Matt is a popular thought-leader on net zero energy and restorative design. He was awarded the 2012 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press and has been called one of "Greater Detroit's most progressive personalities". He is founder of the THRIVE Net Zero Energy Consulting Collaborative, co-founder of Mission Zero Fest and a nationally renowned advocate and authority on green building design and retrofits. Matt is host of (email hidden), a contributor to the Environment Report on public radio, contributor to FOX2 Morning Show’s Energy Team, and the green renovation expert for Old House Web and (website hidden). Matt has a Mission Zero goal for every building in America to harvest their own energy and water, create zero waste and become restorative to the communities around them.
He is a sought-after lecturer and a frequent source for journalists on the topic of net zero energy, green-building, historic preservation and energy performance.
His home was selected as one of USA Today's "Best Green Homes of 2010" and The Atlantic called it "sustainable perfection." It is America's oldest and Michigan's first net-zero energy home, meaning it annually produces more energy than his family consumes.
He has been featured in the pages and on the airwaves of nearly one-hundred media outlets including USA TODAY, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Men's Health, Detroit Free Press, Fine Homebuilding, Preservation Magazine, Photon International, Solar Today, Fox Business News, This Old House and hundreds of online magazines and blogs.
Matt is a Living Buildings Ambassador, a LEED Green Associate and a recovering attorney turned producer/director of television commercials, internet advocacy videos and documentary film.
Matt is also an accomplished woodworker, avid sailor, backyard chicken enthusiast, urban farmer, certified California gray whale naturalist, energy geek and . . . a daddy.