Green Festival Speakers

Sadhu Johnston



Sadhu Johnston is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Environment. He was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in July of 2005 after serving as the Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives for one and a half years. His responsibilities include the overall management of DOE, which administers programs to protect and restore Chicago's natural resources; reduce waste; clean up brownfields; promote energy efficiency and reliability; educate the public about environmental issues; and enforce the City's environmental protection laws.

As the Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives, other responsibilities included the coordination and facilitation of green efforts throughout the City. He has been involved in the policies, programs, and regulations related to green building, recycling, green roofs, public education, and the development of the City's Environmental Action Agenda.

Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Sadhu served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition. The organization's accomplishments included a green renovation of an historic bank known as the Cleveland Environmental Center. The Center, which serves as a home for various nonprofit organizations features a green roof with native endangered plants, a geothermal heating and cooling system, healthy indoor air quality, and many other green building features.