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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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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

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

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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

To learn more about Green Connections Radio and Joan Michelson, go to www.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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Thanks for listening and for subscribing to Green Connections Radio!

 

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.

Thanks for subscribing to Green Connections Radio - and for telling us what you think @joanmichelson on Twitter, or on our Facebook page, or by email at info@greenconnectionsradio.com.

 

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!

Thank you for subscribing to Green Connections on iTunes or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!

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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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