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Joel Makower
Joel Makower
For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.

Joel is chairman and executive editor of Greener World Media, creator of and other popular web sites, research, and events on the greening of mainstream business. He also is co-founder of Clean Edge Inc., a research and consulting firm focusing on building markets for clean energy technologies, and a senior strategist at GreenOrder, which consults with leading companies on strategic sustainability issues. From 1991 to 2005 he was editor of "The Green Business Letter," a monthly newsletter on corporate environmental strategy. Makower has consulted to a wide range of companies on corporate sustainability topics, including Gap, GE, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Nike.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Strategies for the Green Economy. Previous books include Beyond the Bottom Line: Putting Social Responsibility to Work for Your Business and the World, about the profit and potential of socially responsible business practices; The E-Factor: The Bottom-Line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, on how companies are responding to environmental challenges in positive and profitable ways, and The Green Consumer, a best-selling guide to the environmental marketplace.

The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices."

Makower advises both nonprofits and for-profits. He is an advisor to VantagePoint Ventures' cleantech practice, and sits on the board of the nonprofits Climate Counts, the Biomimicry Institute, and GreenBlue. He also is an advisor to such cleantech start-ups as Intrago, Delaware Power Systems, and Cooler.

In a previous life, Joel compiled and authored an oral history of the Woodstock Music Festival, published in 1989 for the 20th anniversary and re-released in 2009 for the 40th.

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