John A. Thornton is president of CleanFuture, a sustainable energy consulting practice assisting companies and industry to become more energy efficient while reducing costs.

Founded by John Thornton in 2009, CleanFuture works with clients clustered in the areas of energy efficiency in the food manufacturing / cold storage / food distribution sectors, transportation electrification, transport refrigeration and fleet energy efficiency. Clients include Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) to provide technical assistance and program management to achieve NWFPA’s goal to reduce industry-wide energy intensity (energy use per unit of output) by 25% in 10 years and through innovation, new technologies, and new resources, achieve 50% in 20 years.

While providing energy consultations at food manufacturing plants and cold storage warehouses over the past seven years John recognized ways for businesses to cut costs, save fuel and reduce emissions in refrigerated trailer units. CleanFuture applies an energy management systems approach to treat reefer fuel burn as a controllable cost.

CleanFuture conducts refrigerated fleet operations assessments using a quantitative and qualitative approach to pinpoint opportunities for cutting costs, saving fuel and reducing emissions in refrigerated fleets. CleanFuture makes use of tools such as real-time GPS telematics systems for data acquisition; combined with advanced analytics and business intelligence to deliver predictive Total Cost of Ownership analyses to quantify, measure, and verify savings.

John has over 27 years’ experience in industry. Prior to founding CleanFuture, John was vice president for an electric vehicle technology company. Previously John spent 11 years Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Group, Inc., producer of Hyster® and Yale® lift trucks, where he played key roles in the launch of industrial electric vehicles and related technologies.

John earned a B.S. degree in Business / Operations Management from Oregon State University, and an M.B.A. from Portland State University. 

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