Jonathan “Jonny” Cohen

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Jonathan “Jonny” Cohen is a young inventor and speaker most famous for inventing GreenShields, a device that is installed in buses to make them more efficient aerodynamically so they save more gasoline, which in turn enables schools to decrease the budget on school buses and utilize the funds for other productive purposes. This is made possible because of the GreenShield’s work of producing lift or drag on the bus, which in turn makes the bus run faster even with using the same amount of gasoline.

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Why Jonathan “Jonny” Cohen is Extraordinary

“Many may think that a school bus is ordinary, but I see it as extraordinary. Yes, it's an extraordinary opportunity to help decrease our carbon footprint.”

The Young GreenShields Inventor

Jonathan “Jonny” Cohen is a young inventor and speaker most famous for inventing GreenShields, a device that is installed in buses to make them more efficient aerodynamically so they save more gasoline, which in turn enables schools to decrease the budget on school buses and utilize the funds for other productive purposes. This is made possible because of the GreenShield’s work of producing lift or drag on the bus, which in turn makes the bus run faster even with using the same amount of gasoline. Jonny explains this in an interview by saying:

“This area is where the air flow usually separates and becomes turbulent rather than smooth and laminar. When air moves over a surface it should flow as if it was attached to that surface. The GreenShield is doing that.”

Jonny’s work with the GreenShields Project has helped improve the efficiency of buses not just in their operation, but also economically. Through the use of GreenShield, buses not only become more ‘nature-friendly’ and efficient, but they also become less of a burden to the schools that pay thousands of dollars for their students to get to school on time.

One of the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World

Because of GreenShields, Jonny has become a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, the most notable being the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Recently, Jonny has also been included in Youth Service America’s list of the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World, which showcases the kind of change and inspiration Jonny is bringing in the world today.

Many may think it to be quite unusual for a young person like Jonny to have this interest in helping society in an economic way, but that is what actually makes him so extraordinary. Right from the very moment that he conceived the idea of making buses more efficient, Jonny was already thinking of helping schools save money so they could use these funds for purposes that would further benefit students other than just getting them to school. In an interview with him, Jonny summarizes the benefits of GreenShields by stating:

“If they use a GreenShield, school bus companies can charge less for their services and so less money will have to be spent on school buses, which is less money spent on gas and hopefully more on education.”

GreenShields Keeps Environment Clean

But aside from GreenShield’s economic benefit, Jonny’s other main aim in developing the device was to help preserve the environment. In many of the conferences and events he attends and gives speeches at, Jonny always emphasizes the importance of taking care of our surroundings, something that drove him to invent GreenShields. He often tells his audiences:

“I like to see things that are efficient. Things that are inefficient use more energy and are polluting... I also understand that reducing carbon emissions from a school bus could reduce global warming.”

Recognized by Forbes

Jonny Cohen's work in sustainable energy did not go unnoticed. In 2011, he was among Forbes 30 Under 30 List because of his contribution in the renewable energy industry. Instead of having his idea patented, he withdrew it. When asked by Christopher Helman of Forbes as to why, he simply replied: “I’m not necessarily looking to make money off this... I want to make as big of a difference as possible.”

One of Jonny’s most remarkable traits is his firm belief in the fact that no matter what age you may be, you can start change if you are really willing. Age does not determine how effective you can be as an agent of change; it only tells you how much time you have to be able to serve your community. Jonny said in a blog he wrote:

“I look back and remember that it's OK to think of different ideas. Don't be afraid to share them with an adult, and ask your friends and teachers for help. I always say try to see things the way they could be, not the way they are. If you take a risk in trying to make the world a little better, don't be surprised if you discover that you can! Just go for it!”

GreenShields Today

Today, Jonny and his team continuously work to improve GreenShields and promote them to schools throughout the country to enlist their cooperation in maintaining a clean and green environment. Apart from that, the school will also be able to cut back on their fuel expenses and use the money for other purposes. Jonny said in a blog he wrote:

“Older school buses currently get five to eight mpg. I find that alarmingly wasteful. There are approximately 500,000 school buses on the road each year daily during the school year. GreenShields is trying to increase the gas mileage of school buses because they serve as transportation for thousands of schools across the nation. If buses were made more efficient, we could slow carbon emissions, and because of rising gas prices, schools could save money on gas and have more for education.”

Jonny is not extraordinary just because he invented something at a young age—he is extraordinary because of the amazing desire he has in making positive change in his community through inventing cutting-edge technology. Jonny’s life is an amazing inspiration that reminds us how a simple hobby can make a significant contribution if coupled with the right motives.

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