John Nettleton
Extension Associate,Sr

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
President, Association of Energy Engineers- New York Chapter
Board member 2003-; Board President 2005-07.

Current Extension Activities

Incubation Unit
New York Marketmaker

 Energy Security:
Biofuel Development & Education

Extension’s role in the biofuel arena centers on biodiesel production and use, yielding a program ‘niche’ for Extension/NYC in NYC and Northeast U.S. via efforts such as:


Biographical Statement

John Nettleton is engaged as a Senior Extension Associate with Cornell
University Cooperative Extension/ New York City, where hh heads up the Program
Incubation Unit. His work currently centers on: [1] biofuel development in NYC and
Statewide and [2] NY MarketMaker, a web-based platform that links agricultural producers
with actors throughout the value-added food chain. He written and presented on sustainable
development issues at conferences and meetings throughout the U.S. and in Germany,
Canada and Russia.

In 1990, he designed and taught, ‘Climate Change: Urban and Policy Impacts’
Offered as an undergraduate seminar at Manhattan College, it was the first college course on
global warming in New York. Prior to joining Cornell in 1988, John directed homeless
housing programs for Westchester County DSS and previously worked as a private
advocacy planning consultant throughout the Northeast U.S. Under Gov. Brendan Byrne, he was directly involved in the planning that led to the landmark NJ Pinelands Plan. A Colorado
native, he holds a BA from Rice University and an MCP (City & Regional Planning) from
the University of Pennsylvania, with added graduate work at Wharton School and The
Johns Hopkins University. 

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Related Websites


Biofuel Development in New York City and the Mid-Hudson, ACEEE (American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study Conference, White Plains, NY, July 17-20, 2007

On Energy: Consider the Alternatives, Gotham Gazette: NYC News and Policy, Citizens Union Foundation, publ. (, May 7, 2007

Heating Your Home (or Apartment) with Plants, Spotlight, The Sallan Foundation: Useful Knowledge for Greener Cities ( ), April 2007

Heating Up Isn’t Hard to Do: Global Warming from a Planner’s Window, Progressive Planning: The Magazine of the Planners Network, No. 169, Fall 2006.