Every week Peter Arpin helps to educate the world through his weekly show, ReNewable Now. From radio and the internet to television, and even taking it to the street, he brings to life the business side of green in a fun and informative way by interviewing the movers and shakers who are helping to create the sustainable future.

Peter's unique format brings guests from all walks of life and industry together in an effort to understand that sustainability isn't just about energy, it's a total lifestyle. In an effort to embrace that philosophy, Peter every week is complemented by his Green Team of co-hosts, who, along with Peter and his guests, help to bring an even greater depth to the show.

Peter's co-host :

Seth HandyThe first week of every month, Peter shares the studio with Environmental Attorney Seth Handy. Together, they look at environmental stewardship and where the Green Economy fits when considering the particulars that come along with change.

Week two
, Peter is joined by Boston based Jack Greg, founder of Boston CarbonJack Greg Day and part of City's Services Committee as a Block Captain, on the Green Committee. Jack helps to bring great stories and guests from the Bay State as they relate to innovators, entrepreneurs, and heads of companies looking to make a difference.

Week three sees Director of Civic Paul CarrollInvestment for the City of Newport, RI, Paul Carroll joining Peter Arpin and ReNewable Now. Paul brings his unique perspective from one of the world's most recognized tourist destinations, that is also rich in American history. Paul invites Directors from other cities from both the United States and from around the world to share how they are helping to make their cities and towns more environmentally sustainable, while also making them economically healthy.

Week four is dedicated to Sustainable Education and the important role it plays Jim Murphyin preparing the future workforce. Joining Peter Arpin in this important segment is Rhode Island College Sustainability Coordinator and resident Apiarist, Jim Murphy. Jim brings together students, teachers and other College and University Sustainability Directors together to help highlight the incredible success stories that are coming from all areas of academia.

We invite everyone to listen to the show LIVE every Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (US EST) by coming right here and clicking this app, or listen on-demand 24x7 to each new show that is posted on Peter Arpin's ReNewable Now Channel. Every month, the channel will host that month's series, and for previous shows, you can visit the ReNewable Now Radio Library by clicking here.

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How many things in your life are 2000 years old?  Not many, we would guess!  But, for one very passionate man, David A. Watters, our guest from The Beamery Co., 2000 years is the norm, as he builds certified, passive homes mixing Colonial styles with the very latest construction technology.

As with other styles of building, getting the thermal envelope right on homes and commercial buildings is key.  How sustainable timber is sourced, and how the area's natural environment is used to meet and exceed the highest federal standards for certified passive homes, is a fascinating part of this segment's conversation with Watters.

What inspired us are The Beamery's future plans for bringing this expertise to affordable housing, mini-houses and many other forms of residential and commercial properties.  Plus, they intend to source reclaimed wood, we we love!

Tune in to be enthralled with his personal story, passion, and quest for efficiency and beauty when you listen to this wonderful segment.

About our guest:

Owner and lead architect, David Watters, has been interested in timber frame construction since childhood. When he was eight years old, his mother bought him a book on barns. Mr. Watters was enthralled by the timber structure systems of these rustic barns and this influenced him to become an architect.  He continued to pursue his dream of becoming an architect throughout childhood.When it came time to graduate college, he focused his architectural thesis project on a timber-constructed museum.

Website: TheBeamery.com

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How great is it to see renewable energy, in this case, solar, come to clothing?  As you'd expect, the new jackets put out by Thermal Tech warm up like no others.

Thermal Tech's CEO and Co-Founder, Carlos Cortes, is, as he told us, a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about renewable energy and smart materials.  Their first clothing product is unique jackets.  Those jackets, which surprised us, are made from recycled stainless steel.  Despite that base material, the jackets are amazingly light, versatile, easy to clean and great looking.  They harness 80% of the available light in their solar coating, and heat customers up to 25% more efficiently.

You might wonder: if the sun shines bright, do they get too hot?  Incredibly, no.  How do they do that?  Are they long lasting and have guaranteed performance?

Tune in to this segment with Carlos from Thermal Tech and start dressing warmer for winter.

About our guest:

Mike Prokosch is a former small business owner, newspaper reporter and editor, and economics educator who lives in Dorchester and serves on the board of the Boston Climate Action Network.

Website: http://www.bostoncan.org/

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This is a very special edition of Renewable Now's "Business Side of Green". Join Architect Ken Filarski and RI College's Sustainability Coordinator, Jim Murphy as they explore how Rhode Island College is continuing to grow sustainability on the campus, in the classroom and in the community . In the first segment of the show, they are joined by RIC’s new President, Dr. Frank Sánchez who speaks on his personal view and thoughts on the importance of sustainability and the importance of involving the students and building it on campus. In the second part of the show, they are joined by Michelle Lee Guiney, Waste Management’s Total Recycling Program Manager who talks about their program and their partnership with Rhode Island College and other schools in and institutions.


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When we first started covering this push to a low-carbon economy, our expectation was that it would take decades to see real progress.  Wow, we were so wrong.

Not only have we previously showcased real progress and great leaders, but this segment may be our crowning achievement.  Meet two brilliant innovators:  Alexander MacDonald of NOAA, Christopher Clack, University of Colorado, both working out of Boulder, and hear first hand what 15 years of rapid transformation can mean to the US in building a new system to power our needs.

Is it possible to spend 3.1 trillion dollars -private money, not government spending- and so quickly construct a national renewable energy system that we will reduce carbon emissions by 80% in 15 short years?  Can you imagine the environmental and economic benefits we will reap for generations to come?

If you don't believe us, listen to this segment.  The data, studies, material, design put together by this team is remarkable.  It is one of the most exciting opportunities for investment for our nation for our world that we've ever seen.  Through six years of tireless work and millions of super-computer models, plus using the latest, brilliant satellite images, they have delivered a blue print that stirs the soul.

Now, let's get going.   There is no more time to waste.

Website: http://www.colorado.edu/

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When we first started covering this push to a low-carbon economy, our expectation was that it would take decades to see real progress.  Wow, we were so wrong.

Not only have we previously showcased real progress and great leaders, but this segment may be our crowning achievement.  Meet two brilliant innovators:  Alexander MacDonald of NOAA, Christopher Clack, University of Colorado, both working out of Boulder, and hear first hand what 15 years of rapid transformation can mean to the US in building a new system to power our needs.

Is it possible to spend 3.1 trillion dollars -private money, not government spending- and so quickly construct a national renewable energy system that we will reduce carbon emissions by 80% in 15 short years?  Can you imagine the environmental and economic benefits we will reap for generations to come?

If you don't believe us, listen to this segment.  The data, studies, material, design put together by this team is remarkable.  It is one of the most exciting opportunities for investment for our nation for our world that we've ever seen.  Through six years of tireless work and millions of super-computer models, plus using the latest, brilliant satellite images, they have delivered a blue print that stirs the soul.

Now, let's get going.   There is no more time to waste.

Website: http://www.colorado.edu/

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There are many very competent public workers.  Then there are exceptional ones who will change the world.  Dan Tonello and his team in Grand Junction are clearly the latter.

  • Treating public waste water is a critical job for every city.  It is complicated, challenged by huge storm surge and torrential rains and now demands great technology and management.  Failing to do it well cripple a city, just as missing the mark on sanitizing drinking water will bring a city to its knees.

    Dan Tonello is the waste water service manager in Grand Junction.  He and his team not only properly treat and recycle back into the river millions of gallons of sewer water, turning it back in pristine condition, better condition than the river, but, at the same time, they have found a way to separate the organics in the process and turn those organics into local natural gas to fuel their city's vehicles.

    Think about this triple win for Grand Junction:  better separation of waste water during processing; creating a clean, local fuel;  AND thereby taking their fleet off of diesel and fueling their fleet for free.

    His unique process, which he now shares with other cities, takes 3 million pounds of carbon out of the local atmosphere and saves the city 2.8 million per year.  Those numbers will continue to get better each year as they convert the rest of their fleet to natural gas.

    This remarkable municipal innovation has been recognized as game changing by a major non-profit that works across the world to improve our air quality and environmental performance.  Listen in as Dan tells the behind-the-scenes story of a city, and its employees, that are leading us to a brighter, cleaner future and making every step of the way.

Website: http://www.gjcity.org/

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This is one very memorable radio show.  Not only are we able to introduce you to the most unique, diverse business hub that we've ever reported on, but also bring you one of the truly bright minds in sustainability:  Tair Kowalsky, who heads up this "HAC":  The Herzliya Accelerator Center in Israel.

So, what makes this Center so great?  Well, you'll have to listen to find out.  We can only tell you, as the commercial says, "You will be glad you did."

But here's a preview:  To our knowledge, this hub is the only one owned by a municipality;  it has a very tight, focused specialization, personal, cyber security, personal safety;  it is affiliating with overseas partners at a rapid rate; and, incredible to us, will soon count police as members and innovators helping new businesses hit the market.

As you will hear, Kowalsky was hitting her 30 birthday as we spoke.  We can't imagine how much more she will accomplish by 40.  We also garnered great respect for the municipality of Herziliya, Israel, as they have shown ground breaking leadership in not only building this renowned HAC, but diligently sharing their experience with the rest of the world.

The future looks bright in Herziliya.  We are really happy to share their story with you....

Guest Bio: Tair Kowalsky

Tair Kowalsky, the founder and manager of HAC- Herzliya Accelerator Center.

Tair has a BA in communication & PR, and an MA in International relations & conflict resolution, both are from the IDC Herzliya.

Tair is the founder of HAC, the Herzliya entrepreneurship center and the Urban Accelerator Program. My job is to help startups accelerate and start a working process with the municipality. My goal is to open doors for the startups, make our city smarter and collaborate with cities around the world.

Tair also teaches PR and other media courses at IDC, Communication School, for the past 5 years.

Tair experience starts in the PR and Media world. I have lead PR departments and represented clients from various of fields. Tair actsas the Head department of Public Relations and Strategic Consulting in a big media firm. Before that I've worked as VP of a Public Relations&Strategic Consulting firm.

Website: http://www.herzliya.muni.il/?CategoryID=812

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Sadly, we have no idea how dangerously close we have pushed our sources of clean water to failure.  

But, thankfully, there are people around the world working feverishly to restore our lakes, oceans and drinking suppliers.  People like today's guest:  Catherine O'Reilly, Associate Professor at Illinois State University and part of a research team collaborating around the world to quickly find solutions.  

This was a fascinating discussion as we spanned the globe from East Africa, home of one of the largest and most important lakes on that continent, perhaps on any continent, and learned how, in so many ways, we are threatening our very existence.

From deforestation to too many pesticides used for farming to, of course, heavy carbon levels that our lakes and oceans are being asked to absorb, with the concurrent warming of their waters- this is a complex but positive talk as we focuses on fixing the problems and preserving our waterways that generate billions of dollars of year back into our economies.

With the help of many states, NOAA and a brilliant global team, Catherine is making progress.  Progress is being made on the science and technology fronts.  Solutions are close, but expensive.  Are we willing to pay the price?  If not, what road does that lead us down?

Tune in to find out and be part of the solution, not just part of the problem.

Guest Bio: Catherine O'Reilly

Catherine O'Reilly is an associate professor in the Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University, Normal. Her research focuses on nutrient cycles and freshwater biogeochemistry, with an interest in human impacts and climate change. Much of her work has focused on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Her research was among the first to show ecosystem-scale impacts of current climate change.

O'Reilly is involved in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory
Network (GLEON) and the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC) funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and a doctorate from the University of Arizona, Tucson.


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Don't we love the sounds of self reliance in our lives?  Financial, at work, in health, we strive for a state of independence and grace in all aspects of our lives.

Now, through John Farrell, today's radio guest, and the talented team at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), communities and entire states can achieve the same confident level of energy independence.  What does that mean to those states and to us?  A lot.

It means we can build decentralized grid systems, we can keep huge amounts of money and jobs home by locally producing power, and we can make that power, and our commercial enterprises, clean and renewable.  Wow.

Of course, a conversion away from fossil fuel starts with smart investments in efficiency.  We see it time and time again--cut fuel costs then replace what you use with efficiency.  The returns are fabulous and you enjoy the immense benefits of fixing your energy costs.

Listen to this segment and understand better why you and i want to live in an energy self-reliant state.  Then push your leaders to take the steps outlined, and implemented elsewhere, by John and ILSR.  It is time for this generation's march to embracing the new.

Guest Bio: John Farell

John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy.

John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential highlighted in the New York Times,  showing that most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs.  He’s also written extensively on the economic advantages of Democratizing the Electricity System, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished the policies (like Minnesota’s solar energy standard) necessary to support locally owned renewable energy development.

John provides data-rich presentations on local renewable energy for the common citizen, and has wowed crowds from Presque Isle, Maine to San Francisco to Berlin.  He’s been the keynote at conferences like Solar Energy Focus in Washington, DC, and also inspired citizens in Boulder, CO, prior to their successful effort to seize more control over their energy future.

Website: www.Ilsr.org

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Note in the heading, we emphasis that natural gas "IS' part of our energy future.  It will help us get more efficient and cleaner.  For the foreseeable future, it will be an important part of our fuel mix as we reduce and eliminate other forms of fossil fuel.

Why are we so confident in this?  Well, by listening to this segment and learning, through Georgia Natural Gas' Manager of Community Relations, Maurice Baker, how Georgia Natural Gas is delivering much more than fuel to their communities, that question can be answered.

Did you know that natural gas can be sourced locally, thereby minimizing some of the environmental risk?  Combine that with the efficiency,  competitive rates, reduced emissions and the amazing work Georgia Natural Gas does throughout the State, this is a leader in helping us build a cleaner, brighter future.

There is no doubt that GNG's accomplishments will raise the bar for all utility companies.  Every one of us will expect similar programs and dedication from the companies providing us power.  This is the bright side of fossil fuel.

Come on into this segment with open eyes and an open heart.  I know I did with my co-host, Jim Murphy, sustainability director at Rhode Island College, and we came away inspired by Maurice and his Georgia team.

Guest Bio: Maurice Baker


Award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility Career Executive with Broad Expertise in Internal & External Communications — Contributing to Growth, Organizational Success, and Competitive Advantages

Specialties:• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Employee Engagement & Community Outreach
• Philanthropic Investment Strategy
• Sponsorships & Partnerships
• Award-Winning Writer
• Internal & External Communications
• Media Relations
• Public Relations/Crisis Strategy
• National and Local Corporate Spokesperson
• Sustainability & Urban Affairs

Website: Maurice Baker

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Millions of people walk around our major cities and barely notice, unless the sun is scorching hot, trees and vegetation that cool the cement and keep the rain from running into a flood.  Yet, people like today's guest, Ben Carlson, Public Relations Manager at Friends of Urban Forest, think about little else.

Putting vegetation on roofs, solar canopies over neighborhoods and urban farms in our back yards seeds amazing benefits.  From protection of the roads and sidewalks, to substantial cooling of our climate, capturing and management of rain pelting our homes and cars and a huge capture of carbon to clean the air.

Friends of Urban Forest is a true grassroots organization.  They marshal whole neighborhoods around tree planting.  They convince businesses to landscape their store fronts and increase sales.  They plant trees when cities run out of money in their budgets.  They build green infrastructure that returns much of the quality of life back to major centers.

How do today's cities rank in terms of green space?  What benefits do they accrue?  What will it take for others to catch up?

We asked these questions, and many more, of Ben and we hope you listen in and become, as we have, a friend to the urban forest in your city and town.

Website: http://www.fuf.net/

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What does it mean for a company to be "Born within the social economy," as Evovelo claims in their bio?  Is that a good thing?

These are interesting questions, and part of the discussion we had with their project manager in Spain, Gonzalo Chomon.  Chomon and his team combined their talents and passion around change to develop a new-style vehicle that will hit the market this year.  This bike/car transports, as you will learn here, people and goods bases on efficiency, sustainability and environmental benefits.

This follows our discussions with the group in Greece which, this year as well, will be hitting the market with a similar product.  Both plan to sell units around the world.  Both claim remarkable benefits.

So, when both vehicles hit the US market, we have pinned, for sales bragging rights, Sunnyclist from Greece versus Mo from Spain.  Interesting consumer choices as each unit runs on solar, can be peddled and has surprising range and capacity.  Both are exciting, intriguing options.

We will follow both of their entrepreneurial journeys here to North America.  In the meantime both interviews, Gonzalo and his counter part from Greece, Manolis, are here on  our main site.  We wish them both well and look forward to running around soon in their net-zero bikes/cars.

Website: http://www.ecovelo.info

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Solar is a huge success.  Yet, as you will hear in the episode, the industry is barely scratching the surface and, now with the ITCs extended by Congress, blazing into a fast start in 2016.

On top of all this, with some amazing data on solar's growth in sales, jobs, manufacturing, etc, is today's guest, Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).  As a former reporter for Bloomberg, Dan has covered the environment and energy for over 15 years.  He also helped oversee natural gas' explosive growth, now eclipsing 28% of the heating market, for many years.

Solar is now a 20 billion+ dollar market.  What is key, though, is that 85% of the companies working in solar are small businesses.  Their rapid hiring of new people is spread over many small companies, which is great for the economy and reduces the risk of a collapse around a few big players.

Rev will jump quickly to 32 billion and jobs will double to 400,000 by 2020.  With that will come a major plunge in our country's use of fossil fuel and aggressive reductions in air pollution levels.  Renewables like solar also fix our costs and bring energy spend back to the local economy.

Do you want to feel good about the booming green economy?  Join us and Dan Whitten as we take you into the superstar of clean energy--the radiant world of solar.

Guest Bio.

As SEIA's Vice President of Communications, Dan oversees all of SEIA's internal and external communications efforts, including media relations, email marketing, digital and social media efforts, and others.

Dan comes to SEIA after more than 15 years as an energy and environmental journalist including as a Bloomberg News energy reporter in Washington, where he covered legislative, regulatory and financial aspects of U.S. climate and energy policy debates.

Most recently, Dan served as a senior director of communications at America's Natural Gas Alliance, overseeing the group's earned media efforts and playing a significant leadership role in advertising and social media campaigns, as well as the group's core issue campaigns.

Website: http://www.seia.org/

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Golf is sometimes seen as an elitist sport;  a sport limited to those with significant resources.  Today, we dispel that myth.  We bring you the story of golf made great in the urban heart of Providence, RI.

Button Hole Golf Course gets its name from the early industrial revolution as buttons from textile mills, powered by RI's rivers, got thrown into the water and collected in the exact spot where this oasis of kindness and community service now sits.

Button Hole's story, heard on this segment, is one of using golf to teach inner city kids and handicapped people of all ages the value of learning the game, getting outside in nature and developing new skills that carry over into every aspect of life.

The facility is also an oasis of sustainability and resilience, practicing varied eco-friendly actions.  The team there also partners with great organizationslike Full Swing, and now with golf's green golfer, Aubrey McCormick, to teach, educate, promote and open its doors and heart to those who normally would be shut out from the sport.

Their director, Don Wright, the director of Full Swing, Paula Kleniewski and Aubrey, the green golfer, come together on this show to promote an upcoming global event that ReNewable Now will host from inside the doors of Button Hole.  

We ask you:  Do sports have the might and power to change lives?  If so, how?  We think this show, and our upcoming Masters of Sustainability series, will convince you that they do, and that their impact on us will be unequaled.

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What happens when over 100,000 people- many of whom are crazed, rowdy fans- descend on a city for the world's largest, most watched sporting event?  Do they leave in their wake, after all the fun and games, a wasteland the city needs to clean up?

Well, thanks to the planning and hard work of Jack Groh and his sustainability team at the NFL, just the opposite happens. The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of sustainability, as his team collects e-waste from that city, recycles mountains of what would have been waste, and partners with non-profits to help those organizations plant new, permanent seeds of transformation in those communities.  They leave behind, as we all should, a legacy of green.

This behind-the-scenes look at the NFL, their dedication to reducing their impact on the world, is fascinating and as inspiring as the incredible talents of the teams they put on the field to become champions.  Jack and his team are champions of business leadership and we will enjoy the big game even more next year, as you will, knowing their goals for waste and energy reduction, and their willingness to invest in the core ecological health of their host cities, are clearly championship quality.

As you will hear on the show, San Francisco will host next February.  There is no better place, with that beautiful city already a mecca of positive change, to showcase how sports can inspire us and give us the heart to fight for Mother Earth.

About Jack Grow :

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America.

Mr. Groh also serves as Sustainability Consultant for the new College Football Playoff championship, debuting in January 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He has coordinated environmental projects for the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the American Solar Energy Society, the State of Rhode Island, the National Clean Cities Coalition and the United States Consortium for Automotive Research (USCAR) – a joint initiative of GM, Ford and Chrysler.

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Most of us don't give a lot of thought to how most goods get to our door. Forgotten is the many miles food, clothes and other supplies traveled and how easy it might be to break that chain and leave us with empty shelves and plates.

You will not forget after listing to today's guest, Eric Kretsch, Transportation Fellow/Researcher at the University of Rhode Island who is trying to figure out, as quickly as possible, how to secure and safe guard one of our hardest working international assets--shipping ports.

Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy tell us that we are not well prepared for large scale coastal winds and tides.  Their destructive wake totals in the billions for both New Orleans and New Jersey/Mid-Atlantic.  Ports sit very low on the very edge of our coastlines. They can't move;  they will, forever, remain in the eye of every storm.

Yet, according to Eric, we can much to mitigate  the losses at ports and quickly get them back up and running.  According to Eric, the magic formula of prevention and preparation is "Accommodate, Protect and Relocate".

Tune in to find out much more about accommodate, protect and relocate and get your self prepared for the next major storm.  You, too, as you will discover here, can benefit greatly from this same magic formula.


Eric Kretsch is a graduate student in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. In May 2014, Eric graduated from URI with a B.S. in Marine Affairs and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.  While attending URI, Eric secured summer internships with the U.S. FWS, Marine Biological Laboratory, and the U.S. EPA. In his junior and senior year, he was an EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellow and participated in independent research looking into the possible economic benefits of upgrading combined sewer overflows in Providence, RI.  In December of 2014, Eric received an Enhancement of Graduate Research Award from the URI Graduate School to help conduct his thesis research.

Website:  URI.edu

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Zoos are one of the places that bring all aspects of society together.  Their doors open to kids, adults and visitors from around the world.  They house amazing, beautiful animals and they cover acres of land with multiple buildings and serve incredible demands to deliver culture, education and fun to their audience.

Perhaps no zoo in the world does it as well as the Detroit Zoo, which sits only 20 miles outside of the city.  As you are about to hear on this segment, Gerry Van Acker, COO there, and his talented team, combined with a invaluable corporate partner, ITC Holdings, based there as well, have pushed the Detroit Zoo to new levels of efficiency and success.

Starting with what Gerry called a "Green Print" the Zoo staff set off to reduce or eliminate waste, get 100% renewables on electricity, convert animal waste to energy, ban water bottles all the time providing a better, cleaner habitat for their wildlife.

The Zoo's collaboration with this great corporate partner, ITC, who made the 100% renewable energy happen, is historic and worth  replicating around the world.

Is our future bright?  Can an organization like the Detroit Zoo, with over 450 peak season employees and a 20 million dollar budget get to zero waste and use of fossil fuel by 2020?  If so, what is the plan that will get them there?

Once you listen to this show, you will be next in line to visit Detroit, a true renaissance city, and one of their crown jewels, the Detroit Zoo.


Mr. VanAcker brings over thirty years of accounting, hospitality, real estate and business experience to the Detroit Zoo. He currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Zoo. In this position he oversees 450 employees’ peak season and a budget of $20 Million. He is responsible for Facilities, Human Resources, Guest Relations, Sustainability, Rides and Attractions, Park Safety, Food and Beverage, Construction Projects and Sales and Marketing. Currently there are $36 Million of new construction projects underway. He had worked in various positions for Marriott Hotels for 27 years. Most recently he was the General Manager of the Livonia Courtyard, where he was responsible for the day to day operation of the property as well as capital upkeep and improvements to this 20 year old hotel. Prior to his position of General Manager Mr. VanAcker was Owner and Managing Partner of The Good Bread Company LLC. This corporation owned, developed and operated 5 Au Bon Pain restaurants in the Detroit market under a master Franchising agreement that he owned from Au Bon Pain. The locations were: Campus Martius Park, Renaissance Center, Detroit Medical Center, Dearborn Performing Arts Center, and Dearborn Michigan Avenue

Website:  http://detroitzoo.org/

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David Wei, Associate Director, Climate Change, BSR is a lucky guy.  Not only does he get to work with some of the largest, most progressive companies in the world, but he was there in Paris as all countries reached an agreement on carbon reduction and a shaving of fossil fuel use.  He now gets to help private and public sectors meet those new goals.

BSR is a major player on the world stage.  They have 8 offices in major global cities, employ 120 staff and are a key driver of the We Mean Business initiative.  They work with 15 business networks and 65 international think tanks.  What a brain trust around building a cleaner, brighter future.

The Paris talks set the world on a new path.  The agreement is historic and a true game changer for mankind.  David brings us incredible insight, during this interview, on how life for companies and every person on Earth will change and improve.  

The heart and soul of the business world is alive and well.  Find it here on this segment with David Wei.


David drives BSR’s climate policy work with our partners in the We Mean Business Coalition, and through research on the interface between business and government for our “Business in a Climate-Constrained World” initiative.

Before joining BSR, David was a climate diplomat for the Marshall Islands with the advisory group Independent Diplomat, and led on transparency issues in the UN climate negotiations for the Alliance of Small Island States.  As an international lawyer with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, David built up the environmental treaty expertise of countries across the globe.  He began his career as a litigator with Fried Frank in New York before focusing on climate change and energy.

David holds a LL.M. in International Law from New York University, a J.D. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.  

Website:  http://www.bsr.org/

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What an interesting journey for Dr. Reza Hashemi:  born in Iran, forced out early fleeing to UK, then going back to Iran for a PhD in civil engineering at Shiraz University, a second PhD at the University of Wales (UK) and now a teacher and researcher at a major oceanography university in RI.  Wow, and still so young.

URI is very happy to have Dr. Hashemi as part of the team as he studies ocean physics and helps us predict coastal problems, including flooding and erosion, and helps move along the technology around wave and tidal energy.

Dr. Hashemi got our attention right away when he told us the oceans worldwide, using tide and wave renewables, could power our global appetite for electricity.  But, how do we do that in a way that makes financial sense for the developer?  Do the different forms compliment one another?   How much have we learned from France, who has been using tidal energy for many years?

All great questions that made for a intriguing conversation.  It is not often that we see an ocean as both a destroyer of homes and businesses, as the surge of climate change batters our coastlines, and a solution to climate change as it produces clean energy to help power a hungry, growing world.

Don't miss this show.


Dr  Reza Hashemi  is an assistant professor, in Department of Ocean Engineering and Graduate School of Oceanography.  He was awarded a PhD in civil engineering/ Shiraz University, Iran (2006), and another PhD in Ocean Sciences, University of Wales (Bangor), UK (2014). He was previously a research Fellow at School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales (Bangor) for 3 years and joined URI in January 2015 His research is mainly focused on  ocean physics, mostly applied to ocean renewable energy (tides and waves), and coastal problems (e.g. flooding and erosion).  

Website:  http://ww2.uri.edu/

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David Queeley has a great job:  He is an Eco-Innovation Fellow, right now assigned to Codman Square Neighborhood Development in Dorchester, Mass.  David oversees a great staff at CSNDC who engage this struggling city, just on the outskirts of Boston, in their effort to establish a transformative model for robust growth in affordable housing, job creation and sustainable changes.

Those changes include cutting energy bills, improving transportation systems, including those that take people to jobs in down town Boston and investing heavily in community renewables.  A winning recipe for any urban center.

For 34 years this innovation team has brought education, job skills and hope to a struggling, very mixed community.  Their achievements, on behalf of generations of families, are legendary.  

Codman has helped create 8 similar Eco-Districts, from Detroit to LA.

We hope one is coming to your city, soon.  In the meantime, tune in to witness true urban renewal in action.

Website:  http://www.csndc.com/

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Mark Hall, founder of Biomes Marine Biology Center, created his first company at 14.  That innovative spirit around saving oceans and mammals lives on today at his Biomes Marine Biology Center in Rhode Island.

Mark's center, visited by thousands each year from around the world,  has a mission of educating and protecting the marine animals in Narraganset Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Like well know aquatic centers in Boston and Mystic, CT, Biomes Marine Biology Center reaches out to children of all ages and interactively teaches them about the marine world around them.

Mark brings many years of experience in evaluating kids and their appetite for ecological education, the greatest risk to our oceans, progress we've made in cleaning up critical bodies of water like the Bay in RI and whether wind turbines add further risk and destruction of our sea life.

We are certain you've heard about lobsters migrating north because of warming waters, the disease, near extinction of ocean species and speculation about our own quality of life suffering as we further pollute or exploit our seas.  Here you will get fact, not fiction, and will learn almost as much about the Biomes Center as if you visited RI yourself.  Enjoy.

Website:  http://biomescenter.com/

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Interesting how we often think about what advice communities, states, regions get on building a cleaner, healthier future.  Where does that advice come from?

One great place we found today on this segment is Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University.  For over two decades Executive Director Karl. R. Rábago and staff have helped government leaders make critical decisions around writing good policy, community energy plans, implementing efficiency programs, changing fleets to cleaner fuels and many others.

One of Pace's strongest focus is on helping governments work with grids and utilities to move away from archaic, complex tariffs and embrace a whole new public market attitude towards producing, transporting, storing and distributing electricity.  Building the right system to power our future is one of the two most important tasks we face today.

Our world has become incredibly complex.  Technology gives us great data and insight, but almost pushes us to an avalanche of confusing choices as we try to build a low-carbon economy.  Pace explains, simplifies, advocates and guides many of our states into this labyrinth of transformation.  

Rábago and his team are very smart, talented and driven.  They are a wonderful asset to give depth to our brain trust.  Listen in as we talk about building a sustainability future, one that will provide you and your family the very best chance to succeed and thrive no matter where you are in the world.


Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.

Website:  energy.pace.edu/

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Each business needs constant impetus to change and improveme.  Each person needs the same.  Where do we find these "enablers?"  And, how do we gravitate to keys that will push our sustainable journey?

On the eve of their event to find those keys, Yale University, through their school of management, came to us with this great show.  Todd Cort is a faculty member and Molly Nagler is the Associate Dean for their Executive Programs. Together, they gave us a great sneak preview of the event and their curriculum around putting out world-class sustainability directors.

You will see here none of this is easy.  Going from green to gold, building company-wide transformation and honing leadership skills in a new economy and world is a daunting process.  But the rewards of breathing triple-bottom line results is the green-to-gold payoff.

Combine this training with thinking about social trends, shifting consumer demands and changes in accessing capital and debt, and you begin to understand why Yale is a "force for good" in the growing sustainable education side.

Do you want to see how the great investor, Warren Buffet, sees some of this?   Then tune in and listen to these talented teachers and their pitch to change the world.


Todd Cort is a Faculty member at the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he teaches classes in ‘Quantitative Methods in Sustainability’; Corporate Responsibility in Oil and Gas’, Corporate Responsibility in Wine and Agriculture’ and ‘Business Solutions in Constrained Natural Resource Systems’.  He also serves as the Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and Adjunct Faculty member with the Columbia University Earth Institute.  He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and a Professional Engineer’s license in California.  Dr. Cort previously served as Director of Sustainability Advisory services for TUV Rheinland and Det Norske Veritas where he consulted on sustainability matters including metrics, risk management and auditing practices.

Molly Nagler is Associate Dean for Executive Programs at Yale School of Management. Molly partners with clients and faculty to design corporate training programs that advance organizational objectives and transform careers. Previously she was Director of Strategic Alliances at UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education and Director of Academic Planning at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Molly has a master of public policy from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of William and Mary.

Website:  www.Yale.edu

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New England is running out of electricity.  It is a region that will soon shut down its last coal and nuclear plants.  It is a collection of states that cannot easily pipe more natural gas into their grids.  So, how will they fill some of this potential power short fall?

Invenergy and their Director of Business Development, John Niland, have part of the answer.  John and his team will soon build, once they get final approval from the New England ISO managing new suppliers, a massive--700 million--new facility that will meet, for the State of RI, almost 10% on their electrical needs.

Combine that with some aggressive efficiency programs and the building of Deepwater turbines in the Block Island Sound, and you have megawatts of new currents piping into an antiquated system.

Invenergy, in the process, will employ over 330 people during construction, and will clean up a contaminated part of the site (helping to restore clean well water to the Town of Burrilville.

The economics around this investment are great, and most of the natural gas will come in more locally than what is shipped into RI (or piped in) as their supplies shift to fracking sites in Pennsylvania.   Part of our discussion focuses on the pro and cons of building new natural gas facilities.  Is it a good thing?  Tune in to find out.


John E. Niland; Director Business Development with  over 30 years of experience in power project engineering, development and energy markets. Mr Niland is responsible for thermal activities for Invenergy’s development projects in the US. His experience in the energy and utilities industry, including roles in business and project development; engineering,  equipment procurement, project management, permitting, financing, and construction

Website:  www.invenergyllc.com

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Off-shore wind, like Rodney Dangerfield, gets no respect among renewables.  From climate deniers to environmentalists to fisherman, everyone seems to fight wind.  Yet, despite the uphill battle, wind is fast becoming a very big part of our clean energy portfolio.

Perhaps part of the success belongs to Dr. David Bidwell and his team at URI who study the social reasons why public acceptance of offshore wind farms is so hard to get.

How interesting that a group of marine scientist, part of the experts entrusted with the well being of our oceans and fishery wildlife, helps us better understand how to win public support and get these projects on line.

Education, from many sources, is key.  Davis lectures, teaches and cajoles supporters.  This segment will, if nothing else, get you excited about big projects like Deepwater off the Rhode Island Sound.    Better yet, you will understand wind's potential positive benefit on your community and your family.


Dr. David Bidwell

David Bidwell joined the URI Marine Affairs faculty in 2014, as part of the Provost's Ocean Renewable Energy Cluster. In his research, Dr. Bidwell utilizes theories and techniques from environmental sociology and social psychology to understand public acceptance of offshore wind farms and other renewable electricity technologies. Other interests include participatory decision making and climate adaptation. Dr. Bidwell earned a PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University.

Website:  www.uri.org

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Sometime we get too theoretical about sustainability.  We read, we investigate, there's lots of studying, debating, but not always a lot of action.

That is why we so enjoyed catching up with Aaron Kinsman, Media Specialist at Rodale Institute to talk about their 330 acre farm in Pennsylvania, which has no shortage of initiative.

Rodale sits right on the edge of some of the farms being fracked for gas.  Yet, they are a true island of organic farming, restoring soil health, properly raising live stock, Agro-Forestry and are the center for "giving farmers, from all over the US and world, the tools to better feed the citizens of the world."

Rodale is alive with robust crops, organic certification of their processes, innovations in eliminating pesticides and drastically reducing water use and, most importantly, teaching the world how to use ground-system changes to better sequest CO 2 and take carbon out of the air.

Their white paper on all this, "Organic Agriculture and Climate Change" is widely acclaimed for a blue print to improvements in managing our ground systems to better sequester carbon.

There is so much more in this segment:  transforming sugars into proteins, how carbon us used once captured in soil and a recipe for using better accounting to track our thriving green economy.


Aaron  Kinsman

Dedicated to integrating positive environmental and social change into every decision, every day. Oversee all aspects of media relations and communication efforts. Responsible for creating and executing all media relations programs and enhancing the Institute’s success by applying effective communication strategies

Website:  www.RodaleInstitute.org

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Joanna Underwood, President of Energy Vision, just won a prestigious lifetime achievement award for her decades of dedication to protecting the environment and helping us build a better world.  Through Energy Vision, formed in 2007, she does this by heavily promoting a petroleum-free, low carbon econ that will, in the process, build a new, smart transportation system and push all businesses to improve their operations.

Her group will be pivotal in helping our world end our "addiction" to oil.  Transportation alone, as reported to us by Joanna, is responsible for 25% of our current greenhouse gases.  Steering away from petroleum would rapidly move jobs back into local markets and improve company's bottom lines.

Energy Vision, with their 30 year veteran, Joanna Underwood, as President, is the lead educator here in the US on moving quickly, but profitably, away from our century-old dependence on oil and gas.  They are helping to blaze a new trail to many alternative ways of producing power for plants and transpiration equipment.  We hope she is in line to win many other awards as we take this road less traveled.


Joanna D. Underwood has founded and run two national non profit organizations and is one of the country’s most respected environmental leaders.

She is now president of Energy Vision, founded in 2007, a national non-profit that analyzes and promotes the petroleum-free, clean, low carbon fuels that will be needed for a sustainable transportation future. EV's is currently the lead educator of Americans on renewable natural gas, which may be the first truly sustainable fuel, made from waste with no drilling and the closest to carbon neutral of any commercial option today.

Through reports, newsletters, articles, conferences and regional workshops, EV is introducing this emerging fuel to US markets with its exceptional environmental, health and economic benefits.  Energy Vision published the first Guide, partly funded by the US Department of Energy, for exploring local waste-to-fuel projects. Before launching EV, for 30 years, Ms. Underwood ran INFORM which won many awards for its investigations of corporate environmental practices, including 3 from the US EPA. She has written and spoken widely on sustainability issues.

She has served on many boards including NYSERDA for 14 years, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development under the Clinton Administration. Ms. Underwood was named one of the 100 top global sustainability leaders by Earth Times in 2000 and 2002.  She has a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an honorary PhD in Science from Wheaton College.

Website:  www.energyvision.org

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450 acres is a lot of land regardless of where you own it.  Yet, the 450 acres owned, managed and home to the Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia is, perhaps, one of the most unique parcels of land in the world.

What does it mean to be part of an income-sharing community?  What lessons can all of us learn from the experiences and practices of such a community?  The answers, as you will find out in this segment, surprising, multiple and, in our view, life changing.

Paxus Calta, GM, not only manages a living community, but does while helping to run six very successful businesses that our housed on the same complex.  While sharing many facilities, food, transportation, education, etc, Twin Oaks cuts living costs by 80% and does the same with energy use, waste, commuting expenses and blends their people's time and talents into very efficient daily lives.

It is not often we think of a shared-living community managing 2 million of revenue with net income of $750,000.  Those funds cover the operating costs, based on their incredible efficiency, of about 100 people.  The cash flow also gives all members health coverage and jobs for life.  Many non-profits are now pushing to be self-sufficient on financial needs by generating consistent income.  This is a great model to look at.


Paxus Calta was raised by liberal parents in the suburbs of Boston. He has hitchhiked on sailboats across the Pacific, danced atop Russian tanks before Yeltsin made it fashionable,smuggled Tibetan monks across the Himalayas, worked on the North Slope of Alaska for a nasty oil company. He also worked on an ocean engineering project in Hawaii that laid power cable on the ocean floor and dispatched submarines. For 7 years he fought nuclear power plants in eastern Europe. He taught a class on how to design revolutions at an alternative high school. Calta identifies as an anarchist, a polyamorist, a memeticist and a funologist.  He has been arrested for crimes of conscience in 12 countries on three continents and is one of two dads of Willow Falcon Star born on Valentines Day 2002. He suffers from terminal immodesty and an inflamed funny bone. He has lived at Twin Oaks Community for 15 years.  In 2013 he became a dual member with Acorn Community.  He co-founded the Point A project which is catalyzing urban income sharing communities in the north eastern US.

Website:  TwinOaks.org

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So, let's set the stage- Providence, RI started its renaissance with the redirection of rivers back through the heart of the city. Oregon has great eco-districts running with the rivers. Boston glistens as one of the world's most beautiful cities as the Charles River and Boston Harbor restore to usable and functional assets for residents and tourist.  

The theme, of course:  amazing economic benefits from cleaning up watersheds around the world.  We see it again here in this segment as Ex-Director Alicia Lehrer tells us about the work and results of bringing the Woonasquatucket River back to life.  That transformation includes reestablishing migratory fish, putting kayaks and, in some spots, swimmers back into the river, hosting major events that celebrate, for the State of RI, a return to nature and giving kids fun activities at summer camps.

This river was so polluted it was left for dead.  It was paved over in many places due to its ugliness.  The rise of this river, and so many others, is inspiring, and you will hear that in this segment.  How many of us have given up on some of our dreams and goals only to realize anything, anything is possible?

The economy, like cities, has a heart, and it beats best when natural resources are used sparingly and well to promote jobs and commerce.

Thomas Day bio:

Alicia Lehrer joined the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council as Executive Director in March 2008.  Alicia has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Science from the University of Rhode Island with a specialization in Water Quality.  In Alicia’s seven years at the Watershed Council, she has spearheaded migratory fish passage restoration on the river, worked with EPA and community partners to help determine cleanup efforts of the Centredale Manor Superfund site, and worked toward Woonasquatucket Greenway expansion, improvement and maintenance.  Prior to joining WRWC, Alicia served for ten years as the District Manager of the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District (SRICD) office in Wakefield Rhode Island.  Alicia’s career also included four years as the Volunteer Environmental Monitoring Network Coordinator for the Merrimack River Watershed Council in Lawrence, MA, and staff at URI Watershed Watch

Website:  www.wrwc.org

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When we first met Stuart Scott we labeled him an alarmist, which he vehemently denied.  Turns out that his is not entirely accurate. Stuart, the Founder of United Planet Faith & Science Initiative, as you are about to hear, is a great environmental strategist.  Using his platform, Climate Matters.tv, he defines for us the human spirit around transformation and points to so many tipping points in our struggle to turn things around and survive.

Yes, this battle is at the tipping point, perhaps beyond, according to Stuart, and we need to ramp up our urgency in balancing our planet's eco-structure;  or clearly face possible human disaster and destruction.

During our wide ranging talk, Stuart mentions the influence of Dr. Herman Daly on Ecological Economics, which is a discipline of managing the economy that we strongly believe in.  He also gives thanks to "The Story of Stuff", Pope Francis, Citizens Climate Lobby and many others for their invaluable help in turning the rising tide.

When you listen to this segment, you will be worried, concerned, maybe scared to death on the future of Earth.  Yet, if that ignites the climate warrior in you, we've done our job.

Thomas Day bio:

Stuart Scott was the first environmentalist stockbroker on Wall Street in the 1970s, ran an IT consultancy for major NYC banks in the 1980s, then a software engineer for IBM in the 1990s.  More recently he has been a university instructor of mathematics, statistics, and critical thinking in Honolulu, but left academia in 2008 to engage in full-time international climate and ecological advocacy, participating at the UN climate negotiations and presenting hundreds of climate briefings both in the US and internationally.  

Currently he is Deputy Director General of the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO), and is the Founder and Director of Strategic Planning of the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative (UPFSI.org).

Website:  UPFSI.org

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It is always great to catch up with experts who have talked with us before.  

Today we did that with Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer for the new US Postal Service.  Like the old USPS, this is a big, big organization:  33,000 locations, 400,000, up to 600,000 around Christmas, employees.  A fleet of 180,000 trucks.  And 68 BILLION pieces of mail handled each year.

But, this is not your mom's USPS.  This is an organization driving head long into sustainability by "creating a culture of conservation and new, innovative business practices."  From the very top Postmaster General, to 600,000 employees, USPS is transforming into a leaner, smarter, more efficient, more profitable entity.

How does that help us (here in the US) as users of their service?  Will we recognize their fleets and facilities of the future?  How do you embed positive change in an organization this old and this large?

For those answers you need to tune in to this fast-paced episode, co-hosted by Seth Handy, and think deeply on how you can apply the same changes to your life and company.

Thomas Day bio:

Thomas Day leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Day reports to Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General.

Working closely with Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, Day’s group sets policies and assists implementation in areas of Environmental Compliance. Sustainability, and Energy Initiatives.

Prior to serving in this role, Day was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011), Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007) and Vice President, Engineering (2001-2005). In this capacity, he oversaw development of all engineering efforts involving automation and operations, building and equipment maintenance, and the Postal Service's award-winning environmental program. In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, Day also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union.

During his 31-year Postal Service career, Day developed a solid operations background with various assignments in delivery, distribution, and logistics, including service as district manager of the Southeast New England District from 1996 to 2000. He is a third-generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Day is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.

Website:  USPS.org

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As host and Ex-Producer of ReNewable Now, I have modeled my home and life to very high standards of green living.  Yet, my house can't come close to the environmental, and economic benefits, offered by the Ecocapsule.

We reached all the way over to Bratislava, Slovakia to find Igor Zacek, ECO of Ecocapsule.  He describes his invention as "dwelling with the spirit of freedom."  He talks about, in this historic, one-hour interview, designing a product that reaches the hearts of people.  This same product is mobile, can easily be set up anywhere, is 100% clean energy, no grid, collects and filters water, has net zero waste and is made primarily with recycled material.

The point of the show is not to put everyone in an Ecocapsule as their primary home.  Its intent is to amplify on all the possible uses of this temporary living cell--on college campuses, as secondary homes, on hikes, for overnight accommodations at big events, to house displaced people during a weather crises, we could go on and on--but, more importantly, to show you all the incredible technology used in the Ecocapsule that we can incorporate into our homes.

Igor said to us "we bring love to our work."  We hope you bring love to this show and feel the passion and heart of one man's mission to help change the world.

Awards Igor Zacek:

  • K-design Award 2015 - Silver medal project: Ecocapsule

  • Slovak Startup awards 2014 - Public choice award stratup: Ecocapsule

  • Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition 2013 - joint 2nd place and Public choice award project: The Hill

  • Tallin Architectural Bienale 2013 - 1st honorable mention project: Animal district

  • Parkhill Competition 2012 - winner project: housing developement

  • Danubiana park 2011 - award project: houseboat

  • Revitalisation of public space - student competition 2005 - award project: Landscaping around pedagogical museum

  • OAW international students competition 2005 - winner project: renovation of prefab houses in Bratislava

  • Porotherm Student competition 2004 - award project: Wine shop in Sv.Jur

Website:  http://www.ecocapsule.sk/

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It starts with this mission:  "We envision a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable".  That, beautifully said by The Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef, helps set a healthy diet for us and the beef industry.

So, the obvious question, and the focus of our interview with the former Director and co-host, Jim Murphy: how?  How can they, across the world, so improve the raising, feeding, distribution and sale of meat in a way that protects the environment and the health of 7 billion people?

You have to listen in to get most of the story, but we can tell you the origins of this wonderful idea came in the dryland farms of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Amazing terrain for cultivating an epiphany as far-reaching as The Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef has become in a few short years.  Great ideas happen everywhere, every day.

Once you listen to this fascinating segment, go out and buy smart and help Ruaradh and his group preserve and expand the very best model of raising cattle and delivering high-quality meat to hungry consumers.  

Guests Bio:

Ruaraidh Petre

Ruaraidh is Scot with a background in animal production and farm management; his early career was in commercial farming and ranching in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

He has an MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health from the Veterinary faculty in Edinburgh, and prior to that studied agriculture, also in Edinburgh, with specialisations in livestock.

After his time in farm management, he worked in India on dryland farming systems, followed by Pakistan and Afghanistan where he directed a veterinary training and support program covering much of Afghanistan.

He then moved to Netherlands, where he worked with a consulting firm securing financial support for agricultural investments in Africa, Asia and South America.

This was following by a move in 2007 to Southern Africa where he directed a regional farmer support programme, predominantly concerned with access to markets for small scale producers. At that time he became involved in the formation of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef from 2010 onwards and was the first president of the organisation until he left Southern Africa in 2012. He is now based in the Netherlands again and is the Executive Director of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.



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We first aired this show on traditional radio the same week we went up and covered Boston's huge eco-celebration on City Hall Plaza, Green Fest.

We were struck by the many similarities between building a word-class event, attended by many thousands of people, and building a world-class organization that endeavors to protect Canada's massive landscape.  

Both groups have done a fabulous job.  Nature's Conservancy, Canada, as reported to us by their Director of Communications, Andrew Holland, works in all ten provinces, is backed by 55,000 donors, some of whom live outside of Canada, and now protect 2.7 million acres.

In addition, they are aggressively growing and expanding with major river restoration projects and development of natural corridors for the movement of wildlife and building a tree-top hotel for birds.

What is heartening is that both groups are supported by us--all of us.  Thousands and millions of people working to restore the economic foundation of our natural assets.  That is a wonderful, warm part of the story you will hear on this show.

Guests Bio:

Andrew Holland currently shares a role within the Nature Conservancy of Canada as both the Director of Communications in the four Atlantic provinces as well as the organizations’ National Media Relations Manager.

With 26 years of experience in the media and communications, Holland reaches out to local journalists, news directors and assignment editors asking them to consider NCC's efforts for stories on the organization's habitat and species protection efforts. He also helps prepare articles and provide photos for NCC's publications, website and social media vehicles.

"NCC has bright, gifted staff who do a lot of interesting stuff in communities everywhere, protecting and restoring natural areas that people live near or grew up with. What is refreshing is that NCC's actively carries out its mission with people, engaging volunteers and partners," he said.

"Our activities are positive. We operate in a business like manner and given our track record, I feel NCC's effectiveness is unparalleled. As a non advocacy group, NCC is proactive and takes great care when commenting in the media and that prudent approach has served us well."

Prior to arriving at NCC, Holland was a public servant in both the federal and provincial governments. He was media spokesperson with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation during its largest construction programs (2008-2010).

Educated in broadcast journalism, Holland worked in radio, television and newspaper newsrooms from 1989 to 2003 as a reporter and broadcaster. He is past Secretary-Treasurer of the New Brunswick Legislative Press Gallery and was a regular commentator on American Hockey League telecasts.



Show Description:

We first aired this show on traditional radio the same week we went up and covered Boston's huge eco-celebration on City Hall Plaza, Green Fest.

We were struck by the many similarities between building a word-class event, attended by many thousands of people, and building a world-class organization that endeavors to protect Canada's massive landscape.  

Both groups have done a fabulous job.  Nature's Conservancy, Canada, as reported to us by their Director of Communications, Andrew Holland, works in all ten provinces, is backed by 55,000 donors, some of whom live outside of Canada, and now protect 2.7 million acres.

In addition, they are aggressively growing and expanding with major river restoration projects and development of natural corridors for the movement of wildlife and building a tree-top hotel for birds.

What is heartening is that both groups are supported by us--all of us.  Thousands and millions of people working to restore the economic foundation of our natural assets.  That is a wonderful, warm part of the story you will hear on this show.

Guests Bio:

Andrew Holland currently shares a role within the Nature Conservancy of Canada as both the Director of Communications in the four Atlantic provinces as well as the organizations’ National Media Relations Manager.

With 26 years of experience in the media and communications, Holland reaches out to local journalists, news directors and assignment editors asking them to consider NCC's efforts for stories on the organization's habitat and species protection efforts. He also helps prepare articles and provide photos for NCC's publications, website and social media vehicles.

"NCC has bright, gifted staff who do a lot of interesting stuff in communities everywhere, protecting and restoring natural areas that people live near or grew up with. What is refreshing is that NCC's actively carries out its mission with people, engaging volunteers and partners," he said.

"Our activities are positive. We operate in a business like manner and given our track record, I feel NCC's effectiveness is unparalleled. As a non advocacy group, NCC is proactive and takes great care when commenting in the media and that prudent approach has served us well."

Prior to arriving at NCC, Holland was a public servant in both the federal and provincial governments. He was media spokesperson with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation during its largest construction programs (2008-2010).

Educated in broadcast journalism, Holland worked in radio, television and newspaper newsrooms from 1989 to 2003 as a reporter and broadcaster. He is past Secretary-Treasurer of the New Brunswick Legislative Press Gallery and was a regular commentator on American Hockey League telecasts.



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ReNewable Now has a true affinity for the Volt.  It was the first hybrid we promoted, now five years ago, with an amazing weekend of test drives for our show listeners and viewers.  Back then everyone decided it was a great car.  Now, this Fall comes the 2016 version and we can't wait to get our hands on the new model

Michelle Malcho is the Communication Director for GM's Chevy Volt team and she, in this interview, did a great job of profiling the all new Chevy Volt--a unique hybrid that is jumping its all-electric miles and offering buyers a combine--electric and gas--almost 900 miles of travel on one tank (depending on local driving).  Amazing.

The Volt is getting better in every way, and you will all of that on this segment, and getting less expensive.  Yet, GM is pushing the Volt with a new car, the Chevy Bolt.  What is that?  Why?  Which car would you prefer and why?

Listen in to find out and get over to a Chevy dealer to test drive two cars that will make us feel good about driving into the future of clean highways.

Guests Bio:

Michelle Malcho is the Communication Manager for Chevrolet Volt. She has been with Volt team for the past four years. This fall Chevrolet will introduce the all-new 2016 Volt.  Just last week Chevrolet announced that the new 2016 Volt will have a 40% increase in range.  The EPA Label showcases the 53 mile range.



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How much creativity can you stuff into one old, remodeled 40,000 square foot building?  Well, if you are Green Town Labs, lots and lots and lots.

On this show we caught up with Elizabeth Barno and Mark Vasu, both of GTL and graduate and successful start-up owner, Andrew Campanella, and got a peek behind the scenes of one of the largest and most successful incubators in the US.

The question is, of course, why are they so good?  Is it the communities of Sommerville and Boston that heavily support them?  Perhaps.  Or, does it go the other way?  It might just be GTL igniting a great deal of success back into those cities.

Either way, what blossoms at GTL is outreach across the world for the best and brightest entrepreneurs, and a stunning home for those innovators so they can truly reach epic levels of accomplishments.

Now is a perfect time to start a company.  There is money to fund new ventures, universities to harness the IP of their inventions and homes like GTL to nurture them on their road to building world-class companies.

If you have a dream to own a company, know someone who does or just want to imagine the future world of triple-bottom line businesses, this is your segment to take home.

Guests Bio:

Mark Vasu, Executive Vice President, Greentown Labs

As Executive Vice President, Mark Vasu leads and supports revenue-generating activities that sustain and grow Greentown Labs. This includes managing corporate and strategic sponsors and recruiting and retaining member companies. He leads the effort to build the brand, visibility and partnerships vital to realizing the company mission as the nation’s largest hardware-based clean tech incubator. He also leads new initiatives with the Executive Director to strengthen Greentown Labs and the clean tech ecosystem locally, nationally and globally.

Prior to Greentown Labs, Mr. Vasu was the founder of PerCent Inc., a software company focused on reducing personal energy use and spending. He also founded and led CMV Marketing, a marketing and sustainable strategy consulting firm for social-purpose companies and high-performing social enterprises. He served in marketing and business development leadership roles in three other startup social enterprises that rolled out nationally: City Year, ChildrenFirst, and Jumpstart.

Elizabeth Barno, Community Manager, while finishing her degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Elizabeth became the first intern and employee of the fledgling Greentown Labs. She has helped grow and support the incubator ever since in a number of roles including: Marketing & Operations Associate and Community & Operations Manager. Today she keeps the entrepreneur community at Greentown Labs strong and vibrant, making sure members have their need set, so they can focus on developing their prototypes.

Andrew Campanella, CEO of Loci Controls, Andy has an S.M. in the System Design and Management program at MIT’s Sloan School, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He previously worked as a hardware engineer at Teradyne and as the first hire engineer at WiTricity Corporation, filling a key role during early growth. Andy is an inventor on over 50 US patents and applications related to control systems, power electronics, and wireless power transfer.



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Berkeley, CA and Berkeley University are known for many things including out-of-the box thinking.  This show showcases maybe there greatest moment of innovation.  Unbelievably, and in conjuration with the Department of Energy, Berkeley, through their Solar Energy Research Lab (SERC) is trying to perfect a technology that will allow large-scale absorption of carbon out of the air and re manufacture the emissions into new fuel.  Incredible concept and potential.

What is even more fascinating, and full of potential, is their use of solar energy to power the conversion back gas.

If all proves out, DOE and SERC will be licensing the IP into new Solar Fuel Plants.  These will be very big processing plants with lots of new jobs.  These plants could come on line very quickly.

Up until this show, most experts thought our best chance of taking carbon (mega levels) out of the air was around cavernous storage facilities.  This idea, though, eclipses storage potential in droves.  Getting solar fuel plants built to suck our current emissions out of the air and quickly recycling it into the market place opens amazing doors of transformation.

Is it possible that some day we may not feel so bad about our carbon footprint?  You listen and decide.

Guest Bio:

Dr. Houle is Department Head for the Science of Large Scale Systems in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and Senior Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her scientific interests are in the areas of mechanisms of surface and thin film chemical transformations, particularly at the nanoscale, investigated using both experimental and simulation techniques. She received the BA from the University of California at Irvine and the PhD from the California Institute of Technology, both in chemistry.  Prior to her current appointment she was a postdoctoral fellow at LBNL and the UC Berkeley Chemistry Department, Research Staff Member in the IBM Research Division in San Jose, California, Manager of Materials Development at InVisage Technologies, a startup company making nanoparticle-based image sensors, and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Chemical Sciences Division at LBNL. She has received numerous awards including the 2009 American Vacuum Society John A Thornton Memorial Award and Lecture, the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year, and the 1998 IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the AVS, and member of the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society. She has been active in professional service, and current service includes Vice Chair of the APS Panel on Public Affairs and Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee, APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics. She has over 130 publications and 28 US patents.



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Berkeley, CA and Berkeley University are known for many things, including outside-the-box thinking.  This show showcases what might be their greatest moment of innovation.  In conjunction with the Department of Energy, Berkeley, through their Solar Energy Research Lab (SERC) is trying to perfect a technology that will allow large-scale absorption of carbon out of the air and re-manufacture the emissions into new fuel.  This concept has incredible potential.

What is even more fascinating, and full of potential, is their use of solar energy to power the conversion back to gas.

If all proves out, DOE and SERC will be licensing the IP into new Solar Fuel Plants. These will be very big processing plants with lots of new jobs and could come on line very quickly.

Up until this show, most experts thought our best chance of taking carbon (mega levels) out of the air was around cavernous storage facilities. This idea, though, eclipses storage potential in droves.  Getting solar fuel plants built to suck our current emissions out of the air and quickly recycling it into the market place opens amazing doors of transformation.

Is it possible that some day we may not feel so bad about our carbon footprint?  You listen and decide.



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We focus a lot on transpiration changes.  Bikes, as we've been reporting, are evolving- using different materials, sharing more smart streets around major cities and going electric.  We see countless innovations around add-ons and apps that bike riders and sharers now use.

Adding to this long list of accomplishments is Velo LAB'S amazing new solar-powered lock--SKYLOCK.  Velo LABS is brand new, created by Jack Al-Kahwati, and just getting SKYLOCK to market.

How will SKYLOCK change the biking world?  Why do they power with solar?  How does their Blue Tooth technology forever change how you secure bikes?

We asked all that and much more on this segment with Jack.  This SF-based start up is going to crash the party and sell a lot of game-changing locks.  Whether you bike or not, you will this story of a very smart engineer, who worked for great companies like Sikorsky Aircraft, BAE Systems and Boeing, took that experience and knowledge, and at a very early age, threw it into a new company that will be selling us products for decades to come.  We love it;  one more great example of the business side of green.



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Tesla is helping to reshape automobiles and driving.  As if that is not enough, Elon Musk is now using his electric storage capability to transform houses in Vermont into mini micro grids.  Amazing.

Green Mountain Power is a very smart utility company. Its CEO, Mary Powell, proved that a few months ago when she sat down with us for an interview.  It is a true leader in producing, distributing and now storing energy as it powers 70% of Vermont's electric needs.

Josh Castonguay,  Director of Strategic Products and Services, worked two years to bring Tesla's smaller electric storage units to GMP's customers.  When that moment happens this fall, it will be a true milestone in our quest to build smart grids here in the US and around the world.  You don't have to wait for that moment to come.  You get to experience right here on this 30-minute segment from ReNewable Now.



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It all starts with a vision.  What will the city of the future look like?  Will it survive environmental and economic pressures?  What does good, municipal government look like when you start to shape a city for the next century?

Robert Azar is Deputy Director of Planning and Development in Providence, Rhode Island.  He, along with a staff of 42 and budget of 4.7mm, just finished rezoning Providence and, in doing so, won a major award for achievement from Grow Smart.  We'd say they must have done a pretty good job to garner such high honors.

Zoning a city involves design and use by a multitude of stake holders--residents, businesses of every size and shape, visiting college kids who blanket the city each fall, car, buses, and even, potentially, a new trolley system.  Robert and his team must create a blue print that fosters growth but protects Providence's renowned quality of life.

Along with co-host, Seth Handy, we find out in this 30 minute segment what a city might look like when sustainability and resilience are the driving goals.  We think Providence has a very bright future. Now, you decide.

Guest Bio:

Robert E. Azar is the Deputy Director of the City of Providence’s Department of Planning and Development. He chairs the Rhode Island State Planning Council’s Technical Committee, and is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Urban Studies at Brown University.

Mr. Azar authored new zoning regulations for Downtown and the land made available through the relocation of Interstate 195 and co-managed the recent rezoning of the entire city. He led the planning effort to revitalize Kennedy Plaza as Providence’s premier Downtown civic space, and is currently heading a project to improve Downtown traffic circulation for all modes of transportation.

Mr. Azar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island. He lives in Providence with his wife and two sons.



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Traditional entrepreneurs, those mighty dreamers who take the helm of a start-up company, have been the backbone of our economy for many years.  They are envied and respected,  If all goes well, they enjoy many years of success.

Great story, right?  Inspirational?  But, what if you could be much more than that?  What if you could create jobs and commerce at the same time as helping to save the planet?

We think that is truly inspirational.  That is why we so enjoyed interviewing Executive Director, Bob Keefe, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) who has led many companies to such lofty victories.

Bob used his skills as a writer, reporter and tech specialist to create a whole new way of grooming business owners.  His passion, knowledge and leadership swirl across the air waves as we talk to him about today's battles to balance the environment and economy and shape a whole new world.

His organization has helped spur 1700 new companies and 500,000 new jobs.  Need we say more?  Bob and his team at E2 are the essence of the business side of green, and we are honored to bring them to you.

Guest Bio:

Bob Keefe is executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Before joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as a business, technology and political journalist, serving as a national correspondent for Cox Newspapers/Cox News Service; as Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as an investigative business reporter for the St. Petersburg (Fla) Times and as technology editor for the Austin (TX) American-Statesman. In addition to growing up in his family's business, Bob co-founded a technology news Web site and has co-authored or edited several business-related books. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.  



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The next time you sip that sweet brew at your favorite coffee shop (in your reusable cup, of course!), contemplate the potential of that same sugar being collected into a biomass and converted to hydrogen as a fuel for our gas stations.  Thanks to Dr. Joe Rollin and his team at Virginia Tech, the road to perfecting not only the science but the economics of making the process commercially viable is on a fast track.

As you will hear in this segment, there's hesitation across the globe on introducing hydrogen as a main stream fueling product.  It is, as produced today, a fossil fuel supply.  It will be costly, and possibly create environmental damage, to build infrastructure to deliver the fuel in large qualities.

All that changes with the work of Dr. Rollin and his team.  Hydrogen will be produced locally using biomass sugars.  It will be a renewable fuel, clean (the emission is water) and produce local jobs and income.  All of the doubts will dissipate like the emissions we will eliminate.

Hydrogen, if this process makes it through Stage 2 R & D and reaches the market, will become a part of our clean energy future.  We've toyed with hydrogen for cars and buildings--through fuel cells--for many years.  CA has worked through obstacles better than most.  Will CA be a big winner in this launch of a bio-produced hydrogen fuel?  Listen in to find out.

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What a beautiful title to a show.  This comes from Pope Benedict through Pope Francis as our current "Papa" in Rome brings us a new encyclical that culminates years of the Church's work on man's God-given responsibility to protect our world.

Bill Patenaude, our guest, is a renowned expert on the intersection of faith and environmental protection.  Unlike many writers, Bill did not misinterpret the Pope's intent behind this latest edict.  Though the Pope mentions climate change, this is not a statement on that.  This is a call to action from Pope Francis for mankind to stop over consuming, to stop living selfishly to stop our greed and avarice.  This is his mandate to treasure the real gifts in life and to pass them, unspoiled or destroyed, to the next generation.

The Pope makes clear, as does Bill, this is not a Catholic issue.  Our call to save the planet resounds to every religious sect, every country, every state, every community, every person.  The Rhythm of The Love Story Between God and Man could not be more beautiful or enduring as it is when our divine mission includes love and preservation of Mother Earth.

Enjoy a great show for the soul.

Bio., Bill Patenaude:

Bill Patenaude is an engineer (URI, '86) and holds a Master of Arts in theology (Providence College, '11). He is a 26-year employee with Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management, for which he has received numerous state and federal awards. He has been speaking and writing about the Catholic perspective of ecology since 2004, most especially at The Rhode Island Catholic.

Bill has served as a special lecturer in theology at Providence College and writes for national publications, including Catholic World Report,Ignatius Insights, and Earth Island Journal. He's provided analysis forThe National Catholic Register, the Catholic News Agency, Associated Press, National Geographic, The Boston Globe/Crux, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Website:  catholicclimatemovement.global

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We know lots of big trucks run along side you on our roads. Without them, most of our retail operations would shut down, including where you buy your food.  They are integral to our transportation world and global economy.

Of course, they are major air polluters as well.  That is why it is so good to hear, as you will in this segment with EPA's head of Transportation and Climate, Karl Simon, that fleets are quickly reducing emissions.  With the help of many innovative government programs, trucks are quickly cutting fuel use.  They are shutting down engines when not driving.  They are adding renewable energy to their tractors and trailers.  They are going hybrid and electric.  And, they are buying alternative fuels like biofuels and hydrogen.

The US has come a long way since passing the first Clean Air Act.  Add on legislation has pushed clean-air standards to an all-time high.  Yet, the fight for clean air has just started.  With the help innovators like Karl Simon, trucks will get smarter, more efficient and bring better earnings to drivers and fleet owners while restoring a major part of our eco-system.  Can the environment and economy co-exists?  Listen and decide for yourself.

Bio., Mr. Karl Simon, Director EPA'S Transportation
and Climate
Division :

Mr. Simon is the Director of the Transportation and Climate Division of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  His portfolio includes work with renewable fuels, voluntary programs like Smartway, and modeling and forecasting of mobile source emissions trends.  He previously served as Director of the Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division, where he was responsible for managing the certification, registration and compliance activities associated with all engines and fuels sold in the United States.  Some of the major activities he has been extensively involved in are the 2004 Clean Nonroad Engine and Fuel Program, the National LEV program, and the Renewable Fuels Programs.  He also works on international mobile source harmonization issues.  Previously, he was the Assistant Director for the Office, worked in the mobile source recall branch at EPA, and the submarine construction and design division at Newport News Ship building and Dry Dock Company.

Website:  EPA.gov

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Wow, the food industry, as we've seen on past shows and on our daily blog, is changing at lightening speed.  In its blazing return to past practices, food is getting local, grown with little water and pesticides, adding nutrients back to the plants and soils and growing in places never seen before.

Here's a perfect example of the new world of agriculture.  Meet Brad McNamara, Co-Founder and CEO of Freight Farms in Boston.  Brad, as you will soon find out, is very bright, creative, and dedicated to feeding the world while unburdening our lands.

Freight Farms recycles overseas containers into farms.  Those farms are then planted into both urban and rural settings.  They help farmers be more efficient and create mini-farms in needy communities.  They demand little energy and water, yet harvest up to 6000 plants per growing season, putting fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables into schools, hospitals and homes.

Remarkable progress is happening all over the world.  None more than in the Northeast of the US.  Listen in and be amazed as you hear the story of Freight Farms.

Awards Brad McNamara:

Brad McNamara is the CEO and co-founder of Freight Farms, an agriculture technology company that provides tools for a more sustainable and connected food system. Brad and his co-founder developed their flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, to allow any business to grow a high-volume of fresh produce in any environment regardless of the climate. He has big expectations for the future, envisioning Freight Farms scattered across the globe making a dramatic impact on how food is produced. Brad has an MBA and Masters in Environmental Science from Clark University. Follow him on twitter at @CarFreeBrad.

Website:  freightfarms.com

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When you fly over Colorado, you see and feel the majestic, powerful beauty of the Western part of the US.  Fly over that mountain range a thousand times, and you will be awed and humbled a thousand times.

Next time, though, make sure you stop in Denver and fly into the Denver International Airport (DIA).  Thanks to our guest, Scott Morrissey, their Director of Environmental Services, and the talented team at DIA, their hub is world class in their dedication to serving the traveling public and protecting the beauty that surrounds them.

DIA is, without question, a leader in aviation sustainability and adaptation to positive change--from clean energy systems to composting, water preservation systems, limited use of deicing (and recycling) fluids, less idling and better fueling solutions for planes, reduced diesel use in and around the airport, paper reducing efforts and, now, signing on to an international standard of further environmental protection and airport reduction of waste standards.

All the while DIA has grown to the 5th largest airport in the US, handling 53 million passengers a year, covering 34,000 miles and 1500 flights per day.  They have flown down two concurrent runways--profitable business growth with cleaner, safer, eco-friendly operations and a renewed respect for serving the whole community, including reducing their environmental burden on all.

DIA just celebrated 20 years of balancing their business growth with their flight of green leadership.  This segments tells their marvelous story and inspires travelers around the world to do the same.

About Scott Morrissey:

Scott Morrissey is the Director of Environmental Programs at Denver International Airport, responsible for DEN environmental operations and strategic management of the Environmental Services section.  His key focus areas include developing and improving systems that ensure the cost-effective achievement of all regulatory compliance requirements and sustainability goals.

He previously served as the Operations and Programs Director for the State of Colorado’s Energy Office, as Deputy Director of Greenprint Denver, a comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative housed in the Mayor’s Office, and as a financial management analyst in Denver’s Finance Department.

Scott attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a BA and MPA with concentrations in environmental management.

Website:  http://www.flydenver.com/


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Most of us, in all honesty, would say "No."  Either we are too busy, afraid to mix God and business, or run companies the old fashion way--without a heart and soul, with a single focus of making money.  What a shame.

Thanks to Chuck Proudfit and his consulting company, Skill Source, along with a sister non-profit, At Work on Purpose, God is streaming back into our offices and work places.  Companies are fast adopting a three-legged mission--economic, social and faith.  Doing so brings unlimited success to these ventures.  Learning to give back more than you take is the first step towards filling the true needs of customers, employees and the community.

Oh, and by the way, as you will discover here, all that brings historic financial and operational success.

Is there a true triple-bottom-line win?  As they say, all things are possible with God.  Today, as you listen to Chuck, you will feel diving inspiration and passion.

About Chuck  Proudfit:

Chuck Proudfit: SKILLSOURCE® was founded by Chuck Proudfit, on a kitchen table with little more than a personal computer and a file folder. Armed with a business degree from Harvard University, and a diversity of industry-leading expertise from employment at Procter & Gamble, The Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and LensCrafters Corporation, Chuck is the essence of a servant leader.

Website:  http://atworkonpurpose.org/

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Normally, we imagine everything in Texas being big.  We hear J. R Ewing from Dallas fame ringing in our airs as he exploits gas and oil.  Some of their cities dwarf other states in both population and size.

Leave it to ReNewable Now, though, to find a wonderful, small city in Texas that thinks big in terms of sustainability.  That place is Georgetown, Texas, led by Jim Briggs, Interim City Manager who came to the job after running their municipal utility company.

What Jim brings to the job, given his years on the grid side, is a keen understanding of how to power a city in today's volatile energy world.  Reaching out to Sun Edison to come in and build a utility-scale solar plant, Georgetown is on its way to quickly becoming one of the first cities in the US to use 100% clean energy.

But, what does that mean to their citizens?  Does it fix their electricity costs for years to come?  Does it bring money and jobs back to their community?  Does it provide their grid with more resilience should other sources of  power get cut off?

There's only one way to find the answer to these questions, and many more--listen in as our co-host, Jack Gregg and I go behind the scenes and show you what it takes for a city to cut the cord on oil and gas.

About Jim Briggs:

Jim has served as the City’s Director of Community Owned Utilities and as Assistant City Manager over 26 years, until 2012 when he was promoted to the position of General Manager of Georgetown Utility Systems.  Responsible for the strategic planning for the utility, Jim has guided the utility through years of high growth as well as times of economic recession; each economic period with its own complexities and challenges.

Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Agricultural Engineering in Mechanized Systems.  Jim has earned his certification as a Certified Water Operator and as a Public Power Executive from the American Public Power Association.  Jim serves currently as a board member and past President of the Texas Public Power Association and the Association of Wholesale Customers of the Lower Colorado River Authority.  He also serves as Treasurer to Public Power Incorporated Affiliate of American Public Power Association.

Website:  Georgetown, Texas

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How refreshing that a guest, in this case, Howard Schacter, Director of Engineering for Petro-Cycle Solutions, candidly admits that he spent the first 22 years of his career "crapping" up the environment.  Then happily goes on to say he has spent an equal time "uncrapping" the ecological damage.  What an epiphany.  

Howard has built an award-wining company that creates, and sells amazing, compact units that can recycle billions of gallons of water and allow their reuse on site to industries worldwide.  His range of projects is staggering.  His innovation, insight, practical application and solutions have clearly "uncrapped" many potential damaging fracking and mining work sites.

Along with our Boston co-host, Jack Gregg, we spend an hour with a pioneer who has offered redemption to many great clients.  What becomes crystal clear during the interview is that even very dirty jobs, and very dirty sites, can use technology to substantially mitigate their impact on our natural resources.

About Howard Schachter:

Howard Schachter grew up working in the Steel Mill area of South Chicago and earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and did graduate work at Illinois Institute of Technology.

After two years in the military, Howard spent the next forty-two years in the Metal Working and Industrial marketplace with the first twenty-five years, as an extractive metallurgist and manufacturer of precious and base metal alloys and the last eighteen years shifted much of his attention to wastewater and solid waste remediation and recycling for the same industries, when EPA pressure threatened closure to many facilities, with The Clean Water Act of 1979.

Today, as Senior Consultant to Hydra-Met Consulting and Petro-Cycle Solutions LLC., Mr. Schachter, while still maintaining an active metallurgical consulting role, he lays claim to having designed and installed over two hundred wastewater recycle systems, functioning in commerce and industry in the USA. However, his designs can be found on board ship, as far reaching as the British Navy, a landfill-leachate waste site in Thailand, a silver recovery facility in South America, and a precious metal quality-control system in Saudi Arabia.  He laid the groundwork for the first resource-recovery system in 1983, as Technical Advisor to the Peoples Republic of China, and has a prototype membrane and ion exchange system currently being evaluated for industrial remediation in both Jewelry and Tanning facilities in India.

Schachter has maintained a close tie to the mining industry with activity in the Nevada desert, and currently engaged as a consultant to First Global Trade Corp assisting with their mining ties in The Phillipines, Australia and Africa.

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We meet remarkable people and bring them to you.  Today, we bring you a heart-warming story of compassion, recovery, sharing, and turning waste into food supply, all of which comes from some of the great college campuses in the US.

Camila Pascual is one of the founders, along with other wonderful, generous college students, of the Food Recovery Network.  In a very simple change that is easily adaptable for many of us, Camila and her team took over flowing food from school cafeterias, food getting thrown away, and rerouted it to hungry people in surrounding communities.

The Food Recovery Network, in a few short years, has funneled millions of pounds of cooked food, presenting, at most schools, 40% of what is prepared, to hungry families.  They now operate 8 chapters.  Their story is inspiring in so many ways.  We hope it inspires kids around the world to use school and their education as a means of bringing social solutions to our world.  Now that is an amazing education and the beginnings of an incredible legacy.

About Camila  Pascual:

Cam is co-founder of Food Recovery Network and former co-president of the Food Recovery Network’s inaugural chapter at the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park. She currently splits her time working with FRN National on Development and Fund raising, working at the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary at the Department of State, and going to UMD where she studies Biology and International Development and Conflict Management. Previously Cam worked in Bursa, Turkey studying bees thanks to the National Science Foundation, and was the Program Coordinator of Health Leads, a national nonprofit focused on addressing the social determinants of health in low-income families. Above all, she can’t stand good food going to waste while so many people are food insecure.



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How much do you know about Nigeria?  We know that there are many misconceptions, even misinformation, swirling around regarding this country.  So, we ask for the truth- what is the one problem they face that could crush their booming economy?

In this segment, we find out that their landmine, as told by our two experts, Viola Ebonieway and Micheal Tosin Adesanwo, is waste.  Garbage  is overflowing their landfills and landscapes.  Waste is clogging and defiling their cities, threatening their human health.

Fortunately, there are wonderful people like Viola and Mike working on solutions.  Solutions that will bring decades of environmental and economic benefits.  Listen in as we talk to Michael in Lagos and Viola in our Providence studios as we discuss the future of this very powerful nation that we hope continues to play  a very important role in building the African continent.

About Viola Ebonieway:

Viola Egbuniwe is President and CEO of Zarephath Systems, LLC, a renewable energy startup, seeking to bring waste-to-energy technologies to West Africa.  Ms. Egbuniwe is a scientist, specializing in biology, microbiology, and environmental sciences.  Ms. Egbuniwe has developed a unique pedagogy in her respective disciplines and has developed and taught curriculums for all education levels, including college and secondary levels.   Ms. Egbuniwe has devoted several years to researching and tracking developments in waste-to-energy technologies and has been an active participant in innovation networks for renewable energy.  Ms. Egbuniwe’s interest in renewable energy was inspired by her search for adequate electricity to power a food processing plant in Nigeria, where she was born.  Her research on food microbiology ultimately led her to investigate waste-to-energy options.  Ms. Egbuniwe has a deep and abiding belief in the compatibility of these technologies with the landscape of Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.

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It is amazing to us how much talent, creativity and entrepreneurial zeal is bubbling over around the world.  But, how do those budding start ups get to market?  Who funds ideas and ambitions?

In the case of CA, we are happy to report and bring you first hand in this great show, The Durfee Foundation is doing just that in LA and SoCal.  Using individual grants, fellowships, and funding into very grass-roots organizations, Durfee has a long and distinguished history of financing new initiatives around arts, education, new companies, creating great non-profits and, very often now, investing in sustainable changes for our world.

Esther Y. Kang is their Program Manager and we spent a very enjoyable hour with her, as you will, getting insight into their inception (wonderful stories about their founders), updates on their many successful projects and an exchange of ideas on how to build a cleaner, brighter future for CA and the world.

About Esther Y. Kang:

Esther Y. Kang is the Manager of Program and Organizational Development at The Durfee Foundation, which focuses on individuals by providing fellowships, grants to new grassroots organizations with dynamic leadership and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders.  Prior to working for the foundation, Esther worked in arts management, first with The Art Institute of Chicago, and later with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Esther is the Founding Chair of a mentorship program for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s Los Angeles Chapter, and also served as Co-Chair of the chapter for several years. She has also served as an Advisory Council Member at Youth Speak Collective, and Advisor to Art Center College of Design where she was Adjunct Faculty.

Esther received her BFA in photography and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Website:  http://durfee.org/

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Take the test as you listen to this divine interview with Ex-Dir Yonatan Neril of The Interfaith Center as he speaks with us from Israel.  Pass or fail, and we hope you pass now or in the future, you will be filled with spiritual energy inspiring you to save the planet as you listen to this extraordinary discussion interconnecting God and sustainability.

The day has come when, thanks to Yonatan and 50,000 people just like him, we see solar lights illuminating the Wailing Wall, eco-friendly converts marching throughout the Holy Land, and see hope in their faith.

What is the greatest current challenge to mankind?  How do we overcome it?  This are just a few of the questions that Yonatan answered so well using illustrations, stories, metaphors, and, like great spiritual teachers and leaders, left us with lessons to apply to our lives.

Do you want to light up the world with your faith in the world's transformation to a clean, healthy future?  Listen in and be inspired and filled with faith and hope.

About Rabbi Yonatan Neril:

Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founded and directs the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. A native of California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment, and organized two interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem in which religious leaders of several faiths spoke. He is the lead author and general editor of two publications on Jewish environmental ethics including Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment and was a Dorot and PresenTense Fellow. He lives with his wife, Shana, and two children in Jerusalem.

Website:  www.interfaithsustain.com

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We know New York and NYC have led the way, in many ways, on using changes in public policy to steer positive economic and environmental goals.  We see it again here as our guest, Richard Sedano, Principal and US Program Director of RAP, tells us the story of how NY is leading the nation again, this time in   working with grid operators to fashion a much smarter electrical system to serve future needs.

There is a lot of talk now, which is very timely and positive, on decoupling--taking away the direct links--between economic growth and production of traditional fuel sources.  We've accepted now that there are better ways to propel our commerce.  NY is stripping down their existing system, built over the last century, to salvage good parts and replace the bad.

States like NY are setting aggressive goals in cutting dependence on fossil fuel, and migrating quickly to clean energy and clean tech solutions.  These changes will provide better energy to you and your family.  Listen in  as we learn how to support a massive shift that will go down in the history books as the next great industrial revolution.

About Richard Sedano:

Richard Sedano is director of RAP's U.S. programs. He advises state commissions and other decision-makers, often working with them in workshop settings, on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, smart grid, transmission, and wholesale electric market issues. Mr. Sedano is also engaged in several projects that address the “power sector of the future.” In December 2012, he was elected to RAP's board of directors.

Website: www.raponline.org

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It is great to back up to VT to further the conversation around carbon pricing and the pros/cons of using taxes to shift money around inside a state or federal economy.

Ben Walsh, Energy Climate Director for Vermont Public Interest Group does a great job here of outlining the issues, why Vermont, among many other states, is contemplating such a levy--not popular with many sectors, of course--and, when the dust settles, and the money is generated on gas/fuel prices while injected into the green economy, who wins and  who loses.

As Ben aptly points out, as did reps in RI when we looked at similar legislation there, Holland has successfully implemented carbon pricing laws.  They show reductions in fossil fuel purchases, better investments in clean energy, lower emissions and, many added jobs in their green economy.  Of course, what works there, may or may not be transferable to New England and the US.

Keep in mind this mimics talks on the federal level as well.  This is a hot subject.  This is a turning point in migrating from a fossil-fuel economy to a clean-energy one.  This is, depending on your view, government at its best or worst.

Regardless of how you come down on the subject, you will find this discussion fascinating, insightful and worthy of lots more discussion and debate.  Let's get this legislation right, whether in RI, VT the US or anywhere in the world.

Our future depends on critical decisions like this one.

About Ben Walsh:

Ben Walsh worked with VPIRG since 2009, first directing VPIRG'S summer Canvas Office and then working as VPIRG'S Field Director. In both these roles, Ben engaged and mobilized thousands of Vermonters in support of clean energy future. Prior to coming on board the VPIRG team, Ben worked with National Environment Trust, Environment America and the Oregon National Desert Association. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2007, and from Green Corp & Field School for environmental organization in 2008. At Vermont VPIRG, Ben works with VPIRG'S Clean Energy Program Director, research, identify and advance clean energy policy solutions in the State House.

Website: vpirg.org

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Most of us own homes or live in condos or apartments that have surrounding land, and many of us who contribute to ReNewable Now have commercial offices as well.  As you listen to this segment with Laurie Davis Adams, Executive Director of SF-based Pollinators Partnership, you will be shocked, but also delighted, in recognizing that our land can be, with a few simple changes, a true sanctuary for bees and other pollinators, which are so critical to our ecological survival --think food-- and other wildlife.

Laurie's group, using every tool imaginable, including great partnerships with businesses, is dedicated to the health of all pollinating animal species.  They do this through programs like the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, BeeSmart Pollinator Gardener, and Business for Bees and they teach us how to use their protected species as windows in conservation efforts.  They have worked around the world, with great companies, even helping Boeing clean up two superfund contaminated sites that now house amazing habitats for wildlife.

Laurie is a former film maker and she paints a beautiful story for us on an organization that brings new life to our over developed land and let's us, collectively, bring many new assets to the fight to restore environmental balance while expanding business horizons and forming amazing new collaboratives.

About Laurie Davies Adams:

Laurie Davies Adams is the Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership, (www.pollinator.org) where for 18 years she has directed the forward progress of the world’s largest nonprofit organization that is devoted solely to the health of all pollinating animal species.

Ms. Adams has presided over the growth of the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and its signature initiatives, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC is found at www.nappc.org), Global Pollinator Week, and Eco-regional specific planting guides for the continental U.S. The guides have been also converted into the free smart phone app, the BeeSmart™ Pollinator Gardener that gives zip code specific lists of planting guides to attract pollinators to gardens, farms, and corporate landscapes..  NAPPC has over 140 major organizations representing all pollinator stakeholders including the major figures in pollinator science, private industry, government agencies, conservation groups, and academia in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  She has signed agreements for Pollinator Partnership with U.S. federal agencies that influence over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation.

Global Pollinator Week, which has garnered the annual support of over 40 governors who sign their own proclamations joining the US Sec. of Agriculture and the US Secretary of the Interior, had in 2013 over 1200 events during this celebratory and informative week across North America and the world.

Website: www.pollinator.org

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New Mexico is a pretty quiet state, often overlooked for their growth, diversity of resources and strategic importance to the US, including hosting many important national labs of research and science and military basis.  But, it is a critical piece to our Western grid system that provides back up and support to CA and many other centers of commerce.

It is not surprising, then, that one of its major grids, PNM Resources, serving over a quarter of New Mexico's citizens, is absolutely dedicated to protecting the environment and human health as it delivers a great deal of clean energy to its customers.  The story is told to us by Pat O'Connell, a civil engineer and  Director of Resources planning for this fast-changing power producer.

Clearly, though, Pat still has work to do to reduce PNM Resources' dependence on coal and meet ever changing EPA standards that will help remove the haze from their cities.  Its push into solar, wind, and even geothermal is financed by new elements and important components in our green economy--carbon taxes and cap and trade policies.

New Mexico is a beautiful place, a wonderful haven for tourists.  But those tourists want to see sunsets from their mountain peaks.  Join us as we explore how the team at PNM will help clean the air and bring new energy to a wonderful state.

About Patricia K. Collawn:

Pat Vincent-Collawn is Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources, the parent company of PNM and TNMP.

Pat has more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry. Before joining PNM Resources in 2007, Pat served as President and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy.

Business Experience

PNM Resources

  • Chairman, President and CEO
  • President and COO
  • Utilities President

Xcel Energy

  • President and CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado
  • President, Customer and Field Operations
  • President, Retail Services
  • Vice President, Marketing and Sales

Community Activities

  • Kirtland Partnership Committee, Chair
  • Wells Fargo of New Mexico, Community Board Member
  • Economic Forum of Albuquerque, Member
  • Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair
  • United Way of Central New Mexico, Past Chair

Professional Affiliations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Electric Power Research Institute, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS), Board of Directors


  • Harvard University, Master of Business Administration
  • Drake University, Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism

Website: www.pnmresources.com

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Our guest, Meg Voohres, Director of Research and Operations for the Forum on Sustainable/Responsible Investing, co-wrote a book on what she called "The Sweatshop Quandry."  In essence, she saw shipping jobs overseas to areas  that paid people at a poverty level for their work a microcosm of the business world's struggle to balance financial gain with having a social conscious and a commitment to high corporate social responsibility standards.

That book was written in 1998.  Since then, we've seen incredible growth in a healthier, more giving corporate world, and have seen that trend somewhat dictated by savvy investors who will no longer put money with managers who fail to serve the community while making money for their shareholders.

Meg's group issues what is now the flagship report on sustainable-themed funds.  Those funds have grown, in a very short time, to a powerful pool of 7.7 trillion dollars that now reward great social companies.

The members and supporters of her Forum are putting their money where their mouth is by helping to finance a low-carbon economy, reduction in risks of climate change, non-discrimination policies and fair-wage balance for our global economy, not just here in the US. Are you?

Listen in and find out how you can help better shape the world for future workers, companies and generations by advocating that your pension money and reserves follow the 7.7 trillion already invested in green-themed funds.

About Meg Voorhes :

Meg Voorhes, Director of Research and Operations/Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investments

Meg heads up our research department and leads the production of our biennial, flagship report, Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States.  

Prior to joining the US SIF staff, Meg directed environmental, social and governance research for RiskMetrics Group’s Financial Research and Analysis division.  There, her duties included editing Corporate Social Issues Reporter, a monthly journal, and heading the firm’s Sustainability Task Force.  For much of her career at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), which the Institutional Shareholder Service unit of RiskMetrics Group acquired in 2005, Meg specialized in issues related to multinational investment in South Africa.  From 1990 through 1996, she directed IRRC’s Southern Africa Service.   In 1997, Meg was tapped to direct IRRC’s Social Issues Service, where she coordinated the organization’s research on the environmental, human rights and other social issues raised by shareholders at U.S. companies.  She co-edited the 1998 book, The Sweatshop Quandary:  Corporate Responsibility on the Global Frontier.  From 2001 through 2003, Meg served as a judge for Social Accountability International’s Corporate Conscience Award.  She served on the board of US SIF from 2006 to 2008 and on Wesleyan University's Committee on Investor Responsibility from 2010 to 2012.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned a Master of International Public Policy degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Website: www.ussif.org

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Dr. Sandra M. Matheson has an incredible resume:  She is a life-long farmer, retired veterinarian, educator, filmmaker, speaker and best-selling author.  And, she is the President of the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management, and spends her time teaching farmers and many others the "art" of business success. Amazing.

Along with co-host, Jim Murphy, we spent an hour with this fascinating innovator, to find out not only what drives her, but how she imparts that knowledge and passion into others.  The Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management, which the Savory Institute helped create, is a framework- a home for making decisions that helps us deal with the complexities of humans, the environment, and finances.  Of course, Renewable Now is the same, and we welcome Dr. Matheson and her family to ours as we share her expertise and insight with our global audience.

About Dr. Sandra M. Matheson :

Dr. Sandra M. Matheson is a life-long farmer, educator, filmmaker, author, speaker, and retired veterinarian. She lives and ranches in Bellingham, Washington where she runs a cow/calf operation and grass fed beef business. Sandra was a participant in the five-year Washington State University IFS Holistic Management Project. She also completed the intensive two-year training to become a Certified Educator and Accredited Consultant/Field Professional in Holistic Management. She is certified as a facilitator by Consensus Associates. Sandra been trained in personal development, leadership, consensus building, public speaking, facilitation, cross-cultural skills, rural community development, and the holistic approach to management of natural resources, people, and finances. She has worked throughout Washington and the United States presenting, teaching, and facilitating various aspects of agriculture, holistic management and consensus building. Currently she serves as the President of the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management, Managing Change Northwest and Acting President of the North Cascade Meat Producer’s Cooperative. Sandra is a co-owner of Raincrow Film where she is a documentary filmmaker specializing in the areas of agriculture, sustainability, and social change. She recently co-authored a #1 Bestselling book “The Art and Science of Success” along with Mark Morris and many other bestselling authors. She is the mother of two grown daughters and is a grandmother of two.

Website: pnchm.org/

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Hard to imagine, until you listen to this segment with Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forest for a wonderful, long-standing non-profit, American Forests, how forest and urban settings go together.  Yet, American Forests, after protecting our natural resources for many decades, sees the perfect fit between a canopy of trees, long stretches of grass, robust parks, tiny neighborhood gardens and our city centers.  We should, too.

Cities are overcrowded, and we severely burden their infrastructure and ability to sustain a large, demanding population.  Yet, protecting watersheds, sometimes many miles away, using vegetation to control flooding while protecting clean water, and pushing high standards of biodiversity all bring high quality of life to our cities.  Those cities include Miami, Oakland, Detroit and Washington DC, and include imaginative programs like Relieve (meaning, ReLeaf).

Around the work of American Forests, we see the many social-economic issues potentially balanced and improved by sustainability. With Seth Handy, our radio co-host and terrific environmental lawyer, we ask Ian to draw all of us into the wonderful world of American Forests and see first hand their work of laying a new, lush canopy across our urban landscape.

About Ian Leahy :

Ian is focused on developing innovative American Forests programs that help communities better improve and manage their urban forest assets over the long-term. Before joining the organization in 2014, Ian worked throughout the urban forestry field in nonprofit, municipal operations and state government roles, in addition to being a landscape design and installation business owner in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He most recently served as the State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the District of Columbia. Before that he worked as an urban forestry instructor for Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and Parks and as the Managing Editor of the publication Communities and Forests. After studying Natural Resource Policy and Management at Cornell University, Ian’s first job was at American Forests, implementing community-based forestry initiatives nationwide.


The history and power of Earth Day 

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How do you get 1 billion to act in faith and spirit the same day every year for 40 years?  How do you harness that energy and devotion into daily action?  How do you inspire the world to build a cleaner, brighter future?

The Earth Day Network has done that since the 1970s.  Now led by Kathleen Rogers, our guest,  this ground-breaking group, with a long and illustrious history, helps the world plant a billion trees, inspires us into millions of acts of green, and quietly helps lead businesses and employees into an emerging green economy.

In a wide-ranging interview, Kathleen tells us how political unison, linking Republicans and Democrats, motivated by the anti-war movement, helped give birth to Earth Day.  Led back then by young Dennis Hayes, their DC-based group quickly helped push much needed environmental legislation-laws that today continue to help govern us.

Their dedication to educating the world on crafting a sustainable world has never wavered, as you are about to learn.

Enjoy this segment as you reflect on, as we did, a moment in time that changed the world and is remembered every April.

About Kathleen Rogers :
Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on international and domestic environmental public policy and law.

Kathleen has held senior positions with the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Law Institute, and two U.S. Olympic Organizing Committees. She has also worked for Garth Associates in New York City and the Beveridge & Diamond law firm, where she developed a white collar environmental crime defense practice. Kathleen was editor-in-chief of the University of California at Davis Law Review, and clerked for the Honorable John Pratt at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She also worked with the U.S. Delegation at the United Nations Conference on Women.

During her tenure as Chief Wildlife Counsel for the National Audubon Society, Kathleen directed several programs, including its international trade, migratory species, and biodiversity policy initiatives. While with National Audubon, Kathleen was Environmental Representative on the United States Delegation Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). She was also responsible for bringing the first citizen complaint before the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the tri-national agency formed to oversee North American environmental issues.

Kathleen Rogers has received numerous awards. She was named one of 2010’s top working mothers by Working Mother magazine. She has also been featured as Power Player of the Week on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Most recently, Kathleen was awarded the Luminary award by Womensphere and the Urban Zen Foundation, given to women who are inspirations in their fields. Kathleen is an official voting member of Greenpeace and a board member of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Under Kathleen's leadership, Earth Day Network has developed a significant role in advancing the new green economy and has emerged as a dynamic year-round policy and activist organization. Earth Day Network now reaches into 192 countries, embraces new constituencies - including youth and people of color - and integrates civic participation into each of Earth Day Network’s programs and activities.

Visit Earth Day Network website

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Dan Conlon has become a very important man.  As a long-time skilled beekeeper, teacher, researcher and protector of honey bees, Dan is helping to save our food supply and our planet.

It is hard to imagine that we can make life more difficult for honey bees--crippling and weakening them with pesticides, loss of habitat, and environmental changes and then expect them to be able to fight off mites and other infections and destroyers of their hives.  Along with Jim Murphy, beekeeper and Sustainability Director at Rhode Island College, we go inside Warm Colors Apiary and discover a world in chaos and watch one of our most important pollinators, which, if lost, will eradicate half our global food supply, fight for survival.

We pray this is one fight we win.


Dan Conlon


Warm Colors Apiary is owned and operated by Bonita and Dan Conlon. We raise honeybees to produce the finest regional honey from the fields and forests of Western Massachusetts. In addition to making specialty honeys, we also make pure beeswax candles, offer educational programs and beekeeping supplies.



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What a blessing it is to record shows around Christmas and New Year's...so inspiring.  This show with Gary Schuler, founder and CEO of a brand new company, GTF, was recorded at the end of 2014, and will live forever in our hearts.

We often talk about the triple wins in business.  Those deals, of course, provide benefit to the company, environment and society.  Gary does that every day with every deal.  Can you imagine a better way to spend your life.

We invite you to warm your soul and get to know Gary Schuler and his new company that will help change the world.  God Bless.


Gary Schuler  


Gary Schuler is the Founder and CEO of Gleaning the Fields (GTF).   In 1997, Mr. Schuler helped establish a program for the returned and overstocked clothing through a 501(c)3 humanitarian organization.  Since the inception of the program, over $1 Billion in clothing has been donated with an estimated net tax avoidance of $65 million.   These products were previously destroyed and landfilled.

The unique solutions created to solve the company’s returns fueled a passion for Mr. Schuler to help other corporations and non-profit organizations. For over fifteen years, Mr. Schuler has been an advocate of helping develop sustainable solutions for excess or returned products. These corporations have implemented unique solutions for their returned or overstock inventory resulting in millions in cost savings, landfill waste reduction, and a countless number of people aided in the U.S. and around the world.



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How do you get people's attention to the declining capability of our antiquated power systems?  You let them switch on a light and continue to stand in the dark because there is no available power!  Now, they are personally involved and not-so-clearly, since they are in the dark, getting the message.

This is a very important show and guest.  We need to start paying attention to the declining power of our grids before we are all standing in the dark.  Luckily, we have Charles Natalie, a 20 year veteran of working with both fossil fuel sources of energy and, now, renewables, to guide through the labyrinth of a decaying system that needs investments in every area to get smart, to get redundant, to handle all aspects of clean energy, and to get resilient so it can continue pump electricity in during the most fiercest storms and assaults.  

Our world is changing.  Let's hope our utilities change with us.


Charles J. Natale


Charles Natale has been a principal owner of ESS Group, Inc. since 1997. With more than 27 years of national and international consulting experience, Mr. Natale is a recognized expert in his field. His diverse project experience and unique combination of public and private sector expertise allow him to provide clients with realistic and balanced perspectives on project designs, environmental issues, and regulatory compliance.

As President and CEO, Mr. Natale anticipates market trends to position ESS on the cutting edge of industry needs in the environmental consulting and engineering industry. He routinely serves as Principal-in-Charge for complex, multi-disciplinary projects, maintaining a senior management liaison with the client, participating in technical and regulatory strategy development, and ensuring the timely and efficient delivery of ESS consulting services. Recent ESS offshore energy projects, including numerous submarine electric transmission projects, have benefited from his expertise and decades of practical experience in coastal geology, oceanographic processes, installation methodologies, and cross-discipline permitting.



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Is Jack Lalanne alive, well, and kicking as an 85-year old entrepreneur?  Yes, he is--Irv Backman at Irv Backman Associates, who owns IBA Global and the RI company making The Green Machine, and he is motivating his employees and customers just like Jack did his audience of exercise disciples.

Here is a 40-year old company starting a new company that is working on a lofty mission of "...the company's objective is to ensure its projects and programs benefit society socially, economically and environmentally".  One of those amazing products is The Green Machine--an indoor food production system that will help us feed the world.

Along with Jim Murphy, sustainability director at Rhode Island College, we talk with IBA's international director, Ameth Alzate, and connect the dots between his company, their products and educating our kids.


Ameth Alzate


As the company’s Director of International Business, Ameth Alzate spearheads sustainable programs abroad. He has successfully established the company’s South American corporate office in Medellin, Colombia. As the world’s most innovative city in 2013, Colombia has become the pioneer for new technological development in the areas of sustainable agriculture, food safety, food production, and energy conservation. Mr. Alzate works with leaders among South America’s economic, political and agricultural sectors to further advance the company’s programs and technologies.




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What rises in the desert...? 

How would you answer this?   What are we preserving across our desert lands?

The answer is very interesting and offers us great hope on using this protected land, so brilliantly managed and protected for decades by federal and state agencies, to help fuel, in a clean way, our new green economy.

We welcome James G. Kenna, Director of Bureau of Land Management for CA, and Karen Douglas, commissioner on the CA Energy Commission, and see the first model--22 million  acres of desert land in CA--of these two great agencies putting this land back into our economy, making it available for very large scale renewable energy projects, while safeguarding the precocious lives of wildlife who call those lands home.

As part of the President's Action Plan on the environment, we applaud this project, the hard work of everyone involved and the collaboration that will safeguard the needs of millions for decades to come.


James G. Kenna

Karen Douglas


James Kenna, the State Director for California, began his Federal career as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Prescott, Arizona.  

Through his career, he has been involved in all facets of the BLM's multiple-use management mission.

Prior to becoming California State Director, Kenna served in numerous key agency positions, including Associate State Director in Oregon, Deputy Assistant Director for Resources and Planning in Washington, D.C., Budget Analyst for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., and Field Manager of the BLM’s Palm Springs Field Office in California.  He was the BLM’s Arizona State Director from January 2009 to September 2011.

While working in the Federal government, Kenna has contributed his leadership and planning skills to many important initiatives and conservation efforts.  He provided his leadership in establishing Service First and Stewardship Contracting initiatives and in coordinating Federal, state and local land use planning processes balancing community needs, water rights and conservation of multiple species in southern California.

Karen Douglas was originally appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2008 and re-appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. She served as Chair from February 2009 to February 2011.  She fills the Attorney position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas—engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.  Commissioner Douglas is the lead commissioner on power plant siting (including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) and federal stimulus programs. 

From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Douglas served as Director of the California Climate Initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to going to the Environmental Defense Fund, Ms. Douglas spent four years at the Planning and Conservation League as the Natural Resources Director, General Counsel, and most recently, acting Executive Director




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CISCO is one of the great technology companies in the world.  They are the backbone of most major IT systems.  They have brought us efficiency and innovation across the technology spectrum.

It is not surprising, then, that the World Wildlife Federation, a reccurring guest on our show, reached out to CISCO as part of a small group of leading companies to introduce a discounted solar buying employee program designed to push wide-scale residential solar systems into many homes and communities.  For CISCO alone, that means bringing affordable home solar units to over 80,000 employees as one for their corporate benefits.

It is good to see, and hear, that renewable energy has emerged to the point where it is becoming an employee benefit offered by great companies.  Ali himself, sitting in not-very-sunny Cleveland, was one of the first to jump into the program, after rejecting solar a few years before, because the economics, the investment and return, were so good.  He walks the talk as a true champion, personally and professionally, of sustainability.

Employee benefit programs have brought many social and economic benefits, including discounted medical coverage and retirement plans.  What a brilliant idea to extend the programs to clean energy.  Listen to this wonderful segment with Ali Ahmed of CISCO and get in touch with him or WWF, as an employee or employer, if interested in adopting the same at work.


Ali Ahmed


Ali Ahmed, a senior manager at Cisco Systems, has more than 18 years of experience assisting companies in managing energy and developing cost-effective strategies to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental sustainability.

In his current role leading the Global Energy Management and Sustainability team within Workplace Resource, Ali and the team focus on developing offerings and leading programs to improve sustainability while reducing operational expense and improving client satisfaction within Cisco facilities.  Although the team leverages technology to achieve many of these goals, change management and occupant engagement are critical to success and play an important role in the design and execution of each project.

Ali has collaborated worldwide with both industrial and commercial companies as well as government and institutional facilities to analyze and apply a wide range of technological and operational improvements specific to the issue of energy management. He has specific knowledge in the operation of heating and cooling systems, small-scale generation including combined heat and power, and electrical systems. Ali is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Energy Auditor with the Association of Energy Engineers.

Prior to Cisco, Ali worked for Deloitte Consulting, Rockwell Automation, and Novar, a division of Honeywell, in a variety of roles from sustainability consulting to engineering to business development. Ali completed his Executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management and also earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University.



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We all feel guilty about the environmental damage of our travel. Our hope is always that we add more value to life than we take away from the health of the environment.

This segment will make you feel good about aviation's commitment to green, so clearly seen in the work being done by Julie Felgar, Managing Director Environmental Strategy at Boeing.  First, we hear how the aviation has already made terrific progress in reducing their emissions.  Compound that with their goals of further cutting their carbon output by 50% by 2020, and eliminating all waste to the landfill, and you have an industry, and an industry leader, in Boeing that inspires confidence in mankind's ability to sustain a beautiful world that is full of economic rewards.

The next time you board a plane, think about this interview and the great work being done to make that plane earth-friendly and incredibly safe.


Julie Felgar, Managing Director Environmental Strategy BOEING


Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, leads the team responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the company’s and the commercial aviation industry’s environmental performance by working with a broad range of stakeholders across Boeing and in the industry.

Felgar is responsible for ensuring an integrated strategy and
coordinated approach to environmental policy advocacy, biofuels commercialization and marketing for BCA. She also works closely with Commercial Airplanes’ Product Development team in articulating design for the environment into future products.

Prior to her current role Julie served as director of International Operations in Washington, D.C., where she represented Boeing Company interests with U.S. government agencies, embassies, and trade and professional organizations promoting commercial aircraft programs in the Americas and Asia. Previously, Julie was the senior manager of Government Relations and Licensing in Global Trade Controls. As such, she was responsible for Boeing’s dual-use license submissions to the U.S. government and maintaining/developing the appropriate relationships within the government and the aviation industry, to aid in shaping the export control regulatory environment and facilitating enterprise business objectives.



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The Rockefeller family has had an incredible history and influence over the American economy.  Much of their wealth, as you well know, was earned off of the production of fossil fuel.  

Would it surprise you then, as it did me and my co-host, Jim Murphy, that their Ex-Director and Board have mandated that their Fund pulls every dollar of investment in fossil-fuel related companies and instead put that money into clean-energy providers and developers?

Would it surprise you that this 600 million dollar fund invests heavily in sustainability and green?  Even if you are surprised, we hope this fantastic show will inspire you to do the same and think of completely re-orientating your life, including your business life, to sustainability and resilience. 


Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund


Stephen Heintz joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in February 2001 as its sixth president.

Before joining the RBF, Mr. Heintz held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, Mr. Heintz was founding president of Dēmos: A Network for Ideas & Action, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, Mr. Heintz served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997.



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Never again will I lament the lack of interest from young people (of course, I was wrong anyway) in sustainability.  Not after meeting, on this radio show, two kids who started building their legacy at the ripe ages of 8 and 9 and a half.

Carter and Olivia Ries, with encouragement from their wonderful parents, took their love of animals, their heartfelt desire to save endangered species from extinction, and in an incredibly short period of time, built a wonderful non-profit organization, One More Generation, that  is having a powerful impact on the world and on kids in every part of the globe.

How did pre-10 year olds accomplish so much so quickly?  Where does their raging passion come from?  From their personal involvement in the Gulf clean up, working long days cleaning wildlife soaked in oil, to their mission of eradicating plastic from our oceans, these two kids, with a influential non-profit, will never cease to amaze you and they will be unforgettable characters that you will be telling your kids and grand kids about.

We are honored to bring you the extraordinary kids at One More Generation.  


Carter, and Olivia Reis


Carter (now 13.5) and his sister Olivia (now 12) started One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009 in an effort to help save endangered species and clean up our environment for at least One More Generation... and beyond.

The kids had been adopting cheetahs in South Africa, and one day Olivia asked why animals needed to be adopted.  When she learned that unless there were agencies like the one they were working with, many animals would soon be extinct, Olivia began to cry and vowed to help save animals for future generations to enjoy.  

Together with the help of Carter, the two have been campaigning and raising awareness about endangered species around the world.

Olivia and Carter have hosted countless educational outreach programs across the country and even while in South Africa.  They have worked closely with the Department of State and even met with the Wildlife Trafficking Department in Washington DC.  Their efforts have even garnered them a personal invite by the US Embassy in Hanoi to be guest speakers in the upcoming international conference called "Operation Game Change" on the issue next spring in Vietnam.  They both continue to raise awareness on the issue and hope to someday work with Richard Branson and his team from Virgin Unite on ways they can protect the species.

Carter and Olivia's efforts with trying to get their plastic pollution curriculum into every school around the world also continues.  They were invited by Secretary John Kerry to attend a two day conference in Washington DC on the issue of our oceans and had a follow up meeting with Under Secretary Catherine Novelli at the Department of State where they presented a proposal which will bring their curriculum to over 4-million students



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This is an amazing time in life- an incredible era.  Much of the time, we take for granted the gifts of modern society.  We forget the ingenuity and hard work it took to bring us the technological wizardry that allows an unsurpassed, never seen before human experience.


We are seeing that again with the work of Paul Jaffe, coordinator of the US Naval Research Lab's unbelievable effort to capture gigabits of solar energy in space, using newly minted satellites, and beaming the energy right into our world.  Powering, when those satellites come on line, military installations around the world and whole cities.  


Along with Paul Carroll, civic investment director of Newport, RI, we bring you the brilliance of Paul and his team as they journey into space, as never before, to bring us solar power that will ignite not only our final transformation from a fossil-fuel economy to a clean-energy economy, but will bring along with that the next great industrial revolution for a green economy, enhancing our most ambitious goals of global growth.


Paul Jaffe, Naval Center for Space Technology


Paul Jaffe is an electronics engineer, researcher, and integration and testing section head at the Naval Center for Space Technology at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). In over 20 years at the NRL, he has worked on dozens of space missions for NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other sponsors including SSULI, STEREO, TacSat-1, and

TacSat-4. He developed standards and led spacecraft computer hardware development as part of the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space effort.

Paul served as a coordinator of the NRL’s study of the military applications of SpaceBased Solar Power (SBSP), and as an editor of the study group’s final report. He was the principal investigator for a four-year research effort involving the development and testing of modules for conversion of sunlight into microwaves. The modules have a number of potential applications, including SBSP.

He served as the electrical segment lead for the Microwave Imager/Sounder (MIS) project. In this capacity he led a large team of hardware and software engineers in the development of microwave, digital, and analog electronics subsystems for a large ra diometer for an operational weather satellite.



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We believe, now more than ever, that we can learn from each other in our quest to migrate to a clean, healthy future.  We know it is not easy, we know it can be a fight, as told to us on this episode by Robin Speronis, FL resident and true warrior on behalf of her family and living off the grid and living naturally.  We need inspiration to fight.  We found it right here as we have many times in our quest to find great people and tell their stories.

Robin, like many of us, have no great qualification to achieve the victories she has won.  What she has, what we have, is courage, conviction, passion and faith.  She has battled, directly or through her husband, sickness, local government, Mother Nature and some of her own fears.  What can we learn, what inspiration can we find in her story?


Robin Speronis, Author


Robin Speronis is a FL resident who has written 5 books, including "Freeing him from the Health Care System" and "Living off the Grid, Volume 1 and 2".  Those books can be found on Amazon.



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It was so nice to welcome back Jeff Broadhead, of the Washington County Regional  Planning Commission, and hear how they've made great progress on helping cities and towns take over the streetlights within their borders, saving huge money on maintenance and starting the process of converting the light bulbs to LEDs to dramatically reduce the energy used in keeping their roads safe.

Efficiency, though, runs much deeper than changing light bulbs.  As we learn from our second guest, Alan Harlan, a passionate homeowner bent on building his home as close to net zero energy use as possible, very basic steps and investments in sustainability can have a dramatic impact on our costs and quality of life.

Here's the lesson as you listen to this segment,   which includes co-host, Seth Handy:  You can find a way to live more efficiently... period.  Jeff did, Alan did, I did and Seth did, and you should too.  "Be the change you want to see in the world."  You've heard that before, now apply it to sustainability.


Jeffery Broadhead

Executive Director Washington County Regional  Planning Commission


Jeff brings a wealth of multi-jurisdictional public, private, and nonprofit sector experience to the position of Executive Director of the Washington County Regional Planning Council. With a BA in Economic Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and an Executive MBA from the University of Rhode Island, Jeff has developed excellent communication, analytical, and creative skills.

Jeff’s career spans both coasts, including two environmental and socio-economic consulting firms in Washington State where he authored numerous Environmental Impact Statements for projects as diverse as an urban mixed-use project, a landfill, numerous residential subdivisions, and a Pacific Ocean floor mining operation. While on the west coast he also worked for the City of Kent’s Planning Department and Seattle’s Department of Community Development. His duties included multi-governmental relations as well as interdepartmental coordination.



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What, in your mind, are the keys to sustaining a bright, clean future?  Each of us may have a little bit of a different idea, but for the powerhouse non-profit, Sustainable America and their Executive Director, Jeremy Kranowitz, the drivers for them towards a new, green economy are shifting to local food production and revamping our transportation systems, including the fuels we use.

What we love about this group is their willingness to put their money where their mouth is.  Sustainable America, amongst their terrific work, invest directly into start up companies that can help our country achieve these lofty goals.

Along with co-host Jack Greg, we applauded Jeremy and his over riding goals of reducing fuel use for transportation by 50% and having local food availability at 50% of the total consumed by 2030.  Those are ambitious milestones, but we have no doubt he and his team can get the US there and we look forward to tracking their progress each year.


JEREMY KRANOWITZ , Executive Director Sustainable America


Jeremy Kranowitz is Executive Director of Sustainable America, implementing its strategic plan to raise consumer awareness around sustainable food and fuel issues, and to support entrepreneurs working on these issues to make our nation more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Prior to Sustainable America, Jeremy worked for a decade at The Keystone Center on the nation’s toughest energy and environmental issues as a mediator, facilitator, and educator. Jeremy worked for the Izaak Walton League on a clean air campaign on behalf of hunters and fishers, and helped launch Forest Trends, an international sustainable forestry non-profit. He also worked for five years at McKinsey & Co in its environment practice, working with Fortune 500 companies. He has an MS in Environmental Science and BA in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPA in Environmental Policy from New York University.



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Despite millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, in retrospect, after listening to this fascinating segment with TJ Tate, Director of Sustainability for My Gulf Wild, and other segments we've done with the Hart Institute and National Wildlife Federation, we may have dodged a bullet in the Gulf's ability to recover, and even thrive, after such an unmitigated disaster.

TJ takes us through the process of how her group is teaching fisherman how to protect the commercial reef fish industry while still making a living.  Her outreach, through these hard working fleets, environmental groups, communities and educators is preserving seafood supplies for generations to come.

What might surprise you are the technical tools used by My Gulf Wild to change how we responsibly harvest seafood and, in doing so, simultaneously build a trusted consumer brand of fish for consumers around the world.

Get ready to get hungry for some grouper and more as we bring you this 17 year veteran environmental professional who is not letting a "little oil" stop her from doing her job of protecting one of our most important natural resources: the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.


TJ Tate, Director of Sustainability for My Gulf Wild


Tj Tate has been an environmental professional for over 17 years and has worked to strengthen our nation’s fisheries since 1998.  As recent Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance, she worked closely with diverse groups of fishermen, communities, environmental groups, and decision-makers to strengthen the commercial reef fish industry through sustainability and accountability mechanisms within the commercial fishing industry.

She worked to guide and advance the Grouper individual fishing quota system implemented in 2010 and continues to stretch the boundaries of sustainability in the Gulf of Mexico by working on such tools as Electronic Monitoring systems and goals of a zero discard fishery. She helped design and institute the first reef fish Fishery Improvement Project in the Gulf and implemented the Gulf Wild seafood tagging and branding program ensuring traceable, responsibly harvested seafood.

Through this work she transitioned into the Director of Sustainability for Gulf Wild and formally established Gulf Wild as a non-profit organization focused on the branding of seafood sustainability and fishery conservation.  

She has recently appointed the GW inaugural Board of Directors and Conservation Standards Committee (a first of its kind committee ensuring higher conservation standards from all sectors of the supply chain from fishermen to consumer).  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University and pursued her Masters of Science in Marine Science at the University of San Diego.



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Everyone loves pizza, and now more than ever, you can enjoy some cheese and pepperoni as guilt free as your pizza box is multi-dimensional and made from recycled material.  And, in many cities, gets disposed in a compost pile and becomes feed for the plants of the Earth.

Meet Ecovention President and Co-Founder, Jennifer Wright.

Former banker and finance expert, schooled in Canada, Jennifer came to New York with just enough experience--five years--in the packaging business to help create the world's most environmentally friendly pizza box.  Since then, her company has grown around the world, and they are busy bringing new, Earth-friendly products to the market.

Grab a piece of pizza and join us on this segment as we bring you a start-up company that can't keep up with demand, and will soon dominate its industry.


Jennifer  Wright, Ecovention President & Co-Founder



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It is such a pleasure to, once a year, gather our co-hosts together, Seth Handy, Paul Carroll, Jack Greg and Jim Murphy and compare notes on the highs and lows of sustainability as we look back on the preceding 12 months.  Even better, we get to look ahead to the next year--in this case, 2015--and make some predictions, and outline our dreams, for coming improvements in green.

Though we come from very different places, a business owner and entrepreneur, environmental lawyer, government leader, urban/transportation expert and educator, you will sense, as you listen to this fabulous special, that we find lots of common ground and relish our individual roles, along with being part of a wonderful team, in helping to bring the world a cleaner, brighter future.

We welcome everyone of you to our team.  Enjoy the show.

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Tiffin, OH?  You might wonder, as we did, where is that and what would bring you there? What makes Tiffin, OH a special place?

Well, as we found out, it is not very far from Toledo, and it is blessed by the amazing presence and work of the Sisters of St. Francis.

We spoke, along with our co-host, Paul Carroll, with Sisters Jane and Jackie.  Two remarkable woman who witnessed first hand the destruction of  a mountain in West Virginia. As the top was blown off for mining coal, the Sisters used that as inspiration to lead a pilgrimage in life, their journey right now stopping in OH, to help save our beautiful Earth.

Their story of preserving land, smart building, educating children and adults, caring for animals, housing seniors and serving the community- a very wide community- is remarkable.

We can't wait to get out there and visit them.



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It is amazing to us how quickly progress can come as we build a cleaner, brighter future.  In Massachusetts, as you hear on this show, legislation created a Clean Energy Center in 2008 and, in that short time, money has been invested in over 5000 companies, there's been double digit growth in green jobs in the state, emissions have been reduced and 643MEGS of solar have been installed.

Today, that agency invest 25-30 million per years, runs training programs throughout the State, manages intern and work force programs and helps 1300 start ups in the clean energy space get rolling.  What a great story as told to us by their Senior Director for Innovation, Jeremy McKiarmid, and their Senior Director of Renewable Energy, Catherine Finneran.

Along with co-host Jim Murphy, we spend an hour with MASSCEC and see how new economic development is born and bred in this great New England State.

Guests Bio:

Jeremy McDiarmid serves as Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”).  As a member of MassCEC’s senior leadership team, he oversees the business and workforce development strategies MassCEC employs to strengthen the clean energy sector in Massachusetts including programs to train clean energy workers, convene innovators with potential customers and to develop industry research.  Prior to joining MassCEC, Jeremy served as the Massachusetts Director for Environment Northeast (ENE), an environmental research and advocacy organization, where he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s policy development and advocacy strategy.  While at ENE, he served on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Committee.  Jeremy also worked as an attorney with a civil litigation practice in Boston.  He earned a jurist doctorate with honors from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree of arts with honors from Syracuse University.

Catherine Finneran is the Senior Director of Renewable Energy Generation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She has 20 years experience in clean energy, real estate development, and environmental fields.  She currently serves as Senior Director of Renewable Energy Generation Division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  The Renewable Energy Generation Division provides funding and planning assistance to communities, businesses and residents seeking to adopt clean energy projects. Deployment programs focused on solar photovoltaic, wind, renewable thermal, hydropower and organics-to-energy technologies are administered through her division. Catherine was formerly the Clean Energy Director of the joint Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources “Clean Energy Results Program”.  Launched in November 2011, this program promotes the siting of new sources of clean energy in a way that is most environmentally protective. Catherine previously served as MassDEP Brownfields Director, leading state efforts to catalyze contaminated site cleanup and redevelopment. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Catherine worked at a private sector planning and development firm in Arizona, and managed planning and development at the municipal level in both Arizona and Massachusetts.



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What a compelling slogan and mission, "Because the Earth needs a good lawyer."  That is the first thing that made us want to report on Earth Justice.

Since then, and through this interview with their clean energy attorney, Susan Stevens Miller, we've learned a lot more about this talented legal group: they protect open space and wildlife and marshal resources through the courts and legislation to protect human health.  Part of their success is having the skill and tenacity to petition the EPA, and other federal agencies, to take action to protect the environment at-risk communities.

Along with our great co-host, Seth Handy, himself a tireless attorney working on energy and environmental issues, we bring you the positive side of the law and showcase the behind-the-scenes work of an organization who is shaping a cleaner, brighter future for all of us.

Guest Bio:

Susan Stevens Miller is a clean energy attorney in Earthjustice's Washington, D.C. office.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Susan served as General Counsel to the Maryland Public Service Commission and came to Earthjustice from the Energy Market Division of the Office of the General Counsel of FERC.

Susan graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.



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This is the second in a brief series exploring soil science and the impact on human health...and the health of our entire planet and animal world.  Today we talked with Professor and researcher, Nicholas Comerford, who works in the Soil and Water Science Dept at University of Florida and is the Director of the world leading UF North Florida Research and Education Center.

What a great follow up show this became to our talk with Professor Eric Brevik, a Professor and Researcher at Dickinson State University.  Both of these leaders have traveled across many continents, have restored contaminated soil, changed farming and agricultural techniques around the world, and have brought society, all of us, a better understanding and management of our overall eco systems services...all of which give life to us and our economies.

They will be two of the leaders in 2015, declared by the United Nations to be the Year of The Soil.  Listen in and you, too, be part of the Year of The Soil.

Guest Bio:

Nicholas Comerford is a Professor in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida (UF) and Director of the UF North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy and Marianna, FL. His expertise is forest soils and soil nutrient bioavailability working in tropical and subtropical regions. He is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); Senior Fulbright Fellow (Brazil); Past Board of Director Member of the SSSA; Past President of the SSSA; Past Chairman of the Board of the Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies Corporation. His international experience includes Research Fellow in the New Zealand Forest Research Institute, Executive Director of Global Research on the Environment and Agricultural Nexus for the 21st Century (GREAN), and Visiting Professor at Brazil’s Federal University of Viçosa, Federal University of Bahia, and State University of Santa Cruz. He continues to team teach a multi-institutional and multi-national course entitled “Forest and Soil Ecosystem Services”. He has published over 130 articles covering topics in forestry, soil science and soil/root interactions. He is currently one of the editors and author preparing a book on Soil Ecosystem Services for the Soil Science Society of America.



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Where else but New England, specifically, Massachusetts, for the next great revolution?  Today we welcome Energy and Environmental Affairs Undersecretary, Mark Sylvia, for this great, innovative State and learn more about how they are investing, through over 123 lucky cities and towns, millions of dollars as they build, for all communities, a sustainable future.

Along with our Boston-based co-host, Jack Gregg, we get behind the scenes of one state's fantastic track record of modeling the highest standards for energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean tech.  Of course, their success is a much financial as environmental.  Listen as Mark gives us the data on their incredible job creation, air-pollution reductions, expansion of mass transient and the seeds they have sown, cleanly, for future growth.

Guest Bio:

Sylvia has been with the Patrick Administration since 2009 and has served as Green Communities Division Director as well as Commissioner. He and his team have implemented nation-leading policies, leading to the number one ranking in energy efficiency three years in a row and surpassing the Governor’s ambitious solar goal of 250 megawatts by 2017 four years early.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed Undersecretary and excited to continue promoting the Governor’s clean energy agenda, which has put the Commonwealth on the global map for energy innovation and new technology,” said Sylvia.

Under Sylvia’s leadership, DOER has launched innovative programs to support energy resiliency, electric vehicle adoption, building labeling and renewable thermal technologies. There are now 123 cities and towns that have been designated as Green Communities, representing 48 percent of the Commonwealth’s population.

Sylvia earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington D.C.



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How often do you think about dirt?  I know we did not think about it at all until we got introduced to Professor Eric Brevik at Dickinson State University, and now we will give a lot more thought to soil preservation and its incredible influence on the environment and our health.

Professor Brevik is a world-leader as both a teacher and researcher.  He has written extensively on soil science and the world's ability to stop its erosion and destruction.  More than that, though, he also leads us in a positive direction to make this effort one that creates jobs and preserves natural resources so we can maintain economies around the world.

So many elements get wrapped up soil science--food production, deforestation, soil as a carbon sink, water usage and control, soil as a living filter of contaminants, influence on changing weather patterns and use of our land for drilling and other economic activity.  We cover all this and more in a diverse and thought-provoking discussion with Professor Brevik.

Guest Bio:

Dr. Eric Charles Brevik  


Ph.D. (2001), Soil Science (Soil Morphology and Genesis), Iowa State University

           M.A. (1994), Geology (Geomorphology), University of North Dakota

           B.S. (1992), Geology, University of North Dakota

Professional Experience:


2012-present – Professor of Geology and Soils, Dickinson State University

2012-present – Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Dickinson State University

2007-2012 - Associate Professor of Geology and Soils, Dickinson State University

2005-2007 - Associate Professor of Geosciences, Valdosta State University

2002-2007 - Valdosta State University Graduate Faculty

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

                       2012    Soil Science Education Award, Soil Science Society of America

                       2012    Promoted to Full Professor of Geology and Soils, Dickinson State Univ    

                       2010    Recognized as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Dickinson State Univ.



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Paul Carroll, Civic Investment Director (heading up economic development as well) in the City of Newport, and our co-host,  has a true calling, a life passion to see his City and RI build a resilient future.  Doing so requires a lot of changes, not the least of which is to reduce or eliminate our collective dependence on centralized power.

Our guest today, Joe Palumbo, Marketing Director of American Eco Tech and brain child of a fascinating proposed initiative in RI that helps RI build a smarter, more sustainable State, has a motto that says, as Paul Carroll would echo, "we want to build here a place of excellence."

How will he do this?  Is it possible in this process to build the State's first Net-Zero manufacturing facility, which is one of his goals?  Most importantly to us, how can Joe's Rhode Island Environmental Work Force initiative bring new jobs and entrepreneurs to this struggle, tiny state?  

Listen in to find out.

Guest Bio:

Joe Palumbo, my career has been spent in a broad range of activities but my primary focus has been helping companies promote and sell their brands.

I started with service in the United States Air Force and letting it help me pay for college. After leaving the military I spent some time on Wall Street working for Dean Witter as Trust Administrator. Realizing that Wall Street was not going to be my long term source of employment I transitioned in to purest form of selling, telemarketing. I honed and improved my sales and marketing skills with a company named DialAmerica. It was excellent opportunity for me realize what my true calling was. Over the next 10 years (throughout the 90’s) I helped companies sell everything from long distance services, vehicle service contracts, a medical discount programs and even a fish farm.

Eventually the draw to be my own boss was too strong and I opened my own call center along with a marketing consulting practice in the year 2000. I started my firm in Long Island, New York and eventually moved it to Rhode Island.

I have always had a passion for the environment and as an avid backpacker, bike rider, and photographer / bird watcher I have stayed close to Mother Nature and her beauty. When an opportunity was presented to me to come help a long time friend grow an environmentally centric Rhode Island based business I jumped at the chance.

I currently provide my skills and expertise to a company called American Ecotech (AE). The company is a supplier, installer, trainer and maintainer of ambient air monitoring instrumentation.

While proceeding in my everyday duties here at AE I have met many people that share my same love and passion for this planet and the environment it supports.

About 6 weeks ago I was asked to participate in writing a proposal for a grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board for a “wildcard” sector. That sector was the “environment”, and here I sit today.  



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What a great job...traveling around, visiting historic and emerging places, meeting leaders of types, asking questions and getting paid for your thoughts.  Sounds like our job...

But, in this case, along with co-host, Jim Murphy, we turned the tables on talented freelance journalist, Josh Marks, and asked him questions about his writing resume, web site, many environmental and sports blogs and got his insight into the world of sustainability.

Josh is a fascinating young guy.  He travels easily (mostly using Mass Transit), has lived on both coasts of the US, and has written reams of great stories.  We encourage you, after meeting this accomplished scribe, to visit his site, blogs and follow his many journeys into our prism--the business side of green.

Guest Bio:

Environmental journalist and clean energy blogger Josh Marks writes about the transition to renewable power and the sustainable economy at Green Forward and guest blogs on Winning Progressive.

He also blogs about the business of professional hockey at The Hockey Stop on the website SportsFanLive and guest blogs on GetReal Hockey.

His two newest blogs are Josh's Travel Blog, where he posts stories, photos and videos from his trips around the world, and Federal City Film, about film shoots and entertainment industry connections in Washington, DC.

Josh was a Web Production Editor at Variety.com in Los Angeles for over five years and contributed many entertainment industry articles and reviews to the "Hollywood Bible."

Josh edited and wrote articles for Sea Technology Magazine, the ocean/marine industry's premiere trade publication covering marine business, science and engineering. 



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What a great feeling to showcase a power provider and grid that is, unlike others who have fought a transition from fossil fuel to renewables, a true pioneer with just an amazing story of innovation.

Mary Powell is not just the President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, but clearly their chief designer, visionary, cheerleader and champion of building a company unlike any other in VT or New England.  Seth Handy, our co-host, and I marvel as we find out more about Mary's and GMP's ambitious plans for building a low cost, low carbon power producer and a company looking to partner with other great entities, as they did this year with NRG Energy.

As you will see, this is not just a grid in a state of change, but a true cultural transformation of our smallest state.

Guest Bios:

Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.   

Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, is building New England’s Solar Capital in Rutland, Vermont and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure.  Mary realizes the traditional role of a utility is changing, and is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers.



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We love, as we know you do, democracy.  We love the right to disagree.  That is why we welcomed Justin Danhof and the National Center for Public Policy Research to this very different segment.

Justin and his group garnered significant attention, including ours on a front page story and blog, when he challenged Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, on the merits of their extraordinary investments in clean energy.  Justin and his group demanded the data to support and demonstrate a reasonable ROI for shareholders.  Nothing wrong with that, in our view.

How did Mr. Cook handle the exchange?  Has he provided the data?  What other companies feel the sting and scrutiny of Mr. Danhof and his conservative group?

Listen as our skilled co-host, Jack Greg, and I get deep into the role of CEO in guiding a company towards sustainability and whether that CEO can show shareholders the merits of that conviction.

Guests Bios.

Justin Danhof is the General Counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, as well as Director of the Center's Free Enterprise Project. Mr. Danhof previously worked as a research associate with the National Center for Public Policy Research from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining the National Center for Public Policy Research, Mr. Danhof worked in the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney’s Office in the Economic Crimes and Cybercrimes Division, for the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Danhof’s work has been widely published and quoted in major newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, Politico, Bergen County Record and the Canadian National Post, among others.



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It's funny how very different cities and towns are running on parallel paths to green.  Take, for example, Chicago and Barrington, RI, as we did on this show.

How intriguing that one of our largest cities and one of our smallest towns both fought through waves of opposition to pass laws banning the use, by major retailers, of plastic bags.

We caught up with two very different people who spearheaded these new, very impactful laws:  Chicago-based Alderman Moreno and RI-based Channing Jones, who works with a terrific organization, Environment Rhode Island.

Change, as you will hear in this show, does not come easily.  Self-interested groups don't easily  give way to better products.  But here there is no doubt, unless you directly sell plastic bags, that our world will be better as we migrate to reusable bags made from earth-friendly materials.

We hope, in the meantime, that even if you don't live in Chicago or Barrington, you will personally ban the use of plastic bags.

Guests Bios.

Proco Joe Moreno was inaugurated as the Alderman of Chicago’s 1st Wardon March 26, 2010. In February, 2011 he was elected to a full term, with 74% of the vote.

Joe was born in Moline, IL to working class parents who taught him the importance of perseverance and the value of giving back to one’s community.

After graduating from Moline High School, Joe went onto Augustana College to study Business and Art. Joe has been a resident of the Wicker Park neighborhood for more than 17 years, moving here after graduating college. During this time he has worked closely with residents and civic leaders on a variety of significant issues

Channing Jones joined Environment Rhode Island in August 2011. Originally from the Seattle area, he moved to New England in 2005 to attend Amherst College, where he studied economics and became involved in environmental advocacy. At Environment Rhode Island, Channing directs campaign work to protect Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island's coastal areas, and to shift Rhode Island from polluting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Before joining Environment Rhode Island, Channing pursued an interest in sustainable agriculture as an apprentice on a small sheep and goat dairy farm; he then spent a year abroad in China teaching English and learning Chinese.




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Are there good lawyers out there doing some great work?  How do we see that work reflected in social improvements?

This segment will give you some keen insight in the historic efforts of lawyers like Michael Weller, our guests from the international firm of Bracewell and Giuliani and one of the key non-profit organizations pushing for improved environmental regulation and tracking, Earthjustice.

Earthjustice, in fact, is the group that recently petitioned the EPA to set disclosure guidelines on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing...a huge win for those of us who love domestic energy but want full disclosure on how we are capturing that energy.  Michael brings an incredible talent and expertise to the table as we look at the business side of law.

This is a complicated subject.  Thankfully, our co-host, Seth Handy, a great energy expert and environmental lawyer, helps us navigate intricate laws, EPA mandates, states stepping up and gaining more control over environmental issues within their borders and helps us see clearly that over many years of new laws, environmental restrictions have helped the economy grow...not shrink, as some would have you believe.  Which we think is great news and bodes well for our future prosperity.

Guest's Bio.

Michael Weller advises clients in the context of government investigations and enforcement actions, regulatory compliance and advocacy, litigation, permitting and in quantifying and allocating liabilities during business transactions.  He represents clients in the energy sector, including upstream oil and gas companies and pipelines, as well as industry trade associations, manufacturers, importers and financial institutions in a wide range of environmental law and business matters.

Mike joined Bracewell after working eight years as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant throughout California, Maryland and Virginia.  His scientific background and prior career enables him to offer clients unique depth and insight into issues involving complex scientific principles.



Show Description:

We love reporting to you on the business side of green.  There's no better show or guest than this one--Richard Bookbinder from Terra Verde Capital Partners--giving us an amazing insight into the financial markets and their lightning shift into sustainable investing.

Mr. Bookbinder has a long history in shifting millions of dollars into building a cleaner, brighter future.  The companies he has headed, including Terra Verde Capitol, have funded huge projects of building clean energy plants, new technology improvements in reducing the use of  energy and the creation of waste, and the paramount global quest for clean water.

The global economy is clearly being reshaped, we think in a very good way, by financial leaders like Richard.  Everyone  can help such leaders make quality investments in sustainability by investing in their funds.

Do you want to make a difference in the world?  Listen to this segment and reshape your own managed portfolio.

Guest Bio:
Managing MemberMr. Bookbinder formed Bookbinder Capital Management LLC (“BCM”) in 1999 and is actively involved in all aspects of fund management including portfolio allocation, manager research, and due diligence. Mr. Bookbinder currently manages two funds of funds, The Roebling Fund LP launched October 1999, and TerraVerde Capital Partners LP, launched July 2009.

Prior to forming BCM, Mr. Bookbinder was a Founding Principal of Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P, a leading investment bank specializing in middle-market financial institutions. Previously, Mr. Bookbinder was a Limited Partner and Associate Director in fixed-income sales at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and before that he directed the sale of municipal bonds to high net worth individuals at L.F. Rothschild & Co. He began his career in the fixed income area of J.B. Hanauer & Co.

Mr. Bookbinder is registered with the National Futures Association as an NFA Associate Member, and currently holds a Series 3 registration with FINRA. Mr. Bookbinder earned a B.A. in Economics from Upsala College.

Mr. Bookbinder is a member of US SIF, the American Council on Renewable Energy, and CERES. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Darrow School, New Lebanon, NY, and a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors Investment Committee of Washington College, Chestertown, MD. He also serves as the external advisor to Washington College’s student run Alex Brown Investment Fund. His book, Fund of Funds Investing: a Roadmap to Portfolio Diversification, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.



Show Description:

Our quest for domestic oil and gas, in so many ways a bonanza to our domestic economy, comes, as we know, with steep risk.  Too often, from Valdez to the incredible Gulf of Mexico, we have seen the results.

Today we welcome to ReNewable Now Sara Gonzalez-Rothi from National Wildlife Federation as we try to explore this complicated and emotional issue and try to bring balanced reporting to the specifics of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and explain for you, as best we can, what happened, who is responsible, who will pay for restoration and how much--a staggering number--that restoration will costs.

We grapple with the over riding concern:  Can we ever truly clean up a spill?

Join us and see what you think.  All the while ponder this as well:  If we do fully restore, than what options do we have in trying to remove the mountains of plastic equally choking off our oceans?

Guest Bio:

Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf and Coastal Restoration

National Advocacy Center - Washington, DC

Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal joined the National Wildlife Federation in September 2012. She works primarily on Gulf of Mexico restoration in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, including restoration of America’s Everglades. Sara also serves as the Interim Policy Director for the Campaign to Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Prior to NWF, Sara served as Legislative Counsel for Senator Bill Nelson, managing a wide range of environmental, energy, and agricultural legislation. In that role, she supported the Senator’s immediate and long-term efforts to address the Gulf oil disaster. Sara was a key staffer in drafting, negotiating, and final passage of the RESTORE Act.
Sara is a Florida native, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Miami. Sara is currently pursuing an LL.M. in environmental law at the George Washington University.



Show Description:

Back on July 9th, ReNewable Now hosted the first in a series of panel discussions that revolve around the recently passed Rhode Island bill making food waste recycling mandatory for institutions (details FOOD RESIDUALS RECYCLING). This new law will come into effect later in 2016, but prior to that there are still a lot of questions, concerns, and opportunities. The series, titled "The 2016 Countdown to Food Waste Recycling RI," is meant to help answer questions, bring awareness to what is happening, anticipate issues, and most importantly motivate entrepreneurs to see the business side of this new law.

The first event was made up of a panel of experts who helped to set the overall tone of the new law, and possible expectations. They included no less than the driving force of the bill, R.I.  Representative Donna M. Walsh, who spoke about her inspiration behind submitting the legislation, and also the amazement of the bill passing on its first introduction. The second panelist was Attorney Matthew Bussy, of Rhode Island's Hospitality Association, which is taking a close look at how this law will evolve and affect its members as time passes. The third person on the panel was Rhode Island Resource Recovery's Director of Recycling Services, Sarah Kite.  Sarah spoke overall about what they expect, and how it may impact RIRRC, and also how it could affect their existing relationship with Broadrock Renewable Energy if methane gas production decreases due to the diversion of food waste to private handlers.

The interest in the subject was clearly shown by a capacity filled studio where registration to the event had to be closed early. In the audience were stake holders from higher education such as Rhode Island College, and Brown University and businesses such as Whole Foods Market, Farmfresh RI, and the Compost Plant.

Show Description:

The triple bottom line sounds almost like a baseball term.  For a company, winning on a triple bottom line is as sweet as a baseball player turning a triple play or hitting for the circuit.  A company needs to be great to excel in all areas and to balance its growth around serving society as well.

What a great conversation we had with Allan Klindworth and Chris Benosky as we traced their company's global growth and saw first hand how that growth has been fueled by their masterly implementation of sustainable standards around the world, teaching and guiding companies and governments, large and small.

Along with co-host Paul Carroll, we see why this terrific Fortune 500 company is rated the number 1 Design Firm in pure design, transportation, mass transit, general building, government and commercial offices, education and green design, and why we need to follow their lead into modeling a resilient economy and environment.

Guests' Bios:

Allan Klindworth is a Climate Adaptation project manager with AECOM.
He has recently transferred from AECOM's Melbourne Office in Australia
to AECOM in New England. Mr. Klindworth has twelve years of experience
in business management and sustainability consulting. He has worked with
all levels of government and private sector organizations to help them
better understand the risks presented by the changing climate and build
their resilience through adaptation planning.

Most recently, Allan has been  assisting the Australian Commonwealth Government with a national climate risk and adaptation planning study assessing the risks of sea level  rise, flooding, and erosion to assets around the country

Chris Benosky for more than 25 years has been focused on the fields of  stormwater management and ecosystem restoration, and more recently the fusion of these two practices in the fields of Low-Impact Development, Water Sensitive Urban Design, and Green Infrastructure. Throughout his career Mr. Benosky has designed and constructed numerous stormwater management systems and Best Management Practices (BMPs) in both urban and rural environments. He has also been involved in the design and construction of more than 10,000 acres of ecosystem restoration projects here in the northeast.



Show Description:

What a fabulous job we have: finding wonderful stories of success in sustainability and bringing you the people and organizations behind those victories.

This week we, along with our co-host, Paul Carroll, Director of Civic Investment in Newport, RI, showcase two more wonderful projects:  The first is John Mendiburu's ability, as Superintendent of Rosedale Union School District, to partner with Sun Edison, a massive energy company, to put solar on all nine of their schools; followed by an amazing conversation with George Goldsmith, President of Prairie Fire, as he describes his company's incredible ability to take distributed generation of energy on the road and to fuel it with waste products.

The business side of green, as you will discover, has no limits.  Ideas, technology, start up companies are mushrooming all over thew world.  And we, the people, benefit like we've never in our lifetime benefited previously.

Guests' Bios:

Dr. John Mendiburu

  • District Superintendent, Rosedale Union School District, Bakersfield, CA, 2009-Present

  • Assistant Superintendent and Business Services, Rosedal Union School District, Bakersfield, CA, 2006-2009

  • Principal, Almondale Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA, 2002-2006

  • Teacher on Special Assignment, Rosedale Union High School, Bakersfield, CA, 2001-2002

  • Elementary Teacher, Indpendence Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA, 2000-2001

  • Instructor, California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA, 1999-2001

  • Elementary Teacher, Almondale Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA, 1997-2000

George Goldsmith, President and CSO, Prairie Fire

A seasoned executive with background in international government relations, national security and its relationship to green energy solutions and respective critical infrastructure.

Former President of the world's first green security company, Pendulum Security, Inc. Prior to that, he ran his own international government relations consultancy, an outgrowth of an international financial crime investigations, asset recovery and business intelligence practice he founded and ran for many years.

Studied and followed pyrolytic gasification since 1995 and foresaw in the late '90's a value in mobile systems to service government clients under pressure from the EPA to dispose of their unique waste streams in compliance with EPA and local air quality standards.
Graduate of Syracuse University.


Rosedale Union School District

Prairie Fire

Show Description:

I'll bet you don't give a lot of thought to how kids are transported to and from schools, right?  You put them on the bus and think about it again when it is time to pick them up later in the day.

Fortunately, though, two people have given a great deal of thought to running those buses (and cars, trucks, etc) more cleanly, reducing emissions our kids are exposed to in their daily commute.

Along with co-host Seth Handy, we brought together Dean Price, co-owner of Green Circle, NC, parent company of the innovative new program, Biodiesel for Schools, and our friend, contributor and brilliant science teacher, Ross McCurdy.  

These two leaders takes us full circle as we understand all of the benefits of shifting our fuel supplies for buses to biodiesel and, possibly, hydrogen fuel cells--how such a shift impacts the local environment, economy, food production and, potentially, brings great benefit to farmers.

Perhaps most importantly, you will see that this shift moves us one step closer to energy independence and adds a major component to growing our domestic economy and jobs.

Guests' Bios:

Dean Price

Dean Price is the co-owner of Green Circle NC the parent company of the innovative new program called Biodiesel for Schools. Dean is a passionate, dynamic, team-oriented communications professional with more than 15 years experience and "hands on" knowledge about the inner workings of the petroleum and biofuels industries. Dean commands a thorough knowledge of these industries at a grassroots level, which was gained from the point of view of a truck-stop owner, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a biofuel producer, an oil collector, as well as, a concerned American. Dean understands the far reaching effects these industries have on every fabric of our civil society and the scale of the transition to a Bio-economy that is required. Dean was recently featured in a NY Times best seller and the 2013 National Book Award winner entitled "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" written by George Packer of the New Yorker magazine. Dean believes the best way to predict the future is to create it.

Ross  McCurdy

Ponaganset Teacher Ross McCurdy is a RI College 2012 Alumni Honor Roll Recipient

Alumni Award Winner

The RIC Alumni Awards are presented each May to graduates whose personal and professional achievements and services bring honor upon themselves and the college. In 2002, Ross McCurdy brought a small hydrogen fuel cell to RIC's Physical Sciences Department, a device that converts chemical energy to electrical energy. As the project grew, he obtained grant funds to purchase a fuel cell powerful enough to supply the electricity to power amplifiers for the rock band Protium, with McCurdy on bass guitar. Under his guidance, Ponaganset High received $100,000 to develop a Model T Roadster powered by fuel cell technology. The high school also recieved $1 million from the Department of Defense to convert the school's energy demands to low-emission alternative sources.


Show Description:

From the mostly organic shelves of Whole Foods to the beautiful green borders of Vermont, how food is grown and labeled has become a very big issue, as it should be when you consider the incredible health risks and financial fortunes of the food industry, which include production, distribution, and selling and consuming genetically modified foods and seeds (GMO).

Do you care about what you and your family eat?  Are you an expert at discerning labels, ingredients, etc.?  With the help of Falko Schilling, VPIRG's Consumer Protection Advocate and Bonnie Combs, Marketing and Community Affairs at RI's Whole Foods market, we get an inside look at how major retailers and states are putting in strict requirements on proper labeling of food. From full disclosure to the consumer, to being out in front with educational efforts to advise parents, teachers, kids and future generations on informed healthy eating, we discuss it all. Hopefully you, along with ReNewable Now, will become better informed on what to know when food shopping.

Join myself and Jim Murphy, my co-host, the wonderful Sustainability Coordinator at Rhode Island College, as we look at the business side of regulations and consumer protection.
Guests' Bios:

Falko  Schilling

Falko is VPIRG’s Consumer Protection Advocate. A native of Vermont, Falko received his law degree from Vermont Law School, and comes to this position after joining VPIRG as a Bridge the Gap Fellow in 2011.  During his time in law school he worked with a number of organizations involved in legislative advocacy and grassroots organizing in Vermont. His work has focused on a broad range of issues from agriculture to health care reform. While in law school he worked in the Vermont State House doing advocacy as an intern with the firm Sirotkin and Necrason in 2010, and as non-partisan staff as an intern in the Office of Legislative Council in 2011. Falko also holds a BA from Skidmore College where he double majored in Government and Theater

Bonnie Combs

Bonnie Combs, Marketing and Community Affairs Team Leader at Whole Foods Market at the University Heights location in Providence, RI.

She is also a beekeeper, keeps chickens, and her front yard is all raised garden beds. She is passionate about the environment and issues concerning the food industry and as a hobby loves nature photography.



Show Description:

New, green companies are a major focus of ReNewable Now, and we know those start ups need incredible innovation and passion to stand out.  Here's a brief description of Sons of Liberty, who our co-host, Jim Murphy, found through Rhode Island College alum and sales manager, Daniel Murphy:  "At the Sons of Liberty we believe being American means taking a stand without compromise and fearlessly pursuing your dreams no matter what stands in your way. We founded Sons of Liberty Spirits to revolutionize and redefine American Whiskey and we are well on our way."

Part of their revolution is creating a manufacturing process that relies on local sourcing of ingredients, no waste, and renewable energy while grooming a work force (creating great jobs) that puts out fantastic products while preserving their beautiful, natural setting.

As Sons of Liberty says "let's fearlessly pursue our dreams," and let those dreams bring us a clean and healthy future.

Daniel Murphy


Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.com

Show Description:

Solar versus wind- we hear that argument all the time.  What is the best form of clean energy?  Should we, in fact, give up on wind given the controversy and resistance we see throughout the US?

This show, expertly co-hosted by Seth Handy, starts to answer many of these questions.  Palmer Moore of Nextamp talks about his company's incredible growth in New England and we see their obvious success in over 200 solar projects they have completed.

On the other hand, though, Paul Raducha fills us in on the sorry demise of wind in Portsmouth, RI.  On the surface, it looks as if solar scores an easy TKO over wind in this segment.

But, there is so much more to consider and, ironically, you may very well come away from this show with renewed confidence in wind.  We certainly did.

Guests' Bio:

Palmer Moore

With over a decade of experience in the energy and marine industries, I bring a broad skill set built atop a strong engineering background. Energetic, highly organized, and a quick study; I excel at managing multiple roles within a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.

As Senior Manager of Project Development at Nexamp, I am currently leading business development in new markets, simultaneously establishing operations, building relationships and rapidly developing large-scale renewable energy projects.

Nexamp is a leading solar Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the northeastern US, with over 25MW of projects currently in operation and many more under development.

Specialties: Project development/management, deep technical/financial analysis, policy review, well-rounded expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability

Paul Raducha

Paul Raducha is a certified Public accountant with over 10 years of experience in renewable energy starting at Lux Research, one of the top “Clean Technology” research firms in the world. He has direct experience in all aspects of renewable energy projects from development, financing, financial analysis, due diligence, project management and asset management. Mr. Raducha was directly and indirectly involved in over 75MW of installed renewable energy projects. Mr. Raducha graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with honors and began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick in Pittsburgh and Hartford.

Mr. Raducha was CFO of one the largest renewable integrators in the United States, which was one of Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies 2 years in a row. Alteris Renewables is the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, with more than 15 megawatts installed for over 3,000 customers over the past thirty years and more than a dozen offices across six states. Alteris (now RGS Energy) provides solar electric (photovoltaic or PV), solar thermal, and wind energy solutions for commercial, residential, education, government and institutional clients.




Show Description:

How often do we criticize government officials and educators?  Many times they are the target of our frustration and wrath as we lament our current conditions.  Yet, as we learn in this episode with our co-host, Jim Murphy, there are great legislators working with great presidents of schools to inspire and lead our kids to very promising futures.

It was our pleasure to talk live with President of Rhode Island College, Nancy Carriuolo and long-time Rhode Island State Representative Art Handy and capture their intellect, vision, and mutual passion for positive change and to lay out a game plan for bringing many wonderful, innovative changes to Rhode Island.

If you hunger for building a better world right now, listen in and learn from two people who are doing just that.  Let's put aside our criticisms and complaints and jump on the bandwagon of cooperation and positive change.  Let's lay the seeds now for planting lofty dreams into the heads and hearts of our children.

Guests' Bio:

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo (Carry-O-Low) was named the ninth president of Rhode Island College on May 12, 2008 by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. She began her service as president on July 1, 2008.

During 2007-2008, Carriuolo served as interim vice president for academic affairs at Rhode Island College, overseeing the management of academic activities and programs for the college, while maintaining her duties as deputy commissioner and chief academic officer at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. Carriuolo was promoted to that position in 2006 after serving since 2000 as associate commissioner for academic and student affairs.

Carriuolo has wide-ranging experience in higher education. She served as the director of the Office of School/College Relations at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and, immediately prior to joining the Office of Higher Education, served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven, where she became a tenured full professor of English in 1987. She also has experience as a junior- and senior-high school teacher and department chair.

Carriuolo is the author of more than 30 publications with regional, national or international audiences. Paul Simon, while a U.S. senator, read into the Congressional Record one of her essays originally published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Carriuolo has published three essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education. A recent essay described the campus-wide budget review process that saved $3/4M in her first year as president. She has also published an essay in Education Week, the K-12 companion periodical to The Chronicle of Higher Education. At the invitation of Dr. John Gardner, creator of the internationally known Freshman-Year Experience series, Carriuolo also wrote a monograph on PK-16 partnerships.

Arthur Handy (D)
represents District 18, Cranston. He was first elected in November 2002. Rep. Handy is the chairman of the House Environment & Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee.

Rep. Handy was the primary sponsor of the House same-sex marriage bill that became law in 2013. Rep. Handy introduced the legislation in the House for each of the previous 11 years.

In 2012, Rep. Handy sponsored a bill enacted into law which requires any place of public accommodation that provides a television for public viewing to keep closed-captioning activated on the TV, upon request of any guest or patron.

He graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1990 with his Bachelor of Arts degree.

Rep. Handy was born on February 15, 1967. He is married to Patricia DiPrete and they have a son, Alexander.


Rhode Island College

Representative Art Handy

Show Description:

Wind has a bad reputation, let's face it.  People protest and march against turbines coming to their neighborhood, even environmentalists turn out in protest when we try to install turbines offshore.  Projects, fantastic projects that can power thousands of homes get held up for years by pure ugly politics.

Yet, as you will hear on this segment, companies like LM Wind Power have overcome these many hurdles and have installed megawatts of clean power all over the world.  We get to ask one of their founders, John Jeno, why he was attracted to the industry, why wind works so well in Europe, how wind is financed so it makes sense for investors and how his company has taken 110 million pounds out of our atmosphere.

Whether you are an opponent or proponent of wind, John Jeno and LM Wind Power will give you an inside look at an industry that is considered by some to be the ugly duckling of clean energy that may turn out to be our prince of change.

Guests' Bio:

John Jeno, LM Wind Power

John obtained a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Northrop University. The next 10 years was spent in the Los Angeles area with Allied Signal, (now Honeywell Technologies) as a Senior Test Engineer.  Activities at Allied Signal included certification testing the Boeing 777 environmental control system and performance testing of the turbine engine recuperator for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.  He was responsible for the development of dual loop control systems utilizing the latest PC technology available at the time, an IBM 486.

John worked for 5 years as a Production Engineer at Phoenix Industries manufacturing a wide array of composite components for wind, rail and other transportation markets.  

In 1999, John was part of the management team that opened the first LM Wind Power facility in North America.  Since that time, he has had various responsibilities within the company which included a 2 year stint as Service Manager for North America.  These various roles have helped to define his belief in the power of the production workforce and provided him with the skills that have enabled him to harness that power to improve the manufacturing processes.

KM Wind

Show Description:

There are so many ways to "envision the future."  We talked about wo of those prisms with our co-host, Jack Greg, and guests, Karen Weber and Rick Heede- Weber is through Green Fest in Boston, a world-class showcase for everything sustainability.  Heede is working with organizations like Climate Mitigation to carry out the hard work of removing carbon from the air.

How do you "envision the future?"  Do you, in fact, spend time imagining a cleaner world?   We do, of course, each day, and with the help of Jack and guests on this episode, we think about the next 100 years, a century of innovation, change, global balance and the beauty of creating a new, sustainable economy that runs on clean energy, not fossil fuel.

Can mankind survive on this planet?  Not without some major changes and concessions from large-scale polluters.  What are those changes and concessions?  Listen to find out.

Guests' Bio:

Dr. Karen Weber has a vision. It is a vision she wishes to share with everyone. She hopes this vision will become reality soon for the sake of our children and future generations. She imagines a world in which we are reunited with nature, in which plants cover our cities in the form of green roofs, living walls, urban farms and thriving gardens across our urban space. This world abounds with beauty, sustainable design, amazing art, smart technology and it reflects the responsible use of all materials. It is a world in which we have found forgiveness within ourselves and toward each other; hold equal respect for humanity and all life; and are constantly grateful for the small and large miracles we encounter on a daily basis and throughout our lives.

Boston GreenFest is an expression of her passion for life, her desire to share knowledge, her optimism for a better future, her desire to help unite our city and develop sustainable jobs for everyone, her recognition that youth must be involved on every level, and her ability to work with a very diverse team to bring this extraordinary event to fruition.

Rick Heede is the principal of Climate Mitigation Services and principal investigator of the Carbon Majors Project. He has worked in climate change and mitigation for thirty years, published books and articles on energy efficiency, testified before Congress on energy policy, and conducted GHG emission inventories and third party verification for municipal governments, educational institutions, the EPA, corporations, advocacy groups, and consultancies. He provided key components of the law suit filed by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and four U.S. Cities against the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation for failure to observe NEPA with respect to global warming infrastructure damages.


Dr. Karen Weber

Rick Heede

Show Description:

It was not that long ago that nuclear power was considered "clean." We've learned since then that nuclear is fraught with risks and is not a solution to our long-term energy needs.

Recently, we reported on California's triumph in shutting down a major nuclear plant outside of LA and replacing most of the production with efficiency, reducing the area's demand for energy and clean energy. Our guest today, Sierra Martinez of the National Resources Defense Council, was a key player in this monumental effort.

Along with co-host Seth Handy, we got an inside look at what the NY Times called "one of the nation's most powerful environmental groups," and discovered that NRDC, like ReNewable Now, advocates for clean, green growth. What they look to stop, and what we look to curtail as well, is the unnecessary production of waste and destruction of natural resources in trying to fuel our global economy.

Some days we take baby steps towards sustainability, some days giant steps. As you will learn here, this was a giant step forward.

Guest Bio:

Sierra Martinez is an energy attorney in the San Francisco office of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Sierra represents NRDC at state and local fora to promote energy efficiency and other clean energy solutions to climate change. He focuses primarily on regulation of electric and gas utilities to align company and customer incentives to minimize the societal cost of energy services. Sierra has testified on energy issues before the California State Legislature, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Air Resources Board. Sierra guest lectures on energy regulation and the environment at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) and has debated energy policy before the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University.



Who helps States become more sustainable? 

Show Description:

Have you ever wondered how states find their way to a cleaner, brighter future? What resources, guidance they might have? Well, we have part of the answer in this show as talk to Warren Leon, Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance, along with my co-host this week, Seth Handy.

Positive change, as you are about to hear, does not happen by accident. Transformation to green requires investments of time, money and patience. Yet, all of those investments are rewarded with great savings, less overhead, better technology, an improved, more educated work force and a return on investment eclipsing even Wall Street's high expectations.

As you listen to Warren and this show, think about the benefits to your state, town community in working with a similar group and collaborating as a team in building the cornerstones of change. It gets you, and us, very excited about our future.

Guest Bio:

Warren Leon is appointed Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), which is a national nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy agencies working with federal, regional, industry, and other stakeholders to promote clean energy markets and technologies. He previously served CESA in several other capacities, including as Deputy Director of the organization. He oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations and leads strategy development. He directs CESA’s State-Federal RPS Collaborative and is staff lead on PV. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Brandeis University International Business School and head of the school’s sustainability specialization. Prior to working for CESA, Warren was Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Deputy Director for Programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He co-authored the influential book The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.



Peter Arpin Honored with Doctoral Degree

Last Thursday evening Peter Arpin was honored at Rhode Island College's 2014 Commencement Ceremonies where he was bestowed with a Doctoral Degree in the Humanities. Peter Arpin, who many know as the host to ReNewable Now Radio, and the force behind the ReNewable Now Network. Some may also know Peter from his last name, "Arpin."  A name that is synonymous within the moving industry from a company his great grandfather created over 115 years ago. But many may not know of the man who is a visionary, entepeneur, father, friend and colleague for many.  Peter's unbound energy is what makes him unique, not one for asking how high is the mountain before the climb, but rather what mountain is next after this climb.

Though Peter's interests may vary there is no question that his passion for the environmental education is the closest to his heart.

When Rhode Island College President, Dr. Nancy Carriuolo was Dr. Nancy Carriuoloasked about the college's thoughts about Peter, this is what she had to say; "Peter Arpin's tireless efforts in promoting Rhode Island College have introduced RIC to audiences around the world. Peter embodies principles from which everyone can learn; he is a visionary who understands the power of communications and technology, he has a grounded sense of commitment to community and he has made sustainable education a number-one priority. During our 2014 commencement, we were extremely proud to honor and recognize a Rhode Island original in Peter Arpin."

"Commitment to community," from our standpoint here at ReNewable Now that is what is all about. Helping one another, being positive, and always seeking that next mountain to climb. And with Peter Arpin as a driving force we know Peter enjoys helping other up those same mountains.

Making Campuses Sustainable

Show Description:

In this special, we welcome back Jim Murphy, Sustainability Coordinator at Rhode Island College accompanied by Hilary Costa, senior and innovator at RIC, and we linked him to the fourth college Director of Sustainability he has met through the show:  Dr. Brian Eisenhauer of Plymouth State University.

I was fortunate to sit back and listen (and you can do the sa
Water Bottle Station at RICme here on this link to the show) to two great organizations talk and compare notes on their achievements in green.  Hilary Costa, a student at Rhode Island College and also President of Student Community Government did some fantastic work at RIC. Hilary lobbied for and brought a water bottle filling station to campus in order to minimize the one use plastic bottle from RIC’s waste stream. She also worked on a mobile phone application that can track the campus shuttle bus.

Hilary CostaBeyond her leadership, Hilary has also shown a tremendous discipline in her studies. She will be graduating this Saturday from Rhode Island College as a double major in communication and political science. In only three years at the college, she has had her own political talk show on RIC’s WXIN radio station; she’s written for “The Anchor," the college newspaper, and has interned at the State House at the same time. Be on the lookout for Hilary, as we are sure no matter what she does in her career, sustainability will play an important role.

Dr. Brian EisenhauerCombine that with Brian, who has been with PSU since 2003 and his influence in shepherding, with the help of PSU students, advancements on campus in energy management, building to LEED certification on campus, assimilating kids from all over into the natural habitat of their beautiful campus and, now, pushing degree programs in environmental sciences, combined with tying those programs into real world jobs and projects, is a wonderful, heart warming story.

What a great story:  Two schools, 200 miles apart, one urban, one rural, one led by a teacher, one by a student taking on difficulties of getting projects done during one school year, both, though, agreeing on what drives change and the incredible satisfaction of making a difference in the world.

Do you want to make a difference in the world (we certainly do)?  Then listen and be inspired.


Series Continued:

In our second show our guest is Janet Coit, Director, Rhode Island DEM . Janet will give us a preview to her workshop, "How the Proposed $75M Environmental Bond can Boost Rhode Island's Economy."

This workshop will  help you find out what kinds of projects would qualify, how funds would be awarded and how projects funded by previous environmental bonds are now paying dividends for our state.  Janet helps to explain to us a bit more.

Our third show is with Stephen Larrick, Director of Planning, City of Central Falls. Stephen shares with us how the city of Central Falls is embracing crowdfunding to fund a public park project, but also awareness and community engagement for their placemaking plans. Steve gives us an update on what we can expect at his workshop.

Our fourth workshop preview show is with Kenneth F. Payne, Ph.D., Administrator, RI Agricultural Partnership. Ken's workshop explores agriculture's role in a 21st century metropolitan area, with innovation economics as the frame of reference. On our show Ken explains to us the tremendous growth agriculture has seen in the Ocean State and the potential, and possibilities at hand.

We hope you enjoy this special preview series and we look forward to seeing you live at the Summit, be sure to come by the ReNewable Now booth and say hello and share your thoughts on where you see Rhode Island's future is heading.

People Who Make A Difference 

Show Description:

We all come to sustainability from different places. We make our mark in different ways. Our strength, so many times, is our diversity.

This show, the first for Planner and Economic Director in Newport, Paul Carroll, starts small, with one man, Dave Lippert in OH, creating an efficiency stampede in and around his small town; grows as Shannon Brawley, Executive Director of Rhode Island Nursery's and Landscapers, which includes many farmers, talks about her very significant role in the State as she leads her group into reducing fertilizers, doubling local, organic food sources, preserving land and investing in clean energy; and blossoms as Paul Carroll, key to Newport's growth, describes how all of this builds resilience for our economy and environment.

Three very different, very accomplished, passionate people coming together, for the first time, in one place: ReNewable Now, the business side of green.

Texas A & M's Marine Biology Program

Show Description:

Marine and Oceanic preservation and species sustainability is near and dear to our hearts at ReNewable Now. We know that our waterways and the life in them all tie between the environment, sustainability and overall human life on the planet. One of the leading resources we have when it comes to maintaining our oceans and waters are our colleges and universities. In this edition of ReNewable Now Radio, we are learning what Texas A & M is doing when it comes to the education of future generations on the importance of this great resource.

We spoke to Dr. Greg Stunz, who is Professor of Marine Biology and Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health Coordinator of the Marine Biology Program in the Department of Life Sciences of Texas A&M,  at the Harte research center.  Dr. Stunz explained the importance of ocean research in today's times, especially in the Gulf region, and some of the programs they are applying to their students.

About Dr. Greg Stunz :
Dr. Greg Stunz is a Professor of Marine Biology and Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. A major focus of Dr. Stunz's research program is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments. Greg's research program is diverse but currently focuses on migration patterns marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices, how marine animals interact with their habitats, and the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations. Specifically, his research includes understanding the roles of apex predators in Gulf ecosystems and tracking their movement patterns, dolphin-fish migration patterns and life history, red snapper ecology and management, several projects dealing with many estuarine fishes such as spotted seatrout and red drum and their sustainable management, and many others.

Visit Texas A & M's Marine Biology website

Sustainable Crowd Funding Investment

Show Description:

Renewable Now is always fascinated with clean energy projects and investment, and financial opportunities . We especially became interested in unique ways to help fund these projects . We came upon one company that has a very unique approach to this called Mosaic . We invited Mosaic's communications director and spokes person Katie Ullman on Renewable Now to explain to us just how this program works . We learned that Mosaic got its start in 2011 in Canada, and it is very easy to start investing into projects.
The program has now become available in the United States with a goal to eventually become available globally . The minimum to invest is 25 dollars and there is a wide range of projects to invest into . Mosaic recently had won the Verizon award and now has a million dollars to begin developing an app that will enable people to make investments right from their smart phones .

About MOSAIC :

Mosaic connects investors to high quality solar projects. Our mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed.

The fundamentals of solar makes it an attractive component of a diversified investment portfolio: reliable technology, predictable energy output, and stable cash flows. Every Mosaic project is carefully vetted and structured to minimize risk while maximizing benefits to investors and to the planet.

Visit MOSAIC's website

U.S. Department of Energy HOME CHALLENGE , Rhode Island Winners

Show Description:

David Caldwell Jr., Vice President of Caldwell and Johnson, a home construction and remodeling firm from the State of Rhode Island who were winners of the U.S. Department of Energy HOME CHALLENGE are our special guests in this episode.  We spoke to David about winning the award, and asked him for an overall update on building Green in the satte of Rhode Island, and how Caldwell and Johnson have been moving in that direction.

Founded in 1968, Caldwell & Johnson has completed over 500 custom residential new construction and major remodeling projects in Rhode Island. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Caldwell & Johnson built more active solar homes than any other contractor in the state of Rhode Island. While always known for building high quality energy efficient homes, the company has recently embraced the tenets of the growing green building movement, and is committed to building homes in an environmentally sustainable manner, which includes high energy and water efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, and environmentally sustainable materials.

About David Caldwell Jr. :

Dave Jr. has quite literally grown up with the company. In addition to receiving hands on experience in all phases of company operations, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. From 1998-2006, Dave Jr. served as commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dave Jr. holds the LEED Accredited Professional Designation, the Certified Green Professional Designation, is a Green Verifier for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Program, and is an instructor for the Certified Green Professional Program through the NAHB University of Housing. Dave Jr. serves as an appointed member of the RI House Veterans Affairs Committee, a Director of the RI Builders Association, is active with the RI Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, a member of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and is a member of the East Greenwich Rotary.

The Earth Policy Institute

Show Description:

Renewable Now has been very interested in the Earth Policy Institute and the works and ideas of Lester

Brown. We took the opportunity to have Jay Matthew Roni stop by and give us some insight of the works and ideals of the Earth Policy Institute.

The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 2001 by Lester Brown, the founder and former president of the World watch Institute, to provide a plan of a sustainable future along with a road map of how to get from here to there. EPI works at the global level simply because no country can fully implement a Plan B economy in isolation.

EPI's goals are (1) to provide a global plan (Plan B) for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path, (2) to provide examples demonstrating how the plan would work, and (3) to keep the media, policymakers, academics, environmentalists, and other decision-makers focused on the process of building a Plan B economy.

The Earth Policy Institute influences many business and industries across our vast technological society. This organization is located in the western region of Washington D.C.

Jay Matthew Roni discovered his interest in the environment and economy from reading the works of Lester Brown. Plan A in our environment is doing nothing. Plan B is doing something. We discuss with Jay how the Earth Policy institute researches and works to formulate policy in order to help the world become more sustainable.

Are You A Sustainability Professional

Are You a Sustainability Professional? Listen to ReNewable Now as we learn more from the ISSP on the subject.

Show Description:

Maureen Hart, who is the new Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainable Professionals, spent 20 years as a green expert sharpening her skills and getting ready to take this incredible important leadership position as she explained to us this week on Renewable Now.
ISSP is already a global leader, an international hub, for educating and collaborating with sustainable leaders.  Maureen recapped some of their significant achievements, including building on-line training classes that will now lead to future certification of new members still cultivating their craft.  What fascinated us, through the interview, was the wide diversification of this group, how many different paths lead these members to ISSP and their expertise, and how quickly even recent grads, some of whom are now graduating with environmental degrees, can ascend the ranks and bring internal, much needed expertise to their respective organizations.
Do you think we are headed in the right direction?  Do you feel we are crafting, though schools and organizations like ISSP, passionate people dedicated to building a brighter, cleaner future?  Listen to this segment--you may very well change your mind if you doubted our ability to fill our ranks with some pretty incredible people.

About Maureen Hart

Maureen Hart recently became the executive director of ISSP. She has over two decades in the filed of sustainability. She is the author of "The Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators," and founded Sustainable Measures in West Hartford, Connecticut .

Visit ISSP by Clicking Here.

Teaching Great Human Skills
to  High School Students
Photo:  Jim Egan, Jim Murphy,  Peter Arpin

Can you teach great human skills to high school students?

Show Description:

Mt. Pleasant is a poor high school in Providence, RI.   Within that school, like all others, are kids with disabilities and challenges.  Teachers, with very average salaries, go into those classrooms wondering how they can not only motivate those kids, but get them ready to live normal lives, hold jobs, and reach their potential.  Are there great teachers left with real heart for their job?

Unequivocally, yes.  In this RN segment, with Peter Arpin and co-host, sustainability director at RIC, Jim Murphy, meet one such superstar among teachers:  Jim Egan.  Marvel at the incredible work Jim is doing, along with a building full of caring teachers and administrators and some very giving kids, in putting his own time and money into feeding hungry children on the weekend with bags full of food.  See how that starter program has expanded to full blown organic gardens growing at the school and the real-world skills the kids are learning as they help their fellow students survive and thrive.

The very foundation of transformation and teaching kids to adapt to the world around them,  easing them into good nutrition, growing healthy food, helping, being part of a team, and starting them on a sustainable path is right here in this great show.

Are there angels amongst us?   You listen and decide.  

About Jim Egan

James P. Egan is a Teacher for Special Needs adolescents at the Harold A Birch Vocational Center at Mount Pleasant High School.

Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Energy, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Photo:  Seth Handy,  Bob Whitcomb,  Peter Arpin

Incredibly, the Cape Wind Turbines, 130 of them at 440 ft tall producing 468 megs of clean electricity for most of the Islands and Cape Cod, MA, were first proposed way back in 2001.

Yet, not one blade has spun as of today... Why?

Find out as we interview former Editorial Page Editor of the Providence Journal and former writer for The Wall St Journal, Robert Whitcomb, who co-authored a fascinating book that looked deep inside the mystery of Cape Wind.  Titled, "Cape Wind:  Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound," the book first appeared in 2010 and remains a top seller on the energy list.  It is the expert commentary on this controversial fight off Nantucket Sound.

Joined by energy expert and environmental lawyer Seth Handy, the conversation frames Mr. Whitcomb's insight around a deeper exploration of the success and failure of wind energy around the globe, and the retrospective of the system in MA, bubbling up on Cape Cod, home of some very wealthy and influential residents, that brought dirty politics into the clean energy arena.  The same system that remains today and potentially corrupts our road to sustainability.

About Bob Whitcomb:

In addition to being the co-author of CAPE WIND, Bob's credits also include:

  • Fellow or board member at Pell Center and several other nonprofits.

  • Editorial-page editor (from '92) and vice president 1997 until June 1, 2013. Now a columnist. at Providence Journal Co.

Click here to reach Mr. Whitcomb

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About Peter Arpin

Seeing Green for Peter Arpin has nothing at all to do with money, but rather, it's just the opposite, it has all to do with sustainability. And if Peter Arpin were an evangelist, he wouldn't be preaching from the Good Book, but rather The GREEN book, and helping to convert everyone over to the good life of sustainability.

But what Peter would also tell you is that there is an incredible business case when it comes to embracing sustainability and moving towards a greener future. As Peter says, "The world is at a crossroads, between climate change, natural resources being de-pleated, and an ever increasing need for energy by a growing population, there are challenges that need solutions. And with these challenges come great opportunities to learn from our mistakes and devise solutions for a better tomorrow. And this time around, rather than working against nature, we can work with nature. And if you treat her right, mother earth will take care of us, and provide for all of our needs."

Quick Facts:

In August 2010:

  • Peter Arpin (Arpin Group), along with Peter Cardi (Cardi's Furniture) installed the very first Electrical Vehicle Recharging Station in the State of Rhode Island. This privately funded effort was the impetus that eventually sent the tone for the State of Rhode Island to eventually install fiffty (50) EV Station in the summer 2013.

In September 2011:

  • Under the guidance of Peter Arpin, the Arpin Group and Arpin Van Lines installed one of the very first Corporate Roof Top Solar Arrays that has cut the company's energy costs by 80%, and has already delivered back the ROI.

In October 2011:

  • Peter Arpin and the Arpin Group become the primary shareholder of eNOW, a company that was partly born out of Peter's vision of transforming the trucking industry into a cleaner and more efficient future.