John is Sister Eden’s writer of witty video scripts, deep and thoughtful observer about the challenges of going green, and resident research dude.
He can’t remember the exact first moment he became interested in the environment. Maybe it was watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom or Jacques Cousteau specials as a kid in the 1970’s. Or maybe it was during a 6th grade science project field trip to the Jersey shore where he found a dead seagull with it’s beak entangled with a plastic 6-pack holder. It could have been during college, at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!), when he’d go off exploring along the Appalachian Trail or tubing on the New River. Maybe it was some of all of that. All he knows is that protecting the environment and living in balance with what Earth can provide has always been with him.
Almost a bit of a geek, John’s professional path started as a software developer, though his passion for the environment never left him. In the early 1990’s as an IT consultant living in Northern Virginia, he would collect newspapers and soda cans from work, bring them home, and recycle them at his county transfer station. This was before curbside recycling and certainly before recycling was common in the work place. One day while collecting up the newspapers a co-worker called out to him in disdain, “what are you, some sort of tree-hugger?” John was taken aback. He had no illusions that everyone agreed with his philosophy but this was the first time he had felt hostility towards an action that felt, well, nearly instinctive.
After a successful 20+ year IT consulting and leadership career, John now spends part of his time as an organizational development and leadership consultant and the University of Maryland (Go Terps!), and the rest of his time as a writer, blogger, and critical cog at Sister Eden.