John Zinner, LEED Fellow, is the principal of Zinner Consultants, which he founded in 1990. The firm specializes in LEED and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) certification; sustainability plans and programs; and environmental mitigation monitoring. With experience in policy development, project and program planning, and project management, John brings clients a broad sustainability and environmental perspective.
As one of the first LEED AP’s in the western US (2002), John manages a wide variety of LEED projects for public and private clients. His certified projects include a number of firsts: the first LEED Platinum museum (the Water + Life Museums), the first LEED sound stage (Warner Bros. Stage 23, LEED-NC Gold), and the first two LEED-CS projects in Los Angeles (one an adaptive reuse, the other ground-up). His current projects include the National Park Service's Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Beyond LEED, John has developed groundbreaking green building and sustainability programs for cities, school districts, and multi-faceted, large-scale developments.
An avid backpacker in high school, John witnessed first-hand the degradation of the natural environment. While earning a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Southern California), an inspiring solar lab launched John into the energy field. His career progressed under Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley as City Energy Coordinator and Planning Advisor; as co-creator of the City of Santa Monica’s United Nations-recognized Sustainable City Plan (adopted 1994); with an ongoing, ground-breaking role as sustainable guidelines lead consultant and environmental mitigation monitor for the 500-acre Playa Vista urban infill development, and as the developer of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s first-in-the-nation high performance schools program, among many other sustainability initiatives.
John is a member of the CHPS Board of Directors and co-chair of its National Technical Committee, as well as Vice President of the Santa Monica Conservancy. He is a former Board member of the USGBC-Los Angeles chapter and former chair of both the Santa Monica Planning and Housing Commissions. John’s contributions to the field have been recognized through numerous awards, including USGBC-LA's inaugural Green Visionary Exceptional Volunteer Award. He has lectured nationwide before professional, university and public audiences, and has been interviewed on Good Morning America.