John Shipman


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john shipman

Senior Director, Business Development

John Shipman is a nationally recognized thought leader in green building and the practice of green real estate, a pioneer in training and mentoring real estate professionals on green home value, sales, and resource efficient buildings. He has trained more than 5,000 real estate professionals and Contractors in the practice of green real estate and green building fundamentals. In 2014, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) awarded him with its distinguished national Evergreen Award and named him its NAR Green Instructor of the Year. For Build It Green, John oversees all business development and education activity as well as Southern California program implementation and outreach activities. He is committed to expanding BIG’s work to support underserved, hard-to-reach and healthier communities in California and nationwide.

“My passion is helping people live more sustainable, healthier lives and creating opportunities for them to make our world a better place—for today and for future generations,” says Shipman, who has changed many lives through his experience with workforce education and training and residential green building remodeling. He brings an incredible infectious energy and enthusiasm to his work and to Build It Green. For more than 25 years, Shipman has worked as a green and sustainability consultant and his green experience includes a unique mix of roles: real estate agent, HERS-BPC remodeling general contractor, educator, business consultant, and community outreach leader. Before joining Build It Green, Shipman was managing partner of Energy Efficiency Management, Inc. and Director of Green Operations for Coldwell Banker George Realty.

Shipman is a frequent speaker at national conferences and he has been published and featured in numerous articles and interviews including the Los Angeles Times and REALTOR® Magazine. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MS in Human Behavior and the Environment and Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton.