Joel Makower is an award-winning author and speaker on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology, and innovation. He hosts the GreenBiz Forum and VERGE conferences, and authors the annual “State of Green Business” report. He has written more than a dozen books, including Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), and has a book, forthcoming from Macmillan, on a grand sustainability strategy for America, born at the Pentagon. The Associated Press has called Makower "The guru of green-business practices." In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality. In 2014, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals.