John Henry, NJSBA Sustainable Schools Specialist
Mr. Henry is the iSTEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist for the New Jersey School Boards Association. He earned a master’s degree in Industrial Studies and Technology Education and began his career teaching energy and power courses at Montclair State College. In 1981 he was the recipient of a two-year research and development solar energy grant from the federal Department of Energy. During his 14 years as a technology education teacher, he coordinated an electric vehicle program at Woodbury High School and co-authored and received a NASA Explorer Schools grant. In 2004-2005 he was selected as a NASA Einstein Fellow serving in Washington, D.C., at NASA headquarters in the Office of Education, a federal program governed by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education and the U.S. Department of Energy. He served on the board of directors and advisory committee for the Alliance for N.J. Environmental Education (ANJEE), and served two years on the board of directors for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – NJ Chapter. During that time, he chaired the Green Schools Committee and served as New Jersey’s Green Schools Advocate for USGBC. From 2010 through 2015, he was an advisor, curriculum writer, and the manager of New Jersey’s Green Program of Study for the last two years of a five-year grant in sustainable design, green construction, and energy for the Department of Education. He served as co-principal investigator for a cyber learning grant from the National Science Foundation and he has a LEED Green Associate accreditation from the USGBC.
Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED™AP BD+C, and O+M
Mr. Kliwinski, an independent consultant working with NJSBA, is a founding partner of the Green Building Center, which has regional offices in New York and New Jersey. Jason has more than 15 years of experience in the practice of architecture and the integration of cost-effective sustainable design. Mr. Kliwinski earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from NJIT in 1994. In 2001 Jason obtained his architectural license in New Jersey and became one of the first LEED accredited professionals in the country.
Jason’s hands-on expertise in designing sustainable, holistic buildings ranges from historic preservation and adaptive reuse to new structures in various market sectors, carbon neutrality master planning, net-zero energy building, and large scale solar installations. Jason has been integrally involved with dozens of projects using the LEED guidelines, including gold-certified projects such as the Microsoft School of the Future in Philadelphia. His experience demonstrates that both cost-effective and sustainable solutions can be implemented while obtaining LEED certification. Jason is a firm believer that it does not cost more to build green.
Jason is part of the USGBC faculty and an adjunct professor in Sustainable Design at NJIT’s master’s program. He is frequently asked to speak at major conferences throughout the world, such as the Sustainable Construction Materials and Practices Conference, GovEnergy, WEEC, SCUP, Greenbuild, and AIA. He is the Northeast Regional COTE Chair for AIA, and also co-founder of the New Jersey Chapter of USGBC, remaining active as a member of the organization’s Advisory Board today. In 2012 Jason was named a LEED Fellow at Greenbuild in San Francisco.