Growing up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Josh Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching members of his family suffer from pollution related cancers, Tickell began a lifelong quest to find sustainable, clean energy sources. In 1997, Tickell set out on the road with a biodiesel powered Veggie Van and a video camera and began filming what would eventually become known as FUEL, the 2008 Sundance
Audience Award winning documentary film that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. Over the course of his 11 year journey, Tickell traveled the world going to over 25 countries, authored two books, founded a nonprofit organization, and jumpstarted Americas biodiesel movement.
Tickell's Veggie Van Organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. The organization serves to educate people about sustainable energy and provide pathways for integrating sustainable energy into homes, communities, cities, states and ultimately nations.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and an MFA in Film from FSUs School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts.