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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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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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Jul 21, 2017

With government funding for energy innovations under threat, we thought it was a good idea to re-air this fascinating interview Dr. Ellen Williams, then-head of the Advanced Energy Research Agency, aka, ARPA-E, of the Department of Energy. ARPA-E is one of the entities in the Trump administration budget set to be cut -- yet they have generated extraordinary results supporting breakthrough energy innovations.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson talk with Dr. Williams about:

  • Trends in energy breakthroughs – and what we need.
  • Why government funding is needed to drive innovation, especially in energy
  • Where the investments are going these days – a wind drone?!
  • Important elements to drive breakthrough innovation
  • Recommendations for building a career in this industry

You’ll want to take notes!

P.S. The audio on this is a bit wobbly it turns out, which is below our usual standards…sometimes technology does not cooperate as intended! Fortunately, Dr. Williams sounds much than I do. Thanks for understanding.

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Jul 7, 2017

Before you set off on your next summer vacation, you'll want to hear Geodd Bolan's tips for reducing the environmental impact of your journey.

So, listen to this enlightening conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson and Geoff Bolan, CEO of Sustainable Travel International. This originally aired during a past Christmas week, so you might have missed it.

You’ll discover:

  • Tips for careers in sustainable travel
  • How Millennials are spending their travel dollars.
  • Travel trends
  • How to identify sustainable travel options.
  • Who sustainable travelers are and what they look for.

To learn more about Green Connections Radio and/or Joan Michelson, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Jun 30, 2017

"Every time they put a woman on stage, they are encouraging a woman in the audience to think of them as a female-friendly company,"

Bobbie Carlton

Does your company have an equal number of female and male speakers? When was the last time you spoke at an event, as either a panelist, host, moderator or keynote speaker? Gave a presentation?

Public speaking is a very powerful tool to advance your career, as you'll hear in this inspiring interview of Bobbie Carlton, Founder/CEO of Innovation Women and Carlton PR & Marketing by Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

You'll hear:

  • What makes people "innovative."
  • How women are especially built for innovation.
  • Women engineers as speakers.
  • How public speaking advances your career.
  • Why gender-balanced conferences matter.

And more!

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Jun 27, 2017

“Listen for the unexpected,” Nicole Ferrini, El Paso, Texas

As the new administration seeks to cut climate change budgets nationwide, Mother Nature doesn’t wait, so local communities are left having to take action regardless of what the federal government does.  So, we’re talking with folks on the front lines in our communities who are doing great work. This episode in the series is with Nicole Ferrini, the Chief Resilience Officer of El Paso, Texas, and one of the most creative community leaders.

Listen to Nicole tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson:

  • How to listen to your residents, business owners, and even the folks who come there just to work.
  • The nuances of being in oil-dominated Texas – and what other “red” states can learn from El Paso.
  • Creative funding strategies to fill the gap.
  • 4 tips for community leaders on the front lines of climate change.
  • Career tips for this new role in cities, and how creative training matters.

“Get involved, get engaged and you’ll find yourself in a place you didn’t expect,” Nicole Ferrini

And more!

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Jun 23, 2017

With the recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon, it’s a good time to listen to Green Connections Radio host’s fascinating conversation with Whole Foods Markets’ Global Head of Sustainable Facilities, Kathy Loftus.

Kathy initiated some innovative strategies to reduce the enormous energy consumption of the retailer’s 420 stores and myriad other buildings. How will those change? Or, will Amazon learn from WF’s strategies for the rest of its buildings?  (Her previous title was Global Head of Energy Efficiency etc., so that’s the title used in the episode, which aired originally a couple of years ago.)

Listen to Kathy tell us about the following, among other topics:

  • Whole Foods' energy portfolio - sources? % renewable?
  • Putting the freezers “to bed” at night to reduce energy consumption
  • How little things can be signs of bigger issues – and solutions
  • Balancing customer access and selection with WF quality standards
  • How they price their products – and her answer to their image as “Whole Paycheck”
  • Career tips for this evolving role

And more!

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Listen to Kathy Loftus, Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering and Energy Management for Whole Foods
Jun 16, 2017

With the Trump administration cutting energy innovation and climate change initiatives, and saying that the states can pick up the slack, it’s a good time to re-air our enlightening episode with a woman on the front lines of a state leading the way: Catherine Williams of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MCEC).

From solar energy development to the advancement of CleanTech, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has been one of the first U.S. state agencies to focus strictly on clean energy investment.

Listen to Catherine explain to Green Connections host Joan Michelson how they are doing the following:

  • Boosting sustainable energy development
  • Leveraging creative partnerships
  • How trusts come into play.
  • State vs. federal funding.
  • Their flagship initiative, offshore wind.
  • Her career story for ideas for yours.

Catherine spoke with Joan at a prior ARPA-E Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Jun 13, 2017

With Congress poised to review President Trump's proposal to cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 31%, it's important to look at what the  EPA does. One of the coolest EPA programs is the Small Business Innovation Grant (SBIR) program that provides much-needed seed funds to very early stage start-ups.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's conversation with April Richards, EPA SBIR Program Manager about the criteria to apply and a couple of the cool companies they've funded. This is one from our archives, at the Clean Tech Open SE Regional Innovation Summit.

You'll hear:

  • What the SBIR program is and funds
  • The criteria to meet for funding
  • Making packaging from mushrooms - growing them in any shape!
  • Helping creative, environmentally-oriented entrepreneurs save our air, climate and water and protect public health.

To learn more about Alisha Camacho and Anacostia Unplugged (http://anacostiaunplugged.com/ ), and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Jun 6, 2017

This season, we all seek to venture out to nature….Imagine all you’ve know is streets. Imagine that as a result, you’re afraid of nature….as an unknown. Imagine a mentor takes you to the river for the first time, and hikes along the river, and your eyes open….

That’s what Alisha Camacho is doing with her students in Anacostia and she’s producing a documentary about it, called “Anacostia Unplugged," in this great interview from our archives.

Camacho, one of GCM's videographers, developed this online documentary series about how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia River while working with kids as an environmental educator.

In her compelling conversation with Green Connections host Joan Michelson you’ll hear:

  • Alisha explain how the kids respond to nature, and her inspiration for the film.
  • How being introduced to nature is changing these city kids, following a few individuals living along the Anacostia River.
  • Why Anacostia in an historically neglected and polluted Watershed
  • What environmental education is.
  • What you can do with kids to introduce them to nature.

To learn more about Alisha Camacho and Anacostia Unplugged (http://anacostiaunplugged.com/ ), and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Jun 2, 2017

With the Trump administration nearing a decision on whether to stay in the historic Paris Climate Accord, we thought it a good time to re-air our fascinating episode with the woman on the front lines of implementing that accord: Rachel Kyte, CEO of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All Programme.

Kyte articulates the impetus for the Paris Climate Accord in the first place – and how it can be implemented. It’s a fine dance of diplomacy, technology, science, negotiation, creative business and financial modeling, and entrenched positions – with human survival in the balance.

This is much more than “an agreement.”

She also addresses the challenges of developing a clean energy infrastructure with 21st century technology with every country on earth – and as fast as possible, because populations are at grave risk.

You’ll hear about:

  • Innovation to increase access to energy – and therefore economic well-being – across the globe.
  • The art of developing new business and financial models among parties from different economic structures and values that drive results.
  • What’s missing and the “next big thing.”
  • Influence management, communication skills, and career advice for innovators (and women)

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May 23, 2017

With our communities on the front lines of climate change risk - homes, businesses, schools and local economies - we are relieved that there are courageous, innovative leaders who are taking action and creating added value (with low budgets). They are using natural solutions and conservation methods that we can all learn.

Meet Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, as she shares her insights from working with communities on Green Connections Radio in this conversation with host Joan Michelson. You may want to forward this podcast to your mayor, Congressperson or City Manager – and take notes for your own community!

You’ll hear:

  • Strategies that communities are using today to increase their resilience and add value as well.
  • How rezoning can help increase the incentives for green infrastructure.
  • The importance of accurate data for community infrastructure programs to be resilient and where to find it.
  • Leveraging water infrastructure upgrades for more benefits, more greenspace and more savings.
  • 3 top steps you can take in your community today to increase its resilience to climate change – and add more benefits too, economically, socially and culturally.

A couple of notes: The sound quality on this one is a bit below our normal high standards. And, when she mentions “panels,” those are ULI’s advisory panels that advise the communities in the field.

To learn more about Katharine Burgess and the Urban Land Institute, and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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May 19, 2017

With the president heading to the Middle East this week and spending time in oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, we thought it a fitting time to introduce you to a remarkable woman playing a leading role in the clean energy revolution in the heart of oil country.

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany is Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s  renewable energy company and Director of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize while also teaching as an adjunct professor at Masdar’s Institute of Science and Technology. (I'd like to learn her time-management skills!)

Listen to her in this candid interview Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson did at the Climate Leadership Gala a while ago openly discuss:

  • The issues facing her country as they face the realities of the oil
  • What the Zayed Future Energy Prize is and how to apply
  • How Masdar is leading the way
  • What it's like being a professional woman in clean energy in the Middle East

And more....

It's especially interesting now as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia launched his Vision 2030 project to drastically reduce Saudi's dependence on oil and increase women's economic opportunities.

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May 16, 2017

If you think CEOs didn’t have to endure the “bleeping” career obstacles you’ve had to face, the anecdotes from top women CEOs will surprise you, and maybe comfort you.  All of them illustrate how to navigate the daily workplace dynamics and hazards that are the stepping stones on a corporate career path, especially as a woman.

Lucky for us, Wall Street Journal Management News Editor Joann Lublin persuaded 52 remarkable women CEOs across industries to share their stories in her new book, Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World (Harper Collins, 2016). These are stories you don't normally hear.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s engaging interview with Joann Lublin and you’ll hear:

  • How to be “resilient” and “tough” with finesse and humor.
  • How to get ahead when you feel invisible or taken for granted.
  • Navigating gender bias, conscious or unconscious, so it doesn’t derail you.
  • The power of self-talk.
  • Building internal allies as a powerful tool for success.
  • Asking for assignments and projects to demomstrate your expertise and value.

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May 12, 2017

If you’ve ever been interested in growing food, or in advancing it on a campus or in your community, listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s interview with a master: George Mason University Greenhouse Manager Donielle “Doni” Nolan. Take notes!

Whether you want to build one, teach in one, or volunteer in one – decide if it’s right for your campus (corporate or college/university) – Doni gives great tips that will save you and your team time, money, hassle and resources and help you be successful.

You’ll learn:

  • How to set up and run a greenhouse, including ideas for what to grow.
  • A creative deal to sell the produce you grow to offset costs.
  • What your team can learn from working there – either as paid staff or volunteers, including students.
  • How greenhouses can be more energy and water efficient and use natural fertilizers (even if not certified “organic”).
  • How to prepare your garden or greenhouse for the impact of climate change – and how it can help you prepare.

To learn more about Doni Nolan and the George Mason University greenhouse and gardens, and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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May 5, 2017

“It’s all about the potential.” Anna Brady-Estevez, Ph.D.,

Maybe you have a great idea or new app you developed that you're itching to bring to life. Maybe you have a friend who does… Or, maybe you’re an entrepreneur who is running out of funds and fears not being able to continue.

If this rings a bell, listen up. This podcast provides vital information about a federal grant program you can apply for. There’s no guarantee you’ll be approved, but you certainly won’t get it if you do not apply.

It’s called the Small Business Innovation Research – or SBIR – grants (or STTRs). About half a dozen federal agencies offer them, all with different criteria. The SBIR program we’re talking about today is from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has an open agenda, focused on the potential of the technology to make a big positive societal impact if it succeeds.

So, grab your laptop or pen and paper – however you take notes – and listen to Anna Brady-Estevez of the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson what you need to know to apply:

  • What the NSF SBIR funds.
  • What “societal impact” and potential for commercialization mean for the NSF SBIR program.
  • Examples of energy technologies they have funded – though all technologies can apply.
  • How teams can drive innovative thinking that enhances the potential for success.
  • Why communication skills matter – as an entrepreneur, an employee, an executive, or in any role.

To learn more about Anna Brady-Estevez and the NSF SBIR program, and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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May 2, 2017

Every business in every industry needs to find its niche to succeed and grow. Business strategy coach and Facebook marketing whiz Katie Krimitsos shares with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson her suggestions for doing so.

Katie's a master "community builder" and host of her own podcast, Biz Women Rock, so she practices in your own business what she preaches to others.

Listen to learn:

How your market will tell you what they need from you.

How to hear how they think you can help them - what your gift is.

Leveraging other sources to find new leads.

Tips for Facebook marketing

Coping with the overwhelming noise to focus 

 

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Apr 25, 2017

Why do we miss potentially dangerous trends, “a series of warnings and visible evidence"? It might be climate change, water scarcity, an infrastructure that is falling apart beneath our feet, terrorist threats, or an approaching business competitor or trend we had ignored, for example. How do we train ourselves to see potential dangers we're missing early enough to address them?

Listen to author and global business strategy leader Michele Wucker with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson in this enlightening interview to learn how to see potential threats in your world – business, romance, family, finances – in time to manage them better.

  • What gray rhinos are and how to avoid them.
  • How to see things you don’t want to see.
  • Decision-making structures that incentivize seeing more threats – and opportunities.
  • Be the “Challenger-in-Chief” in your own world and invite opposite points of view.
  • How our short-term focused society puts us at risk for missing huge threats

To learn more about Michele Wucker and her book “The Gray Rhino,” and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 21, 2017

“The (proposed Trump budget) cuts are a gut-punch to the community.” Beth Gibbons

Every community has to cope with climate change as a reality regardless of politicians’ political ideologies. Federal funds support many of these efforts, directly or indirectly – such as through the data supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for severe weather monitoring – yet the Trump administration has proposed draconian budget cuts expecting the states to pick up the slack. So, how will communities cope with not having this support and still protect their communities?

Two of the organizations helping communities do this are the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s enlightening conversation with one of the top leaders helping communities with this challenge: Beth Gibbons, Senior Officer at the ISC and Managing Director of the ASAP discuss the following:

  • What NOAA does for us every day - A to Z
  • How communities are coping with climate change today
  • The potential impact of the proposed Trump budget cuts, job loss, economic hit
  • The climate change realities facing communities, regardless of political ideology
  • The role and options for insurance companies in climate change
  • Top three things community leaders can do today

Note: The audio quality on this one is not as good as GCR usually is.

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Apr 18, 2017

With so much innovation in the energy sector, the rapid expansion of renewable energy, development of a “smart grid” and the Internet of Things technologies, the utilities have to evolve too. And, without dropping any service to anyone, ever.

So, what’s a utility to do to survive – and to thrive?

Enter Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, who was chosen as one of Fast Company’s most innovative people. She’s turning the business model of a utility on its head, and retains the support of her board because she’s succeeding in every way – customer service ratings in the 90%s and generating sold financial results. How?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversion with Mary Poweell about:

  • What being an “un-utility” means.
  • How Green Mountain Power is innovating a legacy industry – and one on which we all depend.
  • Being truly customer-focused
  • Making money by selling less.
  • Why and how she made a ground-breaking deal with Tesla.

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Apr 14, 2017

The U.S. infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath our feet and wheels. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave it a D+ in 2017. Cars are falling into sink holes from roads that literally sink, or falling into the water when a bridge collapses. Water pipes are breaking and leaking toxins into our drinking water. Subways are coming to a halt for urgent, potentially life-threatening repairs.

Donald Trump as a candidate talked constantly about rebuilding our infrastructure and continues to do so as president, so there’s hope that, despite years of attempts in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans to do so, that maybe this year our fragile infrastructure will finally be fixed.

But...What kind of infrastructure do we need to support a 21st century economy?

Kelly Carnes, CEO of business strategy firm TechVision21 and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy describes how the new economy requires us to look at infrastructure differently. In this episode, Part 2 of this two-part interview series with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson, you’ll hear about:

  • What a 21st century economy needs in its infrastructure.
  • How to support a new manufacturing model – and the government’s role.
  • Creating jobs with infrastructure - including clean energy-related jobs that can’t be outsourced.
  • Where the funding opportunities might be in infrastructure spending.

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Apr 11, 2017

Every new presidential administration brings a transition to new priorities - this time, it's a radical shift into uncertainty.

Clean energy and climate-related spending is being cut across the board in the new president's budget. But Congress has yet to finalize it and advocates for clean energy and climate issues are flexing their muscles. What to do?

Listen to master of government contracting, Kelly Carnes, CEO of business strategy firm TechVision21 -- and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy -- explain how, when and what to advocate for today. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview, and includes:

  • How uncertainty creates opportunities.
  • Identifying and reaching the "real" decision makers.
  • Reading the tea leaves on where funding opportunities might be.
  • How to seize - or create - those funding opportunities before the budget is final.
  • Why this particular budget could have a more profound economic impact on the U.S. over time than most any in recent history.

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Apr 7, 2017

We hear about the ravages of climate change, but how exactly does the climate change and why? It’s good to go back to the basics, especially for those of us who don’t remember our first physics class…..so we went to a master of physics…

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s engaging discussion with renowned, award-winning physicist, best-selling author and speaker, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, who also teaches at Arizona State University.

We also talk about his new book, “The Greatest Story Ever Told…So far…”

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 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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Apr 4, 2017

When we see the menu in an oyster bar, we see a list of sources of oysters from across the globe. Usually we order a couple each from different sources. But Florida oyster farms are not likely on the menu – yet. Where restaurants and markets obtain their oysters from matters – in taste, price, access, and economic development.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating discussion with oyster farming entrepreneur (and former long-time radio industry executive) Kay Olin, who moved back to Florida with her husband after leaving radio and discovered the joys and economic development benefits of oyster farming.

You’ll learn a lot about oysters and farming them that is a business lesson, as well as a lesson in one of the world’s favorite delicacies:

  • Where oysters you find today come from – and why it matters.
  • How this innovative oyster farming technique works to breed better tasting, cheaper oysters – and zillions of them.
  • How oysters clean the water they live in, almost magically.
  • The business model for oyster farming and how its bringing economic development back to the Florida gulf.

To learn more about Kay Olin, Panacea Oyster Cooperative and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Mar 31, 2017

As the D.C. Environmental Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson spoke with Founder Flo Stone about the festival’s unusual business model, and environmental filmmaking circa 2017. The festival attracted 30,000 attendees this year and reached far and wide across Washington, DC into every neighborhood with its uniquely structured festival. Films are screened in venues all over the city, with themes corresponding to the venues, and are often followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker.

This is truly a primer in how to produce a successful film festival, if you listen carefully.

You’ll learn about:

  • How to get creative in producing a film festival that has been self-sustaining from the start.
  • Trends in environmental filmmaking – and in who is attending.
  • How films for this festival are chosen, and how it differs radically from other festivals.
  • The impact on the arts of the potentially draconian budget cuts proposed by the new administration and what we can do about it.

(There's some DCEFF background noise.)

To learn more about Flo Stone, the D.C. Environmental Film Festival and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Mar 28, 2017

Every time you turn on your tap, think about what you'd have to do if you couldn't use it - ever. That's what daily life is still like in Flint, Michigan as a result of lead in the city's water. The story may not be a top the national news these days, but the crisis continues and is not being fixed.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s conversation with Nayyirah Sharrif, Flint resident and Director of Flint Rising, an organization pushing for clean water for Flint permanently. This was conducted at the screening of a new documentary (in production by Anthony Baxter) at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival recently, which was followed by a panel discussion including with Nayyirah.

These stories and the political maneuverings will make you furious that it continues. Hear about:

  • The real daily life in Flint and the community movement to fix it.
  • The potential long-term health consequences for these residents.
  • Why residents might not have their pipes replaced.

(There's some DCEFF background noise and this interview is a bit shorter than others on GCR.)

To learn more about Nayyirah Shariff, Flint Rising and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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