John Bonitz

Biomass Specialist
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)

As the son of a dairy farmer and an insulation industry pioneer, John Bonitz’s interest in agriculture, forestry, energy and the environment runs deep. 

John Bonitz joined Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) in April of 2007 to focus on farm outreach and agricultural-energy policy advocacy. He promotes renewable energy from farms and forests across the Southeast region, emphasizing economic development and responsible policies to ensure sustainability and climate mitigation. 

John's environmental profession began at his alma mater, UNC Greensboro, where he built an award winning recycling program. His work in solid waste management and pollution prevention was followed by graduate studies in climate policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), John analyzed cost-effective renewable energy technologies. In 2006 he led a stakeholder input process concerning agricultural finance, on behalf of Self-Help Credit Union and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), a farmer-advocacy organization.  With SACE John has helped organize numerous biomass conferences, helped develop a consensus definition of biomass, built grassroots support for important federal and state legislation on clean energy, analyzed the climate benefits of bioenergy, and written a study of bioenergy industry progress in the Southeast region.

As a fifth generation North Carolinian, John's passion for the environment, energy, sustainable agriculture and community development took root and bloomed in Chatham County, NC. There in Silk Hope, his parents run a 25 year-old dairy, and are consumers of solar and geothermal energy. John lives with his wife Elizabeth, and son Henry in Pittsboro, NC.

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