Did I hear you say mushroom packaging? April Richards, Program Manager at the Environmental Protection Agency’s SBIR program tells us about this amazing innovation and Listen Now
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What do a home food preservation system, an electric bike and a diesel truck exhaust system have in common? All are the amazing products of innovators at this year’s Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit and Gala in Alexandria, Virginia. Joan Michelson was once again in attendance for the 3rd Annual summit of the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. LISTEN HERE to the interviews with this year’s attendees, panelists and award-winners.
What is the “power of the one percent”? LISTEN HERE to Brandon Owens, a leader in the GE Ecomagination division of GE talk with Joan about the utility of the future, and what GE is doing to fill the skills gap in the energy industry.
How do you nail a Kickstarter campaign? Amber Wason COO of Riide shares her strategy on how the electric bike start-up was successfully funded on the day it launched. Find out what Riide is doing to stand out in this emerging industry and what Kenneth Cole has to do with electric bikes. LISTEN HERE
“Pursue heretical innovation. ” Andrew Winston, author of “The Big Pivot” and leading thinker in sustainability issues, shares this and other ideas of how we can solve the enormous challenges we are facing around climate change. LISTEN HERE to find out what why companies are bucking the short term focus and hear what he tells host Joan Michelson is “the biggest pivot of all.”
What is the mainstream media getting “completely wrong” about climate change? LISTEN HERE to what Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME magazine’s Top 100 Pioneers and one of those “climate scientists” we hear about tells Green Connections host Joan Michelson. Hayhoe is also an Atmospheric Scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She’ll also tell us what we can do about it.
We have power – consumer power – where we spend our money speaks volumes. LISTEN HERE to Joan’s interview with Jules Pieri Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, about “Citizen Commerce” and how you can buy everyday items that support your values as well as your budget.
Are you working with big companies to “green” their operations and supply chain? Or, do you want to? Listen to my interview with Joel Makower, Executive Editor of GreenBiz about where the needs are and gaps you might be able to fill – and how to do it. Then tell us your stories about working with these companies on our Green Connections Media Facebook page, or on Twitter @joanmichelson or @greenconnectsdc, or send me an email at email@example.com. LISTEN HERE
Where are the opportunities in working with a huge company to make them more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint? How does a big company that consumes a LOT of resources turn on a dime to become more energy efficient and less wasteful of all resources? To find out, listen to my interview HERE with Dave Stangis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Campbell Soup Company and #1 2014 Greenbiz Twitterati! You’ll find clues in there for (a) where the opportunities might be for you to collaborate with them, and (b) lessons you can use for your company or organization, no matter what size. One tip: language matters. LISTEN HERE
An unexpected tribute to the late, great Robin Williams: Robin Williams’ genius voice may have been silenced this week, but fortunately we can keep him with us forever through his amazing body of work. It turns out that I have a minor familial connection to Williams. Famed Hollywood photographer Randall Michelson has photographed Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Cameron Diaz, but one of his most memorable moments was shooting Robin Williams at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. “The sympathetic heart and the mischievousness that everyone loved about him was all on display that day in Utah in the snow.” READ MORE
Creating Social Value – and Profitably! How do you create social value and make money at the same time? Whether you’re a big company or a small one, or a non-profit, LISTEN HERE to Green Connections host Joan Michelson’s conversation with Cheryl Kiser, head of the Lewis Center for Social Innovation at Babson College and co-author of the new book, “Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Change Makers.” You’ll discover the companies that are putting their money and resources where social values are with great success and great impact, and learn how to do it yourself. What was the most compelling thing you heard Cheryl or Joan say in this interview?
The verdict is in: energy efficiency and renewable energy options save money and reduce the risks of climate change. So, how do we pay for them? Click HERE to listen to Green Connections host Joan Michelson’s engaging conversation with Lisa Sundeen of the Coaltion for Green Capital on Green Banks and how you can get their funding support. LISTEN HERE
Do you love that big American breakfast complete with bacon or sausage? Or do you wonder how we can finally solve starvation in developing countries? Listen to NASA food supply expert Molly Brown, Ph.D. tell Green Connections host Joan Michelson about the surprising ways climate change is affecting the global food supply — and why changing that big American breakfast may be an important step you can take to help. LISTEN HERE
“Eco-Spirituality” = Earth Day + Easter + Passover + IPCC Report The confluence of Earth Day, Easter and Passover all arriving this year on the heels of the dire report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is striking. Regardless of your religious and political beliefs, it’s a call for ambitious action within a moral framework, before the seas rise up against us (literally). It is time for aspirational leadership. READ MORE
Small Towns Making a Big Difference: World Environment Day The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is initiating a facilities improvement project that will save them upwards of $100,000 a year in electricity and water expenses. When Longboat Key Club decided to stop using plastic and styrofoam cups, they eliminated more than 1 million non-biodegradable items from the waste stream in Sarasota, Florida. READ MORE
Guess who’s taking serious steps to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with the local community? LISTEN HERE Joan Michelson’s conversation with Rebecca Rubin, CEO and Founder of management consulting firm Marstel-Day about the intersections between sustainability, climate change, and security – and why government agencies are actively looking for “sustainable” solutions. It may not be what you think…
What is making a difference this year in the energy revolution? LISTEN HERE to Joan talk with Joel Makower, a leading voice on the intersection of business, sustainability and innovation and Chair and Executive Editor of Green Biz. A regular contributor to Green Connections, he shares the forecasts and top 10 trends according to the 2014 State of Green Business Report and what these say about our patterns and priorities.
Did you know that training for the utility sector can also equip you to work in biotech? Do you currently work in the energy field – or want to? Listen to Joan’s interview with Ann Randazzo, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Workforce Development, about the $100K+ salary, $200K worth in training, and more. This two-part series will show you where the jobs are in the utility sector, the changes in this field that are creating more opportunities and the key qualities for someone working in this sector – and may surprise you. Part 1 LISTEN HERE
Three tips for success in the energy field. LISTEN HERE for Part 2 of Joan’s conversation with Ann Randazzo of the Center for Energy Workforce Development, “a master of her territory,” Where she gives us the top 3 tips for landing a job in utility sector, no matter your background, and why all veterans should check out their tools that match skills from the military to utility sector. Also, the certifications that matter and the secret weapon in developing the energy workforce of the future.
Do you consider the environment when you’re buying groceries, clothing, or a car? This week on Green Connections, we’ll talk about the power we hold in our hands: the consumer of the consumer. LISTEN HERE for Joan’s conversation with Lesley Lammers of Cone Communications about how we consumers spent our money last year and about the power of our voices to move companies. Linda Chipperfield of Green Seal tells us what labels to looks for and why. It’s about communication, right? So I spoke with Lisa Ann Pinkerton of Technica Communications about what makes us change our buying habits, since we consumers drive the economy. And last but not least, Bruce Coventry, CEO of Nostrum Motors and former top exec at all 3 U.S. automakers, gives us a live peak at the cool “green” cars at the Detroit Auto Show.
Extreme weather makes us much more aware of how our cities manage and and plan for disasters – and we all have our stories…. But what are cities really doing to prepare? Especially with an aging infrastructure, this is hugely important – to maintaining our daily lives, our businesses, our schools, indeed our entire economy. Just look at how Superstorm Sandy shut down the NY/New Jersey area, or how Atlanta was paralyzed by 2 inches of snow. Kara Reeve, the head of the Climate Smart Communities program at the National Wildlife Federation spoke with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about what cities are doing to prepare, in environmentally-sound (and clever) ways. Listen to Joan and Kara. Then tell us: What is YOUR community doing to prepare? What do you WANT them to do? LISTEN HERE
2014 will be the year that we take a big leap forward in making our communities more energy efficient and sustainable. Listen Here to San Francisco’s head of the Environment, Melanie Nutter, talk about the strides they’re making – including a cool app. Do you think your community recycles? Think again. Just because it’s picked up doesn’t mean it’s recycled properly. Listen to Melissa Walsh Innes, of Recycling Reinvented, talk about the realities of recycling and how they are literally “reinventing” it. Also, Amory Lovins has been a legend in the energy and sustainability space for decades, and he’s written the book: “Reinventing Fire;” listen to my conversation with Amory about the future of energy in the U.S. Last but not least: are YOU raising a “zero carbon footprint baby?” Keya Chatterje, of the World Wildlife Fund, is and wrote a book about it, so she’s here to tell us how she did it. LISTEN HERE
Looking forward 2014 – Is your New Year’s Resolution to do better financial planning? Listen here to ideas from Socially Responsible Investing expert Julie Fox Gorte of PaxWorld Investments discuss how you can make money and do good at the same time. And, if you’re in investor looking to invest in clean energy or sustainable businesses, Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors has some ideas for you too. As well, Joan talks with Joel Makower from GreenBiz on business and sustainability trends in 2014.
Holiday Show -listen here – Need a gift idea for the KIDS IN YOUR WORLD? DO YOU HEAR “WHY?” A LOT FROM YOUR LITTLE EINSTEINS? LISTEN HERE FOR cool gifts and BOOKS for kids that teach and excite KIDS about clean energy science and ANSWER THOSE “WHY”S…and more!
Why do small business owners spend more time shopping for deals on ink cartridges than they do on their business loans? There is no easy, central online source for comparing loans, or in some cases, understanding eligibility. Reviewing loans based on an apples-to-apples comparison can be challenging based on the amount of information lenders typically provide upfront. Taking out a business loan is a strategic business purchase, and should have the appropriate amount of due diligence as any activity that will impact business and personal finances. READ MORE
The Clean Tech Open – listen here- ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR or INVESTOR? Listen to Joan talk to folks WHO CAN HELP YOU SUCCEED and raise funds, and protect your “secret sauce,”… and Jigar Shah, Founder of SunEdison and former CEO of the Carbon War Room about the huge opportunities in clean tech…and more!
Greenbiz VERGE San Francisco 2013 – listen here - DO YOU WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH DELL? Listen here for Joan’s conversations with Dell’s V.P. of Corporate Social Responsibility. Also, Greenbiz’s head Joel Makower, Ford’s electric vehicles leadership…and more!
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