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Bigger Than Us

By Nexus PMG
Nexus PMG welcomes you to the Bigger Than Us™ podcast, which we, as energy geeks lovingly refer to as the BTU. Bigger Than Us is a podcast that focuses on ideas that will shape the future of our planet and ultimately, our existence. We will occasionally lean into energy topics because after all, it’s the key to our collective survival, but we’ll also explore other areas that we believe will have an effect that is Bigger Than Us.
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#99 Jeremy McKane, CEO of OCN.ai
Jeremy McKane is an Artist with the passion for the environment. His focus has been directed on Ocean issues for several years. He is an active Explorers Club Member and the CEO of OCN.ai, an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement at sea. http://www.ocn.ai/ https://www.ultramarineocean.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
38:36
September 22, 2020
#98 Troy Carter is a Co-Founder at RIZOME, scaling engineered bamboo
Troy Carter is a co-founder at RIZOME, and is bringing the audacious scale and vision of startup methodology to the planet’s ecological and climate crisis. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics, was an early employee at Airbnb and E la Carte, then founded and scaled Troy Cider and exited after a successful acquisition in 2015. He has focused on carbon finance and renewable energy and agriculture projects for the last six years. He is now supporting RIZOME to grow into a globally significant climate-positive building materials and carbon sequestration company. https://www.rizomeco.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
34:28
September 18, 2020
#97 Dave Mozersky, President and Co-Founder of Energy Peace Partners
Dave Mozersky is the President and co-founder of Energy Peace Partners. Dave has been involved in peace building and conflict prevention work since 2001, with a specific interest in mediation and peace processes. He is the Found­ing Direc­tor of the Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development at UC Berkeley’s RAEL, and has worked with the International Crisis Group, the African Union, and Humanity United, among others. https://www.energypeacepartners.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
35:40
September 15, 2020
#96 Michelle Greene President, Long-Term Stock Exchange
Michelle Greene, President of the Long-Term Stock Exchange. Michelle brings legal, policy, and operational expertise to her role at the Long-Term Stock Exchange. Her experience includes serving in senior roles at the New York Stock Exchange and the US Department of the Treasury, as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., Inc. and as a securities lawyer. She teaches at Columbia University and has served on numerous non-profit boards and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Michelle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. https://ltse.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
47:53
September 11, 2020
#95 Pat Crowley, founder and CEO of Chapul Farms, building and scaling modular insect farms
Pat Crowley is the founder and CEO of Chapul Farms, building and scaling modular insect farms. His diverse career path has had a singular focus of ensuring the food and water availability to future generations, with previous positions as a climate modeler, hydrologist, and agronomist for state and federal agencies. He founded Chapul (the first edible cricket protein company in the US) in 2012 as a way to create a pull-through demand for the growth of the insect agriculture industry. This path led him to an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank, securing an investment from Mark Cuban, into a brand that reached national distribution as the first of its kind. Addressing today's growth needs of the industry, Chapul Farms' mission is to increase biodiversity within agriculture, leveraging insects as a gateway to beneficial microbial ecosystems that are essential to regenerative farming, and most terrestrial ecosystems on the planet. Pat has an M.S. in Watershed Hydrology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. www.chapulfarms.com www.chapul.com TEDx
39:05
September 8, 2020
#94 Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting
Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, an instructor at the University of Washington and Harvard, and author of several bestselling books in sustainability including his latest book, ‘How to Talk to the Other Side: Finding Common Ground in the Time of Coronavirus, Recession, and Climate Change. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent business consultants and teachers in the field of sustainability. He is renowned as a catalyst for impact in sustainability, bringing together divergent perspectives in business, environmental, and social justice communities to move positive change forward. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a consulting firm focused on demonstrating the bottom-line business benefits of sustainability and has led over 160 organizations, including Alaska Airlines, Nordstrom, REI, and Expedia through successful implementation. He has built a reputation as being the “trusted advisor” and “business guy” on the environment and social issues for the past 20 years. Most recently, he helped MLS Cup Champions the Seattle Sounders go carbon neutral. He has since contributed to sustainability efforts in more than 40 industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies down to local government organizations, social justice organizations and clean energy start-ups to offset over 10,000 times the carbon emissions of his own firm. https://sustainablebizconsulting.com/ https://amzn.to/2YXkAGJ https://nexuspmg.com/
39:06
September 4, 2020
#93 Stacy Savage Founder & President, Zero Waste Strategies
ZWS is an environmental consultancy specializing in Zero Waste and Circular Economy concepts. ZWS works with leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors who are serious about reducing waste to drive increased profits, deeper customer loyalty, employee empowerment and a green marketing edge. With 17 years’ experience in Zero Waste policy development, business implementation, and education training, ZWS has adjusted entire corporate and municipal waste protocols for optimization and has empowered thousands of employees through engaging training sessions, ensuring program success https://0waste.org/ https://nexuspmg.com/
48:18
September 3, 2020
#92 Jon Leland, Vice President of Insights and Head of Environmental Impact at Kickstarter
Jon is the Vice President of Insights and Head of Environmental Impact at Kickstarter, the world's largest platform for crowdfunding creative work. He leads data science, analytics, user research and strategy in addition to the company's environmental commitments. He is also the creator of This Place Will Be Water, a climate change mobilization campaign focused on Sea Level Rise with thousands of participants across 30 countries, and recently launched This Place Will Burn, mapping the increase in major wildfires fueled by climate change in the next 40 years. Previously he worked on environmental justice issues as an advisor to the Palau Mission to the U.N. and at the NRDC. https://www.thisplacewillbewater.org/ https://www.thisplacewillburn.org/ https://www.kickstarter.com/ https://thecreativeindependent.com/?ref=global-footer https://nexuspmg.com/
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August 28, 2020
#91 David Slutzky Founder and CEO, Fermata Energy
David Slutzky Founder and CEO, Fermata Energy Prof. Slutzky is a recognized thought leader in the field of vehicle-to-grid technology. Slutzky founded Fermata Energy with the specific intention of developing and commercializing vehicle-to-grid technology in order to make electric vehicles more cost effective and the electric power grid more stable, as well as to provide large-scale energy storage to make the transition to renewable energy happen more quickly. He has earned the reputation of being a policy wonk and serial entrepreneur committed to preservation of sensitive ecological systems, protecting the long-term integrity of our biosphere, and working to solve the challenges of global warming. In addition to more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, David served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and EPA during the Clinton Administration. At the White House, he coordinated the International Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, where he focused his efforts on the environmental and labor implications of international trade agreements such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments. Prior to Fermata Energy, David co-founded Skeo Solutions, an environmental policy consulting firm and worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and U.S. EPA. He is also on the faculty of the University of Virginia as a Research Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Slutzky earned his BA and pursued graduate studies in Political Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and received his law degree from the Program on Energy and the Environment at Chicago-Kent College of Law. David is also known for founding ERC, where he developed the process tool commonly known as the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, and for co-founding ERIIS, the nation’s first environmental data. https://www.fermataenergy.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
51:43
August 25, 2020
#90 Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability at Lyft Inc.
Sam joined Lyft in 2018 as the Director of Sustainability, where he oversees Lyft’s sustainability and climate impact efforts. Lyft was one of the first companies to join former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “We Are Still In” movement to pledge its commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Most recently in June 2020, Lyft made an industry-leading commitment to reach 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030. Prior to Lyft, Sam spent 10 years at Google as Senior Lead for Energy & Infrastructure, where he co-led Google's achievement of 100% renewable energy in 2017, making Google the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy on the planet to-date with over 3 GW of wind & solar energy under contract. Before Google, Sam earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on wind energy and plug-in vehicles, respectively. https://www.lyft.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
33:57
August 21, 2020
#89 Matthew Dawson, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer, Utility Global
Dr. Matthew Dawson (PI): Dr. Dawson received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, graduating at the top of his class from both institutions. He has spent more than a decade of his career in research and project management roles at the likes of ExxonMobil, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, and MIT Investment Management Company. He has filed more than sixty (60) patent applications in the energy industry alone and overseen the development of numerous technologies which have gone on to be widely deployed throughout the industry. Several of the technologies he developed have been utilized by most major oil & gas operator in the United States. One such technology he developed was spun out into a start-up company by Dr. Dawson, which went on to receive the 2018 E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. Dr. Dawson has overseen several successful technology companies as a CEO, CTO, and Director. He's also served as a venture capital Investment Manager. Over the years, he's shown an uncanny ability to rapidly transform a vision into high-impact products and drive widespread adoption. https://utility.global/ https://nexuspmg.com/
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August 18, 2020
**Special and final In-between-esode - Roshan Vani Co-Founder& COO
Mr. Vani is a Project Management Professional with experience in the EPC, EPCM & PMC industry working on large capital projects ranging in value from $0.5B to $11B in the Power and Mining & Metals industries. He has experience in managing lump sum and cost reimbursable contracts in North America and Saudi Arabia. Prior to starting Nexus he was a Risk Manager & Project Controls Manager for a Fortune 500 firm and subject matter expert in project planning (Primavera), schedule (Primavera Risk) risk analysis and cost risk (@Risk) analysis. Mr. Vani is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute) and holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. https://nexuspmg.com/
35:48
August 17, 2020
#88 Marilyn Waite, Program Officer in Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Marilyn leads the climate and clean energy finance portfolio at the Hewlett Foundation. She has worked across four continents in renewable and nuclear energy, startups, and venture capital and investment. Author of Sustainability at work: careers that make a difference, Marilyn is editor-at-large at GreenBiz. She previously led the energy practice at Village Capital, modeled and forecasted energy solutions to climate change as a Senior Research Fellow at Project Drawdown, and managed innovation projects at AREVA (now Orano). She holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. https://www.amazon.com/Sustainability-at-Work-Marilyn-Waite/dp/1138200484 https://marilynwaite.com/sustainability-at-work/ https://hewlett.org/people/marilyn-waite/
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August 14, 2020
#87 Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder of Queen of Raw
Corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, a marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles, keeping them out of landfills and turning pollution into profit. Prior to starting Queen of Raw, Stephanie worked as a lawyer in the fashion, media/entertainment, start-up, and technology industries. An advocate for women in business and sustainability, her companies have been featured in NPR, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Vogue, WWD, ELLE, Cheddar, WCBS, United Nations, Fortune, Entrepreneur, WIRED, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Fast Company.  Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL LAUNCH.org Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, a Cartier Women's Initiative Laureate, an MIT - Solve Global Challenge Winner, a thredUP Circular Fashion Fund Recipient, and an LVMH Innovation Award Finalist. She is a Member of Pledge 1% and New York Circular City Initiative and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney. https://www.queenofraw.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
34:56
August 11, 2020
**Special In-between-esode - Ben Hubbard Co-Founder & CEO
Unlike all other c-level positions, the word “Executive” does not tell us what a CEO is responsible for. It is the odd man out. A more appropriate title is Chief Vision Officer (CVO). My job is to define, embrace and protect our company’s vision and Just Cause of bettering our planet. This is accomplished by taking accountability for deciding when short-term finite costs are worth it to advance our infinite vision. I am responsible for ensuring our employees are fulfilled, and that their well-being is put far ahead of the bottom line. I want everyone to know WHO we are and what we stand for well before they know what we do. I want to help build better people in order to build a better world.
21:40
August 10, 2020
#86 Sanjay Shrestha, Chief Strategy Officer at Plug Power
Sanjay Shrestha joined Plug Power as Chief Strategy Officer in 2019. Prior to joining Plug Power, Mr. Shrestha served as the CIO of a global solar IPP and President Sky Capital Americas since 2015.  Under his leadership, Sky Capital America built and acquired over 100MW of operating solar assets and secured pipeline over 100MW.  He also sourced various types of financing solutions to support this growth including project debt, construction equity and long-term equity. He brings almost two decades of experience in the broader clean tech sector to our team. Before global solar IPP, he led the renewables investment banking effort at FBR Capital markets. During 2014, and under his leadership, the firm was ranked among the top renewable energy underwriters in the U.S. Prior to joining FBR, Mr. Shrestha spent seven years as the global head of renewables research coverage at Lazard Capital Markets. During his tenure at Lazard Capital Markets, he was a member of the Institutional Investor All America Research team and was also ranked as one of the top five stock pickers on a global basis. Prior to Lazard Capital Markets, Mr. Shrestha spent seven years at First Albany Capital, where he built the firm’s renewables and industrial research practice. Starmine/Forbes Magazine ranked him the number 1 stock picker and the number 1 earnings estimator during his tenure at First Albany Capital. Mr. Shrestha serves as an independent director on the board of directors of Fusemachines, an AI company.
34:43
August 7, 2020
#85 Brenden Millstein, CEO & Co-founder of Carbon Lighthouse
Brenden Millstein is CEO & Co-founder of Carbon Lighthouse, where he is responsible for corporate growth, engineering, and long-term planning. Under Brenden’s leadership, Carbon Lighthouse became profitable and began reducing emissions within 6 months of operations. Brenden previously worked for NYSERDA, the State agency charged with addressing New York’s largest energy and environmental issues. Working with a small team comprised of leading energy experts, Brenden co-administered a budget of $87 million, executing energy efficiency and demand response projects at 250+ manufacturing plants and high-rise office buildings in New York City. Brenden’s clients included Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, CBRE, and many other banks and property management companies. Additionally, he also worked as a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, investigating both Li-ion batteries and advanced building materials. Brenden obtained an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and an MS in Renewable Energy Engineering, also from Stanford. He holds a B.A. in Physics, cum laude, from Harvard University. https://www.carbonlighthouse.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
49:47
August 4, 2020
**Special In-between-esode 2 -Paul Hammond Co-Founder & CFO
Chief Financial Officer & Principal at Nexus PMG. Responsible for financial strategy, governance & compliance. Dedicated to delivering world-class services for our clients in the lending & investing communities and owner/developer teams. Chartered Global Management Accountant with a successful track record of applying industry-leading standards to create operational and management efficiencies that optimize strategic decision making. Previous roles include Business Services Manager for Fluor, overseeing Accounting and Finance project teams in the Energy & Chemicals and Mining & Metals industries. Led Project Business Services teams in Europe and the Middle East on megaprojects and programs valued up to $11 billion. https://nexuspmg.com/
22:15
August 3, 2020
#84 Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive
Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive and an expert on solutions that address climate change while also improving health, well-being, equity, and economic vitality, and she is the originator of the term ‘multisolving’ to describe such win-win-win solutions. Beth writes and speaks about multisolving, climate change, and leadership based on systems thinking to local, national, and international audiences. Her work has been published in Non-Profit Quarterly, The Sandford Social Innovation Review, U. S. News, The Daily Climate, System Dynamics Review, and more. She has trained and mentored global sustainability leaders in the Donella Meadows Fellows Program and provided systems thinking training to both Ashoka and Dalai Lama Fellows.  A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Beth trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows and worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years. https://www.climateinteractive.org/ https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/climate-ambassadors/ http://www.cobbhill.org/ https://nexuspmg.com/
43:15
July 31, 2020
#83 Bruno Sarda, President of CDP North America
Bruno Sarda is a leader in driving a sustainable future, with more than a decade of sustainability leadership experience. As the President of CDP North America, he works to grow the organization and increase environmental disclosure and action among companies and local governments, as well as manage the North American team and operations. Previously he served as Chief Sustainability Officer for NRG, a leading integrated power company, and has also worked at Dell and Charles Schwab.  Bruno is a faculty member and Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University. https://www.cdp.net/en https://nexuspmg.com/
34:21
July 28, 2020
*Special In-between-esode - Nexus PMG Behind the Scenes
Over the next few weeks in celebration of our 7 year anniversary, we’ll be releasing content, both audio and written that gives an insight into who we are as a company. We’re launching with a book club session we recorded earlier this year during which our founders and a few employees engaged in a discussion about Artificial Intelligence and it’s implications on society. https://nexuspmg.com/
1:56:17
July 27, 2020
#82 Franz Hochstrasser, CEO and Co-founder of Raise Green
Franz Hochstrasser is CEO and Co-founder of Raise Green, and is also CEO and Co-founder of New Haven Community Solar which were both founded in 2018. He has been working at the intersection of policy, climate change, environmental and social issues for more than a decade. Prior to graduating from Yale School of the Environment with a focus on sustainable finance, clean energy and business in 2018, Franz served eight years in the Obama Administration.  Franz served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, working on the team that successfully negotiated the Paris Agreement. Prior to that, he was Deputy Associate Director at the White House Council of Environmental Quality working on energy, environment and climate policy and public engagement; and a Confidential Assistant and Legislative Analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on conservation, energy, food security, science policy and open data. He also worked on both of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.  Franz holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University; Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. https://www.raisegreen.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
33:18
July 24, 2020
#81 Mo Vargas, President & CEO of BayoTech - On-Site Hydrogen Production Company
Mo is the President & CEO of BayoTech. Mo brings new technologies to market, whether leading investor-backed companies or running growth and transformative initiatives in global corporations. His Fortune 500 experience includes executive leadership roles at GE, Siemens, AES and Lockheed Martin. In addition, he has led 4 early stage technology companies including BayoTech. MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in combustion from the University of California Irvine. https://www.bayotech.us/ https://nexuspmg.com/
36:13
July 21, 2020
#80 Sabrina Williams, CEO of SEED
Sabrina is CEO of SEED and, with a background in architecture, law and urban planning, she has almost 25 years of experience working with groups in 40 states as a community organizer and organizational development specialist. In 2000 she founded a non-profit that addressed sustainability and food security in low-income populations, while challenging ordinances and public housing policies that restricted home gardening and urban farming. She organized “SEED Farming, Food Access & Entrepreneurship” workshops to support urban farming and community food systems in South Los Angeles and Cuba, before founding SEED in 2019. Sabrina has been a professor at both California State University at Northridge and the University of Southern California focusing on city growth and food security. Her super powers are perfect pie crusts and ice cream wizardry. ABOUT SEED SEED is a registered benefit corporation offering the SEED“farm in a box” automatic irrigation and soil health kit. The solar-powered, Bluetooth enabled kit offers IKEA-like functionality and a comprehensive app so users can monitor and manage their plants from anywhere. SEED is a sustainable option for consumers who want to raise their own produce, while impacting climate change, reducing food insecurity and promoting entrepreneurship in developing communities around the world. Under a one-for one sales mandate, for each kit sold one is provided to a low-income farmer. Currently 1 in every 9 people is food insecure worldwide, and by 2050, we must feed 9 billion people and cut greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production. Reducing the influences of climate change on food security calls for investment in innovation toward a more resilient, sustainable “climate-smart food system”in all communities. https://seedbox.systems/ https://nexuspmg.com/
36:42
July 17, 2020
#79 Juliana Garaizar, Launch Director at Greentown Labs Houston
Juliana Garaizar is an experienced global executive and general manager with demonstrated success working with entrepreneurs in angel investment, venture capital and private equity across multiple industry sectors including medtech, cleantech, fintech, consumer and impact.  Most recently she served as the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, and prior to that as the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. The Houston Angel Network is the most active angel network in the United States, and has invested in Greentown Labs companies AMS and Dynamo Micropower. Prior to this, Juliana managed the Antipolis Innovation Campus, a small business innovation and incubation center in the French Riviera. In this role she also served as the Managing Director of the Sophia Business Angels, investing in cleantech startups such as SunPartner, Solar Indice, Nheolis, Blue Group and Certinergy. A native of Spain, Juliana started her career in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain and then at Citigroup. Juliana earned her MBA at the London Business School and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She has also received recognition as a Kauffman Fellow, a highly selective two-year program for innovative venture capital leaders.  Juliana has served on many boards and advisory boards in the areas of innovation, investment and civic engagement. She is currently a board member of the Angel Capital Association and is an advisory board member of the Israeli fund Sanara Ventures, the Houston Diversity Fund and the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund. She has also served as a member of the Mayor of Houston's task forces on Innovation and on Women and Diversity.  As a globetrotter who has visited 60 countries, Juliana is passionate about experiencing different cultures and speaks five different languages. During her travels, she has been able to experience the impact of climate change firsthand. After her last trip to Patagonia and living through Hurricane Harvey, she felt she needed to step up her commitment to fight it. During her last eight years living in Houston, she has been able to see a shift in the city’s understanding of the impacts of climate change and the need for an energy transition. That is why she believes it is the perfect moment for Greentown Labs’ expansion to Houston. https://greentownlabs.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
36:29
July 14, 2020
#78 Maurits van de Ven, Co-Founder of Plantible Foods
Maurits van de Ven, Co-Founder of Plantible Foods. Maurits founded and exited two software-driven trading companies in The Netherlands and after acquiring his masters in finance at ESADE in Barcelona he worked as an investment banker focused on the US CPG industry at a NY based boutique bank. https://www.plantiblefoods.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
32:16
July 10, 2020
#77 Johannes D. Escudero, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition)
Johannes D. Escudero is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).  Mr. Escudero founded the RNG Coalition in July, 2011 to provide the renewable natural gas industry with a public policy platform and an advocacy voice.   Today, the RNG Coalition’s membership is international and includes leading companies and organizations from each sector of the RNG industry.   RNG Coalition members produce more than 90% of the renewable natural gas in North America.   Together, the RNG Coalition advocates for the development, deployment and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations have access to clean, domestic, renewable fuel and energy supply.  Through advocacy and education, the RNG Coalition has successfully expanded and created new RNG markets at the federal, state, provincial and local government levels in the United States and Canada.   Mr. Escudero has more than fifteen years of organizational leadership and business development experience, with a diverse background in non-profit management, higher education, politics, governmental, legislative and regulatory affairs.   He has a Master's Degree with honors in Leadership from Hope International University, where he is also an Adjunct Professor.  Prior to founding the RNG Coalition, Mr. Escudero served as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly, and served ranking members of the Budget, Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources and Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials committees.   Mr. Escudero is an ordained Pastor, and has served as President of Escudero & Associates Inc. since 2008 - a private firm that provides energy related services to clients, including members of the RNG Coalition.   Mr. Escudero has been married to his lovely wife Tawni for fifteen years. Together, they have three children, Rori Lane (10 years), Lincoln Brave (6 years) and Jack Love (7 months). http://www.rngcoalition.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
47:13
July 7, 2020
#76 Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC)
Dianna Cohen is Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) and a passionate advocate against plastic pollution. PPC is a growing global alliance of more than 1,000 organizations, businesses, and notable thought leaders working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, and the environment. A Los Angeles based visual artist, Dianna has shown her work internationally at galleries, foundations, and museums. She uses plastic in her artwork to make a visual and social impact. With plastic bags as her primary material for the past 27 years, Cohen is interested in exploring its materiality through modifications and the material’s relationship to culture, media, toxicity, and the world at large and shared this in her 2010 TED talk “Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution.” Dianna is a frequent speaker and guest and has spoken at the UN and international conferences and symposia, and has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, and many others. She is the recipient of the Global Green Environment Award, the Snow Angel Award, and Environmentalist of the Year by SIMA, among others. Dianna studied Biology, Art, and Film at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a BA in Fine Arts. https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/ https://nexuspmg.com/
47:50
July 3, 2020
#75 Steve Oldham is the CEO of Carbon Engineering, a Direct Air Capture technology
Steve Oldham is the CEO of CE and brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in technology, robotics and aerospace sectors. Steve has held a variety of senior executive positions across Canada and the US, covering General Management, Business Development, and Strategy. Steve has also secured financing from Government and commercial sources for a variety of complex technologies, including several large satellite programs. https://carbonengineering.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGGhtguHns https://nexuspmg.com/
29:19
June 30, 2020
#74 Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA, is an investment analyst and writer focused on clean energy stocks
Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA, is an investment analyst and writer focused on clean energy stocks. He is best known for his cautious and income-oriented approach to investing, and his warnings leading up to the bursting of the 2015 Yieldco bubble.  His writing has appeared in publications such as GreenTech Media, The Guardian, Renewable Energy World, Forbes.com, but his primary outlet has been AltEnergyStocks.com since 2007. Tom is a CFA charterholder and has a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University. He wrote his thesis on a branch of chaos theory. This study of chaos theory led to his conviction that knowing the limits of our ability to predict is much more important than predictions themselves, a lesson he applies to both climate science and the financial markets. He volunteers as the Chair of the New York Town of Marbletown's Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC), and is a long distance runner. The ECC's efforts have turned Marbletown into a locally recognized leader in the shift to renewable energy while producing a net benefit to the Town government's and residents' budgets. In 2019 he completed a 28.2 mile ultra-marathon up and down 4000 vertical feet of the hills of Tuscany to celebrate his 50th birthday. http://www.altenergystocks.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
36:33
June 26, 2020
#73 Mike Kaplan, Chief Marketing Officer for Engie Impact
As Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Kaplan is responsible for all aspects of ENGIE Impact’s marketing efforts, as the company works to accelerate sustainability transformation for corporations, cities and government around the world. Mike has nearly 20 years of experience in business-to-business marketing across the high tech and energy sectors, working with companies across many sectors and stages of growth. Previously, he led marketing for Retroficiency, which was acquired by ENGIE Impact in October 2015, where he helped create a market for energy data analytics and drive adoption for this new technology. As a strategy consultant for CSMG, Mike managed engagements for telecommunications, wireless and digital media markets clients, focused on go-to-market and product strategy, business case development, opportunity assessment and customer segmentation. Based in Boston, Mike holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Rochester. https://www.engie.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
26:12
June 23, 2020
#72 Arno Boersma is the founding partner of Island Impact - a social enterprise that aims to bring positive impact to small island states
Arno Boersma is the founding partner of Island Impact - a social enterprise that aims to bring positive impact to small island states through initiatives in sustainable development - and the former director of UNDP’s Center of Excellence for Small Island Developing States. He is an experienced knowledge strategist with a passion for turning knowledge into action, preferably knowledge related to island opportunities in energy, water, climate, tourism, waste, ocean, and biodiversity. As islands are at the front lines of climate change, their solutions can benefit the rest of the world. Arno has been an entrepreneur as well as worked for multinational firms, the World Bank and the UN. Most recently, from 2016-2019, he led the launch and growth of the UNDP's Center of Excellence for Small Island Developing States which aims to foster island-to-island collaboration and knowledge exchange. He recently moved from Aruba to Washington, DC where he subsequently launched the Network of Island Professionals. https://www.islandimpact.co/ https://nexuspmg.com/
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June 19, 2020
#71 Pharr Andrews, Senior Climate Coordinator for the City of Dallas
Pharr Andrews currently serves as the Senior Climate Coordinator for the City of Dallas, where her primary function is to coordinate the development and implementation of the City’s first Comprehensive and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). Previous work experience includes Environmental Outreach Manager for the City of Richardson and Air Quality Manager for the City of Austin. She has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of environmental and sustainability issues with a demonstrated record of success in project management, climate planning, state and local policy/rulemaking projects, communication of complex information, and management of climate protection, air quality, pollution prevention, water conservation, and land development programs. Her experience paired with a strong commitment to preserving our natural environment has earned her a reputation as an eco-champion. While in Austin, she chaired the region’s Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee, and helped develop and implement three regional air quality improvement plans. She was also a founding member of the City’s Climate Protection Team and played a vital role in the development of multiple climate plans. Prior to serving at the City of Austin she worked for the Texas commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on environmental policy issues. https://www.dallasclimateaction.com/cecap Dallas Climate Action Plan https://nexuspmg.com/
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June 16, 2020
#70 Julia Hamm, President & CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Julia is a visionary leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies, including over 725 electric utilities.  Julia has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).  Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, driving an EV and living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia. https://sepapower.org/ https://nexuspmg.com/
35:23
June 12, 2020
#69 Virginia Emery, CEO of Beta Hatch, a pioneering insect farming company
Virginia Emery is founder and CEO of Beta Hatch, a pioneering insect farming company that is industrializing insects for agriculture. Beta Hatch is fueled by a passion to see insects reach their true potential in our food systems. The company has grown to be internationally recognized for its scientific approach to scaling insect production, and operates North America’s largest mealworm farm for animal feed production in Washington. Virginia is the country’s most innovative insect entrepreneur, recently recognized as a Visionary Grist 50 Fixer. Virginia has a PhD in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded over 20 grants and honors, and has published on subjects ranging from chemical communication to genetics to insect behavior. Her life’s mission is to breed a bug that tastes like bacon. http://betahatch.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
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June 9, 2020
#68 Nik Balachandran, Founder and CEO of Zabble Inc, a SaaS platform to track waste
Nik's passion for hiking and open water swimming led him into the waste industry, after he kept encountering trash in otherwise beautiful natural areas. Driven to take on the growing problem of waste, Nik realized a crucial piece was missing from zero waste initiatives: data. Specifically, data on the quantity, quality and type of waste being disposed of. In 2016, he founded Zabble Inc. to create a SaaS platform with mobile and cloud technology, to help large educational institutions and corporate organizations track their zero waste programs and gain real-time insights into their waste stream. Prior to this, Nik worked at seminal startups in the San Francisco Bay Area bringing new ideas to life in the areas of noise cancellation, clinical data analysis, patient medication adherence and indoor air quality. In addition to his role as CEO of Zabble, Nik also serves as a board member for Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA), and actively participates in zero waste advocacy. https://zabbleinc.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
32:57
June 5, 2020
#67 Vandana Harris, Managing Director of Investment Strategy for Unreasonable Group
Vandana is the Managing Director of Investment Strategy for Unreasonable Group, and is focused on driving investment to growth-stage entrepreneurs across the globe. In 2020, she will spearhead the formation of Unreasonable Group’s first Global Growth Fund. Her career has spanned three continents and includes substantive investment management, private equity, M&A and cross-border experience. Vandana has experience working in East Africa, London, New York and Seattle. She spent many years advising institutional investors (including governmental and corporate plans) on all aspects of their investments in domestic and international alternative investment funds, as well as structuring and negotiating some of the largest private equity funds, including impact-based investment funds. Vandana has extensive global experience and is often called on to counsel teams on investment strategy and creating complex and unique fund structures (including global impact funds). She was named as a Rising Star on Washington's 2015 Super Lawyer list. Vandana has a passion for social value and impact investing, as well as various philanthropic causes. Vandana is an active member of the Boys & Girls Club of King County and has served as a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy's Washington Chapter and on the board of the YWCA.  Vandana was born in Kenya and has had the opportunity to live and work in Africa, Europe and the United States. https://unreasonablegroup.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
35:06
June 2, 2020
#66 Holly Elmore, Founder & CEO of Elemental Impact (Ei)
Passionate and driven, Holly Elmore is Founder & CEO of Elemental Impact (Ei), a U.S.-based global non-profit committed to bringing regenerative operating practices to the corporate community. Beginning her career as an auditor and CPA with Arthur Andersen, Holly worked nearly seven years in the corporate arena. Within her entrepreneurial spirit, Holly created Executive Catering & Events, a prominent corporate-catering company. Over the next fifteen years, Holly operated Executive Catering along with two successful restaurants in the Atlanta market. Following her restaurant and catering years, Holly served as Founder & Executive Director of the Green Foodservice Alliance (GFA), an affiliate of the Georgia Restaurant Association. During her GFA tenure, Holly created and launched the Zero Waste Zones (ZWZ) program. In 2010, Holly founded Ei as the new home for the ZWZ. The National Restaurant Association acquired the ZWZ in 2012. Holly utilizes her extensive business skills to make a difference through Ei, now in its 10th year of Regeneration in Action. Holly channels her energy and enthusiasm into Ei, spearheading initiatives that benefit the community, the environment, and the bottom-line. As the “pen” behind the Fingertip Press, Holly is the author of the Ei website and the two Ei Online Magazines: Regeneration in Action and The IMPACT that document the organization’s journey and successes. In addition, Holly is a professional photographer and published photojournalist. https://elementalimpact.org/2018/11/holly-elmore/ https://nexuspmg.com/
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May 29, 2020
#65 James Ellsmoor, Founder and Director of Island Innovation
James Ellsmoor is from Shropshire, UK, and the Director of Island Innovation, a consulting agency he founded not long after graduation while studying for a Masters in Island Studies. He has a passion for sustainable development and renewable energy, particularly applications for rural and isolated communities. Last year he ran the inaugural Virtual Island Summit, which brought together 4,000 participants from Scotland to Samoa to share stories about their communities. James has always used technology to advance his mission, allowing him to live and work anywhere and manage a team spread over 4 continents. Island Innovation focuses on bringing together NGOs, the private sector, universities and government with projects covering topics such as lithium extraction, climate change and public policy. https://www.islandinnovation.co/ https://nexuspmg.com/
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May 26, 2020
#64 Mike Zelkind, co-founder, and CEO of 80 Acres Farms
Mike Zelkind, co-founder, and CEO of 80 Acres Farms knew that food wasn’t what it used to be. He wanted to make it better by creating a new kind of farm, one capable of producing an abundance of crop varieties year-round, grown completely indoors.  A farm that can produce 100 times more food than an ordinary farm. Using 100% renewable energy. Without any pesticides or excessive food miles. In 2015, 80 Acres Farms was born.  80 Acres is a founding member of the Infinite Acres partnership venture, along with Netherlands-based Priva Holding BV, a leading provider of technology solutions, services and automation systems to horticultural and other industries, and Ocado Group, one of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailers, operating its own grocery and general merchandise retail businesses.  That partnership is now building large-scale, fully automated indoor farms in the United States, Asia and Europe.    Over Mike's 30-year career, he held Senior Executive roles within leading Domestic and International companies, including Fortune 50 Food & Beverage, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Companies, as well as major Consulting and Private Equity Firms.  Mike has played competitive Chess since the age of 12, competing in several of the most prestigious International Chess Tournaments around the world and achieving a title of FIDE Master at the age of 19. He ranked #1 in his Master of Business Administration class of a top 20 Executive MBA program.  In addition, he earned the top Leadership Award: John Robson Scholar and was selected for a very prestigious Community Leadership Program by the Wexner Foundation. He is fluent in Russian and has basic Spanish communication skills.  https://www.80acresfarms.com/ https://infinite-acres.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
48:29
May 22, 2020
#63 Dana Gunders, ReFED’s Executive Director
Dana Gunders serves as ReFED’s Executive Director. Dana is a national expert and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She then launched Next Course, LLC to strategically advise on the topic. Some of her career highlights include authoring the landmark Wasted report and Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, launching the Save the Food campaign, testifying in Congress, consulting to Google, appearing on John Oliver, and perhaps most importantly, being a founding Board Member of ReFED. https://www.refed.com/?sort=economic-value-per-ton https://savethefood.com/ Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food (Zero Waste Home, Zero Waste Book, Sustainable Living Book) https://nexuspmg.com/
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May 19, 2020
#62 Emma Rose Cohen, CEO and founder of Final, the company that created FinalStraw
Emma Rose Cohen, 34, is the CEO and founder of Final, the company that created FinalStraw—the world’s first reusable, collapsible straw that raised nearly $2 million on Kickstarter. Prior to launching Final, Emma earned a Master’s Degree from Harvard in Environmental Management and Sustainability and spent four years working in waste minimization at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the last decade, Emma’s passion for sustainability motivated her to help create a nonprofit called Save the Mermaids, to educate children about the harmful effects of single-use plastics. Emma has also spoken about the harmful effects plastic straws have on the environment on the TEDx stage and in numerous podcasts. Emma’s love for both the ocean and the mountains has resulted in a semi-nomadic lifestyle—she calls Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Barbara, California, and Whistler, British Columbia home. Emma continues to lead Final’s entirely remote team as they develop an entire line of Foreverables™—items designed to replace single-use plastic and last forever. Final launched its second product, FinalWipe, on Kickstarter in March 2020 and has plans to release several additional products, including FinalFork and FinalSpork, later in the year. https://final.co/ https://tim.blog/2012/12/18/hacking-kickstarter-how-to-raise-100000-in-10-days-includes-successful-templates-e-mails-etc/ Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) https://nexuspmg.com/
23:21
May 15, 2020
#61 Lara Cottingham, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Houston
With 13 years of communications and public policy experience, Lara is the Chief of Staff of the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department and the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Houston. In addition to leading the Mayor’s Sustainability Office, Lara is the public face of ARA in the media as well as before City Council, industry stakeholders, and customers. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Lara was a member of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Houston office, providing strategic counsel in sustainability and social responsibility issues for a broad range of clients across the energy sector. Lara worked in Washington, DC and served as Communications Director for the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, as well as for congressional campaigns in Colorado, West Virginia, and Texas. She also produced a web-based reality show for CNN and served as a Government & Marketing Consultant for SXSW Interactive in Austin. Lara attended the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in History, Ancient History & Classical Civilizations, and Government. In 2013, she earned an MBA in Energy Finance and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, where she co-founded the UT Energy Savings Fund. http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/aboutus.html http://greenhoustontx.gov/climateactionplan/ https://nexuspmg.com/
27:18
May 12, 2020
#60 Johanna Brickman, Deputy Director & Director of Impact Strategy at VertueLab
Jo has responsibility for the development and execution of strategic direction and programs at VertueLab. With the organization since 2010, she translated her previous decade of experience leading sustainable design at ZGF Architects into the creation of a collaborative research program focused on the sustainable built environment, and then into expanding the set of services offered to cleantech startups. Jo’s current focus as deputy director is on VertueLab’s organizational excellence, partnering with VertueLab’s executive director in essential internal firm leadership activities. In addition, Jo leads the organization’s efforts for impact measurement and management, ensuring that VertueLab programs and supported companies are designed and managed to achieve ambitious triple bottom line impact targets. https://vertuelab.org/ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57673/to-be-of-use Poem, To Be of Use https://nexuspmg.com/
30:58
May 8, 2020
#59 Dan Miller, Founder and CEO of Steward online platform for investing in sustainable farms
Dan Miller is the Founder and CEO of Steward, an online platform for investing in sustainable farms. Unlike traditional funding methods, Steward’s crowdfarmingä model creates a healthy yield for both farmers and investors: farms are able to purchase land and equipment, and investors earn projected returns while making a positive impact. From 2010 to 2015, Miller was Co-Founder, President and Director of Fundrise, the first and largest US real estate crowdfunding platform, which has raised more than $1 billion to date. He remains involved with Western Development Corporation, his family’s real estate organization, which has developed more than 20 million square feet in its 50-year history. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in 2009, and an M.B.A in 2010. https://gosteward.com/ https://anchor.fm/nexuspmg
31:33
May 5, 2020
#58 Walter L. McLeod, Co-founder and Managing Director with VSF Solar, LLC
Walter L. McLeod has more than 25 years of executive experience in business development, strategy and government relations in the energy and mobility sectors.  He has been actively engaged in clean technology deployment and finance for over a decade.  Mr. McLeod is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco Capitol Companies, where he has served as a senior advisor to energy companies, startups, investors, trade associations and think tanks.  He was a junior partner candidate with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Green Tech Partners Investment Team.  Walter has been an active thought leader in shaping clean energy and mobility policy in the United States for many years.  He was appointed to serve on the original “Utility 2.0” project steering committee commissioned by the United Nations Foundation.  Walter was also appointed to the “Value of Solar” stakeholder committee commissioned by the Virginia General Assembly.  He has successfully developed or permitted a portfolio of utility scale solar projects with a capacity exceeding 500 megawatts (MW) and valued at more than $750M.  Mr. McLeod is also the Founder of the Global Energy and Innovation Institute, where he created the “Electric Vehicle Roundtable” consortium which produced the 2017 landmark document, “Guiding Principles for Electrified Mobility.” Industry participants included Xcel Energy, Dominion Energy, Deutsche Bank, Daimler, Tesla, Volkswagen, EVgo, ChargePoint, Lyft and Uber – representing a collective market cap exceeding $344B.  Walter was also appointed to the Virginia Automated 20xx Strategic Plan autonomous mobility committee by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).  Walter has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the George Mason University Alumni Association, American Council on Renewable Energy, Chemical Angels Network, MIT Energy Prize and SURGE Ventures Accelerator, to name a few.    Mr. McLeod earned an M.S. in chemistry from the College of Science at George Mason University, a Bachelor of Art in chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. http://www.vsfsolar.com/ https://carbon.substack.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
31:54
May 1, 2020
#57 Trevor Best, CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics
Mr. Best is the founding CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics. He has a demonstrated track record of success in a corporate setting, from management to intrapreneurship. His skills in launching special projects, project management, and supply chain management will be essential for success of this early-stage venture. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2007 with a triple major in International Business, Marketing, and Management with a minor in Spanish, while also learning Chinese. After joining Baker Hughes in 2009, he has steadily progressed to the level of Senior Manager, where he has gained expertise in quality assurance (Six Sigma Black Belt), regulatory compliance, technology development management, project and personnel management, supply chain management, internal/external communications, and business process architecture. http://plasmonics.tech/team https://nexuspmg.com/
25:02
April 28, 2020
#56 Julia Craighil, Founder and President of Ensight Consulting
Julia Craighill provides sustainability strategy development and execution plans that enable clients to improve financial and environmental performance. She is a driven, award-winning sustainability expert committed to helping organizations build value through green strategies. With more than three decades of experience in architecture, construction, and sustainability, she provides pragmatic guidance to building owners, managers, and occupiers for their workplace and building operations. Julia also offers specialized services for the real estate industry. As one of the first certified BREEAM USA In-Use Assessors in the United States, Julia leverages her considerable knowledge of the system for clients seeking certification. A frequent speaker and author on issues of sustainability and resiliency, Julia is known for her ability to inspire organizations to make the leap from good intentions to long-term, profitable performance. https://www.ensightconsult.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
27:26
April 24, 2020
#55 Amy King, Co-Founder of Good Co-working in Dallas, TX
Amy is the Co-Founder of Good Coworking in Dallas, TX, the first coworking space in the world focused on inclusive sustainability, powered by solar. As an evangelist for the triple bottom line, Amy champions entrepreneurs who are building profitable businesses that allow people and the planet to thrive. Her flagship space in Dallas is pursuing LEED and WELL building certification, as well as JUST. She plans to use these certifications to educate the entrepreneurial community on how to be successful in a global, purpose-focused economy. Prior to her migration to Texas, she led the incubation and leadership development of 80 USGBC chapters for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and their green rebuilding support to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. When she isn’t at work, you can find Amy volunteering to find homes for rescue dogs, or traveling the globe. https://goodcoworking.co/ https://nexuspmg.com/
30:56
April 21, 2020
#54 Joan Michelson, award-winning business and communications leader, host of the acclaimed podcast series, Green Connections Radio™
Joan Michelson is an award-winning, marketing communications leader, journalist, trainer, speaker and coach who brings 20+ years of experience  in the media and leading ground-breaking communications and marketing in Fortune 50 companies.  She is host of the acclaimed podcast Green Connections Radio, which was chosen by USA Today as one of the top six podcasts for business travelers, and she writes on social innovation and careers in Forbes. In addition to Forbes, her work as appeared in HuffPost, TheAtlantic.com, Greenbiz.com, The Washington Post, The New Economy magazine, CBS “60 Minutes,” ABC News, NBC, WTOP-FM and in various other outlets across the globe. http://greenconnectionsradio.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/ 
33:34
April 17, 2020
#53 Kenny Green, CPA and Founder of Green Passion Projects
Kenny Green is a CPA who assists organizations in the integration of ESG principles and sustainability reporting. In addition, he is the founder of Green Passion Projects, an organization that consults with professional athletes and entrepreneurs to create effective business strategies.   Kenny’s background includes working with NBA star and Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward on a community fundraiser, consulting with Grammywinning songwriter, Steven Battey, on a social impact music video featuring Superbowl Champ DeMarcus Ware and Snoop Dogg and partnering with the Jackie Robinson Park of Fame on a holiday extravaganza for undeserved families.    Kenny earned a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and has held several corporate leadership roles, including leading the accounting and reporting function for a multinational organization.  Kenny resides in Stamford, CT with his wife Makeda Mays Green (a television executive) and their three children.   Education   MS, Accounting, University of Hartford BS, Economics, Wesleyan University   Credentials  FSA, Certification in Financial Sustainability Accounting, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board CPA, Certified Public Accountant, State of Connecticut CRMA, Certification in Risk Management Assurance, Institute of Internal Auditors CIA, Certified Internal Auditor, Institute of Internal Auditors  https://nexuspmg.com/
27:47
April 14, 2020
#52 Louisa Ulrich-Verderber, CEO and founder of Undula Tech
Louisa Ulrich-Verderber is an artist, engineer, inventor, and founder of Undula Tech, a company dedicated to making renewable energy more accessible to those who need it most by taking inspiration from nature. She is currently a Senior Engineering and Management major at Clarkson University and has been a welding artist since age 12. Her dual passions for art and science have to lead her to the field of biomimicry and drive her to ask new questions and find answers in odd places. You can find out more about Undula Tech at undulatech.com, and more about Louisa, her story, and other projects at louisauv.com. https://nexuspmg.com/
24:51
April 10, 2020
#51 Chris Ripley, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Smarter Sorting
A true visionary, Chris’ passion is driven by an obsession with problem solving, and deep seated frustration with the every-day waste and inefficiency that characterizes modern business and consumer lifestyles.  Having spent his career listening to magical solutions that might solve problems “later,” you could say that Chris is a visionary with no time for vision, instead choosing to focus his life and his career on the unlimited number of problems that can be solved right now. His passion is undergirded by decades experience manufacturing paint, building technology and running data analytics firms. It’s this unique knowledge set, ranging from the chemical to the regulatory to the technical, that allows Chris to see opportunities and imagine solutions invisible to many in the world of waste and recycling. When not obsessing over work, you’ll find Chris swimming or fishing in, near or on water. https://www.smartersorting.com/company/ https://nexuspmg.com/
43:35
April 7, 2020
#50 Sanya Detweiler is Associate Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program
Sanya Detweiler is Associate Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program, which provides technical assistance to island nations to advance their transition to renewable energy. The Islands Energy Program has worked in fifteen islands in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Sanya has been spearheading the team’s solar microgrid projects in Puerto Rico since the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Sanya previously worked in solar for the nationwide residential solar company, Sunrun, and as a volunteer team leader for GRID Alternatives. Prior to that, she worked on clean cookstove projects, primarily in Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Sanya has a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and a M.S. in Sustainable Energy System Management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She completed her Master thesis on battery storage and electric vehicles with Mercedes-Benz Energy. https://www.clintonfoundation.org/our-work/clinton-climate-initiative https://nexuspmg.com/
26:14
April 3, 2020
#49 Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Texas Arlington
Meghna Tare is UT Arlington's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Meghna works collaboratively to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments at UT Arlington. She leads institutional sustainability efforts in support of the UT Arlington 2020 Strategic Plan- Bold Solutions | Global Impact that is enabling a sustainable megacity that centers on four themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact and data-driven discovery. She also works to address opportunities to promote sustainability in several areas, energy efficiency, resource conservation, waste management, transportation, education, outreach, community engagement, supporting and encouraging student initiatives, and implementing an interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused curriculum. https://sustainability.uta.edu/rce/ http://www.meghnatare.com/ https://nexuspmg.com/
26:25
March 31, 2020
#48 Jake Rozmaryn, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the Antenna Group - Cleantech and Mobility
Jake Rozmaryn has spent the past decade advancing cleantech industries through marketing innovation. He has helped launch dozens of cleantech and smart mobility startups, is a trusted advisor to CEOs and VCs, and was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2018. As Antenna's Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Jake leads strategic growth, service expansion and client success initiatives for the agency's clean energy, sustainability, mobility and emerging tech practices. Jake previously founded Eco Branding (acquired by Antenna in 2017), an integrated public relations, marketing, creative and event production agency that specializes in clean energy, smart cities and e-mobility, as well as the Midwest Solar Expo, a leading regional solar conference designed to help grow solar business in the Midwest. He participates on numerous advisory boards, education committees, and mentor committees for a variety of clean energy non-profits, associations, conferences and accelerator programs and contributes articles on cleantech, entrepreneurship and marketing to a variety of business, technology and trade publications. Jake studied Government and Politics with a focus in Environmental Policy at the University of Maryland and resides in New York City. https://www.antennagroup.com http://ufl.nyc/ourprograms/cleanstart
31:53
March 27, 2020
#47 Jessica Marschall Co-President and CEO, The Green Mission
Jessica I. Marschall, Co-President and CEO/CFO, has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an undergrad from the University of Virginia. She has been a practicing CPA for 18 years and also runs a small accounting and tax practice. Her background includes public accounting consultancy and internal auditing. Jessica currently works as an adjunct professor in tax and accounting, volunteers in local community groups, and sits on the Board of two not-for-profit organizations. Her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to five children and a wife of 20 years. Jessica ensures proper research of IRS codifications and relevant case law as well as conferencing with other personal property appraisers and industry leaders to ensure the mission of waste diversion shared by nonprofits, government entities, deconstruction contractors, and individual and corporate donors can be realized with utmost attention to detail from a tax standpoint. https://www.thegreenmissioninc.com/
29:46
March 24, 2020
#46 Nicole Grossberg, Co-Founder Zero Waste NYC Workshop Series
Nicole Grossberg co-founded Zero Waste NYC Workshop Series in August, 2019 to take action against climate change by educating people on how to live a low waste lifestyle. Nicole believes that by reducing consumption and diverting trash from landfills, humans can ultimately lower their impact on the planet. With her workshop series she hopes to bring together the zero waste community in New York City and provide as many tools as possible to make zero waste an approachable way of life. Prior to her work in sustainability Nicole obtained a Masters degree and spent seven years in social media and event advertising. https://www.zerowastenyc.info/
22:35
March 20, 2020
#45 Duncan Campbell, VP of Project Development at Scale Microgrid Solutions
Duncan Campbell is the VP of Project Development at Scale Microgrid Solutions, where he focuses on deploying hybrid microgrid systems for commercial and industrial customers throughout North America. Additionally, Duncan co-founded the NYC DERs Meetup, a monthly education and networking forum for professionals in the distributed energy space. Prior to joining Scale, Duncan was a Business Development Associate at ENER-G Rudox where he was responsible for leading the development of several high-profile distributed energy projects prior to the company's acquisition by Centrica. Duncan also has experience in the energy industry with Veolia Energy, Canterbury Road Partners, and UGI Utilities. Duncan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Energy Systems from Temple University. In 2016, he earned a professional certificate in Energy and Innovation from Stanford University, and a professional certificate in Business and Financial Modeling from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School). https://www.meetup.com/NYC-DERs/ https://scalemicrogridsolutions.com/
31:58
March 17, 2020
#44 Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Enviva
VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER Dr. Jenkins leads the team responsible for Enviva’s environmental stewardship, from guiding the development and implementation of policies that ensure the sustainability and traceability of the wood supply chain, to interacting with policymakers and other stakeholders on regulatory matters. With a technical background in carbon cycling and ecosystem science, she brings more than 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the private sector at the interface between forests and climate. She holds a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s RH Smith School of Business, a Master of Forest Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. http://www.envivabiomass.com/ https://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/sponsorstory/meet-dr-jennifer-jenkins-nobel-prize-winning-scientist-behind-enviva
20:12
March 13, 2020
#43 Katie Wallace, Founder of Hux Sustainables
Katie Wallace is the founder of Hux Sustainables and Chief Marketing Officer at eCarra, an all electric car service. She is an international speaker, eco-entrepreneur, and consultant focused on building a more resilient world. She also does social media and content consulting, working with partners to raise awareness around sustainability, personal discovery, and mental health. Beyond that, she is an avid adventurer and host of an online series and podcast, Sustainable League, discussing what it really takes to build a more resilient world. https://www.huxsustainables.com/about
25:02
March 10, 2020
#42 Matt Myers VP, EarthxCapital
Matt Myers is head of EarthxCapital.  Matt is a climate trimtab and serial impact platform creator with a wealth of experience designing and driving strategic change within organizations and ecosystems to achieve large-scale, positive impacts on society and the environment.   Matt is Founder and Director of the eCapital Summit, a platform convening private capital, cutting-edge environmental technology companies, ecosystem partners and government to form partnerships having substantial, positive impacts on people and the planet.  Matt engages the federal government throughout the year and is Founder and Director of the Environmental Capital Task Force.  Matt also advised the Inslee for America campaign on cleantech investment policy as well as several members of Congress on the IMPACT for Energy Act.  Additionally, Matt founded EarthxHack, the world’s largest environmental innovation competition.  Previously, Matt was a product manager overseeing the development of digital wealth management and e-commerce platforms for China Merchants Bank.  Matt holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Tsinghua University and is fluent in Mandarin. https://earthx.org/conference/e-capital-summit/ https://earthx.org/
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March 6, 2020
#41 Peter Kelly-Detwiler returns to the show. Peter is the Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 30 years of experience in the electric energy arena. He writes for Forbes.com and other publications on topics related to disruptive innovation and its impact on the electricity infrastructure. He provides strategic advice to clients and investors, helping them to navigate this transitional period. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has spent much of his career in various areas of competitive power markets. As Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy, he oversaw creation of VirtuWatt – a market leading platform to facilitate real-time awareness of electricity pricing and consumption and bidding of assets into competitive markets. He is currently writing a book on the transformation of electric power markets, to be published by Prometheus Books in the Spring of 2021.
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March 3, 2020
#40 Amy Hall, CEO and Founder of Goldilocks Wraps
Amy is an Ontario native currently living in Victoria, BC. She received her Master’s Degree in Art History from Queen’s University before working as South Pond Farm’s Wedding & Event Coordinator where she was featured on the series Taste of the Country on Netflix. Growing up in lake country instilled a deep appreciation for the water at an early age and she was able to combine her passions of art and ocean conversation by founding Goldilocks. https://goldilockswraps.com/
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February 28, 2020
#39 Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum in Washington, DC
Charles Hernick is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum in Washington, DC. Charles leads CRES Forum’s policy work and executes strategies to advance clean energy solutions and innovative approaches to reducing carbon emissions. Charles is an energy expert who understands emerging clean technologies, market barriers, and policies and regulations. For over a decade he has worked at the crossroads of economic development, energy, and natural resource management across the U.S. and on the ground in over a dozen countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is also a climate change expert who has integrated climate change considerations into U.S. government programs and policies and has authored climate mitigation and adaptation best practice guidelines for over a dozen development sectors. Charles is a proud appointed member of the Maryland Clean Energy Center Advisory Council. https://www.citizensfor.com/
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February 25, 2020
#38 Trey Bowles, Cofounder, Dallas Innovation Alliance
Trey Bowles is Cofounder and Executive Chairman of the Dallas Entrepreneur (DEC) Center where he recently stepped out of his role as CEO. At The DEC lead strategy, vision, and drove the overall planning and development efforts for the DEC. Bowles cofounded and launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public partnership to develop a Smart Cities initiative for the City of Dallas. Bowles is cofounder and Chairman of the Mayor’s Star Council which is created with City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to engage culturally diverse and civically minded group of young professions to make impact on the city.  Trey launched an entrepreneurship department at SMU in the Meadows School of Arts where he still serves as an adjunct professor and most recently Bowles helped relaunch the next stage of the Startup America Partnership as the Startup Champions Network. SCN is national network of professional ecosystem builders working together to support entrepreneurs in their local regions. Most recently Bowles was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) as a special government employee by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Bowles, a serial entrepreneur, having built numerous organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit space, lives in Dallas, TX with his bride and three kids.   https://thedec.co/ https://innocitypartners.com/  
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February 21, 2020
#37 Tom Ortman, Chief Technology Officer for Voltabox of Texas
Thomas Ortman is the Chief Technology Officer for Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Voltabox AG, a publicly traded, multi-national corporation manufacturing electro-mobility solutions with highly engineered battery energy storage systems (BESS). These systems are applied in a broad cross-section of industrial sectors from municipal buses, mining, forklifts and agriculture to locomotives and e-bikes. Voltabox also provides BESS to stationary applications. Mr. Ortman served as CEO of Voltabox of Texas, Inc. from July 2018-July 2019. He also serves as Vice President of Voltabox of North America, Inc., Prior to Voltabox, Mr. Ortman was Founder, President and CEO of Concurrent Design, Inc., which was acquired by Voltabox in March 2018. Founded in 1994, Concurrent Design was an engineering consulting firm with core skills in industrial product development, manufacturing automation and test equipment. With a focus on the electronics, semiconductor and clean technology market segments, Voltabox is a natural segue. Mr. Ortman is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product design and development. Thomas Ortman is also active in the following; Founding Member and Board Member, CleanTX; Member, Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA); Mentor, University of Texas IC2 Austin Technology Incubator Texas Venture Mentor Service (mentoring battery start-ups; Member, Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Prior roles include; Chairman, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Texas Chapter; Founder, Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network (SEEN), Advisor – Physical Sciences for Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC) of the Texas (State) Emerging Technology Fund (TETF); Member, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council (GACC CEC).
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February 18, 2020
#36 Lauren Clarke, CEO and founder of Turn Compost
Lauren Clarke is the CEO and founder of Turn Compost. Turn is a DFW-based social enterprise with a vision to change how our urban environment is utilized. Turn works with consumers, businesses, and non-profits in ways which support sustainable development within our communities. Lauren's experience in Culinary school and the Texas A&M master gardener program opened her eyes to the whole issue of food waste and how horrible it is in our environment. https://www.turncompost.com/ https://www.facebook.com/turncompost https://www.instagram.com/turncompost/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/turndallas/
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February 14, 2020
#35 Brett Hogarth, Head of Business Development at Ecostrat Inc.
Brett Hogarth has held the position of Director of Business Development, Biomass Advisory Group for nine years. Over that time, he has lead new product development and marketing efforts, managed client relations, and structured work plans for over 250 biomass feedstock supply chain consulting projects across North America. Brett has been integral in identifying and executing on opportunities to leverage Ecostrat’s data and analytics to provide new and innovative solutions to meet the needs of stakeholders across the bio-energy industry. Brett holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto https://ecostrat.com/
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February 11, 2020
#34 Tanya Peacock, Public Policy and Planning Manager at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Tanya Peacock is a Public Policy and Planning Manager at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest gas distribution utility in the United States based in Los Angeles, CA. Tanya has served the gas company in this role for 5 years. Previously she was the Environmental and Policy Manager at SoCalGas for 2 years and the Regulatory and Rate Strategy manager for nearly 4 years. Tanya graduated from Mills College with a bachelor’s degree in English and went on to earn her master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University. Tanya serves as a board member for a number of organizations including the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, MoveLA and the California Hydrogen Business Council. Her expertise lies in her deep understanding of policy analysis, regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, and renewable energy policy. https://www.socalgas.com/
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February 7, 2020
#33 Landon Brandon, Co-founder of Y Combinator-backed Project Wren - Live carbon neutral
Landon started coding in junior high because he wanted to make video games, but over time I realized what I really wanted to do was make others happy. He saw technology as a tool to accomplish that mission, and came to the University of Southern California excited to build software. There Landon studied in a mixture of design, computer science, and business in the Iovine Young Academy. That's he met his cofounders Mimi and Ben. They launched Wren right after he and Ben graduated, on June 12, 2019, and it's been growing ever since. These days at Wren Landon still codes, but also spends a lot of time working with project partners and thinking about growth. https://projectwren.com/
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February 4, 2020
#32 Julia Kumari Drapkin, CEO and founder of ISeeChange
Julia Kumari Drapkin is the CEO and founder of ISeeChange. Dedicated to connecting communities to each other and their changing environment, Drapkin created ISeeChange after over a decade reporting natural disasters and climate change science across the globe and in her own backyard on the Gulf Coast. Drapkin currently serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and is a consultant for the think tank Resources for the Future and NASA. Prior to journalism, Julia did research anthropology and archaeology for over 7 years in Latin America, where she geeked out on Mayan farmer’s almanacs. https://www.iseechange.org/about/team
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January 31, 2020
#31 Sam Adams, CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management
Sam is CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management. He also chairs the Investment Research Group. Sam leads the development of new products to help make sustainable investing easier for investors. He has been a featured speaker on sustainable investing at financial advisor conferences in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia. Prior to launching Vert, Sam spent almost 20 years working at Dimensional Fund Advisors. He started Dimensional’s European Financial Advisor Services business and led the development and launch of Dimensional’s Global Sustainability Core Fund. Sam has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Davis. Sam lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife and three children. http://www.vertasset.com/
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January 28, 2020
#30 Aidan Mouat, CEO and a co-founder of Hazel Technologies
Aidan is the CEO and a co-founder of Hazel Technologies, a post-harvest crop protection company making biochemical solutions to extend produce shelf life. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University, where his doctoral work focused techniques to design and synthesize highly efficient catalysts for transformations of renewables.  He was a member of the Institute for Atom-Efficient Catalytic Transformations and the Institute for Catalytic Energy Processes. His interest in catalysis and energy led him to accept a role as the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) chemistry fellow for 2014 – 2015. He developed an interest in applying his chemistry knowledge to agriscience, co-founding Hazel Technologies before completing his Ph.D. Aidan is one of the inventors of the Hazel® technology platform and a co-author on 20+ patents and filings. Under Aidan’s leadership, Hazel Technologies won the Clean Energy Challenge in 2016 and the VentureWell Sustainable Practice Impact Award in 2019.  Aidan and Hazel Technologies were recently named to ChicagoInno’s “50 on Fire” list. Aidan has raised more than $17.8 million in private equity for Hazel and helped Hazel obtain nearly $1 million in grant funding from ISEN, VentureWell, and the USDA. Most recently, the company completed its Series B finance round with lead investors Pangaea Ventures and S2G Ventures, featuring additional investments from Asahi Kasei Ventures and The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. Other investors in Hazel include Rhapsody Venture Partners, Serra Ventures, and Valley Oak Investments.  Hazel Technologies works with more than 100 grower/packer partners in more than 12 countries to date. In addition to his company duties, Aidan serves as an Advisory Board member at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern, and as a member of the Board of Advisors for Lilac Solutions. https://www.hazeltechnologies.com/
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January 24, 2020
#29 Blake Bassett, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Step Tire
Blake Bassett is currently the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Step Tire.  Step Tire is a trying to Give Hope Traction by reprocessing old car tires into soles for shoes.  The mission of the company is not only to Give Hope Traction but also to “Teach a Man to Fish” by building self-contained manufacturing facilities that can be placed anywhere in the world to allow locals to learn how to make the soles and sell shoes.  Prior to co-founding Step Tire, Blake was a small business lender and investor in small companies.  He earned his BA from Texas Christian University. Blake has been married to his wife Meg for 18 years and they have three daughters and attend HPUMC. https://steptire.com/ 
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January 21, 2020
#28 Dr. William Conlon, P.E., is the founder, and President of Pintail Power
Dr. William M. Conlon, P.E., is the founder, and President of Pintail Power, and the inventor of the Liquid Air Combined Cycle™ (LACC) and Liquid Salt Combined Cycle™ (LSCC) technologies. Dr. Conlon’s track record of successfully managing innovation from concept through commercialization, includes Cheng Cycle Steam Injected Gas Turbines, and the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector Solar Steam Generator. Since 2013, he has pioneered hybrid energy storage systems for utility-scale applications to address the CAISO Duck Curve and similar renewable integration problems around the world. After receiving a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he joined Pacific Gas & Electric Company to manage development of the Operator Training Simulator for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He then joined International Power Technology where he was responsible for I&C functions and developed the control systems for the first Cheng Cycle cogeneration power plants, which are still in operation at several California locations three decades later. He also led new product development, had a key role in operational improvement and supported international business, licensing and technology transfer. Dr. Conlon led the technical turn-around of Ausra Inc., taking its CLFR technology to price-performance leadership in the solar thermal market. He was instrumental in the sale of Ausra to AREVA and the subsequent award of more than $1 billion of new business around the world. While Senior Vice President of Engineering at AREVA, he was responsible for Engineering, Commissioning and Operations teams on three continents. Dr. Conlon is the holder of over 20 patents world-wide as inventor or co-inventor of technologies related to steam injected gas turbines, solar power, water treatment, and both cryogenic and high temperature thermal storage. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and a member of ASME, IEEE, AAAS, and Sigma Xi. He also serves on the ASME PTC-53 committee for Performance Testing of Energy Storage Systems. http://www.pintailpower.com/  Decarbonizing with Energy Storage Combined Cycles 
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January 17, 2020
#27 Tracy Wallace, Justice Warrior
Tracy Wallace is a justice warrior—environmental, social, economic—who believes access and equity are the cures to poverty.  With tenacity and passion, Tracy works to connect those with the greatest need for employment to employers in the rapidly growing solar industry. https://greencareersdallas.org/about/
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January 14, 2020
#26 Michael Beitler CEO and Founder of Illum Applied Technologies DLT
Michael Beitler, Founder/CEO:  30yrs experience at IBM and Texas Instruments semiconductor engineering 
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January 10, 2020
#25 Korina Smith Founder at The Conscious Citizen Effect
Korina has over 20 years of experience leading teams on humanitarian missions to deliver humanitarian aid and facilitate sustainable projects in villages, relief camps, and orphanages around the world.  She has lived abroad and loves to travel internationally.  She considers herself to be a global citizen and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and (used to speak) French. Korina has served as a public speaker in various capacities, including as an advocate for education. She spent the last several years as an Executive Director for an international trade network and a community service and advocacy non-profit organization in Dallas, Texas.  She now serves as a consultant to nonprofits and social impact organizations with Greater Society Consulting. Korina recently launched a website, called “The Conscious Citizen Effect”, designed to help us all learn to make more conscious consumer choices and everyday habits that are kinder our planet, animals and our local and global communities.   http://theconsciouscitizeneffect.com/ 
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January 7, 2020
#24 Roshan Vani, Chief Operations Officer at Nexus PMG
Roshan Vani is the COO of Nexus PMG, an engineering firm that specializes in built-to-spec solutions for large scale infrastructure projects Mr. Vani is a Project Management Professional with experience in the EPC, EPCM & PMC industry working on large capital projects ranging in value from $0.5B to $11B in the Power and Mining & Metals industries. He has experience in managing lump sum and cost reimbursable contracts in North America and Saudi Arabia. Prior to starting Nexus he was a Risk Manager & Project Controls Manager for a Fortune 500 firm and subject matter expert in project planning (Primavera), schedule (Primavera Risk) risk analysis and cost risk (@Risk) analysis. Mr. Vani is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute) and holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. www.NexusPMG.com
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January 3, 2020
#23 Special end of year episode - Advice, advice, advice
Hear the advice our previous guests have shared and then decide on the actions you want to take. 
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December 31, 2019
#22 Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres is President and CEO at GreenMomentum Inc
Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres is President and CEO at GreenMomentum Inc., a market intelligence and innovation company focused on the Latin American cleantech industry. He is also President of Cleantech Challenge Mexico, Latin America’s top green business accelerator program. He is considered an expert in clean energy, climate change and climate financing. In 2012 and 2013 he was recognized by the US President Barack Obama as Champion of Change and High Impact Entrepreneur for his work promoting the development of the cleantech industry in Mexico. In 2017-2018 he was co-Chairman of the Board at LAC-CORE and since 2015 he has been Chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the US-Mexico Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. Since 2014 he leads the Energy Sustainability Fund’s Specialized Services Office managing the Fund’s relationship with the Mexican Energy Innovation Centers. Early this year, he joined the Technical Council of the National Council of Science and Technology’s Added Business and Knowledge Value Subprogram. He holds a first degree in Computer Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a doctorate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London, University of London.
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December 27, 2019
#21 Elena Savostianova Managing Partner at Ember Infrastructure
Elena Savostianova has over 15 years of professional experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Ember, Elena served as a Principal with Global Infrastructure Partners CAPS team, focusing on renewable energy opportunities. Before GIP, Elena spent nearly a decade as part of Credit Suisse’s Power and Renewables group where she was responsible for coverage of energy corporates with a focus on renewable energy and infrastructure, as well as financial sponsors active in the energy and infrastructure space. Her responsibilities included deal sourcing and execution of the complete capital stack, from equity transactions on the corporate side to senior secured debt underwritings at the asset level.  Elena joined Credit Suisse in 2005. Prior to that Elena was a member of Deloitte’s Management Consulting division and the JPMorgan Chase Oil & Gas Investment Banking team. Elena holds an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Hamilton College. https://ember-infra.com/
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December 24, 2019
#20 Allen Tsai is the Founder and CEO of Pani - A Fitit for your shower
Allen Tsai is the Founder and CEO of Pani, a smart-home company inspired by his volunteer experience building water wells in rural Nepal. With a professional background in consumer electronics and IoT, Allen took inspiration from a lifetime of water conservation lessons to create Pani to advance the convergence of technology with water sustainability and efficiency. He’s spent nearly 20 years in the consumer electronics industry, having shipped millions of units of connected products through global brands such as Sony, Microsoft XBox, Panasonic, and Sonos. A multi-exit founder, Pani is Allen’s 6th startup, with Allen also having held leadership roles at large companies such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. When he’s not thinking about how to leverage technology to usher in the era of “decentralized water,” he spends his time with his wife and three kids, playing instruments, riding his motorcycle, and singing in the shower. www.getpani.com  
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December 20, 2019
#19 Scott Deatherage is an attorney focused on environmental issues, energy, and climate change.
Scott Deatherage is a founding partner in the Austin law firm of Smith and Brown, LLP. Over the last 30 years, Scott has focused on environmental issues, energy, and climate change.  For most of his career, he worked with large law firms in Dallas, but two years ago he formed his own firm and also began pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities. He earned his B.A. in Letters from The University of Oklahoma in 1984 with highest honors, with minors in Botany and French, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 cum laude, where he served as the Articles Editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Scott was one of the founders of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Disclosure Committee. He has published a book entitled Carbon Trading Law and Practice, originally published by Oxford University Press. He has taught Climate Change Law at the University of Texas Law School. Over the last 30 years of his career, Scott has focused on environmental issues, energy, and climate change. As a partner in nationally-known large law firms, he has advised clients in transactions, development, litigation, and government regulatory matters. He has also worked with companies in emerging technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage. Scott has worked on over $5 billion of energy projects. His work with solar project developers has involved over 55 separate projects. Over the last few years, Scott has represented companies in blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency mining, and smart contracts. He has served and currently serves on several company advisory boards, including, Principal Solar, Crescendo Power, Alternative Resource Group, and AR3 Global. These companies are engaged in solar development, funding of solar and other renewable energy and energy storage projects, and blockchain applications to energy and environmental matters.
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December 17, 2019
#18 Dave Gajadhar Chairman of Companies for Zero Waste
Dave is an advisor across Regulated Industries, Government, Tourism, Manufacturing, Human and Health Services. Dave develops and implement business strategies, policy changes, sustainability practises and generative growth with enabling technologies, efficiency, transparency, and accountability. Dave supports business modernization with emerging technologies to enable sustainability, socioeconomic outcomes and generative growth., and is known for delivering talks that combine culture, human behaviours, socio-economics, psychology, and technology with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent—effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of technology out of the abstract and into operations.
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December 13, 2019
#17 Carlos St. James is a leader in the renewable energy industry and considered one of the founders of the sector in Latin America.
Carlos St. James is a board member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) in Washington, which promotes development of the industry, as well as a board member of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA), based in Austin, Texas. With considerable experience in project finance, technical and non-technical project themes, sustainability issues and energy policy, he is a leading advisor to investors, developers and the public sector. He is the publisher of the Clean Energy Review and he holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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December 10, 2019
#16 Peter Kelly-Detwiler Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 30 years of experience in the electric energy arena. He writes for Forbes.com and other publications on topics related to disruptive innovation and its impact on the electricity infrastructure. He provides strategic advice to clients and investors, helping them to navigate this transitional period. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has spent much of his career in various areas of competitive power markets. As Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy, he oversaw creation of VirtuWatt – a market leading platform to facilitate real-time awareness of electricity pricing and consumption and bidding of assets into competitive markets. He is currently writing a book on the transformation of electric power markets, to be published by Prometheus Books in the Spring of 2021.
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December 6, 2019
#15 Dr. CB Bhattacharya Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh
CB Bhattacharya is the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is a world renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. His research and teaching focuses specifically on how companies can use underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity, reputation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability to strengthen stakeholder relationships and drive firm market value. Prof. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles and has over 28,000 citations per Google Scholar. His latest book entitled Small Actions Big Difference: Leveraging Corporate Sustainability to Drive Business and Societal Value was published by Routledge in 2019. He is co-author of the book Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value and co-editor of the book Global Challenges in Responsible Business, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has served on the Editorial Review Boards and served as Editor of special issues of many leading international publications. Prof. Bhattacharya is the founder of the Center for Sustainable Business as well as the ESMT Sustainable Business Roundtable, a forum with more than 25 multinational members, aimed at discussing opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming sustainability practices within organizations. In 2007 he started the Stakeholder Marketing Consortium with support from the Aspen Institute. Prof. Bhattacharya is part of a select group of faculty that has been named twice to Business Week’s Outstanding Faculty list. He has been recognized by both Thomson Reuters and Google Scholar as one of the top cited scholars in his field. He has won several best paper awards, teaching awards and research prizes. He was also a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award in 2007. In addition, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, the highest teaching award at Emory University. Prof. Bhattacharya has conducted research and consulted for many organizations such as Allianz, AT&T, Bosch, Eli Lilly, E.ON, General Mills, Green Mountain Coffee, High Museum of Art, Hitachi Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Prudential Bank, Timberland and Unilever. As an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability, he is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Business Week, BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist and on TV stations such as Times Now, CBS and PBS. He frequently delivers keynote speeches or brings in his insights as a panelist at company, industry, and academic conferences and conventions. Book - Small Actions, Big Difference by Dr. CB
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December 3, 2019
#14 David Hertz Architect - Founder S.E.A.- Studio of Environmental Architecture - Skysource.org.
Architect David Hertz is the founder and president of David Hertz FAIA Architects, inc. and S.E.A., the Studio of Environmental Architecture, which he established as Syndesis in 1984 and skysource.org in 2016  David graduated  with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1983. In 2006 David was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sci-Arc. In 2008 David was elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows as one of it’s youngest member in it’s over 155 year history.  David Hertz’ award winning work has been widely published and exhibited internationally some highlights include exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),The Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and the National Building Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as inclusion the Venice and Istanbul Architectural biennale’s, having won the American Architecture Award in 2009 and 2012 respectively. In 2018 David lead his team Skysource to become the Grand Prize winner in the Water Abundance XPRIZE out of a field of 98 teams from 27 countries to make 2,000 liters of water from air in 24 hours using 100% renewable energy at a cost of less than 2 cents/ liter. In 2019 Skysource’s WeDew was awarded the General Excellence award for Developing World Technology in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards which drew over 2,000 applicants. https://www.skysource.org/
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November 29, 2019
#13 Aaron Ratner Managing Director at Ultra Capital
Aaron Ratner is a Managing Director at Ultra Capital. He as over 20 years of international investment, advisory and development experience focusing on technology, energy, waste and agriculture. Ultra Capital specializes in supporting developers, corporations and public entities to successfully deploy projects across waste, agriculture, water and renewable energy. www.ultracapital.com
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November 26, 2019
#12 Rock Robinson CEO eCarra Rides that matter
Builder | Learner | Disruptor | Leader | Visionary | Giver | Father | Hacker Currently Rock is the Co-founder and CEO of eCarra.com, a zero-emissions mobility platform that aims to reduce harmful emissions and accelerate the awareness of electric vehicles by pioneering electric car ride awareness, eCarra brings the growing tech-centric population and automakers together in real time.
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November 22, 2019
#11 Erik Lensch CEO Leyline Renewable Capital
After a successful 13 year career in the financial services industry Erik made his first company acquisition in 2006, a NC-based solar equipment distribution business. Soon after the acquisition Erik started a solar construction and development company, Argand Energy Solutions. Argand grew into one of the larger commercial installation and project development companies in the Carolinas. In 2014 the company completed a successful sale to York Capital, a large hedge fund. Branded under the name Entropy Solar Integrators, the company went on to build over 350MW of solar projects. In late 2016 Erik started his latest venture, Leyline Renewable Energy, to finance the development of solar and biogas projects. The company is deploying capital into projects across the US. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business
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November 19, 2019
#10 Mike Casey Founder of Tigercomm - Clean Energy Communication Services
For 30 years, Mike has focused on the design, staffing and strategies for winning communications programs. As Tigercomm’s founder, he counsels cleantech executives, investors and philanthropists on strategies for meeting their business objectives. Mike is a top U.S. innovator and strategist on cleantech marketing and communications. He has presented at more than a dozen major conferences, and he writes frequently on clean economy topics at ScalingClean and Renewable Energy World.  Mike has trained more than 2,000 people on interview techniques, message development and public relations management. Before Tigercomm, he built winning communications programs for the National Environmental Trust and the Environmental Working Group, which he helped make “... dollar for dollar, demonstrably one of the most effective groups in Washington” (National Journal, 2/02). He is also a communications veteran of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and two presidential campaigns. https://www.tigercomm.us https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/courses Bill Bryson Al Ries Seth Godin Simon Sinek Frank Luntz
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November 15, 2019
#9 Alex Reed Co-Founder and CMO at Truman's
Alex Reed co-founded cleaning startup Truman’s following more than a decade at fan and light manufacturer Big Ass Fans, where he led an expansive marketing division that helped the company grow from $30 million in annual sales to more than $250 million. With his innovative approaches, the company’s number of new customers increased nearly  40 percent annually. At the same time, customer loyalty became  so strong that repeat business  accounted for half of all orders.  Beyond marketing, Alex always pushed the company’s evolution and oversaw its expansion  beyond a business-to-business strategy to business-to-consumer with the 2012 debut of Haiku, the first Big Ass Fan for homes. Within three years, the product developed into a full smart home division and achieved more than $50 million in sales. After helping guide the company’s sale in 2017 for $500 million,  Alex sought a new challenge  and co-founded Truman’s with  Big Ass Fans Chief Operating  Officer Jon Bostock. The pair aims to upend the staid cleaning  industry with the belief that cleaning should be green, simple, convenient and cost less. https://www.trumans.com/
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November 12, 2019
#8 Sonal Patel Senior Associate Editor at POWER magazine
Sonal Patel is a national award–winning multimedia journalist who has, for more than a decade, covered a wide range of technology, business, and policy issues related to energy and the environment worldwide. She is currently a senior associate editor at POWER magazine, a 137-year-old trade publication dedicated to chronicling power generation history, currents, and advancements. https://www.powermag.com/ spatel@powermag.com 
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November 8, 2019
#7 Michael Martin Founder MM Solar Advisory
Native Dallasite Michael Martin is a passionate and experienced leader for the widespread adoption of clean and safe solar power. He wasn’t always this way as his first 2+ professional decades were in various business development roles in software/IT market segments.  Upon becoming a solar entrepreneur in 2010, he likewise began advising start up companies in the areas of strategy, value proposition, sales and marketing, partnerships, go to market and pitching. These are his areas of knowledge and experience that he loves to put to good use with promising people and companies. In parallel throughout his professional journey, Michael has been active, including board service and volunteering, with a wide range of non-profits such as schools, social service agencies, cancer foundations and environmental groups.  Michael’s life is only complete when it includes doing good work serving his community…and when there is some fun involved! Michael Martin has a long-standing passion for renewable energy. This is his calling to high-impact, purpose-driven work. After 20+ years doing cool and valuable B2B stuff in the information technology sector, Michael began his solar career in 2010 as founder/EVP of utility solar company Principal Solar, where he developed approximately 280 megawatts of projects valued at $500 million. Now, he directs his energy into serving early commercial solar adopters who are ready to lead with clean and safe on-site solar power in his home state of Texas. Michael has always been motivated to help companies adopt high-value solutions that enhance their positions as market and community leaders.  When not doing these things, Michael is likely on his road bike at White Rock Lake or involved in some community service work… www.mmsolaradvisory.com 
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November 5, 2019
#6 Kimberly Britton Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter
Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Lyndis+Gyr to focus on innovation in energy. EPIcenter drives thought leadership, convenes human intelligence, galvanizes alliances, and catalyzes new technologies and concepts in energy. She has cultivated extensive relationships with energy industry leaders and incubators across the U.S., rapidly raising the visibility and reputation of EPIcenter. EPI Center http://www.epicenterus.org/ Belt Eze http://www.belt-eze.com/ 
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November 1, 2019
#5 Jonathan Crowder Founding Partner of Intelis Capital
Jonathan is a founding partner of Intelis Capital and a member of its investment committee. Jonathan serves in all aspects of the firm’s operations, with particular focus on developing investment theses, creation of internal processes and systems, sourcing potential investments, providing operational and strategic support to portfolio companies. https://www.inteliscapital.com/en 
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October 29, 2019
#4 Jigar Shah President of Generate Capital
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, the leading investment and operating platform for sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital is the only “one-stop-shop” for pioneers leading the Resource Revolution. Prior to Generate, as the Founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), Shah pioneered “no money down solar”, which unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market and became the largest solar services company worldwide before its acquisition by MEMC. Shah’s decades of experience in renewable energy consistently show that business model innovation and entrepreneurship are two of the keys to proving that sustainability pays. www.generatecapital.com  The Carbon War Room Book - Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy
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October 22, 2019
#3 Dr. Arun Gupta CEO of Skyven Technologies
Dr. Arun Gupta is the founder and CEO of Skyven Technologies, a company decarbonizing the industrial sector with clean, emissions-free solutions for thermal energy.  From building prototypes in his garage to winning the $1 million grand prize in New York State’s 76West Clean Energy Competition, Arun has pioneered both the technology and business of clean thermal energy.   He holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned his stripes in technology commercialization at Texas Instruments, Inc. http://www.skyven.co/
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October 15, 2019
#2 Lynn Abramson President Clean Energy Business Network
Lynn Abramson is President of the Clean Energy Business Network – the small business voice for the clean energy economy. CEBN enhances opportunities for clean energy providers through policy support, business development, and market and technology education. CEBN’s 3,000+ members span all 50 U.S. states and more than 350 Congressional districts.  These business leaders work across a diverse suite of technologies and services in energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, and other advanced energy and transportation sectors. Lynn leads the CEBN’s efforts to mobilize business voices in support of policy change, leverage case studies and narratives to illustrate the benefits of clean energy to the public and policymakers, and promote industry collaboration and networking. Lynn previously managed the CEBN at its former home in The Pew Charitable Trusts from July 2013 until its transition to become an independent initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in May 2017. Before that, she worked in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Legislative Assistant on energy, natural resources, and transportation policy. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University, where her research on carbon cycle processes spurred her interest in advancing low-carbon energy solutions. www.CEBN.org  A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
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October 8, 2019
#1 Ben Hubbard CEO of Nexus PMG
Ben Hubbard is the CEO of Nexus PMG, an engineering firm that specializes in built-to-spec solutions for large scale infrastructure projects Mr. Hubbard is a program management consultant experienced in business strategy, strategic development and construction management. He has a proven track record of leading domestic and international high-profile construction projects in fast-paced environments.  His experience spans across multiple industries including mining & metals, operations & maintenance, power, forestry including wood pellet plants.  Ben has the powerful ability to translate strategic organizational goals into clear operational plans leading to measurable results. www.NexusPMG.com 
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September 30, 2019
Introduction to Bigger Than Us
Here's a brief intro to our Bigger Than Us podcast.
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September 16, 2019