2017 40 Under 40: Joshua Schubert, PE, LEED AP, GBE, CEM; 36

Director of Energy Engineering, Goby

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2017

Joshua Schubert, PE, LEED AP, GBE, CEM; 36

Director of Energy Engineering, Goby, Chicago

BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Currently the director of energy engineering at Goby, an energy-management, sustainability reporting, and invoice-automation platform for the commercial real estate industry, Schubert was the first employee hired in the green startup company in 2009. Now, 8 years later, the company is thriving with a staff of 58 employees, and he can now proudly call himself part owner of the Series A-funded company. His dedication to energy efficiency and sustainability has been the foundation of success for the prosperous firm. His main responsibilities include reviewing the energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality of clients’ buildings. Under Schubert’s direction, buildings have saved countless gallons of water and immense amounts of energy while ensuring proper indoor air quality. Additional responsibilities are big data analysis of building data including standardized energy-normalization procedures, smart budget forecasting, and correlating energy use and building systems into a useful portfolio view of conclusions. He is a member of the local U.S. Green Building Council chapter and is serving for the second consecutive year on the programs committee. He also is a member of the local chapters of the Association of Energy Engineers, ASHRAE, and the Young Professionals in Energy. The City of Chicago also looks to Schubert as a leader in the buildings industry, and he has voluntarily supported efforts on the City Energy Benchmarking Ordinance task force and the planning of the Fulton-Market Historic District design guidelines. He participates in programs for Chicago Cares and the Big Shoulders Fund. These activities have ranged from making and serving breakfast for seniors or homeless shelters to showing basic computer skills to adults. Life outside of the office is never boring for Schubert. He does his best to have adventures instead of taking simple, relaxing vacations. He has a passion for backpacking, mountain climbing, and scuba diving.