Green Festival Speakers

John Spears

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Sustainable Development in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is an internationally recognized expert with 30 years experience in energy conservation, renewable energy systems, indoor air quality and sustainable design. John provides design and consulting services in the areas of residential and commercial building energy conservation, renewable energy systems, Green Building design, indoor air quality and sustainable community development. As a home designer, his homes have appeared in many prominent publications and have been featured on television. Since 1973, John has been consulting with private and government clients. As the senior architect for the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, John headed the energy, indoor air quality and building systems research. As senior energy planner in the early 1980s, he developed and managed a comprehensive energy management plan to lead the county to energy selfsufficiency by 2020. John has served on the board of directors and founded local chapters of the American Solar Energy Society and the Energy and Environmental Building Association.Mr. Spears is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers and was awarded the Environmental Professional of the Year 1995. He is also a member of the US Green Building Council and a LEED Accredited Professional.Mr. Spears has helped numerous institutions and developers develop sustainable community projects in the USA and around the world. Mr. Spears designed the first passive solar, sustainable community development project in South Africa. This project was presented at the UN Global Warming Conference in Kyoto Japan in December 1997 as an example of how developing nations can grow and prosper while minimizing the emissions of greenhouse gases.John has extensive experience working throughout China, and has designed a model sustainable village with approximately 100 new homes, town center and community building, sustainable water, waste and energy systems and a sustainable agriculture system. John has also been working to design, build, monitor and evaluate over 30 passive solar health care clinics in 3 north western provinces of China and to train their Design Institutes on energy efficient passive solar building design. He has also worked with China in providing sustainable development technical assistance and helping to green their 2008 Olympics in Beijing.Sustainable Development in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is an internationally recognized expert with 30 years experience in energy conservation, renewable energy systems, indoor air quality and sustainable design. John provides design and consulting services in the areas of residential and commercial building energy conservation, renewable energy systems, Green Building design, indoor air quality and sustainable community development. A