Ecova Experts


Chris Calwell

Senior Research Fellow

As Ecova’s Research & Policy Solutions Senior Research Fellow, Chris explores new research opportunities for Ecova, and travels internationally to speak publicly about sufficiency and progressive efficiency as they relate to changing society’s course of consumption and stabilizing the global climate.

Chris co-founded Ecos (later Ecova) in 1997 after serving seven years in the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Energy Program. Internationally recognized for his ability to successfully make the technical, economic and political arguments for setting stringent product efficiency specifications for voluntary programs and mandatory government standards, Chris’s areas of expertise include external and internal AC-DC power supplies, battery chargers, computers, servers, televisions, set-top boxes, monitors, residential lighting (fluorescent and general-service incandescent), ceiling fans, swimming pools, heat pump water heaters and automotive tires.

Along with three peers, Chris was honored by ACEEE as a Champion of Energy Efficiency for his pioneering research and policy efforts in external power supply efficiency. He has served on the editorial board of OnEarth since 1995 and on Home Energy’s board from 1995 to 2006. In addition, he is a founding member of the Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society.

Chris holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Trinity University and an M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.


Blog Posts by Chris Calwell
Webinar Recording: LEDs: Ready for Liftoff?
Video: Research & Policy

Erik Makinson

Director, Waste Solutions

Erik Makinson has led the implementation and growth of Ecova’s Waste Solutions group since 2009, building our capabilities to assist Ecova clients with their waste-reduction efforts. Erik and his team of experts stand ready to assist clients in all of their waste management needs, including the design and implementation of multi-site recycling projects; assessment of environmental impacts of packaging changes; identification of significant waste hauling savings and more.

Prior to Ecova, Erik spent six years with The Coca-Cola Company, where he supported the company’s Walmart account team through development of a global customer sustainability strategy and participated in Walmart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network and Packaging Scorecard Steering Committee. Additionally, Erik supported Coca-Cola’s North America Foodservice division through the instigation of a customer sustainability engagement platform and by leading the development of the Ecotainer® compostable cold cup.

Erik holds a B.A. in business administration/marketing from Seattle University, a Sustainable Business Certificate from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Resource Recovery Manager Certification through the California Resource Recovery Association.


Whitepaper: There's Money in the Trash
Blog Posts by Erik Makinson

Leo Berz

Director, Professional Services Telecom

As Director of Professional Services Telecom, Leo explores ways to continually improve Ecova’s telecom offerings while championing client industry concerns.

With over 35 years in the procurement, design, installations and management of voice and data communications networks, Leo is an expert in the field of Telecom Lifecycle Management (TLM) and utilizes this expertise to collaborate with clients to provide strategic insight into managing their telecom environment. He helps companies reduce costs without sacrificing network performance and creates custom solutions through RFP development and planning, contract negotiations, network design and optimization of existing services.

Recognized as an industry expert, Leo has spoken on numerous occasions concerning telecom procurement and contract negotiations. Additionally, Leo contributed his expertise in the development of Ecova’s offering. Prior to joining Ecova, Leo served as co-founder of TelAssess, Inc., a consultancy focused on telecom sourcing, network design, auditing and the sale of TEM software solutions, which was acquired by Ecova in 2005.


Blog Posts by Leo Berz
Webinar Recording: Cutting Through the Regulatory Fog

Mike Bailey, P.E. CEM

Director, Facility Engineering

Mike Bailey leads Ecova’s Engineering Services team which provides engineering and analytical services to Ecova utility and business efficiency and resource management programs. A licensed professional engineer in Oregon and California, Mike has almost 20 years of engineering and project management experience in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, aerospace, oil production and refining, semiconductors, data centers, food service, commercial construction of owner-occupied facilities, and tenant improvement projects of leased spaces.

As a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers, Mike has extensive experience working with facility systems. In addition to his activities at Ecova, Mike serves as a voting member of the Northwest Regional Technical Forum (RTF) the technical advisory committee to the Northwest Power Council. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers (OAPEM), and is an active member of ASHRAE.

Mike holds and MBA from Babson College and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and business administration from Oregon State University.


Blog Posts by Mike Bailey

Paige Kindell

Vice President, Sales & Client Management

As Vice President, Sales & Client Management, Paige is responsible for the development of solutions for global companies that drive costs down while being environmentally responsible, specifically around sustainability and demand side management. Previously, as the Vice President, Resource Management Solutions, Paige oversaw four areas of Ecova's consulting services: Lease Auditing, Advanced Analysis, Carbon & Sustainability and Expense Optimization. Working closely with the company’s Sales & Marketing divisions, she and her team worked to execute attractive solutions that help clients see more, save more and sustain more.

Paige joined Ecova in 2006 and just three years later, as Senior Director, Client Financial Planning and Analysis, she was managing financial services for over 400,000 sites across the country. Prior experience in the energy industry includes her time working for the Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Farming at the National Assembly for Wales, UK, on issues such as sustainability, wind farming and clean energy. Paige is involved in many community activities such as St. Joseph’s Orphanage Board of Advisors - Cincinnati, Women Helping Women - Finance and Internal Audit committees, Newport Ambassadors, and the Newport Recreation Commission.

Paige earned her MBA, Finance Concentration from Xavier University and a B.A. in both Human Resources and Strategic Management from Ohio University.


Whitepaper: A Big Data Look at Energy Trends
Blog Posts by Paige Kindell