Interviews

  • Cut Through the Noise: Straight Talk from Dani Ticktin Koplik

    Dani Ticktin Koplik

    Dani Ticktin Koplik

    The clean, green economy is launching a slew of new businesses and business models that have not existed before.  What are the leadership issues in managing such a new industry?  How can we navigate this new space? Dani Ticktin Koplik, principal of dtkResources is the perfect person to discuss this with.  A leadership coach who combines sports psychology with brain science with marketing and business acumen and a straight-talking style, Dani shared invaluable insight for anyone who has or is looking to change industries. You’ll want to hear the top three things to know going in that will lead you to excel in your new environment and for women, she’ll clue you in on the “Girl Traps” and the three most fundamental skills to hone.

  • From The Pentagon, Going “Net Zero”

     

     

    At The Pentagon

    At The Pentagon

    The largest energy consumer on the planet says it’s going “net zero” in energy and water use.

    Listen to Green Connections 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.

    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.

    The U.S. Dept. of Defense is the largest energy consumer on the planet and the Army is the largest energy consumer in the federal government. The Net Zero Initiative’s goal is to reduce the energy, and water use to “net zero,” and to reduce waste in landfills to net zero too.

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    Joan with Honorable Katherine Hammack

    Watch/listen to Joan and Secretary Hammack on the Net Zero Initiative, where and how it has already reduced water usage by 23%, and how they can achieve this ambitious goal facing big DOD budget cuts – including opportunities for the private sector.

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  • What do you Drive? Interview with Anna Schneider

    Anna Schneider

    Anna Schneider

    Despite efforts to ween Americans off of SUV’s, the number of electric vehicle users remains low as America’s love affair with cars continues. 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 this. What is the current regulatory environment for car makers? How have these regulations affected the growth of the electric car market? What is the impact of low gases prices amongst car buyers? Manufacturers? Listen to this intriguing interview with an expert who has spent her entire career in the auto industry.

  • Transforming Wind Turbines – Interview with Jennifer Baird

    Jennifer Baird

    Jennifer Baird

    From the ARPA-E Innovation Summit, listen to Joan talk with Jennifer Baird of Accio Energy about their new wind energy technology that is turning the wind power industry on its ear.  A brilliant combination of engineering and physics, this blade-free aerovoltaic wind power is scalable, easily manufactured, and less cost prohibitive to implement.

    Who came up with this idea? How has Accio Energy gotten funding? What is the future of wind energy?  Jennifer Baird, a serial entrepreneur with a track record of successfully commercializing transformational technologies, shares more about this pre-commercial company while reminding us that we all have the power to change the world.  See the overview of how this technology works on the Accio Energy website.

     

  • Go Electric’s Blinkless Technology – Interview with Lisa Laughner

    Lisa Laughner

    Lisa Laughner

    Innovation in the utilities sector is huge right now with lots of moving parts, both literally and figuratively.  How can we prevent another Super Storm Sandy type of power grid overload? Listen to Joan live from the ARPA-E 2014 Innovation Summit, as she talks with Lisa Laughner the CEO, President and Founder of Go Electric Inc., a green-tech early stage company developing micro grid control systems & turn-key energy resiliency solutions.

    Their Blinkless technology is the next generation of micro grids that not only supplies power off the grid but helps to reduce energy costs in real-time.  Find out how Go Electric can contribute to your peace of mind and to your pocketbook.

  • ‘Shark Tank’ winner, Andrea Sreshta

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    Andrea Sreshta (left) and Anna Stork on ‘Shark Tank’
    Photo: Kelsey McNeal / ABC

    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. In response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, LuminAID was born out of the need the two saw for one of life’s basic necessities – light. Hear more about the beginnings of LuminAID and where the inventors got their initial funding. What other 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 Michelson has a conversation with Andrea from the ARPA-E 2015 Innovation Summit.

    LuminAid solar inflatable light

    LuminAid solar inflatable light

     

  • Your Guide to Socially Responsible Investing

    Barbara Krumsiek

    Barbara Krumsiek

    Planning your finances for 2015? Listen to my interview with the immediate past CEO of Calvert investments, Barbara Krumsiek. In the 17 years at Calvert she has elevated Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) into the mainstream and proved it to be financially viable. Also called Sustainable Responsible Investing, what is the definition and what are the keys to successful SR investing? Not sure where to put your money? There is no one better to guide you in your financial planning than this accomplished, award-winning master investor.

  • The Passion Test – Interview with Alaina Love

    Alaina Love

    Alaina Love

    How do you find the job that makes you feel your best?  This can sometimes feel like an unattainable goal but with some advice from Aliana Love you’ll find the inspiration to find it and tips on getting you there.  Aliana Love is president of Purpose Linked Consulting and author of “The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results”.  Her consulting helps educate participants on strategies to leverage their passions to achieve results.

    As businesses evolve in a rapidly changing society and economy many people are finding themselves in voluntary and involuntary places of transition.  As frightening as this place can be it is also an opportunity, as Aliana Love explains, “a great time to get to know you”.  More companies are hiring based on the alignment of the values and passions of the company with that of the employee.  Knowing your own will lead you to that industry, company or position where you can thrive.  What are your passion characteristics?

    What skills are the most valuable in today’s economy?   How can you sell yourself when you’re in transition? Alaina shares with Joan the answers and some alarming data on the number of engaged vs. disengaged employees in the US and the cost of the disengaged to the economy (hint: it’s in the billions).

  • From Awareness to Action – Interview with Nathalie Udo

    Nathalie Udo

    Nathalie Udo

    “From awareness, we get more actions”.  Nathalie Udo shares with us findings from her book, “Organizational Survival” and the evidence to show we are at a tipping point of companies integrating sustainability.  Although 80% of companies today are aware of the need for sustainability, only 15% are taking action.  Find out which industries are taking action, who lags far behind and why.  How do we get companies to make the decision to commit to sustainability?  She shares what this takes and until then we may remain at the tipping point.

  • A Zero Carbon Footprint Home: Interview with Sheri Koones

    Sheri Koones

    “Prefabulous” series author, Sheri Koones

    How do you get a zero footprint home? What is the biggest barrier to this? Homes and buildings use 40 percent of energy in the US – an astonishing number but author Sheri Koones shows us another way. Her series of books, “Prefabulous” take you into the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build incredibly energy-efficient, green homes that are as beautiful as they are green.  Find out what is different in her latest book, “Prefabulous World” and what builders in Europe are doing that we are not doing here in the US and what would really drive a behavior change. Her books are helping to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes and the planet in their beautiful design (gorgeous photos with lots of detail) and information. This is just part of the reason Robert Redford got involved. She shares that experience and more in this interview.