Interviews

  • Leadership Tips from Author & Time Mag’s Jay Newton-Small!

    jay-newton-smallHow Women are Changing the Way America Works

    Leadership – advancing your career – finding alternate paths to solutions – even peaceful policing strategies that work…

    Listen to renowned journalist Jay Newton-Small of Time magazine and author of the best-seller “Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works” in her enlightening conversation with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about all of that and more.

    Funny stories, great leadership tips, new ideas to make things work better, how to build support…

    Why we need more women police officers!

    You’ll want to take notes!

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  • City Energy that Works- with Melanie Nutter, of SF’s Dept of Environment

    melanie-nutterFinancial Incentives, Tech, Collaborating Lessons

    San Francisco has ambitious clean energy goals: Reducing their carbon footrpint by 80% by 2050 and zero waste by 2020.

    How can they get there and what can the rest of us learn from their experience?

    As head of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, Melanie Nutter has been on the foreffont of this effort and a leader in developing programs that drive sustainable urban solutions.

    Listen to GCR host Joan Michelson’s engaging interview with Melanie including about:

    • Financial incentives and grant programs for community groups
    • An app for reporting issues in the city that need repair
    • Collaborating with other cities to find best practices
    • Consumer behavior

    And, she proves that you don’t have to be an an engineer or a scientist to succeed in this industry!

    inspiring for the rest of us…

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  • Sports & Concert Venues Go Green – with Jennifer Regan, Sustainability Dir. of AEG Worldwide

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    You Attend Events There – Think of All That Energy Use!

    Remember the last concert or sporting event you attended….Did you notice how much energy is being consumed by that venue? Lights for starters are a fortune, and concession stands use energy and spew all kinds of waste as they keep us fueled up.

    AEG Worldwide, which owns hundreds of venues around the globe has been on the forefront of transforming these venues into more eco-friendly versions. A key force in doing so is AEG Worldwide Director of Sustainability, Jennifer Regan, who has encountered surprising resistance along the way.

    Listen to this fascinating discussion between AEG’s Jennifer Regan and Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson and you’ll be looking at the hotels and entertainment venues you visit in a whole new way.

  • Mobilizing Sustainable Business Practices – with Mindy Lubber, CEO of Ceres

    mindy-lubberThe Paris Accord Changed Business Practices Forever

    For 25 years, Ceres has been a force to be reckoned with as they drive sustainable business practices in the world’s largest companies. Ceres engages investors, executives and policymakers to use their own business practices and resources to stop “the bus coming towards us and our kids called climate change” from wrecking our economy and our lives. With the newly-signed COP21 Paris Accord, where 55 countries

    How? Listen to this compelling discussion between Ceres CEO Mindy Lubber and Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson held at the recent Climate Leadership Gala, where Mindy and Ceres were honored.

    You might be motivated to find zero-water use jeans! (It normally takes 3,000 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans.

  • Double-Bottom Line Investing – with Nancy Pfund, of Tesla fame

    nancy-pfundInvesting in Companies to Benefit Society – & Your Wallet

    Doing well by doing good is a universal value – but is it only for the lucky few? Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner of DBL Investors, who has been featured in the New York Times as a pioneer, talks with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about how to do it.

    What are the key components? Is there a trade-off?

    Listen to this fascinating discussion with this powerful and kind former lead investor in Tesla and Solar City, from the Climate Leadership Gala.

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  • Achieving Ambitious Sustainability Goals – with Dell CRO Trisa Thompson

    trisa-thompsonIt’s About Changing Behavior – the Core of Innovating

    Dell Computers is one of the Fortune 500 leaders in integrating sustainability across the company. How? Why did the company go private (rather than stay a publicly-traded company)?

    How do you change behavior to achieve their ambitious goals?

    Listen to GCR host Joan Michelson’s short conversation with Dell’s Chief Responsibility Officer, Trisa Thompson, to find out.

    This segment is also available on video on www.greenconnectionsradio.com. It was recorded when Joan anchored the livestream of the Greenbiz Verge San Francisco conference, called “Sidebar,” with Mo Al-Shawaf of Sustainability (an organization in Washington, DC).

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  • Democratizing Energy, Innovation & STEM Careers – Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox

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    Democratizing Energy, Innovation & STEM Careers – Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox

    Listen to this fascinating discussion with one of the world’s foremost business leaders and innovators, Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer of Xerox.

    You’ll hear about:

    • “The democratization of energy” and how will it give us – consumers and business leaders – control over what type of energy we use for which purpose and when!
    • Breakthrough battery technologies that are about to transform our roads, bridges and overall infrastructure, and give you more options.
    • How to “do” innovation in a large organization, including leveraging diversity.
    • Career advice for innovators, STEM specialists and women

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  • Largest Energy Consumer Goes “Net Zero” – Secretary Katherine Hammack, U.S. Army

    katherine-hammack-assistant-secretary-for-energyHow? What’s Working? National Security? – 152 Small Cities!

    Did you know that the U.S. Dept. of Defense is the largest energy consumer on the planet and the Army is the largest one in the federal government?

    The Army’s Net Zero Initiative’s goal is to reduce its total energy and water use to “net zero,” and to reduce waste in landfills to net zero too. So how do this– and how well is it working?

    Listen to this fascinating and engaging discussion with the person in charge of it: The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment.

    What can we learn?

    • Which strategy has already reduced water usage by 23%?
    • What about DOD budget cuts?
    • How does it affect national security and performance?
    • Opportunities for the private sector?

    To put this in perspective, think about this: The U.S. Army spent $4.8 billion on energy total in 2012, and runs the equivalent of 152 small cities.

    This episode is also available in video on GreenConnectionsRadio.com and on YouTube.

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  • “Greening” Hollywood – One Plastic Bottle, One Recycled Set at a Time

    debbie-levinDebbie Levin Conveted Show Business to Green

    Debbie Levin personally converted Hollywood’s television and movie productions into a greener way of doing business – and awards them when they do, as founder of the Environmental Media Awards. Awardees include Gwyneth Paltrow, 21st Century Fox, “Steve Jobs” the movie, and even “Star Wars.”

    In this brief interview at an Environmental Media Association gala, Levin tells Green Connections host Joan Michelson about what it takes to get the studios on the environmental bandwagon, and which are still lagging. You can factor that into your next movie ticket choice.

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  • We Can Learn a Lot from this Surprisingly Candid Entrepreneur-Provocateur

    trammel-crowA True Texas Original and Unusual Environmentalist – Founder of largest Earth Day Festival

    Trammel Crow is a true original: a straight-talking Texas Republican – real estate developer – avid environmentalist with a saucy style, who founded the massive Earth Day Texas, the largest Earth Day event on the planet. Trammel talks openly with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about his provocative appearance before the Texas legislature and how to get more Republicans and oil and gas Wildcatters to embrace clean energy and environmental initiatives. Yet even his own son doesn’t believe in climate change!

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