Skip to main content
RENEWables A Sustainability Podcast with David Smart

RENEWables A Sustainability Podcast with David Smart

By BioStar Renewables

RENEWables — a podcast focused on the energy landscape of today. Everything from emerging renewable energy technologies to sustainability practices to why brands are changing the way they think, RENEWables is a source for current and dynamic conversation.

Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

RENEWables #49: Carbon Credits for Farmers & Agroforestry with Robin Saluoks, CEO of eAgronom
RENEWables #49: Carbon Credits for Farmers & Agroforestry with Robin Saluoks, CEO of eAgronom
Scientists have long suspected a link between industrialization and climate change, but serious study of the issue did not begin until the second half of the twentieth century when the first predictions that changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could substantially alter Earth’s surface temperature through the greenhouse effect.  It would be another 100 years before carbon credits are introduced as a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating the $2 billion carbon credit market in which companies can offset their emissions by investing in environment-positive projects, such as planting trees in the tropics. Join this episode of RENEWables, where we sat down with Robin Saluoks, CEO of eAgronom, to learn more about their carbon market program, what organic farming looks like in Estonia, and the short- and long-term benefits they are bringing to farmers all over the world.  Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: eAgronom website eAgronom Linked In
49:12
November 15, 2022
RENEWables #48: Tracking Your Favorite Brand's Supply Chain Sustainability with Shameek Gosh, CEO of TrusTrace
RENEWables #48: Tracking Your Favorite Brand's Supply Chain Sustainability with Shameek Gosh, CEO of TrusTrace
Survey shows that consumer expectations for the fashion industry to treat workers fairly rank as high as expectations for environmental issues. Some results even show that consumers are willing to pay more for ethically produced clothing. That’s why it’s important to create ongoing visibility into wages throughout the supply chain; the same way, it’s important to have visibility into products, materials, emissions, waste and more. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Shameek Ghosh, Co-founder and CEO of TrusTrace, to learn more about their software platform for supply chain traceability, and how they plan to alleviate challenging hurdles in the fashion industry by mapping every tier of even the most complex supply chains. Show Notes: TrusTrace website Shameek Ghosh Linked In Email Shameek
39:33
November 01, 2022
RENEWables #47: 2022 SuperSix Field Trials Farm Tour!
RENEWables #47: 2022 SuperSix Field Trials Farm Tour!
Your host, David Smart, and BioStar’s Chief Agronomist, Allen Philo hit the road to meet and greet farmers in the midst of BioStar’s 5th year of SuperSix field trials! BioStar is grateful that Prairie Earth Farms, Sam Knob Farm, and Twin Pines Organic Farms participated in a variety of crop trials using our SuperSix organic fertilizer. From Wisconsin to Illinois, to Indiana to Michigan, these organic farmers each have their own unique approach to growing organically, but this year, there is a common thread, using SuperSix in field trials to improve crop yield and boost fertility. On this episode of RENEWables you will learn about the history and crop mixture of these incredible Midwest organic farms. These conversations were recorded at farm-to-table restaurants, in the barns and even in the field! We learn about how these farmers are utilizing SuperSix and what they have learned from the trials. You will hear from the farmer some of the benefits of using SuperSix, how it is applied, and more! Tune in and subscribe. SuperSix Information Prairierth Farm
35:20
October 18, 2022
RENEWables #46: Bell Solar & Electrical - Empowering Women in the Solar Industry
RENEWables #46: Bell Solar & Electrical - Empowering Women in the Solar Industry
Alexia Cooper has had a life-long dream of becoming the first woman anything and in 2021 when she was recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 as the youngest woman in the state of Nevada to hold a C2 Electrical Contractor License, she knew her drive and dedication to that dream had been the foundation for her success.  Alexia is revolutionizing and creating opportunities for women in the construction industry as she chooses to lead by spreading positivity and empowering individuals to be the best version of themselves. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Alexia Cooper, CEO of Bell Solar & Electrical Systems, to learn more about how the Nevada based electrical company’s mission to rewire the world to build a sustainable future has evolved, her focus on finding more female engineers for the very male-dominated industry, and why she continues to push the limits in order to make an impact on the world! Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: Bell Solar & Electrical Systems website Linked In Twitter Facebook Instagram
21:48
September 30, 2022
RENEWables #45: Grasping the Electricity Markets, Price Increases & the Impact of Crypto
RENEWables #45: Grasping the Electricity Markets, Price Increases & the Impact of Crypto
Did you know electric power is the largest operating cost for cryptocurrency miners? Therefore, miners with the lowest power costs will have the highest margins and be in the best position to capture profits whether network hash rates rise or fall. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Andrew Barth, Partner and Co-founder of CSD Energy Advisors, to understand the impacts of the crypto space and how the energy management firm uses market knowledge to guide their clients into smarter decision making, reducing costs and improving their energy management strategies for the long haul. Barth combines fifteen years of industry experience, customer service, and technology to provide client based solutions. His areas of expertise are in the planning and sourcing of commodity procurement strategies, risk management, and the development of efficiency and sustainability initiatives. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: CSD Energy Advisors Website CSD Energy Advisors Linked In Andrew Barth Linked In Andrew Barth email
44:27
September 19, 2022
RENEWables #44: Burns & McDonnell - All Things Hydrogen
RENEWables #44: Burns & McDonnell - All Things Hydrogen
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the world and can be used to store, move, and deliver energy produced from other sources. Hydrogen technology isn’t a new concept but due to high production costs and infrastructure latency issues, we haven’t been able to capture and use the hydrogen for our energy needs until recently. Today, hydrogen fuel can be produced through several methods including natural gas reforming and electrolysis but how we store, transport and drive popularity around this element will ultimately determine whether or not we can meet our goal to hit Net-zero by 2050. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with David Slavin, Senior Project Engineer at Burns & McDonnell, to learn more about hydrogen technologies and the challenges associated with successfully implementing hydrogen into the renewable energy market, long-term and in large-scale. Show Notes: Burn & McDonnell - https://www.burnsmcd.com Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/company/burns-%26-mcdonnell/
47:50
September 05, 2022
RENEWables #43: EcoEnclose - The one-stop-shop for eco-friendly shipping solutions
RENEWables #43: EcoEnclose - The one-stop-shop for eco-friendly shipping solutions
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that plastic and other packaging waste makes up around 30% of total U.S. waste annually. That’s only in the U.S., so imagine what that looks like worldwide.  Creating more sustainable practices within your business is essential for the health of the planet and as more companies start to enhance their sustainability efforts, updating product packaging is becoming a no-brainer!  Tune into this episode of RENEWables featuring Saloni Doshi, CEO and “Chief Sustainability Geek”, at EcoEnclose—the world’s most eco-friendly packaging company, to learn how to evolve your company’s sustainability packaging strategy and help save the planet. Show Notes: EcoEnclose.com Email Customer Service Email Saloni Doshi
36:07
August 22, 2022
RENEWables #42 - KC Can Compost: Powering the People & Preserving the Planet
RENEWables #42 - KC Can Compost: Powering the People & Preserving the Planet
Two of the biggest obstacles that make community-wide composting accessible and easy are a lack of infrastructure and lack of education. That is why Kristan Chamberlain, Executive Director at KC Can Compost, spent the better part of two years researching ways to break down these barriers and created a system that promotes green jobs, a healthy environment and manages the mess!  The program offers a full waste assessment with actionable recommendations and ongoing education for commercial businesses all the way down to the individual level. Join us on this episode of RENEWables, to get educated on the benefits of composting and how to become the next KC Can Compost’s “Environmental Specialist”. www.Kccancompost.com Instagram - @KCCanCompost Facebook - KC Can Compost Follow us on Instagram - @BioStar_Renewables
30:47
August 08, 2022
 RENEWables #41 - Breaking Barriers in Hydrogen Storage Technology
RENEWables #41 - Breaking Barriers in Hydrogen Storage Technology
As the buzz around the hydrogen energy market continues, one company is breaking barriers in hydrogen storage technology and using high-density hydrogen for zero-emission transportation. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Breakthrough Energy Fellows, Ted McKlveen and Bav Roy, co-founders of Verne H2 who believe new energy solutions like hydrogen storage are required to accelerate the adoption of sustainable transportation. There has been a lot of progress in hydrogen electricity technology over the last few decades but a lot more needs to be done in order to reach net zero by 2050. Heavy duty transportation is the backbone of the global economy and all the major modes, including heavy duty trucking, shipping, and aviation rely on fossil fuels for energy, generating 10% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Scaling new technologies can take decades and industrial transformation needs to happen now, which is why Verne H2 has joined the Breakthrough Energy Fellowship Program, an organization dedicated to helping identify and accelerate development for these types of promising, early stage technologies. Tune into this episode and learn more about hydrogen storage technology and Verne’s plan for making hydrogen more usable. Show Notes: Verne H2 Breakthrough Energy Fellowship Program
26:19
July 22, 2022
 RENEWables #40: The Zero Waste Chef’s Tips & Tricks for “Breaking Up with Plastic” for a Plastic-Free July
RENEWables #40: The Zero Waste Chef’s Tips & Tricks for “Breaking Up with Plastic” for a Plastic-Free July
Concerned with the planet’s plastic pollution problem, Anne Marie Bonneau, a Senior Editor at a San Francisco based publishing company realized how much food was being wasted in her own kitchen and decided to go plastic-free in 2011.  “I have always been obsessed with food and cooking and when I became aware of how much unnecessary waste was making it to the oceans, I decided I wanted to break up with plastic”, says Bonneau, now known as the Zero-Waste Chef.  To cut down on plastic waste, she began shopping at local farmer’s markets and would take her own glass jars, stainless steel containers and homemade cloth bulk bags to fill up on organic ingredients. Today she spends her time teaching others how to be “plastic-free” while saving time and money. Tune into this episode of RENEWables to learn some very valuable tricks and tips on how you can cut down on plastic waste in your home and everyday life. Doesn’t it seem strange to use something that basically lasts forever for something you will only use for a few minutes and then throw away? PlasticFreeJuly.org provides resources and ideas to help reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, school, and everywhere else consumers, well, consume. Show Notes: ZeroWasteChef.com ShareWaste.com - connecting people who wish to recycle their food scraps
40:12
June 30, 2022
RENEWables #39: The Fat Plant Society - Bringing Nature Into the Workplace Through Biophilic Design
RENEWables #39: The Fat Plant Society - Bringing Nature Into the Workplace Through Biophilic Design
You have probably seen moss growing on rocks or trees in your backyard, but have you ever seen it covering the interior walls of an office building? If not, you will soon because these “vertical gardens'' are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also have soundproofing, odor absorbing and air purifying qualities that can help improve office and home environments. On this episode of RENEWables, we sit down with Kasey Riley, Co-founder of The Fat Plant Society and Vince Basso, to learn more about moss art and their biophilic design approach for creating working and living environments that offer an advantage of the restorative and motivational power of nature. Studies show that exposure to nature has been linked to improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation. The key to sustainable and functional biophilic design is the inclusion of nature itself and these interior moss walls are a reminder that you are never far from the forest! Show Notes: The Fat Plant Society VJB KC & Associates Instagram Linked In Pinterest
45:04
June 02, 2022
RENEWables #38: Wilbur-Ellis - Overcoming Challenges in Organic Farming
RENEWables #38: Wilbur-Ellis - Overcoming Challenges in Organic Farming
With inflation on the rise, the price of fertilizers is up a staggering 260% post-pandemic, causing farmers to cut back on the amount of fertilizers they can use on their crops and risking smaller yields. This problem comes at a time when food production is critical and finding solutions isn’t always easy, especially for farmers facing challenges that could pose serious threat to the future of their crops. On this episode of RENEWables, we sit down with Jason Ellsworth, Organic Portfolio Manager at Wilbur-Ellis, Agribusiness division, as he talks about the effects of organics on soil health, the current organic market and how the 100-year old company plans to help overcome crop challenges through innovative products and services that also help maximize return on investment. Show Notes: Wilbur-Ellis Website Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness Website Linked In Twitter Instagram Facebook
26:06
May 19, 2022
RENEWables #37: Carbon Collective - Investment Opportunities Aimed At Solving Climate Change
RENEWables #37: Carbon Collective - Investment Opportunities Aimed At Solving Climate Change
As the climate crisis continues, more and more companies are jumping on the sustainability bandwagon and finding innovative ways to help mitigate or offset carbon emissions. While this is becoming common practice among corporations, what about individuals who want to make a difference?  Join us on this special Earth Day episode of RENEWables, where we sit down with James Regulinski, Co-Founder of Carbon Collective, to discuss ESG investment opportunities designed to help pressure large companies into taking climate change more seriously. James identifies how to bridge the $4 trillion dollar gap between how much money is needed versus how much is being invested in climate change technologies currently. There are many ways to be an advocate for change, but Carbon Collective knows how to take an ethical stand when investing in a portfolio with a more sustainable future! Listen and subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode! Show Notes: Website - https://www.carboncollective.co Linekd In - https://www.linkedin.com/company/carbon-collective/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carbon.collective/ TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@carbon.collective
26:56
May 06, 2022
RENEWables #36: AirCarbon® - A Potential Plastic Replacement Derived from Microorganisms
RENEWables #36: AirCarbon® - A Potential Plastic Replacement Derived from Microorganisms
Several years ago, while researching oil spills in the ocean, scientists discovered something truly amazing—Microorganisms were using the greenhouse gas, methane as a food source and producing an energy storage material within their cells called Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), a naturally occurring polymer that resembles polypropylene, which is one of the most commonly produced plastics in the world. New Light has taken this oceanic process of dissolving air and carbon in water and created a scalable plastic alternative called AirCarbon®. With over 10 years of research and 50 patents, they are using AirCarbon to help replace plastic and restore the oceans by making reusable, plastic-free, regenerative food-ware and carbon-negative fashion, including cutlery, straws, eyewear and leather replacements. Tune into this episode of RENEWables featuring, Mark Herrema, Co-Founder & CEO of New Light Technologies to learn how these microorganisms are providing market driven solutions to solving some of the world's toughest ESG challenges. Show Notes: Newlight.com Restore Regenerative Foodware CNN News Article
27:42
April 19, 2022
RENEWables #35: Driscoll's and the Berry Exciting Future of Organic Agriculture
RENEWables #35: Driscoll's and the Berry Exciting Future of Organic Agriculture
Organic agriculture has grown from a cultural movement to a multi-billion dollar industry within the span of a few decades. This meteoric rise showcases the importance of quality food sourcing and environmental stewardship in consumer choices. But the value of organic agriculture does not just lie in personal preference. As the industry grows, so too does our understanding of the relationships between organic agriculture and soil health. Emily Musgrave and Peter Navarra of Driscoll's Berries join the latest episode of RENEWables to talk about organic systems, berry genetics and all the plant possibilities. Show Notes: Driscoll's Berries Website Tightly-Coupled Plant-Soil Nitrogen Cycling: Comparison of Organic Farms Across an Agricultural Landscape article.
33:17
March 15, 2022
RENEWables #34: Advanced Solutions to Industrial Water Use
RENEWables #34: Advanced Solutions to Industrial Water Use
Every industry consumes water. The process from sourcing to disposal often leads to unsustainable and polluting practices. And as the world’s supply of fresh water continues to dwindle, it becomes even more urgent to find solutions for treating and recycling the water we do consume. Phil Millett, VP of Manufacturing at Purestream joins RENEWables to talk about their technology’s influence on the future of water consumption and their efforts for solving multiple sustainability issues at once.  Show Notes: Purestream.com Phil Millett on Linked In
28:22
January 28, 2022
RENEWables #33: Sustainable Mechanization for a Modern Texas Vineyard
RENEWables #33: Sustainable Mechanization for a Modern Texas Vineyard
There is a lot of work that goes into establishing a vineyard, from raising capital down to harvesting the last bunch. This process becomes even more difficult when you are working in a region without a long and fruitful history. Mason Moreland, Managing Partner at Texas Vine Country, hopes to place Texas firmly on the map as an autonomous wine region. Through proper investing, sustainable practices, and mechanized systems, he helps these projects age like fine wine. Show Notes: Contact Mason Moreland LinkedIn www.texasvinecountry.com
31:45
January 06, 2022
RENEWables #32: Solar PV and the Future Energy Landscape
RENEWables #32: Solar PV and the Future Energy Landscape
Solar PV cells, industrial battery storage, investment tax credits, megawatts... Industry terminology can be intimidating, and the movement towards renewable energy certainly seems confusing. But the transition is much simpler than it appears to be. Tim Montague, Head of Business Development at Continental Energy Solutions, joins this episode of RENEWables to break down renewable energy fuel sources and explains why solar + battery storage is and will continue to be a major player in the future of the renewable energy.
38:17
October 28, 2021
RENEWables #31: Syngas Offers a Solution to Landfill Overflow
RENEWables #31: Syngas Offers a Solution to Landfill Overflow
The world has a waste problem. Landfills around the planet are reaching capacity, and in many countries those barriers have already been breached. There are various systems in place to address food waste, but what about the rest? A century-old technology is being revitalized to convert waste into energy through a process called plasma gasification. Bill Smith from XcelPlus International joins RENEWables to discuss how this technology can unlock previously unusable energy sources.
20:38
October 21, 2021
RENEWables Episode 30: Field Trials II - Q&A from BioStar's 2020 Field Trial Results
RENEWables Episode 30: Field Trials II - Q&A from BioStar's 2020 Field Trial Results
BioStar concluded another successful year of field trials and we invite you to join us as we dive into the exciting information driving these studies and discuss how a systematic approach is critical to the future of agriculture. From nutrient inputs down to the complex chemical interactions of the microbiome, agronomy offers a unique opportunity to pioneer research as we continue to transform the concept of sustainability. BioStar's patented SuperSix™ Organic Liquid Fertilizer offers natural solutions to improve agronomic systems. Allen Philo, Chief Agronomy Officer at BioStar, returns for the second part of our 2-part series, to answer questions from the audience and discuss the important science behind these trials. Show Notes: Agri-Tech Consulting, LLC. Timothy Maloney, PhD W4550 Findlay Road Whitewater, WI 53190-2901 1.920-568-8500 office 1.608-335-3835 cell
44:56
October 05, 2021
RENEWables Episode 29: Results from BioStar's 2020 SuperSix™ Organic Liquid Fertilizer Field Trials
RENEWables Episode 29: Results from BioStar's 2020 SuperSix™ Organic Liquid Fertilizer Field Trials
Soil health is foundational to successful crop yields and a systematic approach considers the importance of all details. From nutrient inputs down to the complex chemical interactions of the microbiome, agronomy offers a unique opportunity to pioneer research as we continue to transform the concept of sustainability. BioStar's patented SuperSix™ Organic Liquid Fertilizer offers natural solutions to improve agronomic systems. Allen Philo, Chief Agronomy Officer at BioStar, joins this episode of RENEWables to discuss the methods and results of another successful field trial.
58:23
September 30, 2021
RENEWables Episode: 28: How Financial Transparency Can Help Sustainability-Focused Investors
RENEWables Episode: 28: How Financial Transparency Can Help Sustainability-Focused Investors
A new generation of both institutional and retail investors are increasingly incorporating sustainability into their investment decisions. But where does this information come from and how can you determine whether or not companies are meeting the criteria? Stefania Di Bartolomeo from Physis Investment joins RENEWables to discuss how her company uses big data to bring information to your fingertips, allowing better market transparency and sound investment decisions. Show links: Website: https://physisinvestment.com Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/physisinvestment Email: physis@physisinvestment.com
27:30
September 23, 2021
RENEWables Episode 27: Tips for Maximizing Your Business' Growth, Post-Pandemic
RENEWables Episode 27: Tips for Maximizing Your Business' Growth, Post-Pandemic
One of the biggest challenges the post-pandemic business world will face is navigating a shaken labor market. What are the tools for successful hiring? How can you leverage the unique skillsets of each team member? John B. Conger from Culture Index helps organizations answer these tough questions by using analytics instead of instincts. Tune in to the first episode of Season 2 of RENEWables to hear John’s tips for maximizing growth potential.
37:35
September 17, 2021
RENEWables Episode 26: The Farm Babe | Advocating For Ag
RENEWables Episode 26: The Farm Babe | Advocating For Ag
The Farm Babe Talks Sustainable Agriculture Today on RENEWables we meet social media influencer and agriculture industry champion, Michelle Miller of The Farm Babe. She explains how sustainability is at the forefront of U.S. farmer and ranchers' minds and how the industry continues to transform by way of data and new technologies. Michelle celebrates the true “Ag story” by giving scientists and their research a bigger voice — propelling continued change for the future.
22:22
April 30, 2021
RENEWables Episode 25: How Natural Refrigerants Can Drastically Reduce the #1 GHG
RENEWables Episode 25: How Natural Refrigerants Can Drastically Reduce the #1 GHG
Did you know, commonly used HFC refrigerants are super climate pollutants and are growing faster than any other greenhouse gas on the planet? RENEWables talks to Morgan Smith to understand how the NASRC (North American Sustainable Refrigerant Council) is partnering across the industry with a goal to make climate-friendly, natural refrigerants a feasible business choice for the nearly 38K U.S. supermarkets. From coordinating incentives, to providing technician readiness, to championing legislative change, the NASRC is accelerating their mission to eliminate HFC emissions.
36:30
April 15, 2021
RENEWables Episode 24: A Big Legislative Win for the Bioeconomy
RENEWables Episode 24: A Big Legislative Win for the Bioeconomy
RENEWables welcomes back Mark Riedy of Kilpatrick Townsend, an international project finance lawyer with over 45+ years in the energy, chemical and infrastructure space. His leadership across the renewables industry has proven to be instrumental in making impactful legislative changes to USDA and DOE programs that have helped bioeconomy developers secure federal funding needed to support new and ground-breaking technologies. Riedy’s vast and in-depth knowledge provides his clients the critical guidance needed to chart a greener path. ----------------- Mark Riedy https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-j-riedy-4b963515/ MRiedy@kilpatricktownsend.com Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition https://www.altfuelchem.org/ ACORE https://acore.org/
36:25
March 26, 2021
RENEWables Episode 23: NFI Industries Strives to Be Green Inside & Out
RENEWables Episode 23: NFI Industries Strives to Be Green Inside & Out
As one of the largest Third-Party Logistics (3PL) companies in the country, NFI Industries values the use of clean technology — aiming to not only decrease its own carbon emissions but its customers' as well. Energy and Sustainability Manager David Crist explains how the company’s growing solar portfolio and electrification program to transition fleet vehicles to EV are just some of the important steps to helping its customers achieve a more sustainable supply chain. From transportation to real estate, NFI covers a lot of ground and plans to be a green leader within its industry.
40:10
March 18, 2021
RENEWables Episode 22: Helping C&I Customers Increase Sustainability & Reduce Grid Reliance
RENEWables Episode 22: Helping C&I Customers Increase Sustainability & Reduce Grid Reliance
In this episode of RENEWables, we talk shop with Sean Andrews, CPO and Head of Sustainability at E-Volve Energy, and learn how his team strives to help commercial and industrial clients strategically manage risk and reduce the amount of energy being used from the grid. As technology costs continue to come down, the opportunity for better economics and wide spread adoption of renewable energy goes up. And because of that, BioStar & Evolve agree that collaboration is essential to tackling big issues like decentralizing energy. Join the conversation and hear what these energy entrepreneurs are excited about for the future! — Sean Andrews Contact Info: Email: sandrews@e-volve.energy Sean's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanmandrews/ E-Volve Energy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/e-volve-energy/
48:06
March 11, 2021
RENEWables Episode 21: How Mandating TX Weatherization Will Help Solve Future Grid Failures
RENEWables Episode 21: How Mandating TX Weatherization Will Help Solve Future Grid Failures
Extreme Texas Cold Causes Grid Failure | What Happened & Planning For the Future In this RENEWables episode, local Texan and Amperon CEO, Sean Kelly, shares his industry expertise (along with his personal experience) surrounding the days of the February cold snap. He explains how this wasn’t a black swan event and data scientists predicted the extreme conditions. Kelly believes mandatory winterization and a small cost increase across all utility users is the key to preventing future tumultuous events.
31:16
March 04, 2021
RENEWables Episode 20: Part 4 of 4 - The Importance of Soil Health, Effects of Nitrogen & BioStar’s SuperSix™ Liquid Organic Fertilizer
RENEWables Episode 20: Part 4 of 4 - The Importance of Soil Health, Effects of Nitrogen & BioStar’s SuperSix™ Liquid Organic Fertilizer
On this episode of RENEWables, we conclude our four-part series with a science lesson from Dr. Jerry Hatfield, an agricultural research plant physiologist with a 45+-year industry career. He explains why carefully evaluating the soil plant atmosphere continuum is an important foundation to optimizing the “living system,” to not only improve crop production efficiency but also produce the food needed to sustain the population around the world. Soil health and soil fertilization are critical to the future of farming, and BioStar’s SuperSix™ Organic Liquid Fertilizer provides a key component in nitrogen to support both.
45:47
February 11, 2021
RENEWables Episode 19: Part 3 of 4 - BioStar Turns Effluent Waste into Organic Fertilizer — SuperSix™
RENEWables Episode 19: Part 3 of 4 - BioStar Turns Effluent Waste into Organic Fertilizer — SuperSix™
This RENEWables episode dives deep into the weeds of organic farming and how the continued spike of the organic industry is calling for increased soil health, soil fertility and growing better crops. Allen Philo, an organic farming expert with a vast knowledge in soil science, explains how BioStar’s SuperSix™ patented organic liquid fertilizer functions differently than others. Its all-natural form increases  soil microbiology, which in turn increases overall soil health. In fact, SuperSix is the highest liquid nitrogen organic fertilizer on the market today at 6% and is produced as part of a waste-to-energy process. Listen and you're guaranteed to learn more about the organic industry and the critical role renewable energy plays in propelling it forward.
42:55
February 05, 2021
RENEWables Episode 18: An Insider’s Look at America's Evolving Waste Economy - Renewable Natural Gas Provides a New Solution to Landfills
RENEWables Episode 18: An Insider’s Look at America's Evolving Waste Economy - Renewable Natural Gas Provides a New Solution to Landfills
We continue the RENEWables series, “An Insider’s Look at America’s Evolving Waste Economy,” with BioStar’s Peter Goehausen and learn how companies entrenched in the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) industry are equally as connected to the Waste to Energy sector. Reimagining waste streams to create products that are reengineered into valuable assets, is not only environmentally beneficial but a major economic driver. We spotlight  BioStar’s San Bernardino WtE plant and demonstrate how it helps CA businesses adhere to state mandates to reduce carbon emissions, while generating electricity and gas from renewable energy sources like Biogas. This discussion breaks down the complex RNG industry and provides a basic market framework for how clean energy and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCSF) programs are shaping the U.S. economy.
38:36
January 26, 2021
RENEWables Episode 17: (1 of 4 Part Series) Organic Farming & BioStar's Patented SuperSix Organic Liquid Fertilizer
RENEWables Episode 17: (1 of 4 Part Series) Organic Farming & BioStar's Patented SuperSix Organic Liquid Fertilizer
This RENEWables episode kicks off the first of a 4- part series look at BioStar’s Organics business — a success story that’s been 12 years in the making. From within, we unpack BioStar’s origin story, the evolution of our patented SuperSix Organic Liquid Fertilizer, and why SuperSix has become such an invaluable asset to organic farmers across the U.S. John Martin, COO and President of our Organics team, has truly pioneered his way through the market and provides a fascinating look back at the industry at large. He highlights details of our newest San Bernardino, CA “Organic Energy Solutions” plant and plans to expand the business model to lead the way in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions across the state of CA.
35:45
January 22, 2021
RENEWables Episode 16: VETAL Won't Leave Your Energy Questions Unanswered
RENEWables Episode 16: VETAL Won't Leave Your Energy Questions Unanswered
For authentic conversationalists, there’s always a great opportunity to ‘give and get’. Shira Parnes, founder of VETAL, joins RENEWables and shares how her continued quest for true understanding of what’s best for a customer has helped the growth of her energy-focused organization. Collaboration is at the heart of VETAL and a methodology that’s used, both internally and externally, to simplify the market — with a goal to filter out solution-based options that drive impactful change across clients’ portfolios. This episode is a great way to reframe the inherent challenges of what it takes to run any business.
33:50
January 07, 2021
RENEWables Episode 15: Advancing Critical Human Infrastructure
RENEWables Episode 15: Advancing Critical Human Infrastructure
On this episode of RENEWables, Black & Veatch’s Brian Sifton explains how the 105-year-old engineering and construction firm continues to evolve its business across key environmental topics to advance critical human infrastructure. With a trusted reputation as a technology integrator, BV sees its role as bringing people together to solve problems and make projects happen. Clients representing a variety of segments, all over the world, look to BV to derisk and deploy new technologies and explore new ways of doing business that improve quality of life and expand economic activity — for decades to come. Both internally and externally, BV structures its teams to journey alongside customers as they achieve net zero carbon. Be sure to listen and learn more about their Accelerate Zero campaign.
33:03
December 17, 2020
RENEWables Episode 14: Understanding Deregulated Power
RENEWables Episode 14: Understanding Deregulated Power
On this episode of RENEWables, Eli Sachs, of Freepoint Energy Solutions, explains the fundamentals of the deregulated market and the parties responsible for bringing electricity directly to the end user’s doorstep. For both residential and commercial/industrial, the deregulated market decouples the energy transmission from the distribution and the consumption — allowing companies like Freepoint to help customers with their ability to choose a power source. And with more customers looking toward renewable energy options, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and other solutions provide opportunities to achieve state-specific Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The nuances of this market are complicated and ever-changing, but this episode breaks down the basics.
23:12
December 03, 2020
RENEWables Episode 13: The Future of the Bioeconomy
RENEWables Episode 13: The Future of the Bioeconomy
This episode of RENEWables features tenured attorney and partner, Mark Riedy of Kilpatrick Townsend. With an impressive 45+ year career as an international project finance lawyer, Riedy focuses his practice in the renewable energy, chemical and infrastructure segments, helping clients structure highly-complex transactions — turning their projects into a reality. His in-depth regulatory knowledge guides a multitude of trade associations that champion the growth and extension of important governmental programs, which Riedy feels are critical to the future success of the bioeconomy. Hear how government incentives will help drive the development of renewable energy projects and why they should be valued and protected at the highest level. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Check out following trade associations Mark Riedy referenced during today’s show: American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE): https://acore.org/ Alternative Fuels & Chemical Coalition (AFCC): https://www.altfuelchem.org/ Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC): https://cleanfuelsdc.org/
37:40
November 19, 2020
RENEWables Episode 12: Sustainable Brands
RENEWables Episode 12: Sustainable Brands
As a leading international organization, Sustainable Brands partners with brands to drive corporate innovation while addressing systemic social and environmental challenges AND create market value. This approach to using ‘business for good’ requires a new way of thinking and one SB strives to help companies achieve. In this episode of RENEWables, Director of Business Development, David Hopkins, explains how SB’s corporate membership cultivates a global community of brand innovators and serves as a strong connection point between local, regional and world-wide communities. Hopkins shares how SB has adapted its business model during the pandemic and leveraged the power of technology to continue bringing leaders together for curated, meaningful engagement — even announcing a special in-person event scheduled for June of 2021! Be sure to listen for how to secure a complimentary pass to SB’s upcoming Integrate Conference, an event helping CFOs and CSOs close the gap on achieving important ESG goals.
34:30
November 11, 2020
RENEWables Episode 11: Evolving With Today's Energy Market
RENEWables Episode 11: Evolving With Today's Energy Market
In Episode 11 of RENEWables, Chuck Hurchalla, of Evolution Energy Partners, shares how the his lifetime of experience in the energy sector has culminated into his current role as CEO. As one of the Philadelphia’s fastest growing companies, Evolution’s focus on commodity risk management and engineering helps its clients reduce overall consumption and achieve long-term, permanent savings — a unique approach to managing the market. With partners like BioStar, Evolution aims for continued growth and to remain on the cutting edge of the industry. Hurchalla explains that the renewables and ESG movement isn’t going away and is more critical than ever. In fact, we’ll see it progress even further as organizations’ sustainability behaviors are measured and scrutinized.
25:52
November 05, 2020
RENEWables Episode 10: It's A Whole New Grid Out There!
RENEWables Episode 10: It's A Whole New Grid Out There!
With increased focus on renewable energy, climate change and the Grid, there’s more data than ever to measure the market’s future. In this episode of RENEWables, hear how two strangers, an industry expert and a top data scientist, launched a new partnership to merge energy and tech. CEO Sean Kelly explains how Amperon’s expertise in energy procurement helps retail energy providers, utilities, market operators and energy traders navigate the best fit for their profiles, with short- and long-term demand forecasting. Learn how its product, AmpRetail, combines real-time, smart-meter data with weather models to predict highly-detailed forecasting and market trends. The Grid is changing and accurate data science is the key to making businesses more sustainable.
33:33
October 15, 2020
RENEWables Episode 9: River-Borne Commerce Enhances Sustainable Cities
RENEWables Episode 9: River-Borne Commerce Enhances Sustainable Cities
Join us for this interesting discussion and learn how Kansas City is maximizing one of the its greatest assets to ensure a strong future—From river-borne commerce to the streetcar to the development of the Berkeley Riverfront, this episode covers all things KC! Kansas City is doing some impressive things with transit-oriented development, responsible land use and smart-city growth. On this week’s episode of RENEWalbes, Krishan Purvis of Port KC takes a deep dive into one of the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals and shares his passion for “Sustainable Cities.” He explains how the Port Authority of Kansas City is using a historical river system to redefine the importance of waterway transportation. River-born commerce has seen a dramatic increase in tonnage over the last several years as companies recognize it as an affordable, efficient and sustainable way to move product. One barge is equivalent to 16 railroad cars or 70 truck trailers, so utilizing the river not only reduces highway traffic but also greenhouse gas emissions.
33:40
October 09, 2020
RENEWables Episode 8: How Technology is Changing the Energy Market
RENEWables Episode 8: How Technology is Changing the Energy Market
Hear from an energy broker who’s career in the oil and gas market has evolved as much as the market itself. Mike Nemer of eRENEWABLE has brought new technology to the sustainability space by offering his customers a real-time, online auction platform for PPA (Power Purchase Agreements) and VPPAs (Virtual Power Purchase Agreements). As corporations continue to set lofty ESG goals, trading virtual energy products, as well as bundled and un-bundled RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) are helping companies achieve their “green” needs. Learn how a new company is bringing a new focus to the renewable energy sector.
32:21
October 01, 2020
RENEWables Episode 7: Sustainability and the Automotive Industry
RENEWables Episode 7: Sustainability and the Automotive Industry
In this RENEWables episode, Bobby Sight shares how Ford continues to develop sustainable technologies to achieve their RE100 goals by 2023 and how Rob Sight Ford continues to evolve its dealership to ensure success in the automotive industry. Don’t miss this car-talk conversation between two friends! Listen in and subscribe!
34:32
September 25, 2020
RENEWables Episode 6: Microgrids Bring the Power
RENEWables Episode 6: Microgrids Bring the Power
In this power-packed episode of RENEWables, Duncan Campbell, VP of Project Analysis at Scale Microgrids, gives us a comprehensive breakdown of microgrids and how they differ from other distributed energy projects. A holistic microgrid approach, which includes solar, battery storage and generators, create systems that equal more than the sum of their parts — achieving the economic, sustainable and resiliency benchmarks customers are coming to expect. Understand the basics between co-generation and tri-generation and what happens to the heat waste created from behind-the-meter power projects. This is a timely and conversation that underscores why resiliency is driving fundamental changes in the U.S. energy market. Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
38:42
September 22, 2020
RENEWables Episode 5: Sustainable Stories From Within
RENEWables Episode 5: Sustainable Stories From Within
In Episode 5 of RENEWables, we spotlight a BioStar employee who’s sustainability roots run deep, both personally and professionally. Entrepreneur Chrissy Coughlin has a tenured career building relationships from Washington DC to LA, with small to large companies alike — flying the green flag high and sharing the good-natured work organizations are striving to achieve. “Sustainability” means something different to many, but corporations are intentionally shifting the focus to prioritize specific goals from to top down. This is an interesting conversation you won’t want to miss! Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
29:19
September 22, 2020
RENEWables Episode 4: ABC's of the Energy Market
RENEWables Episode 4: ABC's of the Energy Market
In Episode 4, Andrew shares the basics of the U.S. electricity market, the differences between regulated and deregulated power and the entities that deliver that power. He covers demand response and distributed generation and how customers are leveraging the technology to off-set their power load and create revenue. Whether you're green to understanding the nuances of the industry or well-versed in the space, you'll find this conversation worthwhile! Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
36:57
September 22, 2020
RENEWables Episode 3: Solar Today
RENEWables Episode 3: Solar Today
In Episode 3, Lila Ontiveros of Freedom Solar, explains why consumers are finding such value in transitioning their power off the grid to a renewable resource. If you're new to understanding the benefits of Solar, you won't want to miss this episode. Tune-in and learn more! Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
32:18
September 22, 2020
RENEWables Episode 2: The Purpose Advantage
RENEWables Episode 2: The Purpose Advantage
In Episode 2 of RENEWables, author Jeff Fromm unpacks what it means for brands to have Purpose Advantage and how by focusing on specific consumer benefits, brands can create distinguishing attributes and increased marketshare.  Smart strategies = Meaningful action = Long-term, positive effects. Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
26:17
September 22, 2020
RENEWables Episode 1: Air Quality
RENEWables Episode 1: Air Quality
In Episode 1: "Air Quality", President & CEO of AtmosAir™ Solutions gives us an inside look at how air purification systems are fighting coronavirus head on. Schools, hospitals, sports venues and big corporations alike are taking important strides in delivering clean, safe indoor air to all of those who enter their facilities. Click "Follow" so you don't miss an episode!
32:42
September 22, 2020