John Zinner

Photo courtesy of ©Andri Beauchamp

Photo courtesy of ©Andri Beauchamp

John Zinner, Zinner Consultants Principal and a LEED AP since 2002, founded the firm in 1990. He brings clients a broad sustainability and green building perspective as well as experience in policy development, project and program planning, and project management. 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. He was awarded LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.

John has developed and managed groundbreaking sustainability and green building programs for, among others, Playa Vista, Whole Foods, Boeing Corporation, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Santa Monica and Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has served as the Principal-in-Charge of over 50 LEED certified projects, including 10 that earned Platinum, for clients such as UCLA, Westfield, Lincoln Property and Tishman Speyer. His marquis certified projects include the Metropolitan Water District’s LEED Platinum Water + Life Museum in Hemet, CA, the first Platinum museum, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, PA. 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and Co-Chair of its National Technical Committee, a former Board member of the US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, a member of the Climate Action Santa Monica Advisory Board, and Vice President of the Santa Monica Conservancy. John previously served as the chair of both the Santa Monica Planning and Housing Commissions. Prior to founding ZC, John served as both Energy Coordinator and Planning Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor, and founded and managed the Los Angeles office of an environmental consulting firm. 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.


M.A., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California
B.A., Political Science, The Colorado College



  • Member, Board of Directors, Collaborative for High Performing Schools; Co-Chair, CHPS National Technical Committee
  • Vice President, Santa Monica Conservancy
  • Member, Advisory Board, Climate Action Santa Monica


  • Member, Board of Directors, U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter; Chair, Nominations Committee; Chair, Green Schools Committee
  • Member, LEED for Homes Core Committee
  • Chair & Member, City of Santa Monica Planning & Housing Commissions
  • Member, Board of Directors, Westside Urban  Forum
  • Member, Citywide Sustainable Building Task Force, City of Los Angeles
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association of Professional Energy Managers
  • Founding Chair, Association of California Energy Officials  
  • Member, Board of Directors, National League of Cities Conference of Local Energy  Officials
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors Representative, President’s Clearinghouse for Community Energy Efficiency


  • Awarded LEED Fellow, US Green Building Council, 2012
  • Winner, Inaugural Green Visionary Exceptional Volunteer Award, USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter
  • Winner, Focused Planning Issue Award, American Planning Association Los Angeles Chapter for Playa Vista Residential Sustainability Guidelines
  • Winner, Westside Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum, for Playa Vista Residential Sustainability Guidelines
  • National Winner, Inaugural CHPS Green Apple District Awards for Los Angeles & San Diego Unified School  Districts High Performance School Programs
  • National Winner, Outstanding Planning Program Honor Award, American Planning Association for Energy/LA Action Plan
  • National Winner, Electric Vehicles & the American Community design & planning competition
  • Recipient of Proclamations from Los Angeles City Council, Planning Commission & Mayor Tom Bradley