While serving as a firefighter on the north shore of Chicago, Jamie Johnson saw how much energy was wasted by leaving lights on overnight in the firehouse. He ran calculations and aspired to find a way to both save energy and reduce costs. Shortly thereafter, Verde was born.
Saving clients money through energy efficiency and a keen understanding of energy rebate programs has always been Jamie’s passion – and it continues to be so today. Jamie is also an avid gardener, and rides his bike to our office most days.
Jamie Johnson is a University of Chicago graduate – studying environmental science at Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy. Jamie continues to serve as a mentor in the Comed Energy Efficiency program, strengthening the network that serves our community.
“My role model for leadership is Paul Newman, who I got to work with in 1996 at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp serving kids with life threatening illness. Paul didn’t manage, he was a leader. His positive force for good was palatable, and he created and did things that few others could do”. Our world now needs leaders like Paul to find creative ways to make profitable businesses that also help the environment. Jamie is currently an apprentice at the Junto Institute for leadership, and he aspires to learn and grow into a better leader for Verde.
A few of Jamie’s favorite books to read: