RENEWables #38: Wilbur-Ellis - Overcoming Challenges in Organic Farming
With inflation on the rise, the price of fertilizers is up a staggering 260% post-pandemic, causing farmers to cut back on the amount of fertilizers they can use on their crops and risking smaller yields. This problem comes at a time when food production is critical and finding solutions isn’t always easy, especially for farmers facing challenges that could pose serious threat to the future of their crops.
On this episode of RENEWables, we sit down with Jason Ellsworth, Organic Portfolio Manager at Wilbur-Ellis, Agribusiness division, as he talks about the effects of organics on soil health, the current organic market and how the 100-year old company plans to help overcome crop challenges through innovative products and services that also help maximize return on investment.
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RENEWables #64: Powering Conversations: Nuclear Energy, Renewables, and Project Management
1:02:47In this enlightening podcast episode, David chats with Milton Stark, a distinguished authority in nuclear and renewable energy. Milton shares his remarkable journey from serving during the Vietnam War to becoming a power expert, honing his skills in emergency power systems in Vietnam.Milton's military path led him to the Army Nuclear Power Program, where he became adept at instructing and operating nuclear power systems. In the commercial nuclear sector, he specialized in outage work and technical projects, enriched by insights from the Three Mile Island incident.The episode explores the intricacies of integrating renewable energy sources into the grid while stressing the need for public awareness regarding these complexities.Milton dispels misconceptions about nuclear energy and radiation, advocating for improved public education on these subjects.The discussion extends to the safety of nuclear power compared to other energy sources, tackling the abrupt termination of fossil fuel use. The challenges of assimilating variable energy sources into the grid are discussed, emphasizing the necessity of energy storage solutions.Milton also offers a sneak peek into his upcoming book, "The Sixth W," which delves into project management's "how" and its early consideration's significance. This podcast episode offers invaluable insights into nuclear power, renewable energy, and project management, providing a comprehensive exploration of these vital topics.
RENEWables #63: Energizing Business: A Journey Through Energy Consulting & Deregulation with David Wiers
37:38In this episode, David Wiers, the President of Satori Energy, embarks on an exploration of the dynamic energy consulting realm and the world of electricity deregulation. Join us on a journey through David's career trajectory, where he transitioned from his early days at Anderson Consulting to a pivotal role in the energy consulting sector, perfectly timed with the unfolding of ComEd customer deregulation in 2000. At the young age of 28, David started Satori Energy, recognizing an opportunity to offer valuable services to mid-sized and smaller businesses through a brokered approach to energy consulting. Witness the remarkable growth of his company, which started as a small team and has now flourished into a thriving enterprise boasting nearly 60 employees. Delve into the complexities of customer tariffs, the transformative shift towards deregulated energy suppliers, and the historical landscape of deregulated electricity markets. Explore the concept of electricity deregulation, where the generation and delivery of electricity become uncoupled, granting consumers newfound choices and responsibilities. David shares invaluable strategies for effectively managing energy consumption and costs in regulated states. Discover a roadmap to heightened energy efficiency, encompassing technologies like smart thermostats and behind-the-meter solar solutions, providing more control over energy expenses. Gain insights into how clients are harnessing solar power, incentives, credits, and SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates) for both economic savings and environmental sustainability. This episode isn't merely about energy consulting; it's an odyssey through the ever-evolving energy landscape where entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth reign supreme. Stay tuned for more eye-opening revelations in future episodes!
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RENEWables #62: Tracing Transparency: Fashion, Policy, and Sustainability with Shameek Gosh
35:27In this podcast episode, we're joined by Shameek Gosh, the Co-Founder & CEO of TrusTrace, a leading platform in the footwear and textile industry that focuses on traceability and compliance data management. We'll learn about the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and similar legislation in the United States, aiming to ensure products entering the country are free from connections to forced labor camps.Shameek also sheds light on the concept of fashion digital passports, exploring how they enhance transparency and responsible practices in the fashion supply chain.As an expert in sustainability, Shameek shares his vision for the future of his business and its expansion. Whether you're a fashion enthusiast, a policy enthusiast, or a zero-waste advocate, this episode offers valuable insights into addressing the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry. Join us for this informative and forward-thinking discussion.
RENEWables #61: The Power of Sustainability Meets the Magic of Heartfelt Connections at Hallmark
30:25Dive into the world of Hallmark, where the power of sustainability meets the magic of heartfelt connections! Join us in this episode of RENEWables, as we embark on an exciting journey with Kristin Edie, the VP of Enterprise Sustainability at Hallmark. It's a conversation that goes far beyond greeting cards, delving into Hallmark's profound commitment to sustainability and its remarkable achievements. Hallmark has launched a four-point sustainability plan focused on product and content, renewable energy, sustainable forestry, and transportation. Kristin explores these four pillars, shares inspiring stories, and gives us valuable insights into Hallmark's mission to lead the charge in sustainability. Whether you're a sustainability enthusiast or simply curious about the future of our planet, this episode is a must-listen. *Plus, Kristin shares a very special announcement about their newest sustainability project and collaboration! Listen here and be part of the journey toward a more sustainable future! Learn even more about Hallmark’s mission by checking out their website and following them on social media. https://corporate.hallmark.com/culture/hallmark-family/sustainability/.https://www.instagram.com/hallmark/https://corporate.hallmark.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Hallmark/https://twitter.com/hallmark
RENEWables #60: Revolutionizing Self-Care: Sustainable Beauty and the Fight Against Single-Use Plastic
26:07Season 4 kicks off with an interview with Lindsay McCoy, CEO and Co-Founder of Plaine Products. Plaine Products is natural, vegan, and cruelty-free hair and body products in reusable, returnable, refillable aluminum bottles. Founded in 2017 by Lindsey and her sister Alison, they have changed the way the world thinks about all of those plastic bottles filling up our shower! They are working to reduce waste and help stop single-use plastic with their subscription program. This episode shows us that we can still look good while doing good for the environment. Tune in and subscribe.Show Notes:For more info on Plaine Products, follow them below. Website: https://www.plaineproducts.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/plaineproducts/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plaineproducts/Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/plaineproducts/
RENEWables #59: Empowering Social Impact Organizations to Catalyze Real World Change
32:27Today, our social feeds are flooded with so much information, it has become increasingly challenging to cut through all the noise making it all too easy to miss valuable information. That is why creating captivating content that compels people to pause their scrolling and engage with the message is so important. In the world of social impact organizations, creating meaningful change requires more than just a noble mission. It demands strategic thinking, effective communication, and a compelling brand that captures the attention of the audience. By mastering this art, social impact leaders can effectively amplify their voices and generate the desired impact. On this episode of RENEWables, we sat down with Eric Ressler, the visionary founder and creative director of Cosmic, a design agency focused on empowering social impact organizations to catalyze real world change by helping them nail their impact story, build brand awareness, and inspire action. Learn more about this intersection between marketing, branding, and social impact and how it serves as a call to action for organizations to prioritize their brand strategy and digital experiences as integral components of their overall business strategy. By adapting to the attention economy, social impact organizations can elevate their message, connect with their target audience, and create positive change on a larger scale. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes:Website https://designbycosmic.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/designbycosmic Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2830454
RENEWables #58: Propane: Multifaceted Environmental Benefits of a Low-Carbon Fuel Alternative
39:09New Podcast Episode Alert! Join us for an energetic conversation with propane industry trailblazer, Tucker Perkins, President & CEO of Energy for Everyone Propane. With a passion for innovation and a commitment to safety, Tucker has been instrumental in transforming the propane landscape through informative safety and training programs designed for anyone that uses propane at home, in the field and on the farm. From transportation to agriculture, commercial landscaping to residential and commercial building sectors, PERC's programs have made a remarkable impact on the low-carbon fuel market. In addition to their safety and training programs, the non-profit also has a successful clean energy podcast called Path to Zero where they discuss topics including the clean energy continuum, “new urbanist” perspectives on clean energy, the challenge of a 2 centigrade change in the earth’s temperature poses, the science of warnings, and cities of tomorrow, just to name a few! Join RENEWables and discover more about the multifaceted environmental benefits of propane and the advancements shaping its future as a low-carbon fuel alternative. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: Website https://propane.com Path to Zero Podcast - https://propane.com/environment/podcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PropaneCouncil Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/propane-education-&-research-council/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/cleanamericanenergy
RENEWables #57: Decarbonizing Industries: Mars Materials’ Mission to Reverse the Carbon Footprint
34:19In a world grappling with the challenges of climate change, Mars Materials has emerged as a trailblazer in the realm of sustainable innovation. Through market-driven approaches, Mars is actively engaged in commercializing breakthrough technologies capable of effectively removing and sequestering greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. While carbon-negative processes face challenges at present, attitudes and incentives are gradually shifting towards CO₂ utilization. With its advanced technology, Mars is positioned to initiate and accelerate this transition towards a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future. Mars is on a mission to reverse humanity's industrial waste carbon footprint by commercializing innovative technology. Developed in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this technology enables the production of low-cost, low-carbon acrylonitrile (ACN) using captured CO₂ and bio-based feedstocks. ACN is a crucial material used in the production of carbon fiber, which serves as a building block for numerous products. By utilizing ACN as a precursor for carbon fiber, Mars aims to decarbonize carbon-intensive industries like steel and aluminum production. Join this episode of RENEWables and meet the Co-founder and CEO at Mars Materials, Aaron Fitzgerald. Aaron, a natural born problem solver, shares his inspiration for starting the public benefit corporation, the impact his team of dedicated climate solutionists is having on the world, and their vision of creating a future where the use of polluting carbon becomes more costly than adopting their sustainable technologies. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: Website: https://www.marsmaterials.tech/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marsmaterials/ Twitter” https://twitter.com/MarsMaterials
RENEWables #56: From Field to Fork to Field - A Plant-Based, Zero-Waste Composting System
36:29The food industry generates a substantial portion of not only food waste, but also packaging waste. In the United States alone, the food and beverage sector accounts for approximately 23% of all packaging waste. Plastic is the most widely used material for food packaging, representing around 40% of total plastic usage, which comes with several challenges, including environmental pollution, resource depletion, and health concerns. Therefore, there is a growing movement to reduce the use of plastic in food packaging and promote more sustainable and circular packaging solutions, such as compostable plastics, paper-based packaging, and reusable containers. Better Earth is a Georgia-based company committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship through composting. Its main goal is to create more sustainable systems by providing 100% plant-based products and services to customers all around the world. Through the distribution of zero-waste packaging solutions, Better Earth is providing the ability to revitalize, regenerate and replenish local economies, while supporting carbon sequestering and addressing public health concerns all around. This starts in the fields where the plants are grown, to the food service establishments where the products are used, and then back to the fields where they compost the materials and start the entire process over—creating a closed loop, zero-waste system. Join this episode of RENEWables and meet VP of Sustainability at Better Earth, Savannah Seydel to discover more about composting, plant-based packaging, and how food waste reduction and resource efficiency improvements can have significant economic, social, and environmental benefits, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources, and improving food security. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes: Website https://becompostable.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetterEarthCompostable Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/becompostable/ Savannah’s Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/savannahseydel/
RENEWables #55: Innovative Technology for Enabling Highly Efficient Carbon Capture
19:40As most of us already know, CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and climate change. The production processes that yield CO2 are considered highly valuable to society, but their emissions into the atmosphere have negative environmental consequences, reducing their overall value. With the issue of climate change, reducing CO2 emissions is more important than ever. Technologies designed to mitigate these emissions, such as carbon capture, storage, and utilization, allow for the continued use of these production processes and resources, while minimizing their environmental impact. One company leading this charge is Mantel Capture, a company with a new technology that creates materials designed to operate at the high temperatures, found inside boilers, kilns, and furnaces – enabling highly efficient carbon capture that has not been possible until now. Join this episode of RENEWables and meet Co-founder & COO of Mantel Capture, Danielle Colson to discover more about this remarkable technology and their future plans for saving the atmosphere. Tune in and subscribe. Show Notes:Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/company/mantelcapture/ Website https://mantelcapture.com/