John leads Blue Planet’s education programs, student and teacher engagement activities, and community outreach. He was born and raised in Honolulu and has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
John started his career as an Environmental Planner in Honolulu before embarking on a career in teaching. He taught in public and private schools for seventeen years: starting with elementary math and science, then moving on to middle school math, and then finally focusing on Economics and American Studies at the high school level. After putting a photovoltaic (PV) system on his home, John became so fascinated by renewable energy and the policy behind it that he finally “graduated” to working in commercial and utility scale solar development for five years. During that time, John continued to visit schools to conduct renewable energy activities and lessons with students all over Oahu. Joining Blue Planet Foundation to assist with our education outreach efforts is the next step in his progression to help cultivate the next generation of renewable energy leaders for Hawaii and the world.
John was named after his great-uncle, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, John Cheever.
“The future needs us now more than ever. And if we don’t step up, there will be no future.”