British-born Jane Poynter is a TV host, Biosphere 2 crewmember, sustainability consultant, author, speaker, and technology company president. She has flown experiments in space…. worked on projects to mitigate climate change… dived with sharks… raced motorcycles… and flown in zero gravity. Now she’s turned her inimitable energy and passion to sustainability and living green.
Jane Poynter is one of only eight people to agree to live sealed in an artificial world for two whole years… and succeed. Her training for Biosphere 2 led her to ride the rugged and isolated Australian Outback on horseback, and sail across the Indian Ocean and Red Sea on a concrete research boat. Involved in the Biosphere from the start, she managed the farm where the crew grew its food. She authored The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2, out in paperback in the fall of 2007.
Jane is now President of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops technologies for extreme environments (like outer space, under water and hyper-efficient buildings). While inside Biosphere 2, she co-founded the firm with fellow biospherian, Taber MacCallum, and several aerospace engineers. Jane has had experiments flown on the International Space Station, the Russian Mir Space Station, and the U.S. Space Shuttle.
Jane also consults on, and writes about, sustainable development and cool things green. She has worked with the World Bank on projects to mitigate global climate change and grow crops in drought-stricken Africa and Central America.
She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, and has been interviewed for hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles about Biosphere 2 and her work in space and the environment. She has been an invited speaker at events hosted by groups such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, MIT and Microsoft. She also hosted a children’s educational program, which she filmed in zero gravity on a vomit comet. Jane hosts a TV segment titled “Going Green,” highlighting things we can do that are better for our health, our pocket books and the environment.