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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.

To learn more about Dr. Al-Hosany and about Green Connections Radio - and to listen to previous episodes - go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

To learn more about Joann Lublin and her book Earning It, and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

To learn more about Mary Powell and Green Mountain Power and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

To learn more about Kelly Carnes, TechVision21 and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

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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.)

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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.)

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Mar 24, 2017

“(People in Flint) are living in…a war zone…it’s not America. You’re constantly on guard…and feel invisible”

We were all outraged by the poisoning of small children, as well as adults, in Flint, Michigan as a result of lead in the city's water. It may have fallen off the national news, but the residents of Flint still cannot shower or brush their teeth in their tap water, much less cook with it and the stories are gut-wrenching….

A new documentary in production by Anthony Baxter was screened at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival recently, followed by a panel discussion with Baxter and others involved in the crisis, reveals what these people endure every day…still...

The DC EFF panel was led by Talia Buford, an environmental justice reporter who brings a fascinating perspective, because she is a native of Flint – and her mom still lives there.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s conversation with Talia about the crisis and you’ll never look at water the same again. Hear about:

  • The real daily life in Flint and the community movement to fix it.
  • The potential long-term health consequences for these residents.
  • Where is the environmental justice and what role do demographics play?
  • The stories the media is missing.

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

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Mar 17, 2017

ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy plays a pivotal role in nurturing promising new energy-related technologies that will improve our lives and reduce our costs and carbon footprints, including through increased use of renewable energy sources.

A fundamental challenge to increasing the use of renewable energy is the intermittency issue – the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. To circumvent this challenge, a team of very clever innovators has invented a small unit about the size of an Amazon Echo that will manage your electricity supply at your home or business. While other solutions focus on managing this issue at the grid level, this company, Packetized Energy, is bringing it home, so you are in control.  

So, meet Paul Hines, Co-Founder of Packetized Energy and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont. This interview was conducted at the ARPA-E Innovation Summit, so there’s a bunch of background noise, so this interview is a bit shorter than some others we’ve aired.

You’ll never look at your toaster the same again! Hear about:

  • How your appliances like your toaster, ‘fridge or water heater can power your lights or electric car.
  • You’ll always have a “full tank” if you have an electric or hybrid vehicle.
  • How to save on your electric bill – and even get money back from the utility!
  • How these units might reduce the need for more electric power infrastructure.

Plus… they are seeking women engineers to work with Packetized Energy! Contact us and we’ll connect you!

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Mar 14, 2017

“Our infrastructure was designed for the climate we had and not the climate we now have.” Kathy Jacobs

Extreme weather, hurricanes, droughts and floods all affect us personally every single day either in our ability to go to work or school or the prices we pay for food. Is this “a normal cycle” of climate change or manmade and accelerating?

Over three hundred top scientists guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee found out based on scientific data and reported their findings in the recently released non-partisan, non-ideological, easy to read and navigate 2016 National Climate Assessment. This assessment has been produced during the administrations of both political parties and is strictly non-political.

Listen to this gripping discussion on Green Connections Radio between host Joan Michelson and Kathy Jacobs, Director of the Center for Climate Science and Adaptation at University of Arizona and one of the leaders who produced the report.

You’ll never look at the roads and bridges you travel on the same again. Hear about:

  • How scientists can distinguish between “normal” climate change and “manmade.” Molecules!
  • The impact on our infrastructure - the roads, bridges, electricity and phones we need every day.
  • What climate change means for our food supply - and our wallets.
  • Where the opportunities are – to make money, save money and make our lives better.
  • How the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to NOAA, the EPA, the Dept. of Energy and other agencies will affect our daily lives, health, lifestyle and personal budgets.
  • The economic opportunities for the U.S. of maintaining the Paris Climate Accord – Note: It’s about control.
  • How to engage people who do not believe in climate change.

Plus career tips and more….you’ll want to take notes!

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Mar 10, 2017

“People have competing interests…(so) move beyond lazy labeling…a reporter’s job is to provide context…undergirded by data and statistics….Be a little fearless.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline fight, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes… the BP Oil Spill, the potential cuts to the EPA budget and rollback of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts…Journalists rush to cover these stories as they break in the moment, but what’s missing?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s insightful conversation with renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien, formerly of CNN and MSNBC and now Founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, an award-winning production company, and host of “Matter of Fact” syndicated on network television via Hearst TV.

You’ll hear Soledad talk about:

  • What reporters are missing in covering environmental/energy stories – and most stories.
  • How to explain why “it” matters – and not just to you, but to other people.
  • The importance of storytelling and creating empathy.
  • Why people share news on Facebook
  • How to make career decisions, in any career!

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Mar 7, 2017

Happy International Women’s Day!  We’ve taken the proverbial three steps forward and two steps back recently, when it comes to women’s advancement.

Women have made great strides in the private sector, including being CEO of four top Fortune 500 STEM-related companies: Ginny Rometty at IBM, Mary Barra at General Motors, Marillyn Hewson at Lockheed Martin, and Ursula Burns at Xerox.

Yet, most women are still stuck in middle management quicksand and looking for answers on how to advance their careers. It’s about managing our choices big and small, and managing moments, time and priorities.

To help us wrestle these issues – especially for International Women’s Day! – is Ashley Milne-Tyte whose voice may sound familiar when you listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating and witty interview with her. Ashley is an established broadcast journalist who has been reporting for “Marketplace” and the BBC and others for years. Ashley recently launched her own podcast “about women, the workplace and success,” aptly called, “The Broad Experience.”

You’ll hear Joan and Ashley discuss:

  • What “success” really means, especially for women.
  • Managing expectations.
  • What to trade-off, such as living in an expensive city to be close to opportunities.
  • How women generally make decisions.
  • Tips for making choices.

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Mar 3, 2017

Imagine an historic, award-winning theatre on the wharf, surrounded by water, in the central business district of one of the most popular and acclaimed cities in the world….Now, think about trying to reduce its environmental impact and all the stakeholders involved.

That’s what Paul O’Byrne did, working with Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton, who together ran the iconic Sydney Theatre Company on “Greening the Wharf.”

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversation with Paul O’Byrne to find out how they did it, including:

  • How they achieved amazing ROI: 50% less grid consumption, 70% less water use, ~50% less CO2 emissions and 70% less waste.
  • How they did this without closing!
  • How to start a program like this.
  • Getting over hurdles with naysayers and the community with such an iconic landmark.
  • Institutionalizing the program for the long-term.

Joan’s interview with Emellie O’Brien of Earth Angel on reducing the carbon footprint of movie productions is fascinating too! Visit www.greenconnectionsradio.com or iTunes and all GCR publishing outlets, and subscribe to stay in the loop.

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Feb 28, 2017

“Find another way.”

We all know the power of movies to move us. EMMY-winning documentary filmmaker – and co-executive producer of the masterful documentary “Dispatches From the Gulf” about the scientific impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – Marilyn Weiner talks with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about the ups and downs of using filmmaking to spread the environmental message, and this kind of career.

This masterful documentary on the Gulf oil spill, released recently with 50 individual shorts, tells the story of how a large group of scientists who never knew each other before collaborated to explore what happened scientifically to the Gulf as a result of the massive BP oil spill and what they found that can help us in many fields.

You’ll learn about:

  • The unique role of the documentarian to be an observer – to “document” – and how to do it right.
  • Fundraising for these documentaries.
  • What she learned about scientists while making “Dispatches From the Gulf.”
  • Telling the story – deciding what to use of 80+ hours of footage.
  • Multi-purposing footage.
  • Navigating a career in documentaries.

You’ll also want to listen to Joan’s interview with Dr. Rita Colwell, Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the organization behind the documentary and the scientists. (The Initiative is funded by BP as part of their restitution, but is completely independent.) Go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com or iTunes or any of GCR's publishing outlets.

To learn more about Marilyn Weiner (and get the link to “Dispatches From the Gulf”) and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Feb 24, 2017

Think about your favorite movies this Oscar season… Now think about what it took to produce it: energy for lighting, water and food for the crew, paper for the scripts, wood and other materials for the sets, cars and vans to transport people, maybe cars and buildings that get blown up…. All of that produces a lot of waste and uses a lot of energy and water, and puts CO2 into the air.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversation with Emellie O’Brien, Founder and President of Earth Angel, an award-winning company focused on reducing the carbon footprint of movies and television shows. (I wonder what the carbon footprint is of the Oscars!)

You’ll hear about:

  • How much energy, CO2, wood and water productions use and waste they produce
  • How to reduce it dramatically – including how she saved over half a million water bottles from going into the waste stream!
  • Juggling the needs of creative projects with environmental priorities.
  • Tips for your productions, whether a community video or a studio production
  • Which shows focus on sustainability
  • What you can do – including Earth Hour on March 25th

You’ll probably also want to listen to Joan’s upcoming interviews with: Marilyn Weiner, an EMMY-winning documentarian focused on making films about the environment; and Paul O’Byrne on reducing the carbon footprint of theatres (like on Broadway). Visit www.greenconnectionsradio.com or iTunes and all GCR publishing outlets, and subscribe for upcoming ones.

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Feb 17, 2017

“Energy storage enables us to have energy and power when and where we need it.”

The linchpin in the new energy revolution is storage – to “enable us to have energy and power when and where we need it,” as Dr. McGrath put it.  It’s a time of rapid innovation in energy and storage, though, and the systems that rely on them, such as utilities and electric vehicles, as well as the electric grid.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s conversation with Dr. Kimberly McGrath of Maxwell Technologies take us from where storage is today to where it’s going, and how we’re going to get there, with what kinds of technologies.  Dr. McGrath has spent her entire 30-year career in the field of energy storage and is a master of it, and Joan helps us understand what these new innovations mean for our lives and businesses.

You’ll learn about:

  • How energy storage works.
  • The new storage technologies that are promising to simplify our systems and reduce our vulnerability.
  • How utilities need to adapt to the new energy and storage paradigms and technologies.
  • How to power electric vehicles so you know which ones to buy for the long-term.
  • The impact of Trump’s threats to cut clean energy government funding and his support of fossil fuels.
  • How business leaders can make decisions about powering their plants and operations in this flux.
  • Tips for making career decisions – “placing bets” and following the money, as well as ….. (listen and find out to her other valuable tips, for any age, career stage and occupation).

You’ll understand where your electricity comes from, the importance of and innovations in storage – and what these mean for you, your business and your career – a lot better after listening to Joan and Dr. McGrath!

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Feb 14, 2017

One thing the 2016 election showed us is how much we are not communicating, how much we are not hearing each other. Communication is a two-way street, but how do we know what the other person is hearing or cares about?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s interview with business coach Steve Sapato for how to find out more about the audience or your conversation partner before you talk too much.

You’ll hear about:

  • The “mental prosperity platform” – “attitude and inventiveness”
  • Listening skills, especially for values-driven professionals
  • How to get to know your fellow conversant or your audience
  • Negotiating tips
  • What people miss about networking
  • “To fear or not to fear” competitors?

Steve also hosts The Happiness Podcast and others.

To learn more about Steve Sapato and Green Connections Radio, go to http://mentalprosperityblog.com/learntowin/ and www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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