About Us

In 1970, SBW’s three founders—Marc Schuldt, Michael Baker, and Ben Wildman–met at an engineering school. Their hippie-era, save-the-world idealism and technical mindset led to a variety of initiatives together after graduating, ranging from solar furnaces to pedal-powered home appliances to a cooperative deli/live music venue. After individual stints in other industries, they came together once again to establish SBW Consulting in 1990. Here, their lifelong passion for social good, technical excellence, and innovative thinking found expression in a firm that, over a quarter of a century later, continues to exemplify their ideals.

Beginning in 2014, long-time employees Bing Tso and Faith DeBolt joined founder Michael Baker to lead SBW into its third decade in the ever-changing energy and water efficiency, distributed resources, and climate change arenas.

Each of the three owners brings to SBW complementary skills and deep relationships throughout the industry, forged from over 80 years of combined experience. Together, they have guided SBW effectively and productively for over 15 years. They ensure that SBW continually provides top-quality services and products to our clients around the country, while fostering a cooperative, nurturing company culture.

SBW prides itself on its core values of integrity, collaboration, and work/life balance—which, simply put, means we love doing great work together, and we make sure we have fun doing it.
Our headquarters is near Seattle, Washington, and we have field offices in Eastern Washington, Colorado, Oregon,California, and Idaho. SBW is a certified minority-owned small business enterprise.

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