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

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May 31, 2016

Based on her experience working with Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, Nathalie Udo shares her practical insights into taking a large company from awareness that they need to be more eco-friendly to action steps on how to do it. These include insights she wrote about in her book “Organizational Survival” co-authored with  Gregory Balestrero. You’ll want to take notes on this one!

Although 80% of companies today are aware of the need for sustainability, only 15% are taking action.  Find out which industries are taking action, who lags far behind and what you can do in your workplace – no matter what level you’re at – to nudge your employer or business in that direction. 

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May 27, 2016

Do you want to invest with principle but are concerned about making the most financial return too?

The long time CEO of Calvert Investments (now retired), Barbara Krumsiek frankly discusses the pros and cons of socially responsible investing (SRI) in this engaging conversation with Green Connections host Joan Michelson. What is it exactly, what are the do’s and don’ts of successful socially responsible investing? They directly address these – and the criticisms of SRI’s financial performance.

SRI is now mainstream, thanks in part to Calvert and Krumsiek who pioneered its profitable place in financial portfolio management long ago and proved it to be financially viable. So, listen to this award-winning master in investing-with-a-conscience to help you decide where to put your money.

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May 24, 2016

Two young entrepreneurs, Andrea Shreshta and her cofounder Anna Stork, won $200,000 from Mark Cuban, along with his mentorship, on “Shark Tank” for their solar powered inflatable light, LuminAID. And they have grown in leaps and bounds since. How did they do it?

Developed in response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, LuminAID was born out of the need they saw for one of life’s basic necessities – light.

Hear about their process, their funding and how they won “Shark Tank” in this engaging discussion with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson from the ARPA-E 2015 Innovation Summit.

What can you learn from their process?

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May 21, 2016

“Wind and solar are crushing fossil fuels,” according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance on April 6, 2016. How is this happening? Transformative innovation.

One of the transformational leaders is Jennifer Baird, CEO of Accio Energy who Green Connections host Joan Michelson spoke with in this fascinating interview from the ARPA-E Innovation Summit.  Their innovative, blade-free wind technology was awarded $4.5 million by ARPA-E in November 2015. And, it’s less expensive. Listen and be inspired to think differently as Joan talks with Baird about it – and about leading transformation.

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May 18, 2016

Americans love their SUV’s and the number of electric vehicles on the road is still only a small percentage of all vehicles. Transportation is one of the top energy users on the planet and car manufacturers respond to what we buy – not what we say. Anna Schneider, Vice President of Industry-Government Relations at Volkswagen of America shares with Green Connections host Joan Michelson the auto industry’s challenges and what VW is doing to reduce its footprint - and ours. For example, they have the only Platinum LEED-certified manufacturing plant - anywhere, in any industry.

How have regulations affected the growth of the electric car market? What is the impact of low gas prices on car buying? Manufacturers? Listen to this intriguing interview with an expert who has spent her entire career in the auto industry. (Note: This interview was recorded just before the story broke about the EPA tests of their clean diesel vehicles, so it is not addressed.)

 

 

 

May 18, 2016

Many folks joining the clean, green economy are coming from another industry or at least changing jobs as the industry evolves. So, how can we successfully navigate career transitions? In this straight-talking, engaging interview with Green Connections host Joan Michelson, renowned leadership coach Dani Ticktin Koplik of dtkResources shares the top three things to know going in that will lead you to excel in your new job. Dani’s unique take that combines sports psychology with brain science, with marketing and business acumen. She developed it working with Fortune 500 companies for many years.

And, she’ll clue you in on the “Girl Traps” and the three most fundamental skills to hone. These are invaluable insight for anyone who has a new gig, or is looking to change industries.

May 16, 2016

There is no tradeoff between luxury and sustainability, says Cindy Ortega, SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts, who ensures their 23 luxury resorts worldwide use the most viable sustainable options - with surprises. Part change agent, part CFO, and part sustainability evangelist, Cindy shares practical tips for selling sustainability (or any change) internally, motivating employees – and for advancing your career (especially for women). Innovation lessons abound, You'll want to take notes! 

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