Dan Chiras received his Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1976. Since then, he has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including The University of Colorado in Denver, the University of Denver, the University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Washington, and Colorado College. He currently teaches part time through the Sustainable Living Department at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa. Dan teaches courses on ecological design and renewable energy.
Dan is founder and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building in Gerald, MO (evergreeninstitute.org). He teaches courses on solar electricity, wind energy, passive solar heating and cooling, solar hot water, natural building, energy conservation, natural plasters, green building, and net zero energy building.
Dan has published close to 400 blogs and articles in a variety of publications including Home Power, Solar Today, and Mother Earth News. He has also published 35 books including his best-selling titles, Power from the Sun, The Solar House, The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, and The Natural House. Dan has also published several college textbooks, including Environmental Science, Natural Resource Conservation, Human Body Systems, and Human Biology.
Dan’s three newest books are High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses, Things I Learned too Late in Life and Opt Out: Achieving Total Self-Sufficiency. Dan also recently co-produced a DVD on Off-Grid Aquaponics in conjunction with The Aquaponics Source.
Dan and his partner Linda raise grass-fed beef, free-range chickens and ducks, and organic vegetables which they market locally. Their home, The Evergreen Institute, and the farm are all powered 100% by solar electricity, wind energy, and solar hot water. In 2013, Dan built a passive-solar, net zero energy home on the farm to replace their home that burned to the ground in a fire.
Dan is an avid reader and musician. He plays multiple instruments including the guitar, flute, saxophone, ukulele, harmonica, six-string banjo, and mountain dulcimer. Dan has written numerous songs that he is currently trying to publish.
Books by Dan Chiras:
The Solar House
Power from the Sun
Solar Electricity Basics
High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses
Opt Out: Achieving Total Self-Sufficiency
Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy
The Scoop on Poop
Power from the Wind
Wind Energy Basics
Solar Home Heating Basics
Green Transportation Basics
The Natural House
The Natural Plaster Book
The New Ecological Home
Green Home Improvement
EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth
Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods
Things I Learned too Late in Life
Lessons from Nature
Voices for the Earth (edited anthology)
Beyond the Fray: Reshaping America’s Environmental Movement
Here Stands Marshall (Novel)
Environmental Science (10th edition)
Natural Resource Conservation (10th edition)
Human Biology (8th edition)
Biology: The Web of Life
Human Body Systems
Study Skills for College Students
Essential Study Skills for Science Students
Games for the Classroom (with Ed Evans)
Instructors Guide for Environmental Science
Regional Modules to Accompany Environmental Science (Edited Anthology)
Teachers Manual for Environmental Science (High School Ed.)
The Writer’s Workbook
Choosing the Perfect Mate