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C-Wise Design and Consulting LLC is a sustainability and LEED-specific architectural consulting firm based in Iowa City, Iowa. Since 2007, C-Wise has provided LEED consulting work for the state of Iowa and beyond. 

C-Wise stands for "Carbon-Wise" -- a way to introduce new structures to our built environment while ensuring those communities are resilient and sustainable, and pay respect to their intersection with the natural world.

Martha Norbeck, LEED Fellow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is the Founder and President of C-Wise Design and Consulting. She is an architect, environmentalist, and company founder.  In her two-decade career, Martha has displayed determination in accelerating the adoption of green building practices in Iowa and beyond, consulting and advising on over 50 different LEED projects. She has developed exceptional technical proficiency in LEED and commercial and residential green building concepts, committed extensive time to serving USGBC Iowa and other environmental organizations, engaged in numerous speaking, tutoring and mentoring opportunities to educate others about LEED, and tirelessly advocates for responsible environmental policies at the state and local level.


Martha has a broad background including; ecology, women's studies, Fulbright research of Swedish Ecovillages, and a Masters of Architecture. She has recently served on the Iowa City Climate Action Steering Committe and is serving as chair of USGBC Iowa.



Our Founder:Martha Norbeck, LEED Fellow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

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