Todd Rusk
Senior Project Manager

For over 15 years, Mr. Todd Rusk has served as a senior project manager and researcher across a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary projects focused on energy and environmental sustainability.  He is an accomplished mechanical engineer that has cultivated deep and broad expertise in the technical aspects of energy efficiency and water conservation related to both buildings and manufacturing processes.  In particular, Mr. Rusk has developed extensive expertise in assessing and improving the efficiency of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in commercial, public and industrial facilities.  He has considerable experience with industrial processes in virtually all manufacturing sectors, from small dye shops and metalworking job shops, to chemical plants and manufacturing complexes for large construction equipment.  Todd also possesses strong interest and experience in agriculture and food systems and has played a key role in developing a statewide local foods initiative, serving as chair of a coordinating committee that included heads of
various state agencies.

Todd has managed a variety of applied research and development projects focused on topics such as energy efficiency, data analytics and industrial process water purification. He is exceptionally skilled at assessing and incorporating the financial, policy, community development, and entrepreneurial aspects of sustainability into his projects.  Todd recently developed an effective business model to better incorporate energy efficiency into retrofit finance projects.   He maintains current collaborative affiliations with the University of Illinois - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Todd has served on the City of Urbana, Illinois Sustainability Advisory Commission since 2010 where he helped to shape the City of Urbana’s climate action plan and water plan.

Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Certified Energy Manager™.