In my experience, effective climate action requires invested leadership, multidisciplinary expertise to address all sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and equitable stakeholder engagement to guide and successfully implement new policies and strategies. I have had the pleasure of managing several climate action plan projects, guiding both municipalities and universities through the process of developing and implementing their unique plans, and I’m proud of the positive benefits those plans have brought to stem the effects of climate change.
John Carter is an expert in greenhouse gas emissions inventories, GHG mitigation strategy development and analysis, and the entire climate action planning process. Since joining ERG from the pulp and paper industry in 1998, John has supported a wide variety of clients. His projects have included support for developing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wastewater effluent guidelines for the pulp and paper industry and support for voluntary programs, including EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program and the Global Methane Initiative’s solid waste sector.
In 2008, John left ERG for a few years to lead the design and construction, for the University of North Carolina, of a landfill gas collection system with a 1-megawatt generator powered by methane collected from the landfill. During this time, John became a Certified Energy Manager and began his climate planning work, contributing to and leading some of the first climate actions plans for several universities, including Cornell, Duke, North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UNC Greensboro. Upon returning to ERG in 2013, John continued his support for EPA’s voluntary programs, including work under the Global Methane Initiative to support methane reduction capacity-building projects in Bulgaria, Serbia, and China. He has also applied his climate planning expertise to support Georgetown University and has expanded ERG’s climate planning practice to municipalities, including Alameda, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; the Village of Oak Park, Illinois; the Town of Acton, Massachusetts; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John also supports EPA’s enforcement and compliance assistance efforts at landfill and wastewater treatment plants around the country.
John holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he currently resides with his wife, two sons, and their dog, Penny. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, volleyball, UVA sports, and all that the beautiful Charlottesville area has to offer.