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Mick Dalrymple

Mick Dalrymple

Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University


University Sustainability Practices
Arizona State University
PO Box 875104
Tempe, AZ 85287-5104


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University


Mick Dalrymple and the team at University Sustainability Practices help the Arizona State University community reach their ambitious internal sustainability goals. Mick is a seasoned leader, communicator, and educator in multiple fields who connects stakeholders and technical experts to get positive impact work done, successfully.

Previously, as Practice Lead at the Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services, Dalrymple led interdisciplinary teams to conduct projects such as:

  • a cost-benefit analysis for the Albanian Ministry of Education on upgrading 3,300 public schools for energy efficiency and green features
  • technical feasibility and economic development work for a company evaluating creating the world's largest algae fuels production facility in Arizona
  • landcover analysis and tree benefit research to begin a tree and shade master plan for Tempe

He managed Arizona State University's inter-disciplinary research and marketing work for the three-year, $27M Energize Phoenix program.

Dalrymple, a produced, feature-film screenwriter, frequently authors articles and serves as a media resource and public speaker on sustainability topics. Committed to sustainability improvements in his personal life, he continues to remodel his 1975 home towards net zero energy, minimal waste, food production and reduced water usage. The Business Journal of Phoenix named him Green Pioneer in 2009 for his national and local contributions to the sustainability movement.

Sustainability Leadership Highlights

  • Director, University Sustainability Practices, 2015-present
  • Practice Lead, Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services, 2013-2015
  • Project Manager, Energize Phoenix, Arizona State University Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, 2010-2013
  • Member, Arizona Governor’s Stakeholder Group on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, 2011-present
  • Member, National Board of Directors, U.S. Green Building Council, 2006-2010
  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council Finance Committee, 2008-2012
  • Member, LEED Regionalization Task Force, U.S. Green Building Council, 2007-2010
  • Advisory Board Member, Cookstoves for Africa, The Empowerment Society, 2008-2011
  • Producer, Living In A LEED® Certified Home educational/marketing video, 2009-2010
  • Adjunct Faculty, Rio Salado College, 2010-2014
  • Columnist, Ask An Expert,, 2008-2009
  • Guest Lecturer, Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, Collins College, Art Institute of Phoenix, and Scottsdale Community College, 2005-current
  • Advisory Board, building products database tool, 2008-2010
  • Member, ICC-700 National Green Building Standard committee, 2007-2008
  • Member, Solar Energy Industries Association, 2008-2014
  • Chair, USGBC National Board Task Force on Green Product Certifications, 2007
  • Creator, Earth Day Awareness Passport, 2007
  • Founder, Cinema Verde Sustainable Film Festival, 2006, 2007
  • Member, Green Building Expo Planning Committee, 2005-2007
  • Co-Founder, a.k.a. Green Environmental Building Center, 2005-2009
  • Founder, Green Drinks in Scottsdale, Phoenix, 2005-2009
  • Member USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, 2005-2006
  • Founding Member, USGBC Arizona Chapter Board of Directors, 2002-2005
  • Chair, USGBC Arizona Chapter Communications Committee, 2002-2005
  • Creator, Build It Green! Home improvement television series, 2002-2009

Other Leadership Highlights

  • Member, President's Advisory Council, Rio Salado College, 2009-present
  • Member, Joint Review Committee (design review for development projects that impact City of Tempe and ASU), 2016–present
  • Board Member, Treasurer and Architectural Review Committee member, Camelback Canyon Estates HOA, 2007-present
  • Key leader in creation of Arizona's first statewide university financial aid program, which now helps over 7,900 students per year pursue higher education with over $20M in annual assistance.
  • Co-wrote and co-executive produced the feature film Y2K (now Terminal Countdown) with Lou Gossett Jr. and Malcolm McDowell
  • Significant client accomplishments in Internet strategy and technology consulting (for Honeywell, Sprint, Harrahs, National Airlines, others), including direct line management of a team of twenty consultants
  • Significant international career project management and business leadership accomplishments in the filmed entertainment and advertising industries (Universal, Paramount, Touchstone, 20th Century Fox, others)
  • Former Executive Director of the Arizona Students Association


  • Living Building Challenge Ambassador, 2015-present
  • International Energy Conservation Code Certified Residential Plans Examiner, 2011
  • LEED Accredited Professional (originally accredited in 2004)
  • LEED AP BD&C, 2010-present
  • LEED for Homes AP, 2009-present, first in Arizona
  • Accredited Green Verifier, NAHB National Green Building Certification, 2009-2010
  • Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst Professional, 2010-2014


  • MBA, Business Administration, Arizona State University, 1998
  • MIM, International Management, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, 1998
  • BA, Electrical Engineering/Math/International Relations, University of Arizona, 1987


Journal Articles


Liang, J., Y. Qiu, B. L. Ruddell, M. Dalrymple, S. R. Earl, A. Castelazo and T. James. 2018. Do energy retrofits work? Evidence from commercial and residential buildings in Phoenix. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92(Nov):726-743. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2017.09.001. (link )



Middel, A., M. Dalrymple and M. DeFilippis. 2014. Assessment of Tempe Canopy Coverage. Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services.