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Now displaying: March, 2017
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.)

To learn more about Talia Buford and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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!

To learn more about Katharine Jacobs, the National Climate Assessment and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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!

To learn more about Katharine Jacobs, the National Climate Assessment and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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!

To learn more about Soledad O’Brien and “Matter of Fact,” and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

To learn more about Ashley Milne-Tyte and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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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.

To learn more about Paul O’Byrne and Earth Angel and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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