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 28, 2016

The new federal fiscal year is about to start and potential contract opportunities will soon be available. How do you win? Which agencies issue them in energy, clean tech and environmental fields?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson find out in this engaging conversation with government contracting expert Hilary Fordwich, host of the weekly television program Government Contracting Weekly and SVP of AOC Key Solutions.

You'll find tips on:

  • Where the opportunities are
  • When they come out
  • How to decipher the RFPs, especially for energy, clean tech and environmental work
  • How to win them

Let us know which ones you go after and what happens! @joanmichelson on Twitter, or on our Facebook page, or at

Thanks for subscribing to Green Connections and we look forward to hearing from you.


Oct 25, 2016

With a new President of the United States and a new Congress taking shape in the election shortly, we assess the energy legislation and tax incentives on the books to nudge the clean energy economy forward with Betsy McCorkle, head of governmental affairs at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).

North Carolina is playing a decisive role in this election cycle, and its Research Triangle is known for its innovations.

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.

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 these and other programs on 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


Oct 18, 2016

What a powerful discussion! You'll definitely want to take notes on this one.

Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson moderated a panel of veteran leaders in corporate sustainability at SXSW Eco 2016, unearthing great tips and insights that you can use right away.

MGM Resorts SVP/Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega, Advanced Micro Devices Sr. Director Tim Mohin (who did the same at Intel and Apple), and Marstel-Day Founder/CEO Rebecca Rubin share the strategies and perspectives that make them very successful at leading sustainability consistently in large organizations, both public and private.

You'll hear tips on:

  • Engaging colleagues.
  • Getting internal funding for projects.
  • How to communicate in ways that work.
  • Leveraging the metrics you have - and seeking those you need.
  • Greening your supply chain when you don't control the resources or decisions.

And much, much more!

Tell us what you heard, what resonated with you, @joanmichelson on Twitter, on F our Facebook page (and like it while you're there) and in ratings/reviews on iTunes, IHeartRadio, Stitcher or TuneIn.

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Oct 14, 2016

Can you see it? You probably can’t tell from watching the latest movie or TV show, but behind the scenes, some film and TV productions are actively reducing their carbon footprint. It's an inherently wasteful industry. So, how do they do it?

Listen to Green Connections Radio Host Joan Michelson's conversation with film and TV producers John Corser and Kathy Jarvis, talk about how they “green” their productions – and how the casts and crews react.

How can these very wasteful industries generate less waste? Listen here to find out and some surprising strategies -- and their surprising results.

Are others following suit? For more on this, listen to Joan's interview with Debbie Levin from the Environmental Media Association, which awards and trains the industry on these strategies.

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Oct 11, 2016

To innovate, we need new ideas, new perspectives, new solutions.

To get these new ideas, we need differing points of view at the table. differing experiences and perspectives.

To get these differing points of view, we need a diverse set of people at the table.

Yet, senior leadership remains stubbornly white-male dominated, as the 2016 Fortune 500 reveals. Only 4% of these CEOs are women.

The 2016 Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women list is revealing in many ways - industries women are breaking through it, and patterns still holding.

Listen to Lauren Leader-Chivee, former President of the Center for Talent Innovation and author of the recent book, Crossing the Thinnest Line, in a vibrant discussion with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about these issues and the role of workforce issues in maximizing innovation.

You'll hear:

  • Why Lauren says "We are all accountable?" Listen here and find out.
  • The difference between "potential" and "capability"
  • What to look for in the data
  • What makes good women's initiatives
  • Changing careers, asking for help, supporting each other
  • Tell us what you heard Lauren and Joan say, @joanmichelson and on our Green Connections Facebook page, or email it to us at

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Oct 7, 2016

“There’s an imagination gap.” Rachel Kyte said.

Innovating Economic Development & Energy & GeoPolitics From the Person Leading It

Wow! Rachel Kyte, CEO of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All program articulately describes 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.

Implementing the Paris Climate Accord is in her lap, and 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.”

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)

Thank you for subscribing to Green Connections on iTunes, and reviewing and rating us as well. Please send us your questions and comments at @joanmichelson or on our Facebook page.


Oct 4, 2016

Do you think your community recycles? Think again.

Just because it’s picked up doesn’t mean it’s recycled properly.

Listen to Melissa Walsh Innes, of Recycling Reinvented, talk with Green Connections host Joan Michelson about the realities of recycling -- and how Recycling Reinvented has been trying to literally “reinventing” it.

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