David Johnston

Speech Topics:
Green Building
Green Remodeling
Building Sustainable Communities
How Long Will Your Buildings Last?
How Long Will Your Cities Last?
What Are the Environmental Conditions that Buildings Built Today Will Have to Address?
What to Look Forward to: Positive Solutions Today for Tomorrow

Author and green building expert David Johnston is recognized around the world as a leading thinker behind the green building movement, transforming the way we think about home. In 2007, he was awarded the “International Sustainability Pioneer Award” at the International Sustainable Leadership Forum in Switzerland.

Johnston is founder and president of What's Working Inc., a sustainable building consultancy that provides socially and ecologically responsible guidance to businesses, agencies and communities around the world. He established the first private-sector sustainable building program in Denver through the local Home Builders Association. Today, this is the largest program in the private sector and was the catalyst for the National Association of Home Builders to develop national sustainable building guidelines. His company was part of the team that launched LEED for the US Green Building Council.

Johnston's approach to sustainable building has been embraced by municipalities, homeowners, building professionals and sustainability advocates nationwide. The end result is millions of tons of carbon saved, significant energy reduction over local building codes, millions of gallons of water saved, hundreds of thousands of trees saved and preservation of precious old growth forests.

Johnston is also the author of three books and many different publications about sustainable building. His book Green Remodeling, Changing The World One Room at a Time won the Nautilus book award. He designed the Denver Metro Home Builders Association's “Built Green Program” and the Boulder, Colo. “Green Points Program,” which encourages the use of cost-effective and sustainable building practices. Johnston is also the founding designer and consultant to the Alameda County Waste Management Authority's program that stimulated market transformation programs throughout the State of California and now across the U.S.

Johnston is a much sought-after lecturer, keynote speaker and trainer who has represented the United States at International Energy Efficiency meetings to develop international research agreements in the area of sustainable construction. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious “Corporate Excellence Award for Sustainable Development” from the University of Colorado, and the “Environmental Hero for 2004” title by Interiors and Sources Magazine. Johnston was also named “Builder of the Year” by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and has been inducted into the Remodeling Magazine Hall of Fame.

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