September 10, 2020

Nina Axelson
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John Taylor retires from Ever-Green Energy board of directors after two decades of service

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – John Taylor today stepped down from the Ever-Green Energy board of directors after 20 years of service, including 11 years as board chair. Prior to his service with Ever-Green, Taylor served on the board of directors of Ever-Green’s affiliate District Energy St. Paul from 1982 to 2000.

John Taylor headshot
John Taylor

“John’s commitment to community energy has played a vital role in the development of District Energy St. Paul, helping the system advance to becoming one of the most notable systems in the world,” said Ken Smith, president and CEO of Ever-Green Energy. “His leadership, vision and unwavering dedication have made a lasting impact.”

In 2000, Taylor transitioned from serving on the District Energy St. Paul board of directors to help Ever-Green Energy’s development in its early years of formation. Along with company leadership and other committed board members, Taylor helped grow Ever-Green’s engineering, system development, and operation management services and expand its footprint to other markets, all while keeping true to the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Taylor is a Saint Paul native, having attended Cretin High School before receiving his bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He went on to attend graduate programs at the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, and University of Miami. Taylor served as the associate vice president of institutional advancement for St. John’s and currently serves as a senior adviser. He also served as president of the Northwest Area Foundation – one of his many roles in philanthropy and community service.

“John’s lifelong commitment to education helped shape a culture of learning within Ever-Green Energy and promoted the organization’s commitment to education as part of its community and philanthropic platforms,” said Tom Kingston, Ever-Green Board Chair. “He has left a tremendous legacy at both Ever-Green Energy and District Energy, and positively imprinted upon those who served beside him over the past 40 years.”

Taylor received the George Latimer Leadership award in 2013, presented to him by District Energy for his tireless leadership and service to advancing smart energy solutions for communities around the country. He will join Robert Lowe, Susan Sands, Barbara Lukermann, and George Fremder as director emeritus of the boards of both District Energy and Ever-Green.

About Ever-Green Energy

Ever-Green Energy works across sectors to advance and operate energy systems, with a deep commitment to financial and environmental stewardship. Ever-Green is one of the only firms in North America whose portfolio and services include utility ownership, operations and management, engineering, operations and business planning and community engagement. The Ever-Green team applies its depth of knowledge through every step of a system’s development and advancement, working collaboratively to implement viable solutions that make energy systems more resilient. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ever-Green operates and manages District Energy St. Paul, CoolCo, Energy Park Utility Company, Duluth Energy Systems and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Thermal operations. For more information, visit