Mike Zuckerman, Director of Sustainability for The Zen Compound
As Director of Sustainability for the 40K square foot entertainment complex in SOMA that includes Temple Nightclub, Prana Restaurant
and Temple Music Group, Zuckerman's work revolves around minimizing the carbon footprint and driving community development and awareness to Green minds and businesses.
Zuckerman works to reduce the Zen Compound's negative environmental impact through technology and business innovation, government programs and collaboration with political, non-profit and business leaders to build a community to support similar efforts throughout the industry.
The Zen Compound has identified and implemented reductions in energy, waste and water, saving the company $20,000/year in waste bills alone - savings that can be achieved in all venues in San Francisco. In addition, the company has been working closely withSF Environment, the SF Chamber of Commerce, the Mayors office, PG&E and NorCal Waste, Zuckerman has been involved in the layout of a plan to reduce the negative impacts of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Zuckerman served on the original Advisory Board of the Business Council on Climate Change, a UN Global Compact project and he is currently working with the City of Johannesburg, South Africa in accomplishing their sustainable goals for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup and is a co-founder of Greenlaces.org.
Zuckerman began working at Zen Compound in 2006. Previously, he was involved in several green building organizations in San Francisco and Israel.