Michael D. Arny
President , Leonardo Academy, Inc.
Michael Arny is the President of Leonardo Academy (www.leonardoacademy.org), a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environment & increasing sustainability. Leonardo Academy helps companies and organizations implement sustainable operating practices and green procurement programs; helping manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers improve the sustainability of their products and services, and improve the green marketing messaging for their products; and helping companies and organizations implement the USGBC’s LEED® rating system in their buildings and prepare LEED certification applications. Michael Arny leads Leonardo Academy’s work on the development of ANSI standards for: Emissions Inventories, Reductions, Credits, and Offsets; Sustainable Vehicles; and Sustainable Organizations. From 2001 through 2005, Michael Arny was the Chair of the USGBC’s LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Committee and guided the Committee’s work on the development of LEED-EB. Under Michael Arny’s leadership Leonardo Academy has provided the USGBC with support services for the LEED-EB program since 2001. This support has included managing the LEED-EB pilot for the USGBC, being the primary author of the LEED-EB Reference Guide & the original LEED-EB workshops, and conducting all the certification reviews for all LEED for Existing Buildings certification applications from 2002 to the present for the USGBC. Michael Arny is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. From 1999-2003 Leonardo Academy provided management services for the Energy Services Coalition and Michael Arny’s services as the executive director of the Energy Services Coalition. This coalition is a nonprofit organization of representatives of state energy offices, performance contracting companies, and others interested in increasing the delivery of building performance improvements through performance contracting. From 1994 to 1998, Michael Arny was a chair of the State of Wisconsin inter-departmental committee that developed the State of Wisconsin Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory, emissions reduction cost analysis, and the economic benefits analysis for emissions reductions. Previous, Michael Arny was on the staff of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission where he worked on electric transmission, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and emissions issues. He earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering and a BA in psychology and Russian language at the University of Wisconsin. His Masters degree thesis addressed solar water heating. Michael Arny is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and a LEED accredited professional.
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