Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., and the creator of, as well as a number of research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts’s annual GreenBiz forums as well as the VERGE conferences and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report. For more than 25 years, 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. He serves as a senior fellow at the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University, and, along with the lab’s cofounders, Mark Mykleby and Patrick Doherty, he is coauthor of The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century, about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.