Mark Bernstein has 25 years of experience pioneering energy and sustainability solutions through robust analysis and innovative frameworks across academic, private, public and non-profit sectors. As the Rob and Melani Walton Chair for Sustainability Solutions, Mark leads an effort to make measurable impacts on sustainability and influence decisionmaking by utilizing the deep knowledge and experience resources across Arizona State University and drive collaborations and partnerships that will create global solutions.
Mark brings to ASU a long history of research and analysis and a strong track record as an innovative leader in sustainability, research and strategic planning for energy, climate and the environment. He has held positions of influence with the White House, RAND Corporation, University of Southern California and University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining ASU, Mark worked with and advised a number of cleantech startup companies focused on diverse projects including electric airplanes, recycling rare-earth magnets and helping create an online stock exchange designed to value, monetize and protect natural and social assets. In addition, he has been involved in sustainable agriculture, helping to grow and develop technologies and practices to increase farm yields and income while reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint.
Mark worked in the private sector with Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, where he led thought leadership and sustainable investment efforts, as well as the MWWPR group and Proteus Environmental Technologies.
Mark’s experience in the energy sector runs deep. As a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, Mark helped the State of California during the energy crisis of 2000. As a professor at the University of Southern California he co-founded the Energy Institute and at the University of Pennsylvania he was Director of the Center for Energy and the Environment. Mark also has worked with the Clinton Administration’s White House Office of Science & Technology Policy where he led efforts on energy efficiency in housing and climate change technology strategies.
Mark’s project portfolio includes one of the first reports for the World Bank on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that helped set initial frameworks in use today, models of emissions trading and carbon sequestration that supported acid rain legislation in the Clean Air Act Amendments and California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, a report on the economic benefits of energy efficiency to the State of California that was instrumental in convincing the legislature to renew the energy efficiency benefits fund, and a report composed after Hurricane Katrina that set the bar for understanding the devastation in Mississippi and how to recover affordable housing in a meaningful way.