Joel Makower

Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc

For 30 years, Joel Makower has been a respected voice on business, sustainability and clean technology. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. 

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Makower is author or co-author of more than a dozen books. The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices," and 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.” 

Makower advises several startups and chairs the board of the nonprofit youth entrepreneurship organization United Roots.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Letters to The Boss: Help Fix Our Climate

When more than a thousand Amazon employees walked off the job last September, it wasn’t higher wages or better benefits they were demanding. 

“It was a really, really powerful moment to see such support for something as radical, I guess as climate change,” remembers Sarah Read, an Amazon User Experience Researcher.