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  Bell, Jim
NameJim Bell
San Diego, California , United States
Born Unknown
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May 31, 2003 06:37pm
InfoEcological designer

Family History
Jim Bell was born in Willmington, North Carolina. His family moved to Long Beach California in 1943, and to San Diego in 1951. Jim has lived in San Diego ever since.
Jim attended Chesterton Elementary, Montgomery Junior High School (in Linda Vista, 7th and 8th grade), Grossmont High School (9th – 11th grades), and graduated from El Capitan High School in 1960. He attended Palomar College and Long Beach State University. He graduated from SDSU in 1985 with a bachelors degree in Art and Art Sciences

In high school and college, Jim participated in a number of sports, including track, cross country and basketball. He played varsity basketball at Palomar College and Long Beach State University.

Work History
During high school Jim helped support his family by working as a gardener, ditchdigger and as a carpenter's helper. During and after college he worked as a carpenter.

During the late 60s and early 70s Jim became concerned about the impacts of human activities on the environment and our quality of life. He became increasingly convinced that there were "smarter" ways to conduct our lives and build our communities that would minimize negative impacts.

Toward this goal, starting in 1974 Jim persued a career as an Ecological Designer, and as a public lecturer on the principals of Ecological Design. He is the author of Achieving Eco-nomic Security On Spaceship Earth and numerous other articles and papers on creating sustainable economies.

Working with People
Jim Bell has served as a Director of Ocean Beach People’s Food Cooperative, the San Diego Ecology Center, I Love a Clean San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition, and the California Association of Cooperatives. Currently, he serves as Director of the Ecological Life Systems Institute and the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology.

Professional Life
Jim Bell, is an internationally recognized expert on life support sustaining development. His projects include the design and construction of the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology and Ecoparque, a prototype wastewater recycling plant in Tijuana, Mexico that converts sewage into irrigation water and compost.

He also worked as a consultant for the Otay Ranch Joint Planning Project and the East Lake Development Company. He’s currently designing a life support friendly hotel for Terra Vista Management and is an ecological design consultant for the Ocean Beach People's Food Cooperative's new "green" store. Jim has over 40 years experience in the design and construction industry.

As a lecturer, Jim speaks to many groups each year. His lecture credits include the AIA California State Conference, the Society for International Development's World Conference in Mexico City, and keynote addresses at the University of Oregon's first "Visions for a Sustainable Future" conference and the State of Oregon's Solar Energy Association Conference. Jim is often interviewed on television, radio, and by the written press and has been a guest on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation."

His honors include: The Society of Energy Engineer’s Environmental Professional of the year for the Southwestern States, a "Beyond War" award, and a City of San Diego Water Conservation Design Award for one of his projects.

Political Involvement
In 1996 and 2000 Jim ran for Mayor of San Diego. He ran again for the 2nd District City Council in 2002. Though he has not yet been elected, his ideas relating to making our region as energy, water and food self-sufficient as possible as soon as possible are being embraces by an increasing number of elected officials. Currently, Jim serves on Mayor Murphy's Environmental Task Force. He also represents the Sierra Club on San Diego's Regional Energy Advisory Committee.


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