Mrs. John Barrie

Ann Arbor
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Profession / Job Title
International Humanitarian Solar Power
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Areas of Expertise
Technical Solar Architecture and Building Integration, Thermal Energy Storage, Rural Energy Supply & Distributed Renewable Energy Systems, Mini-grids, Energy Acccess, Solar Cooking and Food Processing
Organisational Project Managament, Education and Training, Research
Geographic Global, North America, Central American
Short Description
John Barrie is Founder and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, a nonprofit that designs affordable, sustainable, technologies for the world’s poorest people. John is an Architect, Mathematician and Industrial Designer; he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

John is co-founder of Mayan Power and Light, a program in Guatemala that teaches Mayan women solar power, and creates Mayan woman owned social venture businesses. In 2016 Mayan Power and Light was recognized as a “Sustainia 100”, one of the top 100 sustainable enterprises world-wide by the United Nations Compact for Sustainable Development.

In 2019 Mayan Power and Light won the Energy Globe Award for Guatemala.

John consults on solar procurement and distribution for international humanitarian development
Education & Qualifications
Architecture, Mathematics
Publications (Papers, Books, Articles, etc.)
United States Air Force Sustainable Facilities Guidebook, 03.2000
Language skills
English, Spanish
Honors/Awards Received
2020, United Nations Association of Detroit, Lansing Sustainable Development Award
2019, U.S. Department of Energy American Made Solar Prize
2019, Energy Globe Award, Guatemala
2019, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc. Exemplary Project Award
2018, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Lake Atitlan
2016, U.N. Compact for Sustainable Development Global Sustainia Award
2013, State of Michigan Sustainability Champion
2012, IEEE, IBM 1st Place Smarter Planet Challenge, (BLUELab, University of Michigan)
2011, Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture on Environmental Education, SUNY Oneonta
2009, Michigan State Edison Prize, Solar Refrigeration Prototype, Guatemala (Michigan State)
2008, Lindbergh Award, Solar Power and Lighting for Developing Countries
2008, Boston Innovation Prize, A Low Cost, Non-Toxic, Sustainable Refrigeration System
2008, Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology, Invited Speaker, Singapore