Listen to LEADERS and INNOVATORS in energy, clean tech and sustainability who are TRASFORMING our world

 

NSpeakersAThe 2015 annual conference of the 42-year-old National Speakers Association focused on “influence,” made me reflect on the fact that we are “influencing” people in every conversation no matter how small, and how important influence is to achieving our goals. We influence our teams, our bosses, our friends, our family members, our neighbors — even our pets. It’s easy to forget that we have control over how we influence them. Read my Top 10 Takeaways HERE

 

Carol Kordich

Carol Kordich

You may be sitting on plastic bottles in your carCarol Kordich, head of Global Sustainable Fabric Strategies and Development at Ford Motor Company explains to Joan how significant parts of several Ford cars and trucks are made from sustainable materials. LISTEN HERE to Carol and Joan talk about how Carol is transitioning Ford to achieve its goal of 25% recycled materials in ALL Ford vehicles.

 

 

Cindy Ortega

Cindy Ortega

There is no tradeoff between luxury and sustainabilityAsk Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International who ensures that MGM’s 23 resorts worldwide utilize the most viable sustainable options – and with a passion for life and for being “the best” that is inspiring. LISTEN HERE to Cindy share MGM’s evolution to being a leader in sustainability in the hospitality industry – and to “de-mystifying green”, as well as her insights on driving change.

 

Joan in Secretary Hammack's flight jacket

Joan in Secretary Hammack’s flak jacket

Factoid: The U.S. Army spent $4.8 billion on energy in the US and overseas in 2012, and runs the equivalent of 152 small cities.  Watch host Joan Michelson’s engaging and informative short interview from The Pentagon with the point person: Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. VIDEO

 

 

 

Anna Schneider

Anna Schneider

 

What do you drive? Transportation is one of the top energy users on the planet and car manufacturers respond to what we buy – not what we say we are going to buy. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and Anna Schneider, Vice President of Industry-Government Relations at Volkswagen shares with Joan the efforts VW is making to accomplish thisLISTEN HERE

 

 

 

 

Andrea Sreshta (left) and Anna Stork on ‘Shark Tank’

Andrea Sreshta (left) and Anna Stork on ‘Shark Tank’

 

FUNDED! Listen to this exciting interview with recent ‘Shark Tank’ winner, Andrea Sreshta. She and her business partner were awarded $200K from Mark Cuban (and his support) for their product, LuminAID, a solar powered inflatable light. What disaster areas have been helped by the light-weight, compact and waterproof lantern? What have the two young entrepreneurs learned from their journey and from their most recent success on the popular TV show, ‘Shark Tank’? Joan has a conversation with Andrea from the ARPA-E 2015 Innovation Summit.  LISTEN

 

julespieriI

Jules Pieri

 

Gifting with Purpose We are so happy to have Jules Pieri of The Grommet back to share unique gifts just in time for the Holiday shopping season. The Grommet is an ecommerce site that sells “distinctive products made by real people with stories and values worth sharing.” LISTEN HERE to Joan and Jules talk about their favorite gifts with purpose. 

 

 

 

 

Snehal Desai

Snehal Desai

 

Doing more with less.  “Incoming water is getting worse or in some cases not at all available.” This is just one startling facts that Dow’s Global Head of Water and Power Snehal Desai tells Joan. LISTEN HERE for more on what Dow is doing to provide clean drinking water globally.

 

 

 

 

cropped-CTOSE_LOGOWhat 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.

 

 

 

Brandon Owens

Brandon Owens

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Wason

Amber Wason

 

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

 

 

 

 

Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston

“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherri Goodman

Sherri Goodman

Sherri Goodman is a former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and one of the top advisors to the Defense Department and top corporate executives on foreign policy, especially as it relates to energy and the environment. We know that the conflicts in the hotbeds of the Middle East and Russia are as much about oil as they are about national security.  LISTEN HERE to Joan Michelson’s insightful interview with Sherri Goodman an eye-opening perspective on energy and geopolitics – and the U.S. military’s role that you probably didn’t think about. Then, post your questions for Sherri on our Facebook Page or tweet them to me @joanmichelson or @greenconnectsdc.

 

 

Jules Pieri

Jules Pieri

We have power – consumer powerwhere 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 info@greenconnectionsradio.com. LISTEN HERE

 

 

Dave Stangis

Dave Stangis

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