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John Zahina-Ramos

21st Century Sustainability Consulting, LLC
President, Consultant
Greater Chicago Area
Dr. Z is the author of the award-winning book Just One Backyard: One Man's Search for Food Sustainability and has been featured on the PBS series Victory Garden's EdibleFEAST. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geosciences. His dissertation research focused on urban residents' attitudes and perspectives about urban agriculture. His professional career in the environmental sciences included 7 years with the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, participating in Everglades ecological research. He worked with the South Florida Water Management District for 17 years managing projects that were focused on environmental restoration, environmental sustainability and sustainable water use. Dr. Z has taught at the College of Lake County, Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Palm Beach State College on course topics including environmental mapping, GIS, remote sensing, environmental geology, environmental biology, sustainable agriculture, environmental sustainability and the scientific basis of environmental issues.