Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com along with research, a membership network and global events on sustainable business and clean technology, including the Circularity, GreenBiz and VERGE conferences. For more than 30 years, his work has been at the intersection of technology and sustainable business. Joel is former syndicated columnist and award-winning journalist, and author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century (2016) about a business and investment plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative. A prolific writer, he is also lead author of GreenBiz’s annual award-winning “State of Green Business” report.
In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals. The Associated Press has called him “The guru of green business practices.”