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Eco-Friendly Clothing - Christopher Chappell, Ramblers Way

We feel for the people of Houston, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands who had their lives devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.....they have to replace everything. So, what if....what if they replaced their clothing with sustainably-produced clothing? Imagine the statement that would make.... What's involved in manufacturing sustainably-produced clothing? Listen to Christopher Chappell, Director of eCommerce and Marketing at Ramblers Way (and the son of Tom Chappell of Tom's of Maine...

Duration: 00:23:52

Climate Journalism - Hannah Fairfield, NY Times Climate Editor

We read the articles about the hurricanes and climate change and environmental pollutants and all, but today we have a behind the scenes look at where those stories come from and how they come to be. Grab a cup of coffee or your beverage of choice and listen in to this fascinating, insightful conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson - obviously a reporter herself - and Hannah Fairfield, the Climate Editor of the venerable New York Times. This is the story behind...

Duration: 00:21:06

Congress & Clean Energy - Lynn Abramson, Clean Energy Business Network

Congress is back in session and about to negotiate the draconian cuts to environmental, clean energy and climate change-related government funding -- and having to do so on the heels of the direct experience of the impact of climate change through the ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The very programs they are looking to cut are those that are helping us manage these storms with the fewest deaths and injuries and least loss of property. These storms should demonstrate in stark...

Duration: 00:33:53

New Portable Energy - Rita Hansen, OnBoard Dynamics

What if we had a way to get power to devastated areas quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster like a hurricane? Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson's fascinating conversation with Rita Hansen, CEO of OnBoard Dynamics about their new mobile natural gas-powered energy source that could provide that much-needed power at these critical moments. You'll hear: To learn more about Green Connections Radio and Joan Michelson, go to...

Duration: 00:23:41

Water Science Lessons? Rita Colwell, Gulf Water Expert, fmr NSF Administrator

Stories abound about the potential contaminants in the water flooding Houston and its environs from Hurricane Harvey. But what might we learn from all that water? Perhaps we can learn something about it from the team that studied the Gulf of Mexico after the catastrophic BP Oil Spill. Dr. Rita Colwell, renowned microbiologist and oceanographer, former head of the National Science Foundation, and now a leader at the University of Maryland, has been leading that effort. And no one was...

Teaching Kids Climate – Lynne Cherry, Children’s Book Author on the Environment

“Kids have power.. and once kids know how much power they have to make change, they start acting.” Lynne Cherry Many families are displaced by the historic devastation from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath that is leaving Houston and outlying areas underwater. Kids are experiencing the impact of the climate firsthand and probably don’t understand exactly what’s happening. As we help kids deal with the trauma of their homes as they knew them being flooded away, maybe this is also a...

Duration: 00:10:56

Eclipse? Science! Earth too – Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Univ. of Texas

We object to solutions “because we don’t think the solutions are consistent with our ideology or our politics.” Dr. Hayhoe The recent solar eclipse reminded us of the power of science. So, we thought it was a good time to hear again from one of our amazing scientist guests, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, who was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Pioneers” and is great fun too. Dr. Hayhoe is an Atmospheric Scientist and the Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech...

Duration: 00:14:06

Eclipse Physics Meets Climate Change – Lawrence Krauss, Renowned Physicist, Best-selling Author

Total eclipse reminds us of how cool physics is, so we thought it was a good time to hear from renowned physicist and best-selling author Dr. Lawrence Krauss on how exactly the climate changes and why again. Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s engaging discussion with Dr. Krauss, who teaches at Arizona State University (and Joan knows from her speaking engagements about the work of her great-great uncle physicist, Nobel Laureate Albert A. Michelson (speed of light,...

Duration: 00:16:11

Summer Heat & Water - Dow Water's Snehal Desai

As you head for the beach or lake for your summer vacation, soothed by nature, remember that there are 1.2 billion people who live in water scarcity – and that drought truly threatens our food supply. Our very survival depends upon sufficient water. After all, our bodies -- and our brains – are mostly water. Our brain and heart are 73% water; our lungs are ~83% water, our skin is 64% water, and our muscles and kidneys are 79% water. Our bones? 31% water. 1.2 billion people do not have...

Duration: 00:30:47

Entrepreneur Tips & Funding - Julie Lenzer Kirk, Serial Entrepreneur & Former Head, Economic Development, Commerce Dept.

“It’s Easier to Change the World If You Have Money,” Julie Lenzer Kirk Julie Lenzer Kirk is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and former head of the Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the U.S. Commerce Department. She has built and sold multiple businesses and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs (mostly women) and helped them bridge the gaps to succeed - change the world. Lucky for us, she shares her hard-won lessons of her own...

Duration: 00:25:05

Socially Responsible Investing – Barbara Krumsiek, Calvert Investments

Do you want to invest with principle -- and earn great financial returns too? As the stock market hits all-time highs, and the Trump administration reduces regulations on financial institutions, automakers, water polluters and fossil fuel companies, among a long list, we have to take a more active role in managing our portfolios if we want them to reflect our environmental and clean energy values AND make a great return. So, what to do? Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan...

Duration: 00:15:29

Tackling CO2 with ARPA-E - Laura Nereng of 3M

When you hear “3M” you think of Post-it notes, right? Not so fast. 3M is innovating in cleantech and breaking new ground, especially in reducing carbon emissions. With the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Projects Research Agency-Energy - aka ARPA-E - on the chopping block in Trump's budget proposal, we decided to re-air our interview with Laura Nereng of 3M about how she and her colleagues are tackling CO2 reduction in a remarkable way, with ARPA-E's unique and ground-breaking...

Duration: 00:22:15

At Risk in the Nat'l Labs - Dr. Karina Edmonds, Tech Transfer, Dept of Energy

With the Department of Energy innovation budgets under attack by the Trump administration, including the National Laboratories that invented most of the stuff we take for granted, we think it's a good time to re-air our episode on what the National Labs actually do and how their inventions get to market. The Trump-Perry DOE seems to be led by political appointees who have no regard for science and lack basic management skills - read Michael Lewis in-depth reporting in Vanity Fair on...

Duration: 01:05:23

Gov't Does Climate - Rebecca Rubin, Marstel Day

Guess who’s taking serious steps to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with the local community? As the new administration seeks to cut all climate and clean energy, we thought it was a good time to re-air our interview with Rebecca R. Rubin, Founder/CEO of Marstel Day, the environmental consulting firm that's been helping the U.S. government clean up their act for over 15 years. The U.S. government agencies really are reducing their carbon footprint Listen to Green Connections...

Duration: 00:15:58

State Energy Trend? – Betsy McCorkle, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

With new legislation being voted on that could be a sign of what’s to come in state energy policy – aside from the mayors who are joining the climate agreement – we thought it was a good time to re-air our interview with Betsy McCorkle, head of governmental affairs at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). According to The North State Journal in N.C., the new legislation “ aims to reshape the relationship between traditional utilities and renewable energy providers...

Duration: 00:11:16

Gov't Energy Innovations – Dr. Ellen Williams, ARPA-E, Dept of Energy

With government funding for energy innovations under threat, we thought it was a good idea to re-air this fascinating interview Dr. Ellen Williams, then-head of the Advanced Energy Research Agency, aka, ARPA-E, of the Department of Energy. ARPA-E is one of the entities in the Trump administration budget set to be cut -- yet they have generated extraordinary results supporting breakthrough energy innovations. Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson talk with Dr. Williams...

Duration: 00:20:41

Summer Eco-Travel - Geoff Bolan, Sustainable Travel Inc.

Before you set off on your next summer vacation, you'll want to hear Geodd Bolan's tips for reducing the environmental impact of your journey. So, listen to this enlightening conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson and Geoff Bolan, CEO of Sustainable Travel International. This originally aired during a past Christmas week, so you might have missed it. You’ll discover: To learn more about Green Connections Radio and/or Joan Michelson, go to...

Duration: 00:23:57

Speaking 4 Your Career - Bobbie Carlton, Innovation Women Public Speakers

"Every time they put a woman on stage, they are encouraging a woman in the audience to think of them as a female-friendly company," Bobbie Carlton Does your company have an equal number of female and male speakers? When was the last time you spoke at an event, as either a panelist, host, moderator or keynote speaker? Gave a presentation? Public speaking is a very powerful tool to advance your career, as you'll hear in this inspiring interview of Bobbie Carlton, Founder/CEO of Innovation...

Duration: 00:18:33

Local Resilience – Nicole Ferrini, Chief Resilience Officer, El Paso, Texas

“Listen for the unexpected,” Nicole Ferrini, El Paso, Texas As the new administration seeks to cut climate change budgets nationwide, Mother Nature doesn’t wait, so local communities are left having to take action regardless of what the federal government does. So, we’re talking with folks on the front lines in our communities who are doing great work. This episode in the series is with Nicole Ferrini, the Chief Resilience Officer of El Paso, Texas, and one of the most creative community...

Duration: 00:33:19

Whole Foods Energy Use - Kathy Loftus, Global Head of Energy Efficiency, Whole Foods Market

With the recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon, it’s a good time to listen to Green Connections Radio host’s fascinating conversation with Whole Foods Markets’ Global Head of Sustainable Facilities, Kathy Loftus. Kathy initiated some innovative strategies to reduce the enormous energy consumption of the retailer’s 420 stores and myriad other buildings. How will those change? Or, will Amazon learn from WF’s strategies for the rest of its buildings? (Her previous title was...

Duration: 00:22:32

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