John Zinner, LEED Fellow and principal of Zinner Consultants, founded the firm in 1990. He brings clients a broad sustainability and environmental perspective as well as experience in policy development, project and program planning, and project management. John has developed and managed groundbreaking sustainable development and environmental mitigation programs for, among others, UCLA, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Playa Vista, Whole Foods, Boeing Corporation and the City of Rancho Cucamonga. His leadership has been recognized through numerous awards, he has lectured nationwide before professional, university and public audiences, and he has been interviewed on Good Morning America. In acknowledgment of John’s contributions to the field of green building and sustainability, he was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Fellow in 2012.
John serves as Principal in Charge of a wide variety of LEED New Construction, Core and Shell, and Commercial Interiors projects for clients such as UCLA, Westfield, Lincoln Property and Tishman Speyer; his certified projects include the Metropolitan Water District’s LEED Platinum Water + Life Museum in Hemet, CA, the first museum to earn LEED Platinum. In addition, he has developed and support green building and sustainability programs for institutional and private clients.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a former Board member of the US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, and Vice President of the Santa Monica Conservancy. John is the former chair of both the Santa Monica Planning and Housing Commissions. Prior to founding ZC, John founded and managed the Los Angeles office of an environmental consulting firm, and served as both Energy Coordinator and Planning Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor. He holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Political Science from The Colorado College.