FAIR LAWN, NEW JERSEY — Energy storage manufacturer CALMAC announced that its CEO Mark MacCracken has been named a 2014 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council. This exclusive recognition is reserved for those LEED professionals making a significant impact within the green building and sustainability community. As CEO of CALMAC, one of largest manufacturers of thermal energy storage equipment in the world, MacCracken is passionate about sustainable building and construction design practices and helping to drive awareness to climate change and the energy problems created by peak electricity demand.
“We all tend to want to consume power at the same time we have periods of high demand. If we could flatten out consumption, the U.S. would have twice the generating capacity needed,” said MacCracken. “Every time energy storage is used the demand is lowered, existing resources are better utilized and we improve the performance of renewable energy generation.”
In addition to serving as Chairman to the USGBC Board of Directors and being a former member of the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, MacCracken is currently or has served as Director at Large for the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE Member of Alliance to Save Energy, AEE Energy Engineer of the Year, and member of the Energy Storage Association. MacCracken’s achievements within the green building industry were also celebrated at least year’s Urban Green Gala, which was hosted by the Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the USGBC.
“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We recognize Mark’s commitment to LEED and celebrate his individual achievements.”
To receive this honor, MacCracken was nominated by his peers and underwent an extensive portfolio review. The evaluation process was carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by the Green Building Certification Institute.
“It is an honor to be among a class of such great LEED Fellows who have dedicated so much time and effort into creating a more sustainable future,” added MacCracken. “The green building community is a tightknit group of truly passionate professionals. We love what we do and every day we are excited to expand the knowledge of others and ourselves in order to improve the efficiency of our buildings, power grids and communities.”
The 2014 LEED Fellows were recognized in New Orleans at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from Oct. 22-24, 2014, where CALMAC exhibited. MacCracken also be spoke at the event in a session titled, “Challenges & Opportunities: Demand Response & Peak Load Reduction.”
CALMAC is the world’s leading manufacturer of ice-based energy storage systems. The firm’s IceBank systems strengthen the smart grid storing critical energy sources — including renewables like wind power — for later use. IceBank tanks are installed at over 4,000 locations worldwide. CALMAC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the California Energy Storage Alliance, the International Living Future Institute and the Energy Storage Association.