Events and Awards

2020 40 Under 40: Charlie Marino, CEA, LEED AP O+M, 36

Co-director, Energy + Performance, AKF Group, New York City BS Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

A leader in energy services recognized by clients and industry colleagues for his expertise, Marino exudes passion, drive and creativity. From acting as a key contributor to visionary city plans and speaking at international conferences to performing portfoliowide energy optimization analyses and serving as co-director of AKF’s Energy + Performance team, he provides an invaluable link between AKF’s design team and clients that drives efficient solutions. Many upgrade projects are largely driven by improving reliability and energy efficiency of building systems and Marino began concentrating on the energy aspects of these projects. As a result, he recognized a need to form a team specifically dedicated to analyzing building energy use and providing solutions for affordable energy optimization. In 2013, Marino formally established AKF’s Energy Services group, a team that merged with AKF’s high-performance building lab in 2019 to form AKF Energy + Performance. As co-director of the newly formed group, Marino continually evaluates ways to serve clients through ongoing benchmarking and remote energy management services. He is adept at analyzing energy consumption and finding innovative ways to improve building efficiency at low- or no-cost solutions. Time outside of AKF is dedicated to several industry organizations, many of them focused on sustainability, including ASHRAE, New York City’s 80×50 Technical Working Group, Building Energy Exchange, Building Operators and Managers Association, New York Energy Consumer Council, U.S. Green Building Council, Association of Energy Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies. His No. 1 priority remains his wife and young son. He’s a music enthusiast who enjoys spinning vinyl on his record player and going to concerts. Marino also is active outdoors and spends time cycling and running.


Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus
Author Bio: Chris Vavra, Associate Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief