Our guest on Episode 1 is Daniel Menahem, a solar energy developer in Salt Lake City. Daniel walks us through how you choose a site for a solar facility, who you sell the power to, and why solar energy is growing.
Episode 2: This is Mitigation Banking
Our guest on Episode 2 is Wayne Walker, a mitigation banker & principal at Common Ground Capital. He is driving private investment in conservation and species preservation through the development of species' mitigation banks around the United States.
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Episode 3: This is Sustainable Surfing
Meet Ryan Harris, the founder of Earth Technologies and a former Nike product designer. While learning about traditional surfboard manufacturing, he realized they're made out of toxic styrofoam, a conundrum for surfers dependent on a healthy ocean. Ryan has found sustainable suppliers, upcycled old boards, and now is turning his inorganic waste stream into organic soil with mealworms! He tells us the how, the why, and all about his Kickstarter campaign.
Episode 4: This is Paleoclimatology
Our guest on Episode 4 is Sarah Aarons, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago studying dust in ice cores and around the world to tell us more about climate events over the history of the Earth! Does that sound crazy complicated? That's because it is! But Sarah breaks it down for us in language even we can understand.
Two Vanderbilt professors are taking a creative approach to solving climate change. Our guests, Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan recently released a new book Beyond Politics, discussing the role private entities can play in reducing carbon emissions even without the US government taking action. They tell us how we can make a meaningful difference by changing our behavior at home. US households emit as many carbon emissions as all of the countries in South America combined.
Episode 5: This is Beyond Politics
Locally Laid is a pasture-raised egg farm business. Jason and Lucie Amundsen founded the farm from scratch, and in 2016, Lucie published a book named for the farm, describing all the ups and downs of getting the farm off the ground. Jason Amundsen tells us about his experience starting a business, the high barriers to entry, the difficulties in getting financing, and how hard it is to take care of chickens in a Minnesota winter. We also discuss the health benefits, the improved taste, and the improved outcome for the environment--basically pasture-raised eggs are a win-win. And there are ways to get them at reasonable prices, especially considering all of the hard work that went into growing them and doing it sustainably.