John Ackerly is the founder and President of Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner, more efficient and more affordable renewable heating. In 2011, he founded the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a semi-annual technology competition to advance automation in wood stove design. He is one of the leading wood and pellet stove policy experts in the US and is a certified NFI pellet appliance specialist. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and is Co-chair of his city’s committee to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. He attended Dartmouth College and American University Law School. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.