Josh Tickell is a thought leader in the green industrial space whose career spans a mix of journalism, innovation and design. In 1997, after traveling across the United States in a van powered by biodiesel that he processed in a self-made refinery, he penned the world's best selling book on biofuel, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, which has been sold in over 30 countries and has been credited with the creation of hundreds of successful large scale biorefineries. His first feature movie, FUEL won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, was released theatrically in the United States and became a global sensation gaining over 1 million viewers on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and CNBC.
He consults on issues ranging from new greentech product launches, to consumer attitudes toward batteries, to legislative strategies, to operations-wide waste to energy technology installations for companies such as Green Mountain Energy Resources, Clif Bar, Yum Brands, Audi, General Motors and William Morris Endeavour.
Tickell has been a featured guest on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. He is a regularly featured opinion leader in news stories on CNN, Discovery, Reuters, NBC, Fox and NPR. Articles on Tickell, his films, and green energy work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Hustler Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Popular Mechanics and thousands of international newspapers and magazines.
Having grown up in and around the oil industry in Louisiana, Josh Tickell remains actively engaged in the role that oil and gas operations play in the fate of Louisiana's delicate wetlands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tickell lead a disaster relief project for which his nonprofit organization was selected by President William J. Clinton as part of the Inaugural Clinton Global Initiative on Climate Change.
With his wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell, he co-directed the recent Cannes Film Festival movie, The Big Fix. The film explores possible connections between corporate and political malfeasance and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The filmmaking duo then completed their third film, FREEDOM, the first movie ever to include a complete road map to wean America off of oil using affordable, available, scalable and actionable energy solutions.
Josh Tickell holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and a Masters in Film from Florida State University's School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts.