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CV of Sylvester Johnson, Ph.D. Applied Physics


On-site photography by Sam Tenney of The Citizen


On-site photography by Shawn J. Bean

Sylvester Johnson is coordinating the Initiative for local governments' resolutions in support of a federal carbon tax, at the non-profit website He assists advocacy by concerned citizens for resolutions by city, town and county governments nationwide, publicizing the advantages of a tax, with copies sent to federal lawmakers representing each government. He does this work as a public service, with no income desired from it.

He donates presentations on the subjects of “Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, and Critical Measures for Reducing Heat-Trapping Gasses” without charging a speaker’s fee for this public service, in association with the Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution of Cornell University (

He has presented at many venues, including the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society New York Regional Convention, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Engineers for a Sustainable World, the NY Climate Summit, the Princeton University Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Cornell Cooperative Extensions in several NY counties, Step It Up in Ithaca NY, the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences during Cornell Reunion 2007, the Cornell Alumni Association of the Ithaca Area, as well as the City Club of Ithaca.

He also presents “Heart Disease and Cancer: Scientific Studies in Prevention and Reversal”, showing peer-reviewed published evidence of the promotion of cancer and heart disease by consuming excessive animal protein and fat. This evidence suggests that health and healing can be supported by eating more unrefined plant-based foods, and by getting exercise. After switching from the conventional foods, Sylvester lost 50 pounds and reduced his cholesterol level. He feels like he has discovered the fountain of... extended middle age. For a preview of the slides as well as an online video, see Several slides were provided by leading nutritionist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., co-author of China Study

Sylvester’s free book Healthspan was written as a public service. The book is available for download from his non-profit website It provides free access to over 180 educational slides, handouts and newspaper articles regarding the presentations. The resources are donated as a voluntary public service, no pop-up ads, no solicitations.

He has managed businesses commercializing products ranging from glassy sugars for long-term preservation of biological materials such as enzymes, to computer hardware. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, including a course in Climate Dynamics. He’s now devoting most of his effort to public service.

He’s a trained volunteer mediator with the Community Dispute Resolution Center, specializing in mediation of child visitation and custody. Sylvester’s a trainer with the Alternatives to Violence Project ( that uses guidelines for peaceful disputes during improvised role-playing by participants in workshops.

Over the years, he has served as Chairman of the Cornell National Supercomputer Facility Usergroup, a member of the Steering Committee of the Finger Lakes Entrepreneurs' Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Community Development Committee. Sylvester was born in 1949.


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