Alex KahlResume of Alexander Kahl
President, Kahl Consultants

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Executive Summary

Alex Kahl is founder and president of Kahl Consultants, an internet marketing and consulting services company based in San Rafael, Marin County, California, USA. Kahl Consultants is a solar powered green business, as certified by Green America, the San Francisco Bay Area Green Business network, as well as by our status as a Marin County Sustainable Partner.

Founded in 1994, Kahl Consultants specializes in providing a full spectrum of environmentally friendly web services to small businesses and nonprofits. From website development to online marketing strategies, we have completed over 500 contracts worldwide for customers from almost every industry, including many professionals, green businesses, energy and environmental firms, social organizations, non-profits and NGOs. Select nonprofit customers benefit from our pro bono nonprofit work, one of many ways in which we support environmental and social nonprofits.

Alex has managed internet consulting and web services projects, industrial audits, market studies, and assessments. He currently manages the global network of KC Associates which includes web programmers, graphic designers, online marketings, social media experts, copywriters and more. He is experienced in international consulting practices, technical assistance project management, business development and acquisition, and online marketing. Alex has also developed several software applications.

Publications, Lectures, Interviews and Media Coverage

Links to Publications and Publishers are provided where they are available.

Co-author, Verbesserung der Wirkungsgrade von Komponenten (SB40), chapter in VDI Enzyklopaedie, 1988

Author of CFC Refrigerants and Thermal Energy Storage, chapters in Cooling Alternatives Training Manual, Dames & Moore, 1989.

Principal Author, Engineering Economics Training Manual, Georgia Power Company, 1989.

Co-author, Marketing Representatives Handbook, Edison Electric Institute, 1991.

Co-author, REProV Renewable Energy Program Management Software Handbook, BMBF German Ministry for Research & Technology, August 1991.

Co-author, Sector Studies Germany, Denmark, France, Chapters in Energy Technology in the Iron and Steel Sector, DG XVII (European Commission), 1991.

Co-author, Municipal Solid Waste Management and Waste Combustion in Eastern Europe - Case Study Hungary, THERMIE Programme, March 1992.

Steering Committee Member and Environmental Session Chairperson, European Waste Management Seminar, Tarragona, Spain, March 1992.

Transfer of Waste Management Technology to Eastern Europe, presented at EURES Seminar, Seville, Spain, IDAE -Secretaria General de la Energia y Recursos Minerales, June 1992.

Environmental Impact Study of Cement Industry Waste and Tire Utilisation and Combustion in the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, DG I-A TACIS Program, 1993

Program Presentation, Financing Cogeneration and District Heating, in Prague, Czech Republic, DG XVII, May 1993.

*Waste Management in Eastern European Countries, lecture at European Waste Management Workshop (also Steering Committee Member and Chairperson), Athens, Greece, June 1993.

Municipal Solid Waste Management and Waste-to-Energy in Eastern Europe: Case Studies Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, THERMIE Programme, November 1993.

Environmental Protection and Energy, Training Course Material, DG I-A TACIS Program, May 1994.

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Eastern Europe: THERMIE Case Studies Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, lecture given at Workshop on Financing Municipal Solid Waste Management in Budapest, Hungary, September 1994.

IPSE Introduction to Passive Solar Energy Software, DG XVII, April 1994.

Program Presentation, Financing Cogeneration and District Heating, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Affairs, May 1994.

Passive Solarenergie-Informationssoftware, presented at the 9. Internationales Sonnenforum, Stuttgart, Germany, June 1994.

Market Survey: Contracting in Germany, SAVE Program, 1994.

Co-author, Specialized Course on Environmental Management, Russian Officer's Retraining Program, DG I-A TACIS Program, 1995.

Feasibility Study on Possible Local Production of Heat Meters and Control Devices for the Building Sector, Republic of Uzbekistan, June 1995.

Co-author, Study on Rural Electrification Programmes, Bangladesh, Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW), August 1995.

Chairperson and Panel Discussion Arbiter, Financing Energy Sector Investments, SYNERGY Programme, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 1995.

Co-author, Introduction to Passive Solar Energy, lecture, Solar World Congress, Harare, Zimbabwe, 1995.

SolArch Solar Architecture Software, 1996.

Principal Author, Biomass use in Cogeneration and District Heating: Case Studies Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, DG XVII, May 1996

Co-author, A Guidebook for Biomass Use, Project Development Potential and Financial Options for Poland, DG XVII, June 1996.

Co-author, A Guidebook for Biomass Use, Project Development Potential and Financial Options for the Czech Republic, DG XVII, June 1996.

Co-author, Environmental Impact of Energy Technologies in Mediterranean Countries Training Manual, THERMIE Programme, 1997

Time to go surfing on the Web with the Sierra Club, Loma Prietan, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, November 1997

Politics on Your Plate - A Guide to Vegetarian Dining, Loma Prietan, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, February 1998

Learning your way around the law: A Guide to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), Loma Prietan, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, May 1998

Media Coverage - Interviewed for a variety of TV and magazine articles - see About Us

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Activities

1994 - present
President of Kahl Consultants (see also 1991 - 1997), a solar powered green business, as certified by Green America, the San Francisco Bay Area Green Business network, as well as being a Marin County Sustainable Partner. Manages the global Kahl Consultants associates network with web programmers, graphic designers, online marketings, social media experts, copywriters and more based in Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.

Internet consultant and award winning website developer: internet presence, authoring, content provision, development, conception, graphic design, support, marketing, branding and promotion, translation, website maintenance. CEO of company providing a full spectrum of environmentally friendly web services to small businesses and nonprofits, from website development to online marketing strategies,

Managed or worked on over 500 contracts worldwide for customers from almost every industry, including many green businesses. Supporting many local as well as international environmental and social nonprofits, with select nonprofit customers benefitting from Kahl Consultants pro bono nonprofit work.

Clients include: Law Firms, Finance Companies, Energy & Environmental, Consulting Agencies, Real Estate & Lodging, Manufacturers & SMEs, IT, Marketing and Communications, Retail, Contractors, Health Care, Non-profits and NGOs, Education, and Sole Proprietorships. Links to websites.

International technical assistance consultant providing business development and acquisition services, proposal development, and backstopping to international consulting firms.

Environmental consulting with international agencies, corporations and small businesses. Focus on Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency / Environmental Management.

1991 - 1997
Senior Project Manager with GOPA-Consultants, Bad Homburg, Germany. Consultation and technical assistance for international clients in the private and official sectors.

Software development: conception and authoring of software (DOS/ Windows): passive solar energy training (IPSE - Introduction to Passive Solar Energy), bioclimatic solar architecture and sustainable buildings design (SolArch - Solar Architecture Design), and Renewable Energy Project Management (REProV).

Environmental auditing (phase 1 & 2, EMAS, ISO 9000 and 14,000 series), environmental impact study, and strategic environmental management: Lead auditor for industrial and commercial clients, including glass, ceramics, paper, chemical, machine tools, and electric motor manufacturers, conventional power plants, cogeneration units, renewable energy systems.

Solid/liquid/hazardous waste management (P2 - pollution prevention, recycling, remediation): market studies, environmental impact studies, technology assessment, project financing, industrial technology promotion.

Environmental assessment of rational use of energy, energy efficiency, DSM, and renewable energy: industry sector studies, market studies, environmental standards evaluation, project financing, authored project development handbook, led fact finding mission, institutional strengthening, appropriate technology implementation, environmental compliance.

Project financing: contracting market survey, revolving fund proposal, finance working group member, brainstorming sessions with financiers, ministry representatives, and developers, feasibility studies, joint ventures, case studies, environmental investment fund.

Training coordination and lecturing on: strategic environmental management (SEM) and auditing (phase 1 & 2, EMAS, BS 7750, ISO 14000 series / 14001, due diligence audits), EMS, environmental legislation, sustainable development, appropriate technologies, environmental economics, financing environmental protection.

International event coordination (conference, congress, seminar, business workshop, and professional study tour), delegation, stand design, lecturing, as well as compilation and dissemination of proceedings.

Project management, business development and acquisition, proposal development (e.g. for IBRD, ADB), and backstopping.

1989 - 1991
Project Engineer with Dames & Moore, Environmental Consultants, Atlanta, USA and Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Environmental and energy consultation for US and European customers in the private and official sectors.

Environmental audits and impact studies: Risk assessment for commercial, industrial, and government facilities, including: factory production sites (SMEs), sports and recreational facilities, hospitals and medical facilities, vehicle parks, gas stations and automotive maintenance facilities, airfields, machine and engineering shops, photo and printing shops, warehouses, arts & crafts businesses, retail stores, hotels and restaurants.

Building materials use (e.g. asbestos, CFCs), contaminated building remediation, rehabilitation, mitigation; hazardous materials surveys, industrial facility rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Storage and disposal of hazardous materials (e.g. chlorinated hydrocarbons); spill prevention and control of possible soil and ground water pollution; contingency and mitigation plans.Piping system design analysis for pumping contaminated groundwater from coal beds.

Studies about commercial and residential cooling alternatives, replacement of ozone depleting substances such as CFCs and thermal energy storage for DSM and load control.

Preparation of training and lecture materials as well as lecturer for courses on: Energy Efficiency Management, Energy Economics, CFCs.


Postgraduate Studies, Renewable Energy, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
B.S., Fluid & Thermal Sciences, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, OH, USA
Mechanical Engineering, Visiting Scholar, Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
International Baccalaureate, International School Manila, Manila, Philippines

Training & Advanced Education

DART Disaster Area Response Team Training, San Rafael, CA, USA 1999 - present
CERT Community Emergency Response Team Training, So. San Francisco, CA, USA 1997 - 1998
Logical Framework Approach (ZOPP) Training Course, GOPA, Bad Homburg, Germany, 1994
Private Sector Financing and Management of Public Environmental and Energy Plants, UTECH Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 1992
Thermal Storage Air Conditioning HVAC, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, MA, USA, 1989
Intensive Spanish, Escola Oficial d'Idiomes Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1984

Publications List

Clients List

Other Activities

FCC Licenced Radio Broadcaster
Advisor for Environmental Compliance, BNN Organic Products Industry Association, Germany, 1993-1994
Co-Founder and Manager, Ecocycle Environmental NGO, Virginia, 1987-1989
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
GWC Gallinas Watershed Council
Women's Initiative Consultants


English: fluent
German: fluent
Spanish: good
Filipino (Tagalog): basic

Computer Skills

Software application authoring and development; Macromedia Director, Filemaker Pro, VisioDraw, AutoCAD, Office Pro (WinWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), dBase, Windows, MS-DOS, Mac, UNIX, Pascal, APL, Basic, Fortran.

Webdesign; HTML, DHTML, CSS, CGI, Perl, Javascript, CMS (Joomla, Wordpress, etc), Cold Fusion, Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, Net Objects Fusion, Frontpage, MS Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape, AOL, FTP, SSH.

Graphics; Photoshop, ImageReady, CorelDraw, Paint Shop Pro, Flash, Firewire, Illustrator, Director.

Professional Affiliations

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce (2003 - Present)
Green America Green Business
(2006 - Present)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1981-1989)
AEE Association of Energy Engineers (1989-1990)
ISES International Solar Energy Society (1984 - 1998)
ASES American Solar Energy Society (1984 -1990)
DGS Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Solarenergie (1990 -1998)

Country Experience

Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, CIS, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan.