Dr. John H. Fitch has studied and written about ecosystems conservation, animal behavior, environmental policy, and sustainability for 55 years. He received his BA in anthropology and zoology from the University of Kansas and an MS and Ph. D in ecology and animal behavior from Michigan State University. He has served on the faculties of Michigan State University, Tufts, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Colorado State University; in leadership positions with several nonprofits including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Mainewatch Institute, and The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. He also worked as a scientist and assistance field director with Smithsonian Institution on biological surveys of the Central South Pacific Ocean.
As a Faculty Fellow in the Carter Administration, he witnessed solar panels being installed on the White House and became committed to sustainability. He saw the potential of renewable solar and wind energies and superinsulation as a means to decrease dependency on more expensive and potentially polluting nonrenewable energies. His special interest in renewable and sustainable futures on state, national, and international levels led to his slogan: “together we can sustain tomorrow today!” To demonstrate what he advocates, he had built a sustainable demonstration home in beautiful Redstone Canyon near Ft. Collins, Colorado, which he describes in his book, Creating Homes That Can Sustain Our Lives, Economy, and the Earth.
Currently, he serves as an affiliate Full Professor at Colorado State University in the Warner College of Natural Resources Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and in Morgan Libraries. He continues to enjoy his lovely sustainable home in Redstone Canyon, Colorado and has welcomed more than 600 people including CSU students to tour his sustainable home and conservation lands.