• Snehal Desai

    Snehal Desai

    Snehal Desai


    There is a global water shortage with 1.2 billion people living in water stress, including in California, so we must learn to do more with less. Dow Water is one of the companies working aggressively to provide clean drinking water, and clean-enough water for other household use before it’s too late. “Incoming water is getting worse or in some cases not at all available.” This is just one startling fact that Dow’s Global head of Water and Power, Snehal Desai tells Joan.  Listen below for more from their interview.

  • Jules Pieri


    Jules Pieri

    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 to Jules share some of her favorite picks from the Holiday catalog and the stories  from the makers behind them.  The Grommet Holiday Catalog has a full range for buffs of all kinds and everyone on your list – something for the cook, the kids, the host/hostess, the wall, the wine- lover and more.  Share your favorite gifts on our Facebook page or tweet them to @joanmichelson.


    Uncle Goose ABC Blocks

    Uncle Goose ABC Blocks

  • From CTOSE: Dave Feldman

    Dave Feldman

    Dave Feldman

    The Cleantech Open is a mecca for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders in the sustainability space.  A representative of each, Dave Feldman works to accelerate and focus the sustainability movement by helping communities build a cleantech sector and a hub for sustainability issues.  He is the CEO and Co-founder of the Livability Project and and full-time Executive Director of Bethesda Green, Livability Project’s first east coast project – “a local model for sustainable living”. Hear about their unique business model and how this hub is innovating in the green sector, at the local level.



  • From CTOSE: Rochelle Blaustein

    Rethink, validate and cultivate.  This is the mantra of the the new Ecoland Institute where students are not only thinking outside the box but “throwing the box away”.  Listen here to Joan talk with Rochelle Blaustein Director at Ecoland and CTOSE Ambassador-At-Large about the think tank that is poised to change the world as the participants there rethink the way we live.


  • Cleantech Open 2014

    cropped-CTOSE_LOGOThe Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator and is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company.   Joan Michelson was once again in attendance for the 3rd Annual Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit and Gala in Alexandria, Virginia.  The CTOSE Summit showcased amazing entrepreneurs who are taking a “just do it” approach.  Listen below to her interviews with this year’s attendees, panelists and award-winners.

    First up, Aneri Patel, a past guest on Green Connections who is now working as the Energy Access Officer at the UN Foundation Sustainable Energy For All program.  Listen to Joan catch up with her and the amazing strides she is helping to make in combating energy-poverty world-wide.



  • Interview with CTOSE 2014 Winner, NG1Tech

    From the Cleantech Open 2014, Joan talks with this year’s winner, NG1 TECH. Hear about their Techflo Exhaust technology that dramatically improves fuel efficiency while decreasing emissions and reduces sound.

  • FROM CTOSE: Fresh Box

    fresboxAttention foodies! Twin sisters Allison and Megan are innovators with a fascinating product Fresh Box, a new food packaging system. Described as a “soda stream unit for food”, it is the first home food preservation system that brings an established industrial food packing technology to the home consumer, enabling users to increase their access to fresh food and reduce food waste. Foodies, locavores and early-adopters will love this new technology, and help all of us to be mindful of food waste.

  • From CTOSE: April Richards

    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 others that cross her desk in hopes of investment. The Small Business Innovation Research grant program works to fund entrepreneurs who are innovating in ways that meet their mission: to protect public health and the environment, read: to save the planet.

  • Amber Wason of Riide

    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.

  • Brandon Owens

    Brandon Owens

    Brandon Owens

    What is the “power of the one percent”? Listen 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.