JOE KNOTT

Director of Military Partnerships, Compatible Lands Foundation

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Knott’s last assignment in the military was the Sustainability and Energy program manager at the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, where he was responsible for sustainability planning in all U.S States. His  Pentagon tours included Operations Officer in the Army’s Base   Re-Alignment and Closure (BRAC) Office, and Program Director for the Army Compatible Use Buffer program, the Army’s premier land conservation and partnership program, which under his leadership conserved over 70,000 acres across the U.S. for permanent protection of natural resources and green space. After retiring from the military, having served over thirty-three years in uniform, Joe worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Basing Directorate supporting the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program. Joe is now Director of Military Partnerships for the Compatible Lands Foundation, where he is leading several unique sustainability partnerships with federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and industry, including: Development of the Department of Defense’s first Climate Change mitigation buffer zone; Establishing training and employment initiatives for transitioning military service personnel for careers in sustainable agriculture and forestry; and Establishing resiliency (renewable energy) buffer zones adjacent to U.S. military bases.

Joe has a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Energy Resources Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. He is a 2013 White House Champion of Change award recipient, a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a 2008 Kinship Conservation Fellow. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Secretary of the Army’s Pace Award, and four Meritorious Service Medals. Joe is currently pursuing his PhD in Sustainability at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. In addition, Joe serves as a board member on the United Nation’s Be Earth Foundation Intergovernmental Organization.

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