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Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women

One of the '6 Best Podcasts for Business Travelers' per USA Today -- engaging, enlightening and informative interviews with high-performing innovators and leaders in clean energy and sustainability. Topics: Innovation, leadership, policy, consumers, women, entrepreneurship, the arts and careers.
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Oct 22, 2017

As you see images of the huge swath of homes wiped out in the massive California fires, or in Puerto Rico, Houston or Florida from the hurricanes, imagine all the stuff those people have to replace....What if they replaced part of it with sustainable options? Yes, they can!

Listen to Eileen Mockus, CEO of Coyuchi, tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about how Coyuchi has been manufacturing organic cotton sheets, towels and related bedding for 25 years, and now offers a subscription service (for customer convenience and to ensure the linens are recycled).

You'll hear:

  • How organic sheets, towels are made – and why it matters for much more than just the sheets.
  • What to look for when buying towels, sheets, mattress pads.
  • Recycling sheets, other fabrics.
  • What prices reflect across the range of options.
  • Certifications to look for when shopping.
  • Career tips for sustainable manufacturing – and all careers.

 

And more….

You’ll look at your sheets and towels differently!

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Oct 17, 2017

"Everywhere we go in the utility industry, utilities, regulators, stakeholders...there's broad recognition that...the way utilities do business has to change."

Praveen Kathpal on Green Connections Radio

Every time there's a natural disaster, huge swaths of people lose power for days, weeks, even months in the case of Puerto Rico (from Hurricane Maria). That means their economies and livelihoods stop.

The remedy? Energy storage -- it supports electricity reliability, as well as a clean energy economy. How?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's enlightening interview with Praveen Kathpal, V.P. of AES Energy Storage for answers -- and about their new joint venture with Siemens.

  • How does electricity get to us? (homes, offices, restaurants)?
  • How batteries work - the surprising difference they make.
  • New energy storage technologies- and the largest lithium ion battery in the world.
  • How a joint venture between two huge companies works.
  • If the Trump administration's anti-clean energy agenda can affect the development of these technologies.

Career advice and more!

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Oct 13, 2017

“Every ingredient has to be there.”

Dr. Shirley Meng on Green Connections Radio

Imagine if a substance so common and inexpensive that it’s in your kitchen cabinet could hold the secret to the next revolution in battery technologies! That’s the truly ground-breaking work that Dr. Shirley Meng is leading at the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion at U.C. San Diego and as the Founding Director of its Sustainable Power and Energy Center.

This brilliant woman is innovating batteries for the 21st century – and they aren’t all lithium ion – for the grid, electric vehicles and those small alkaline batteries in your flashlight or portable emergency radio. These breakthroughs expand renewable energy.

Listen to GCR Host Joan Michelson's fascinating conversation with Shirley about:

  • How to design novel energy storage solutions.
  • The common substance for the next generation of batteries.
  • A biodegradable battery? No landfills?!
  • The interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder effort needed for the smart grid challenge.
  • Great career advancement tips, especially for women.

How her comment that, “Every ingredient has to be there,” applies to many things, from research to careers.

And more! 

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Oct 10, 2017

We tend to take standards for granted, and want "our" technology to be special and proprietary, but standards are critical so systems can work together.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's intriguing conversation with Karen Bartleson, President of IEEE, the global organization of electrical and other engineers.

You'll learn about standards we take for granted and just how  important they are - and career tips too.

 

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Oct 10, 2017

“The best way to drive innovation and new ideas (in STEM) is to have the broadest set of minds at the table,” Esther Takeuchi on Green Connections Radio

Anyone you know of who has a pacemaker, literally owes their life to Dr. Esther Takeuchi of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab. She invented the pacemaker battery and is in the Inventors’ Hall of Fame as a result. This remarkable woman is now innovating batteries for the 21st century – for everything from cars to the electric grid -- to enable greater expansion of renewable energies by addressing the storage-intermittency issues.

Listen to GCR Host Joan Michelson's fascinating conversation with Esther about:

  • A new battery that looks like felt and is continually reusable.
  • Earth-abundant materials in the next generation of batteries making them eco-friendly
  • Managing conflict as “a necessary component of driving innovation.”
  • “Seeing what everyone else is seeing, but thinking what no one else is thinking.”

Career tips – like: “don’t underestimate your abilities” – and more!

Live from the ElectroChemical Society 2017 conference.

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Oct 6, 2017

 

“We need to question the assumptions in our methodology…and figure out how we’re going to use all this data to solve problem,” Allison Sagraves on Green Connections Radio

The 21st century economy is based on Big Data, especially when it comes to the new energy-sustainability paradigm. As Green Connections Radio Joan Michelson wrote in Investis recently, all data is not created equal and we can easily get garbage.

One of the experts in that piece, Allison Sagraves emphasized to consider what you're not asking, "The value is going to come from the things we never knew were possible."

Listen to Joan's fascinating conversation with Allison about big data transforming our world, including in energy.

You'll hear:

  • What data lineage means and why it helps you separate good and bad data.
  • How we can use big data to solve problems.
  • How big data drives the energy revolution, from sources to utilities to the “prosumer.”
  • How important citizen data scientists are and how you can become one easily.
  • Why Millennials are called “conspicuous optimizers” and how we all should be too.

Super career tips and more!  (Hint: “Find the passion in the field that you’re in,” Allison Sagraves).

Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 of our two-part article on Big Data including more from Allison.

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Oct 3, 2017

Solar Jobs Help Homeowners - Nicole Steele, Grid Alternatives

Training Solar Talent While Installing Solar to Low Income Families

Everybody talks about jobs, and the clean energy economy is growing jobs at a faster pace than virtually any other industry. So, where do you go to get trained?

A national non-profit is training the solar workforce of the future while also giving solar power to low-income homeowners who would not otherwise be able to afford it. It's called Grid Alternatives.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's engaging conversation with head of Grid Alternatives in the Mid-Atlantic region, Nicole Steele.

You'll hear:

  • Stories of homeowners who had Grid Alternatives installed on their homes.
  • How to get trained for solar jobs, and certified, in a short program supported by Grid Alternatives.
  • How Grid Alternatives can help these families get the solar system paid for.
  • Tips for putting solar on your home.
  • Getting solar if you're in a multi-family dwelling.
  • Career tips... and more!  

Attend the Grid Alternatives Job Fair in the Washington, D.C. area on November 7th.

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Sep 29, 2017

"85% of disposable apparel ends up in a landfill," Annie Gullingsrud, Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute

Think of all the stuff that the people in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico tragically lost in the devastating recent hurricanes....

What if they replaced even 10 percent of it with sustainable clothing? Is it even possible? How?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's intriguing interview with the Director of Textiles and Apparel at the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute, Annie Gullingsrud, to find out how.

You'll hear:

  • What the circular economy is.
  • What to look for when buying clothes.
  • What certifications mean.
  • How communities can get more clean drinking water from a clothing manufacturing plant.
  • Tips for a career in sustainable fashion.

 And more….

You’ll look at your clothes and shop differently!

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Sep 26, 2017

Without the ability to store clean energy, it will only go so far.

AES Energy Storage is on the cutting edge of reinventing energy storage, especially with their new joint venture with Siemens, called Fluence.

Listen to AES's Kate McGinnis tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about the state of energy storage today - and the future - including the largest energy storage unit in the U.S.

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Sep 22, 2017

“Change occurs when we vote with our wallets…We are in a revolution right now when we can use our portfolios to express our values and actually impact the policies that corporations are making.”

Christopher Cordaro

One of the sure-bet investments over time has been energy stocks, mostly oil and gas, with companies like Exxon Mobil soaring. Yet, Hurricane Harvey and the reality of climate change have upset that long-held belief too. The hurricane brought Houston’s oil and gas hub to a halt for days or weeks.

So, today we’re looking anew at how we can match our investment dollars with our values. Grab an iPad or pen and paper, because you’ll want to take notes on this one.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s tips-packed conversation with investing master, Christopher Cordaro, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of RegentAtlantic about how to do it.

You’ll hear:

  • Why Tesla has a surprisingly low score as a values-driven investment.
  • The difference between socially-responsible investing and ESG investing (using environment, social and governance investment criteria).
  • The ROI, return on investment, of values-driven stocks vs. traditional stocks.
  • How we can change corporate behavior via our investments.
  • How women are better suited for leadership in today’s economy than men.
  • Tips for how to evaluate your investment portfolio or 401K.

         And more….

You’ll want to take notes to help you decide where to put your money.

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Sep 19, 2017

We feel for the people of Houston, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands who had their lives devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.....they have to replace everything.

So, what if....what if they replaced their clothing with sustainably-produced clothing? Imagine the statement that would make....

What's involved in manufacturing sustainably-produced clothing? Listen to Christopher Chappell, Director of eCommerce and Marketing at Ramblers Way (and the son of Tom Chappell of Tom's of Maine toothpaste fame) and hear how they're manufacturing organic wool clothing that is made in the U.S.A. too.

You'll hear:

Certifications to look for - and those that are yet needed

What it takes to make organic clothing.

Which dyes are organic and water-friendly which are not.

What you can do as a consumer to wear your eco-values.

Pros and cons of manufacturing in the U.S.A.

You'll never look at your shirts, sweaters, pants and blazers the same again!

Let us know what YOU think clothing manufacturers and retailers should do to be more eco-friendly.

Tweet it to us @joanmichelson or post it on our Facebook page, and ask to join our new private Facebook group, or email it to us at info@greenconnectionsradio.com

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Thanks for listening!

 

Sep 15, 2017

We read the articles about the hurricanes and climate change and environmental pollutants and all, but today we have a behind the scenes look at where those stories come from and how they come to be.

Grab a cup of coffee or your beverage of choice and listen in to this fascinating, insightful conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson - obviously a reporter herself - and Hannah Fairfield, the Climate Editor of the venerable New York Times. This is the story behind the stories.

You'll hear:

  • Where their stories come from - literally.
  • How they decide which stories to tell.
  • How they decide how to tell them.
  • What it takes to tell these stories, literally, in person power, resources and finding people as story subjects.
  • How she came to the job - her unusual path.
  • ...and more!

Let us know what YOU think the NY Times and other journalists should cover about the climate, and related topics.

Tweet it to us @joanmichelson or post it on our Facebook page, and ask to join our new private Facebook group, or email it to us at info@greenconnectionsradio.com

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Sep 12, 2017

Congress is back in session and about to negotiate the draconian cuts to environmental, clean energy and climate change-related government funding -- and having to do so on the heels of the direct experience of the impact of climate change through the ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The very programs they are looking to cut are those that are helping us manage these storms with the fewest deaths and injuries and least loss of property. These storms should demonstrate in stark terms the need to maintain these programs and even increase funding.

In light of these threatened cuts, the business community is stepping up its game, and one of the important organizations leading and supporting the business community in doing so is the Clean Energy Business Network, which monitors, advocates for and connects small and medium-sized businesses to policy decisions related to clean energy.

So, please meet its Executive Director, Lynn Abramson and listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's engaging and informative interview with her.

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Sep 8, 2017

What if we had a way to get power to devastated areas quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster like a hurricane?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's fascinating conversation with Rita Hansen, CEO of OnBoard Dynamics about their new mobile natural gas-powered energy source that could provide that much-needed power at these critical moments.

You'll hear:

  • How compressed natural gas (CNG) power works.
  • How their mobile unit works.
  • How their units can help in a disaster.
  • The difference between these portable CNG units and microgrids.
  • And much more, including career advice for this emerging industry.

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Sep 5, 2017

Stories abound about the potential contaminants in the water flooding Houston and its environs from Hurricane Harvey. But what might we learn from all that water?

Perhaps we can learn something about it from the team that studied the Gulf of Mexico after the catastrophic BP Oil Spill. Dr. Rita Colwell, renowned microbiologist and oceanographer, former head of the National Science Foundation, and now a leader at the University of Maryland, has been leading that effort. And no one was better suited for it.

In this enlightening interview with Green Connections Host Joan Michelson, Dr. Colwell explains:

  • what their extensive research by diverse teams of scientists is teaching us about:
    • the impact on marine ecosystem and marine life,
    • how to clean up the spill, and
    • other discoveries that are enhancing our understanding and management of marine life and/or climate change-related environmental consequences.

She also offers terrific career advice from her own experience – as a mentor, a mentee and a leader always pushing the boundaries of innovation via science.

Read my Hufington Post blog on this topic here, which includes the trailer of the fascinating documentary about their work, ”Dispatches from the Gulf." They also have short videos with some of the scientists.

 

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Sep 1, 2017

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

Lynne Cherry

Many families are displaced by the historic devastation from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath that is leaving Houston and outlying areas underwater. Kids are experiencing the impact of the climate firsthand and probably don’t understand exactly what’s happening.

As we help kids deal with the trauma of their homes as they knew them being flooded away, maybe this is also a moment when we can explore if helping them understand how the climate works will help them make sense of the upheaval and devastation.

Listen to Lynne Cherry, author of over thirty children’s books pertaining to climate change tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about how:

  • Kids understand the environment
  • Kids worldwide are doing their part, and creatively
  • Books are magic for kids
  • and more!

This interview was previously recorded at an Earth Day celebration at Union Station in Washington D.C.

Hurricane Harvey might also inspire them to be more environmentally-friendly in their own choices, including as they grow up. They might ask more questions of their teachers, coaches and parents about the impact of things they see happening and choices of things to buy, too.

Books are great gifts - any time of the year!

What do YOU hear Lynne say? What did you take away from this interview? Tell us @joanmichelson, or on our Facebook page, or email us at info@greenconnectionsradio.com.

To learn more about Lynne and her missions through her books, visit http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/ - and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Aug 25, 2017

 

 

We object to solutions “because we don’t think the solutions are consistent with our ideology or our politics.” Dr. Hayhoe

The recent solar eclipse reminded us of the power of science. So, we thought it was a good time to hear again from one of our amazing scientist guests, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, who was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Pioneers” and is great fun too.

Dr. Hayhoe is an Atmospheric Scientist and the Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University – and teaches in the Political Science Department. An interesting combination…

In this fascinating interview, Dr. Hayhoe tells Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson:

In this fascinating interview, Dr. Hayhoe tells Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson:  

  • What climate change is exactly, and what’s “natural.”
  • Why we should care about climate change: “Our infrastructure is built on the assumption of a stable climate.”
  • 2/3rds of cities are within a few feet of sea-level.
  • What policymakers can do – and what drives them to act.
  • How do deal with “climate deniers” – it’s not about the climate!

And more…!

What did YOU hear Katharine Hayhoe say? What did you take away from this interview?

Tell us @joanmichelson, or on our Facebook page, or email us at info@greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Aug 22, 2017

Total eclipse reminds us of how cool physics is, so we thought it was a good time to hear from renowned physicist and best-selling author Dr. Lawrence Krauss on how exactly the climate changes and why again.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s engaging discussion with Dr. Krauss, who teaches at Arizona State University (and Joan knows from her speaking engagements about the work of her great-great uncle physicist, Nobel Laureate Albert A. Michelson (speed of light, 1907).  

You’ll hear about:

  • The physics of climate change – how the climate changes, why and when.
  • Which aspects of climate change are “normal” cycles of nature and which are mankind-induced.
  • Why understanding physics matters.
  • How the story of the universe is “The Greatest Story Ever Told…So far…,” the title of his new book.
  • How to talk to climate deniers – including those who eschew science.

To learn more about Dr. Lawrence Krauss and his remarkable body of work, and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Aug 18, 2017

As you head for the beach or lake for your summer vacation, soothed by nature, remember that there are 1.2 billion people who live in water scarcity – and that drought truly threatens our food supply.

Our very survival depends upon sufficient water. After all, our bodies -- and our brains – are mostly water. Our brain and heart are 73% water; our lungs are ~83% water, our skin is 64% water, and our muscles and kidneys are 79% water.  Our bones? 31% water.

1.2 billion people do not have enough water to survive, and are under water stress. Think about if you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out. Have you checked out your produce prices? The rise is the economic impact of the severe drought threatening our food supply.

What can we do about it? Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversation with Dow Water’s Global Head of Water and Power, Snehal Desai. As we take our last beach vacations of the summer, we thought it was a good time to re-air this interview, that also reminds us to be resourceful and conserving.

Snehal Desai explains the challenges and innovative technologies that bring clean water that keeps many of us alive and fed. You’ll learn tips for driving innovation too.

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Aug 15, 2017

“It’s Easier to Change the World If You Have Money,”

Julie Lenzer Kirk

Julie Lenzer Kirk is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and former head of the Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the U.S. Commerce Department. She has built and sold multiple businesses and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs (mostly women) and helped them bridge the gaps to succeed - change the world.

Lucky for us, she shares her hard-won lessons of her own journey (so far) with nuanced insider tips for fulfilling what she calls the entrepreneur’s ‘hierarchy of needs.” These come from her successes, and also from her failures. She wants entrepreneurs to succeed with every fiber of her being because, “It’s easier to change the world if you have money.” 

She’s quite candid, as well as insightful, in this engaging and informative discussion with Green Connections host Joan Michelson. As the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation grows, we thought it was a good time to re-air this episode from last year.

Among other points she makes are:

  • Think big
  • Define your niche
  • Where to go to get the money
  • Services and support you need

As Julie said, “you being starving does not help anyone.”

You’ll want to take notes!

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Aug 8, 2017

Do you want to invest with principle -- and earn great financial returns too?

As the stock market hits all-time highs, and the Trump administration reduces regulations on financial institutions, automakers, water polluters and fossil fuel companies, among a long list, we have to take a more active role in managing our portfolios if we want them to reflect our environmental and clean energy values AND make a great return.

So, what to do?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s previous interview with a leader in socially-responsible investing, Barbara Krumsiek who was the CEO of Calvert Investments for a long time (and is now retired). Barbara candidly discusses the pros and cons of socially-responsible investing (SRI), which is now mainstream, thanks in part to Calvert and Krumsiek. But what if you’re new to it like most of us are?

You’ll learn:

  • What socially-responsible investing is (and is not).
  • The do’s and don’ts of successful socially-responsible investing?
  • How well do values-driven stocks really perform?
  • How to identify SRI portfolio managers – “real” ones, versus those jumping on the bandwagon.
  • And more….

You’ll want to take notes to help you decide where to put your money.

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Aug 4, 2017
When you hear “3M” you think of Post-it notes, right? Not so fast. 3M is innovating in cleantech and breaking new ground, especially in reducing carbon emissions

With the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Projects Research Agency-Energy - aka ARPA-E - on the chopping block in Trump's budget proposal, we decided to re-air our interview with Laura Nereng of 3M about how she and her colleagues are tackling CO2 reduction in a remarkable way, with ARPA-E's unique and ground-breaking support.

Listen to Laura Nereng, Sustainability and Business Development Leader at 3M, formerly Program Manager of 3M’s Clean Energy Innovation, in her conversation with Green Connections Radio Host Joan Michelson and prepare to be amazed.

You'll learn about"

  • 3M’s carbon capture break-through that could change everything
  • How Laura and her innovative group developed it.
  • Lessons for being an "intrapreneur" leading innovation in a large organization.
  • Career tips for folks who do not have an engineering degree, and do this work successfully.
  • And more!

This interview took place at the 2013 ARPA-E Summit in Washington, DC recently.

 

What did you learn from Laura?

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Aug 1, 2017

With the Department of Energy innovation budgets under attack by the Trump administration, including the National Laboratories that invented most of the stuff we take for granted, we think it's a good time to re-air our episode on what the National Labs actually do and how their inventions get to market. 

The Trump-Perry DOE seems to be led by political appointees who have no regard for science and lack basic management skills - read Michael Lewis in-depth reporting in Vanity Fair on their first months on the job - which is puzzling considering many of them allegedly come from a business background.

What's at risk? The technology that "put the jolt in the Chevy Volt," for example, removed lead from use in anything soldered, improved our roofs and, yes, started the technology that became the Internet.

Listen to Dr. Karina Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Department of Energy -- now at Google -- speak about innovations from the National Laboratories that are solving our energy challenges.

Learn:

  • What the National Labs do and how
  • Innovations coming from there
  • How these inventions come to market.
  • What entrepreneurs can learn from them.
  • How you can license them to benefit your business

 And career insights.....(Note, This episode is longer than usual, but well worth it!)

 What did you learn from Karina and Joan's conversation?

Tell us! @joanmichelson, or on our Facebook page, or by email at info@greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Jul 28, 2017

Guess who’s taking serious steps to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with the local community?

As the new administration seeks to cut all climate and clean energy, we thought it was a good time to re-air our interview with Rebecca R. Rubin, Founder/CEO of Marstel Day, the environmental consulting firm that's been helping the U.S. government clean up their act for over 15 years. 

The U.S. government agencies really are reducing their carbon footprint

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s conversation with Rebecca about"

  • the intersections between sustainability, climate change, and national security
  • How agencies have been actively cleaning up their act
  • Why government agencies are actively looking for “sustainable” solutions. 
  • It may not be what you think…

What’s happening in YOUR community?

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Jul 25, 2017

With new legislation being voted on that could be a sign of what’s to come in state energy policy – aside from the mayors who are joining the climate agreement – we thought it was a good time to re-air our interview with Betsy McCorkle, head of governmental affairs at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).  

According to The North State Journal in N.C., the new legislation “ aims to reshape the relationship between traditional utilities and renewable energy providers after a decades-long arranged marriage through the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) laws passed in 2007. “

Betsy works with legislators, state and local government officials, state agencies, the clean energy industry and allied organizations to educate them on clean energy issues and a related legislative agenda, so she’s on the front lines.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson in conversation with Betsy to find out:

  • Where the utility industry is getting it right…and wrong.
  • What can the Congress and the statehouses do to get it right?
  • What is the NCSEA doing to nudge the utilities toward faster innovation?
  • How is the utility industry adapting to the new technologies and how does this parallel smart phones?
  • What tax incentives and rebates does your region offer?

Betsy shared a great website to find out about incentives and other programs in your state: Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency.

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