Steve cofounded 3Degrees with Dan Kalafatas in 2007, and currently serves as the company’s President, overseeing all of the company's day-to-day operations and directing the development and implementation of corporate strategy.
Steve has been a driving force for increased corporate support for renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions since entering the green power and carbon offsets industry in 2003. His intense educational and advocacy efforts have helped corporate leaders such as McDonald's, Starbucks, Sprint, and Whole Foods Market ensure that all, or a significant portion, of the electricity they use is matched with green power generated using wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable resources.
Thanks in part to his efforts, 3Degrees' customers on the EPA's list of Fortune 500 green power partners have committed to using more than four billion megawatt hours of renewable energy in 2012. According to the EPA, this amount of renewable energy generation would help avoid more than two million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, an amount equal to the carbon sequestered annually by a half a million acres of pine or fir forests, or the carbon dioxide emissions released from burning more than 15,000 railcars worth of coal.
Steve's involvement in the green power and carbon balancing industry began in 2003, when he joined the parent company of 3Degrees, 3 Phases Energy, as its Director of Business Development. During this period Steve was honored at the 10th National Green Power Marketing Conference in 2005, when he accepted the Green Power Beacon Award in recognition of his team’s ground-breaking work building large-scale corporate demand for green energy in the U.S.
In 2007, in partnership with Dan Kalafatas, Steve helped form 3Degrees, a spin-off of 3 Phases, focused on using environmental markets to accelerate the low-carbon, renewable energy economy. From 2007-2011, Steve led 3Degrees' Green Power and Carbon Balancing Services group and supervised its marketing efforts across the United States. Since its founding in 2007, 3Degrees has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Supplier of the Year award five times.
Prior to his work at 3Degrees and 3 Phases, Steve directed business development at CNET Networks, one of the leading online resources for technology news and product reviews. At CNET, Steve restructured the company’s sales program and developed new products related to the company’s acquisition of ZDNET.
Steve’s professional experience also includes product development consulting work for Fortune 500 corporations, and management of business development at a venture-funded software company.
A native of Chicago, Steve has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.