• Lean In and Listen In


    Are you working with big companies to “green” their operations and supply chain? Or, do you want to?  Listen here 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


    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


    Cheryl Kiser

    Cheryl Kiser

    “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?

    Lisa Sundeen

    Lisa Sundeen

    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 Coalition For Green Capital on Green Banks and how you can get their funding support.

    Molly Brown

    Molly Brown

    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 HERE 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.



    Rebecca Rubin

    Rebecca Rubin

    Guess who’s taking serious steps to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with the local community? Listen HERE to 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’s happening in YOUR community? Tell us:, or on our Facebook page or our new Twitter profile @greenconnectsdc.



    Amy Francetic

    Amy Francetic

    What are investors investing in today? If you are a clean tech entrepreneur or investor – or an innovator in a large company or institution – wondering where the clean energy focus is today, then definitely listen HERE to Amy Francetic, Executive Director of the Clean Energy Trust in Chicago who is leading one of the most successful incubators in the country. Two of their “mentees” have won the Dept. of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition!

    Where is the next wave of manufacturing coming from? Are you an entrepreneur seeking help and funding to launch or scale your product – or an investor looking for “the next new thing” to invest it? Listen HERE to Clara Asmail of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of the Commerce Dept talk about opportunities all around the U.S.., and how you can get involved, Follow the money….

    Joel Makower

    Joel Makower

    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.

    Ann Randazzo

    Ann Randazzo

     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 HERE 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. Center for Workforce and Energy Development

    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.


     Extreme weather makes us much more aware of how cities manage 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 here to Joan and Kara. Then tell us: What is YOUR community doing to prepare? What do you WANT them to do?

    Linda Chipperfield

    Linda Chipperfield

    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 my 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 going on now. He also shared photos that will be on our website.

     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.

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    LISTEN: Socially Responsible Investing and Sustainability Trends in 2014  Is your New Year’s Resolution to do better financial planning? Listen 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.


    LISTEN : Holiday Show Steven Aarons, CEO and Founder of Child’s Play Stores explains to Joan what to look for in buying these kits. Are you a book person? Listen to Joan’s conversations with best-selling children’s authors, Lynn Cherry – about her 30 children’s books about the environment, and her short films about these kids “Young Voices for the Planet” – and with Andrea Beaty about her new book, “Rosie Revere, Engineer” which will inspire the girls in your world to explore making things.


    LISTEN : Where Tech Meets Sustainability: Business on the “VERGE” of TransformationVERGE_SF_2013_1_0615

    Green Connections was the exclusive radio media partner at the prestigious 2013 Greenbiz VERGE San Francisco conference and brings you engaging, informative conversations with some of the most intriguing and influential people innovating large companies and cities for a green economy. Listen here to Green Connections host Joan Michelson’s conversations with leaders including: Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of Greenbiz who has been leading the green economy for decades and talks about the “hot” topics today; Whitney Dorn, a leader in Green construction;  Michael Tinskey of Ford’s electric vehicles division; and Lisa Ann Pinkerton, a communications expert in the green economy.


    LISTEN : Entrepreneurs and Investors Leading the Clean Tech Revolution

          photoAn organization on the forefront of innovating the energy sector is the Clean Tech Open, a national program for energy start-ups that helps them accelerate their growth and access the needed funding. Green Connections was the exclusive radio media partner for the Clean Tech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit and GC host Joan Michelson spoke with an entrepreneur who is tackling the most pressing challenge we all share, consumers and businesses alike, in this wireless age: charging, one of the top investors in the energy sector, one of the top intellectual property attorneys in the sector who is on the Clean Tech Open board, and an icon in the energy innovation space, Jigar Shah, the Founder of SunEdison and former CEO of the Carbon War Room (founded by Sir Richard Branson) about his new book on how to scale the clean energy revolution, Creating Climate Wealth.

  • Sidebar at VERGE

    Green Connections host Joan Michelson was also the host of “Sidebar,” the online livestream of the 2013 VERGE San Francisco conference. You can watch and listen to her interview with some newsmakers. First up: Dell’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Trisa Thompson.

    Joan Michelson – Green Connections @VERGE 2013 from Capital Audio Post on Vimeo.


  • Joan Speaks on New Zealand Radio

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    James Coleman of New Zealand Radio Live, interviews Joan on the UN climate talks in Warsaw.

  • Bill Weihl: Facebook Sustainability Guru

    Bill Weihl of Facebook

    Are you curious about what Facebook is doing to “go green” and reduce the energy use (and resultant emissions) from its enormous computer systems that service 1 billion FB users worldwide? Listen to Joan’s conversation with Bill Weihl, Facebook Sustainability Guru to find out.

  • Seeing No Resource, She Created Her Own

    LedaHuta An interview with Leda Huta, founder of DC EcoWomen, a non-profit organization that provides an educational forum for women that empowers women to become leaders in the environmental community and the world.

  • Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors Talks About the Double Bottom Line

    Joan talks with Nancy Pfund, the Managing PaNancy Pfund, Managing Partner of DBL Investorsrtner at DBL Investors, a venture capital firm focused on the double bottom line.

  • An Oil Empire Embraces Renewable Energy

    Dr. Al-Hosany of MasdarJoan talks with Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s  renewable energy company.  Besides her incredible work there she is also the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and an adjunct professor at Masdar’s Institute of Science and Technology.




  • Behind the screen…..Film & TV productions are going green!

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    Can you see it? You probably can’t tell from watching the latest movie or TV show, but behind the scenes, some film and TV productions are actively reducing their carbon footprint.  GCR Host Joan Michelson spoke with two companies on the forefront of greening screen productions.

    National Assn of Broadcasters 2013 First, listen to film and tv producers John Corser and his wife, Kathy Jarvis, talk about how they “green” their productions – and how the crews react.

    Then, listen to Jordan Hall of Nila Lighting talk about the impact lighting can have…and what they’ve done for the White House and the Capitol too.


  • Lynne Cherry on Earth Day 2013


    “Kids have power.. and once kids know how much power they have to make change, they start acting.” Lynne Cherry

    Listen to Lynne Cherry, film producer and author of over thirty children’s books pertaining to climate change, talk to GCR host Joan Michelson at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Union Station in Washington D.C.

    To learn more about Lynne and her missions through her books, visit

  • Ann Feldman of

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    Which uses more water: tea or coffee? Chicken or a hamburger? How many gallons of water does it take to make a pair of jeans? Listen to Ann Feldman of tell GCR host Joan Michelson the amazing things she learned about the world’s water use and availability, and what YOU can do about it.



    wp-logoWatch Ann’s documentary Waterpressures this week on PBS or click here to find out where you can watch it