About

Mike Rogers is the President of OmStout Consulting, LLC. A nationally recognized expert in residential energy-efficiency, he works with contractors to strengthen their businesses and helps programs work with them to scale sustainable market approaches to improving homes.

Previously, Mike with with ABM Energy and was the Senior Vice President with GreenHomes America (an ABM subsidiary) where he led development of a successful approach to home performance, building on the foundation of an HVAC base and helped GreenHomes scale to 20 locations nationally. For more than 20 years, he has worked on energy-efficiency from individual homes to policy at the state and federal levels. Mike has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings in the energy-efficiency, green building, and indoor air quality industries. Prior to joining GreenHomes, Mike had an 11-year affiliation with the U.S. EPA as an employee and consultant, holding various positions. In particular, he was the lead developer and primary supporter of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program jointly run by the U.S. EPA and U.S DOE.

But perhaps more importantly, when not working on broader energy issues, Mike works on improving the energy efficiency of his own home, He likes to bike in the Champlain Valley and hike in the Northeast, Grand Canyon, or anywhere else he can.

4 Responses to About

  1. francisco alvarado says:

    hello Mike , could you help me , you know I want to buy the camp four five ten but my doubt is if this shoes work fine for canyoneering , I know that this shoes no dry fast in where I make canyonnering is not cold

    thanks a lot for your advice
    francisco

    • Mike Rogers says:

      Hi Francisco. I think the Camp Fours work well for canyoneering. They do take longer to dry than a synthetic upper would, and that’s their big downside. But they’re very good on approach, offer decent protection, are comfortable all day, including in hot canyon weather, and the rubber is supper sticky on but wet and dry rock.

      See my review of the Five Ten Aescent for a decent alternative.

  2. chris says:

    Mike, great adventures…always fun to read your work. Please tell me are there any hairy downclimbs in shinumo (silver grotto) when doing the technical descent? I notice see from your photos several downclimbs/slides into pools. they looked reasonable for sure. And the rappels appear very straighforward as well. Wonder if there are other areas with any exposure requiring any technical class five down climbing or similar? Hey thanks, chris

    • Mike Rogers says:

      Hey Chris, the Shinumo raps were all pretty straightforward. A couple of them were from constructed rock piles right in the high-water flow, and I’d expect rebuilding would be frequently necessary. There was one point which I think Todd Martin calls a downcllimb, but which even a couple of outstanding climbers in our group thought it wasn’t worth the risk of falling. Only about 15′, but deemed to risky because of remoteness. We did a quick rap with a rope about a big rock. Could also do a LMAR lower. But no, no class five downclimbing required. (I’m not a good climber–although I often travel with one!) Got something good planned?

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