Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, a media and events company focusing at the intersection of sustainable business and clean technology. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Makower hosts GreenBiz’s annual GreenBiz and VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company, and is principal author of GreenBiz’s annual “State of Green Business” report.
A former nationally syndicated columnist, Makower is author or co-author of more than a dozen other books, including the forthcoming The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative. Previous titles include Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), Beyond the Bottom Line (1994), and The E-Factor (1992) among the earliest books on corporate environmental and social responsibility.
In 2012, Makower 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.”