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




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Jun 30, 2016

“It’s easier to change the world if you have money.” Julie Lenzer Kirk, award-winning serial entrepreneur and head of the Economic Development Administration Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the U.S. Commerce Department.  As a mentor to entrepreneurs and an author, Kirk shares juicy insider tips for fulfilling the entrepreneur’s ‘hierarchy of needs” based on her own successes (and failures).  Grab something to write with….

Listen to this engaging and informative discussion with Green Connections host Joan Michelson as Kirk encourages entrepreneurs to think big, define your niche and where to go to get the money, services and support you need because “you being starving does not help anyone.”

You’ll want to take notes!

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Jun 28, 2016

By innovatively solving a technical exhaust problem, this creative team from NG1 Techflo Exhaust won the Clean Tech Open – and all the funding and contacts that come with it.  What can you learn from their experience – and do you want this on your truck?

“One class 8 truck can save 40,000 lbs of carbon /year” with the NG1 system, and potentially $5,000-$10,000 in related costs, according to the NG1 website. That’s huge!

Listen to NG1 TECHflo and Co-Founders Cynthia O’Donnell and Dustin Nord tell Green Connections host Joan Michelson about how it dramatically improves fuel efficiency while decreasing emissions and reducing sound. Live from the Cleantech Open... (Note: We didn’t know they had won when we did this interview.)

It seems like if the NG1 Exhaust system was on every diesel truck in the transportation, hauling, construction, agriculture, mining, marine, locomotive, and military industries we’d reduce CO2 pollution considerably.

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Jun 24, 2016

Remarkable clean energy innovations, the challenges of a carbon tax, jobs, and investing in clean energy - told with great stories. All from a man who carries the legacy of one of the most renowned (and provocative) United States Presidents.

Listen to this engaging and enlightening interview with an activist scion of one of the most famous families in U.S. history. Ted Roosevelt IV tells Green Connections host Joan Michelson why he supports a carbon tax – how it works and who pays – and the impact on jobs of the clean energy economy and trade.  He also talks about bridging the ideological divide in an age of extremes. All sprinkled with great stories.

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Jun 21, 2016

Your brain and heart are 73% water, your lungs are ~83% water, your skin is 64% water, and your muscles and kidneys are 79% water.  Even your bones are 31% water.

Yet 1.2 billion people live under water stress on the planet – and have you noticed that you’re paying more for produce? It’s the economic impact of the severe drought threatening our food supply.

We’ve all seen the images from California’s drought and other parched farmlands; the rise in price of your fruit and veggies is the result.

Dow Water is one of the biggest players working aggressively to solve these water challenges - as quickly and efficiently as possible. Listen to Dow’s Global head of Water and Power, Snehal Desai explain the innovative technologies that are bringing water to keeping us alive and fed to Green Connections host Joan Michelson in this fascinating discussion.

These insights apply to any kind of innovation too. 

Jun 18, 2016

Tired of buying the same types of gifts? Listen to Jules Pieri, Founder & CEO of the creative gift site The Grommet on unique gifts “made by real people with stories and values worth sharing.”  Listen to Jules share some of her favorite picks from their catalog and the cool stories of the makers behind them. 

For Dad, the grad, Mom, birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, The Grommet Holiday Catalog has a full range for buffs of all kinds and everyone on your list – something for the cook, the kids, the host/hostess, the wall, the wine- lover and more.  Share your favorite gifts on our Facebook page or tweet them to @joanmichelson.

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Jun 7, 2016

Homes and buildings use an astonishing 40 percent of energy in the US – but author Sheri Koones shows us another way. Her book series of “Prefabulous” homes – from economy to luxury – give you a tour of the homes and how they were built so you can learn how to do it too.

If you think “prefab” means mobile home, think again and listen in to this engaging interview with Green Connections host Joan Michelson. Considering the massive waste that home-building generates, prefab makes a lot of sense and seems so obvious. These homes also giving you a very cool, incredibly energy-efficient, place to rest your weary head in the style of your choice.

Oh and find out how she got Robert Redford to write the forwards to her books!

They take a tour of the luxury homes all over the world featured in Koones’ latest book, “Prefabulous World” and explore the techniques European builders are using that are not in the U.S. (gorgeous photos with lots of detail, really a how-to book).

Jun 3, 2016

Remember the last time you lost power…Did you lose documents on your computer? Was your home suddenly dark, leaving you fumbling around for a flashlight? Was it a bad storm?  Our power-dependent lives are brought to a screeching halt when we lose electricity – and it’s scary, even life-threatening too.

What if it doesn’t have to be that way? Microgrids are one of the new technologies turning the utility sector on its head and offering us our very own real back-up systems.

One of the amazing entrepreneurs taking this on is Lisa Laughner, Founder and CEO of Go Electric Inc, a microgrid innovator that landed contracts with New York state and others in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy in an effort to fend off another power crisis like the one that storm caused.  The utilities are even paying customers a monthly retainer to keep their microgrids, and asking businesses and homeowners to use them sometimes to reduce the strain on the utilities. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

In this engaging interview of Lisa by Green Connections host Joan Michelson live from the ARPA-E Innovation Summit, you’ll hear about how she started Go Electric and how she landed those ground-breaking contracts with such a brand new technology and company.  

Find out how Go Electric can contribute to your peace of mind – and maybe your pocketbook.