Green Festival Speakers
Max Joel is the Director of the Energy Connections Program at Solar One, a non-profit
green energy, arts, and education center based in New York City. The Energy
Connections Program develops education, outreach, and community partnership projects
in an effort to make all New Yorkers part of our city’s ambitious efforts to combat climate
change and develop a clean, green economy. Ongoing projects include Clean Energy
Connections, a discussion series and networking hub for NYC’s emerging cleantech
economy, and Whole Building Education, which trains the managers, staff, and residents
of low-income housing in energy savings behaviors and management strategies. Max also
serves as a NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, helping building owners
and businesses access incentives for energy efficiency and
renewable energy projects.
Before joining Solar One, Max was the Capital Projects Coordinator for the Queens Botanical Garden, where he facilitated the construction of New York City's first public building to achieve LEED Platinum certification. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where his thesis explored emerging and innovative strategies for financing green community development. Max is a 2008 Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Greening Fellowship.