Sustainability from North to South with Josh Radoff

Josh Radoff is a Senior Vice President at WSP. In today’s episode, he joins Charlie Cichetti to share his sustainability journey, including growing a respected green building consulting firm that has since merged with a larger company. Josh also discusses some pretty advanced projects he is working on and gets us thinking about what’s around the corner in this green building movement.

Josh Radoff – The Origin Story

Boston-born, Josh came from the East Coast, moved to Connecticut when he was three, but eventually ended up in Colorado. He went to college in Maine. With his upbringing, Josh leaned more towards the Red Sox than the Yankees.

Josh was a physics major at Colby College, a liberal arts school. Trying to get as much diverse experience as he could, he joined its soccer team. He was also into film, writing movie review columns, and even hosted a radio show with a co-host.

Career Start

He liked physics but knew he wasn’t going to stay at a lab so Josh became a high school teacher in Virginia, handling physics along with earth science. With a new-to-him environment in the South, he went through some adjustments on top of his daily preparations for the job.

Convinced that he wasn’t learned enough for his postition, Josh furthered his education by earning a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He didn’t realize he nursed an interest in sustainability until he sat in a course on energy and found out that it was something he would like to sink his teeth into.

“That may have been my first taste into what would be my eventual career.” – Josh Radoff

The Epiphany

The real shift began when Amory Lovins came to speak at his college. Josh had never heard of Lovins, but sustainability had already wormed its way into his brain. After hearing the advocate’s words, Josh decided that it was time for a change.

“Amory Lovins has a certain way of introducing an idea and transforming the way people think about it. That was certainly true for me.” – Josh Radoff on the radical shift of his interest to sustainability

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