John Zinner, LEED Fellow

Founding Principal


John Zinner, ZC’s principal and a LEED AP since 2002, founded the firm in 1990. He brings clients a broad sustainability and environmental perspective as well as experience in policy development, project and program planning, and project management. John has developed and managed groundbreaking sustainable development and environmental mitigation programs for Playa Vista, Whole Foods, Boeing Corporation, the Cities of of Rancho Cucamonga and Long Beach, in addition to international cities, among others. 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. In acknowledgment of John’s contributions to the field of green building and sustainability he was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Fellow in 2012.

Prior to founding ZC, John founded and managed the Los Angeles office of an environmental consulting firm and served as both Energy Coordinator and Planning Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor. 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.


LEED Fellow, 2012
U.S. Green Building Council

Inaugural Green Visionary Exceptional Volunteer Award
USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter

Inaugural Green Apple District Awards
Los Angeles & San Diego Unified School Districts CHPS programs
Collaborative for High Performing Schools

Focused Planning Issue Award, Playa Vista Residential Sustainability Guidelines
American Planning Association Los Angeles Chapter

Focused Planning Issue Award, Playa Vista Residential Sustainable Guidelines
Westside Urban Forum Westside Prize Honor Award

Outstanding Planning Program Honor Award, Energy/LA Action Plan
American Planning Association

City of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles City Planning Commission

Electric Vehicles and the American Community design and planning competition


Co-Chair, National Technical Review Committee
Member, Board of Directors
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)

Vice President
Santa Monica Conservancy

Member, Advisory Board
Climate Action Santa Monica

Member, Board of Directors
U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter

Member, National LEED for Homes Core Committee
U.S. Green Building Council

Member, Citywide Sustainable Building Task Force
City of Los Angeles

Chair, Planning & Housing Commissions
City of Santa Monica

Member, Board of Directors
Westside Urban Forum

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

Representative, U.S. Conference of Mayors
President’s Clearinghouse for Community Energy Efficiency