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Paris Climate Accord Front Lines – with Rachel Kyte, CEO of the U.N’s Sustainable Energy for All Programme

Paris Climate Accord Front Lines – with Rachel Kyte, CEO of the U.N’s Sustainable Energy for All Programme

With the Trump administration having pulled out of the historic Paris Climate Accord, we thought it a good time to re-air our fascinating episode with the woman on the front lines of implementing that accord: Rachel Kyte, CEO of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All Programme.
Kyte articulates the impetus for the Paris Climate Accord in the first place – and how it can be implemented. It’s a fine dance of diplomacy, technology, science, negotiation, creative business and financial modeling, and entrenched positions – with human survival in the balance.

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Resilient Communities – Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

Resilient Communities – Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

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!

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Tech Entrepreneur Funding – Anna Brady-Estevez, NSF, SBIR Grant Program Director, National Science Foundation

Tech Entrepreneur Funding – Anna Brady-Estevez, NSF, SBIR Grant Program Director, National Science Foundation

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.

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Warnings We Miss – Michele Wucker, Author of “The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore.”

Warnings We Miss – Michele Wucker, Author of “The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore.”

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 seepotential dangers we’re missing early enough to address them? Listen to author and global business strategy leader Michele Wucker with Green Connections Radio.

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21st Century Infrastructure – Kelly Carnes, TechVision21

21st Century Infrastructure – Kelly Carnes, TechVision21

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...

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The “Un-Utility” – Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power

The “Un-Utility” – Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power

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...

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Oyster Farming – Kay Olin, Panacea Oyster Cooperative

Oyster Farming – Kay Olin, Panacea Oyster Cooperative

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...

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Flint Water Unresolved – Talia Buford, Journalist, ProPublica

Flint Water Unresolved – Talia Buford, Journalist, ProPublica

“(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...

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Environmental Journalism – Soledad O’Brien, Hearst TV & Former CNN Anchor

Environmental Journalism – Soledad O’Brien, Hearst TV & Former CNN Anchor

“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.

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“Broad Influence” – Ashley Milne-Tyte, “Marketplace” on NPR

“Broad Influence” – Ashley Milne-Tyte, “Marketplace” on NPR

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.

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Movies, Environment – Marilyn Weiner, Screenscope Inc.

Movies, Environment – Marilyn Weiner, Screenscope Inc.

“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...

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Movies Made Sustainably – Emellie O’Brien, Earth Angel

Movies Made Sustainably – Emellie O’Brien, Earth Angel

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!)

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Energy Storage – Dr. Kimberly McGrath, Maxwell Technologies

Energy Storage – Dr. Kimberly McGrath, Maxwell Technologies

“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...

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“Career Currency” – w Hr Guru Rita Trehan

“Career Currency” – w Hr Guru Rita Trehan

Putting your career into higher gear takes deliberate steps, and times of change present opportunities - like what we face now in the energy and sustainability space, especially with the new U.S. leadership. Grab your notebook or however you take notes for this one!...

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Career Planning & Passion – w Alaina Love’s “Passionality”

Career Planning & Passion – w Alaina Love’s “Passionality”

How do you find the job that makes you feel your best, be engaged in your work?Those of us in the green economy want to make a difference and bring our passion for it to work. But short of going to work for a non-profit or volunteering, how do we do it? Listen here to HR Guru Alaina Love on Green Connections Radio podcast for tips on how to find where you best “fit” based on your values, interests and passions, so you can be your best and happiest “you” at work. Alaina Love is co-author of “The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results.” This book comes with an assessment that will help you discover your “passionality.”

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Disrupt Yourself: w Whitney Johnson, Author, “One of the Most Influential Management Thinkers”

Disrupt Yourself: w Whitney Johnson, Author, “One of the Most Influential Management Thinkers”

“Sometimes sideways or backwards turns into a slingshot,” Whitney Johnson on Green Connections Radio podcast. Do you want a bigger impact? To be happier at work? Listen to this enlightening conversation between Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson and Whitney Johnson, award-winning executive from Wall Street to Twitter and author of “Disrupt Yourself.” Grab a pen and paper or your laptop to take notes, and you’ll want to listen to it a couple of times, too. Every few minutes has something you’ll want to think about in the context of your own life and choices.

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Climate, National Security: w Sherri Goodman of DoD, CNA

Climate, National Security: w Sherri Goodman of DoD, CNA

This will surprise you. As a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Military Advisor at CNA, a top national security think tank, Sherri Goodman knows national security.  She pioneered Environmental Security,...

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Food & the Planet – w Molly Brown, NASA, UMD

Food & the Planet – w Molly Brown, NASA, UMD

Dr. Molly Brown gives you a new way of looking at a menu and the super market. She's written a major book for NASA on food security and climate change, as well as your health. She'll surprise you....   Listen to Molly Brown explain: What to eat and why - from the...

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Zero-Carbon Baby?! – w USCAN Keya Chatterje

Zero-Carbon Baby?! – w USCAN Keya Chatterje

Babies create a lot of waste and need a lot of energy. Just ask Keya Chatterje, Executive Director at USCAN and formerly at the World Wildlife Fund, who decided with her brave husband to try to raise your new baby with a zero carbon footprint, at least for the first...

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Joan, I love your show, you’re a terrific interviewer, you ask smart questions, and your topics are important and interesting. Green Connections is a favorite!!!
– David, CEO EdgeStudio.com

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