John Spears’ work spans the globe ranging from the first ever solar sustainable community in South Africa to developing solar health clinics throughout China to founding the Maryland Clean Energy Center to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. His work has been selected for presentation at the UN Global Warming Conference (1997, Kyoto, Japan) and John was chosen to lead the US-China cooperation on “Greening Beijing” for the 2008 Olympics, including the design of two zero-energy buildings in the Olympic Village. His international work as an advocate for sustainability and healthy building has spanned generations and touched thousands, if not millions, of lives.
Through his 40+ years of green building and design experience, John has developed many building and renewable energy products such as solar heating systems, advanced glazing systems (for passive solar buildings), ultra efficient heating and air-conditioning systems, radon control systems, passive solar greenhouses, and the fully integrated Earth Home building system. He has helped plan and design major sustainable communities throughout North America, Asia, and Africa. He has proven one of the foremost experts in sustainable design and consults with the Federal, State, and local governments to advise on energy policy, sustainable infrastructure development, and how sustainable designs positively impact economic development.