Books

Marc believes technology is going to cause massive efficiency at all levels in the future.  This will allow people to be engaged and contribute in a way they haven’t been able to before with sustainability.  Marc and his partner try to empower their employees and personally works out to keep a balance. He would like to begin writing books in the next decade.

“90% of being successful is showing up.” – Marc Mondor

Marc suggests the following books:


Commonwealth by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Behavioral Economic books by Dr. Dan Ariely

Biographies:  Steve Jobs and Leonardo Divinchi by Walter Isaacson

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

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