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Earth911.com's Sustainability In Your Ear

350 episodes - English - Latest episode: 18 days ago - ★★★★ - 14 ratings

Earth911's Mitch Ratcliffe interviews activists, authors, entrepreneurs and changemakers working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, post-carbon society. You have more power to improve the world than you know! Listen in to get started saving the planet!

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Earth911 Podcast: The Birth of the Lomi Home Composter With Pela cofounder Brad Pederson

November 14, 2022 11:40 - 43 minutes - 29.5 MB

Brad Pederson, cofounder and chairman of Pela, joins Mitch Ratcliffe to discuss the company's sustainable products.  We recently spent a couple of months testing the Lomi home composter from Pela, a Kelowna, British Columbia-based maker of compostable phone cases, low-carbon and low-waste sunglasses, and now appliances for a sustainable life. Pela launched as a maker of phone cases made from flax and a plant-based biopolymer that can be safely composted at home or in an industrial composting ...

Earth911 Podcast: Plastic Banks' David Katz on Incentivizing and Upgrading Plastic Recycling

November 11, 2022 11:40 - 36 minutes - 24.8 MB

Join us for an impassioned conversation about the potential for recycling progress with David Katz, founder of Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that partners with consumer products companies to create incentive programs in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa that help prevent plastics from reaching waterways, seas and the ocean. He joined us earlier this year returns to share an update about the company's progress. Plastic Bank has partnerships with SC Johnson, Henkel and others. Plast...

Earth911 Podcast: nZero and 3Degrees Team Up to Track & Manage Emissions Goals

November 07, 2022 11:40 - 42 minutes - 29.1 MB

Learn how to assess the green credentials of companies. Mitch Ratcliffe talks with Adam Kramer, CEO of nZero, a carbon tracking and reporting company, and Scott Martin, Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Business at 3Degrees, which provides carbon strategy consulting, decarbonization program development, carbon sequestration and renewable energy credit advisory services. The companies recently partnered to offer a comprehensive carbon reporting and management solution. Their wide-ra...

Earth911 Podcast: Satellogic's Thomas VanMatre on Satellite Imagery's Role in Solving Climate Change

November 04, 2022 10:40 - 25 minutes - 17.3 MB

Thomas VanMatre, VP of Global Business Development at Satellogic, a geospatial analytics company, joins the conversation to discuss the potential uses for satellite imagery and data for developing insights into our planet and ecosystems to end climate change. The company has launched 26 low-earth-orbiting satellites to date and will expand to more than 200 by 2025 in order to democratize access to high-resolution images and analytics. They developed microsatellites that are less than two feet...

Earth911 Podcast: Biodel Ag CEO Ben Cloud on Accelerating Soil Restoration With Sequester

October 31, 2022 10:40 - 33 minutes - 22.9 MB

Discover how our food production and even our yards and gardens can play a role in reducing CO2 levels. We're joined by Ben Cloud, CEO of Biodel AG Inc., a Maricopa, Arizona company that recently introduced Sequester, a soil treatment that restores the soil’s ability to capture and hold CO2 that also promotes improved plant growth. Sequester is available for farming applications and for home use. A $12.81 8 oz bottle of Sequester can be used to improve the carbon sequestion capability of up t...

Earth911 Podcast: Radio Flyer CEO Robert Pasin on the Ride to Becoming a B-Corp

October 28, 2022 10:40 - 29 minutes - 20.4 MB

Robert Pasin, chief wagon of Radio Flyer, discusses the benefits and process of becoming a B Corp. Radio Flyer makes, in addition to the wagons we know from our childhoods, tricycles, scooters, inflatables, adult ebikes and a suite of Tesla electric toy vehicles. It became the first global toy and ebike brand to become a certified B Corp., the emerging corporate form that recognizes business can have an environmental and social mission in addition to the goal of turning a profit. Achieving B ...

Earth911 Podcast: The Responsible Business Coalition's Frank Zambrelli on Accelerating Regenerative Agriculture

October 24, 2022 10:40 - 42 minutes - 29.2 MB

Frank Zambrelli, Executive Director of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business' Responsible Business Coalition returns to the conversation to discuss how and why business should encourage the widespread adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. This low- and no-till, pesticide-free approach to farming can restore soil health, build new topsoil to replace what has been lost to run-off and wind, as well as provide food and raw materials with substantially lower environmental impa...

Earth911 Podcast: Quoll CEO Ben Cohen on Upgrading or Choosing a Climate Resilient Home

October 21, 2022 10:40 - 39 minutes - 27.3 MB

Ben Cohen, founder and CEO of Quoll Intelligence, explains how homeowners can assess the climate-related risks for their home and community. Quoll is a service for homeowners “dedicated to helping homes and homeowners become more resilient.” It delivers a climate risk report for single-family homes that explains the likelihood of sea level rise, flooding, wildfire and other climate impacts. Quoll can help assess a home when shopping or to plan a maintenance program that keeps your home prepar...

Earth911 Podcast: Sense CEO Mike Phillips on Making the Inflation Reduction Act Work

October 17, 2022 10:40 - 34 minutes - 23.7 MB

Mike Phillips, CEO of Sense, a developer of home energy monitoring and management devices, discusses the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on home energy and EV charging in the United States. When the $369-billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed in early September the stage was set for a race to reduce U.S. emissions by 40% compared to 2005 levels. Each of us can play a part, but it involves learning how to tap into incentives for EVs, home solar panels, home energy improvements,...

Earth911 Podcast: Re:Dish CEO Caroline Vanderlip on Creating a Circular Food Service System

October 14, 2022 10:40 - 39 minutes - 26.8 MB

Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of Re:Dish, joins the conversation to discuss making cafeteria, institutional and restaurant food service sustainable. Re:Dish provides reusable food service items, collecting, returning them to a dish washing facility each day, and delivering a fresh supply to its customers, which include corporate and school cafeterias, hospitals and . Re:Dish containers offers several #5 plastic (polypropylene) clamshell and round meal containers that are rented on a per-use basis t...

Earth911 Podcast: ERI CEO John Shegerian on Building a Circular Ewaste Economy

October 10, 2022 10:40 - 40 minutes - 28 MB

Ewaste recycling falls woefully short of the levels necessary to reduce the need for mining and producing new raw materials that involve toxins that frequently reach the environment. We talked with John Shegerian, cofounder and CEO of ERI, a Fresno, Calif.-based ewaste recycler with 8 U.S. processing locations that serve every ZIP Code in the country and partnerships with recycling companies in 40 countries. John explains how ERI manages recycled electronics, the importance of choosing R2- an...

Earth911 Podcast: Jane Velez-Mitchell on UnchainedTV's Vegan News Mission

October 07, 2022 10:40 - 41 minutes - 28.4 MB

The story of a sustainable world will unfold in many places and across many websites, social networks, and video channels. Jane Velez-Mitchell, a former Headline News/CNN reporter and anchor, launched UnChainedTV to provide a dedicated source of video storytelling about vegan living, the environment, and animal welfare. It offers free video programming through an app for iPhone and Android devices, as well as on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire Stick, and LG and Samsung smart TVs. The network cover...

Earth911 Podcast: Exploring Sustainable Footwear with Wildling Shoes Founder Anna Yona

October 03, 2022 10:40 - 42 minutes - 29.5 MB

Anna Yona, cofounder with her husband of Engelskirchen, Germany-based Wildling Shoes talks with Earth911's Mitch Ratcliffe about making shoes that are easier on the planet. They make a wide range of shoes for women, men and kids, practicing sustainable design and manufacturing using a minimalist design philosophy the produces a light, comfortable and durable shoe. These high-cut shoe, which are made with certified organic cotton, hemp, and synthetic and recycled rubber and cork soles, have he...

Earth911 Podcast: Green Building Progress with Hawthorne Development's Ganesan Visvabharathy

September 30, 2022 10:40 - 39 minutes - 27.4 MB

Dr. Ganesan Visvabharathy, founder of Hawthorne Development Corporation discusses the evolution of the built environment and green building standards necessary to achieve a zero-carbon society. A sustainable built environment is the foundation for lower energy use but will take a generation or more to put in place. Hawthorne recently completed two net-zero projects, the Eco Terra complex, a 348-unit luxury mixed-use apartment complex in Chicago that is the largest green project in the U.S., a...

Earth911 Podcast: Enduring Planet's Dimitry Gershenson on Sustainable Business Financing Trends

September 28, 2022 10:40 - 41 minutes - 28.7 MB

How can we finance the myriad startups and small business transitions that will bring the sustainable economy to full flower? Our guest, Dimitry Gershenson, is cofounder and CEO of Enduring Planet, argues that the climate crisis has made the human and business response inevitable. Enduring Planet was launched to non-dilutive financing in the form of unsecured loans, to climate mitigation companies that help reduce emissions, carbon removal startups that capture CO2 from the atmosphere, and fi...

Earth911 Podcast: SHÄP's Jürgen Pretsch on building a sustainable sharing economy

September 26, 2022 10:40 - 33 minutes - 22.9 MB

Jürgen Pretsch is the founder of SHÄP, a recently launched rental marketplace that focuses on connecting people with items to rent in local communities. SHÄP works to reduce unnecessary purchases and enable sharing without creating a shipping footprint by bringing neighbors together. Reuse and sharing are the best ways to minimize the environmental impact of the products you buy. But connecting with people who want what you have, especially people near you so that it is not necessary to ship ...

Earth911 Podcast: Westerlay Orchids' Toine Overgaag on Making the Flower Business Sustainable

September 23, 2022 10:40 - 42 minutes - 29 MB

The flower industry has a heavy environmental footprint but some growers are changing their agricultural and shipping practices. Toine Overgaag, president of family-owned Westerlay Orchids,  grower and seller of live orchids, based in Carpenteria, Calif., joins Mitch Ratcliffe to discuss sustainable agriculture practices in the live plant industry. Westerlay uses natural predators instead of pesticides to deal with pests, energy and water management technologies, and recirculates waste exhaus...

Earth911 Podcast: Maya van Rossum on the Green Amendment for the Generations

September 21, 2022 10:40 - 43 minutes - 30 MB

Are the laws of the United States fitted for sustainability? Our guest today, attorney Maya van Rossum, argues that it is time for a new approach, environmental constitutionalism. She is adjunct professor and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple’s Beasley School of Law and founder of Green Amendments for the Generations, a campaign to add environmental amendments to state and the U.S. constitution. Our evolving insights into the uneven health, economic, racial and social impacts...

Earth911 Podcast: WeSpire CEO Susan Hunt Stevens on Inspiring Sustainable Changes in Business

September 19, 2022 11:00 - 34 minutes - 23.6 MB

There is momentum around sustainability in society but millions of companies and billions of people are not engaged with the ideas and taking action. Many simply don’t know where to start. We talk about inspiring change in organizations with Susan Hunt Stevens, cofounder and CEO of WeSpire, which develops tools, services and informational campaigns that help companies improve their sustainability performance, their inclusivity, social impact and employee wellbeing. WeSpire’s technology uses b...

Earth911 Podcast: The Role of Animal Welfare in Sustainable Development

September 16, 2022 10:40 - 40 minutes - 27.8 MB

Animals are key to our restoration of the planet, Kate Wall and Mark Hofberg of the International Fund for Animal Welfare explain in a report titled Thriving Together: The Critical Role of Animals in Achieving the SDGs. The world’s progress toward a sustainable society has been charted by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals that include environmental, social and economic projects deemed necessary to creating a just, equitable world that can live on its ...

Earth911 Podcast: Beacon Platform CEO Kirat Singh on Building a Sustainable Computing Infrastructure

September 14, 2022 10:40 - 36 minutes - 24.8 MB

Computing opens the door to a more efficient economy but the energy required will generate more greenhouse gas emissions. We talk with Kirat Singh, CEO and cofounder of Beacon Platform Inc., a developer of cloud computing infrastructure for Wall Street and financial institutions. Beacon’s system is built in part to reduce the environmental impact of processing large amounts of financial data. As more companies shift their computing from private data centers to the cloud, there is an opportuni...

Earth911 Podcast: La Tourangelle's Mattheiu Kohlmeyer on the Path to Regenerative Farming

September 12, 2022 10:40 - 38 minutes - 26.6 MB

Encouraging regenerative farming practices can start with conscious shopping choices, but there are many challenges ahead. Mattheiu Kohlmeyer, founder of La Tourangelle, a Berkeley, Calif.-based maker of artisanal cooking oils, some of which are produced using regenerative farming techniques, discusses the ins and outs of growing healthy, affordable regenerative foods. La Tourangelle makes a variety of oils, including almond and avocado oil, sunflower, grapeseed and olive oils — it sources nu...

Earth911 Podcast: Arthur Baker on Financing an Equitable and Sustainable Future

September 09, 2022 10:40 - 37 minutes - 26 MB

Arthur Baker, associate director of the Development Innovation Lab at the University of Chicago, explains why equity is essential to sustainability. He is the co-author, with Vijaya Ramachandaran, of Let Them Eat Carbon, a Center for Global Development policy paper that suggests it is not just unjust but inefficient to make the poorest countries carry the climate burden. The response to climate change involves a global responsibility to raise people’s standard of living, which reduces populat...

Earth911 Podcast: 374Water CEO Kobe Nagar on Transforming Wastewater Into New Materials

September 07, 2022 10:40 - 37 minutes - 25.4 MB

Kobe Nagar, CEO of Durham, North Carolina-based 374Water, explains the company's compact waste water processing technology, the Supercritical Water Oxidation (AirSCWO) system. Operating the system generates energy, industrial CO2, trinitrogen gases that can be used in manufacturing, distilled water, and minerals extracted from wastewater, making it extremely affordable as a solution for many water treatment uses. The smallest version fits in a shipping container and can clean the wastewater g...

Earth911 Podcast: Zume CEO Alex Garden on Replacing Plastic in Packaging with Molded Fiber

September 05, 2022 10:40 - 43 minutes - 29.8 MB

Alex Garden, chairman and CEO of Camarillo, Calif.-based Zume, explains how companies can use waste pulp materials to replace plastic packaging for to-go foods and packaged goods. Molded fiber can be used instead of expanded polystyrene meat trays, to replace the plastic scoops included with baby formula, as coffee cup lids, and in six-pack holders, among many other forms of packaging. The company's water and grease resistant food packaging does not use PFAS, or "forever chemicals" that are h...

Earth911 Podcast: EPAM's Erica Moreti on Consumers' Evolving Sustainability Habits

August 31, 2022 11:40 - 35 minutes - 24 MB

Erica Moreti, Head of Strategy & Innovation and Physical/Connected Experience at EPAM Continuum discusses the third Consumer Unmasked report. EPAM surveyed 3,000 Americans, Britons and Germans in late March and early April this year to understand how people are reacting to events as lockdowns end and global conflict appears to be on the rise. How are shoppers reacting, and will they give up the sustainable living priorities that were taking hold as the pandemic began? We talk through the role...

Earth911 Interview: Urvashi Bhatnagar on The Sustainabiity Scorecard

August 08, 2022 10:40 - 32 minutes - 22.4 MB

Urvashi Bhatnagar, co-author with Paul Anastas of The Sustainability Scorecard: How to Implement and Profit from Unexpected Solutions, explains the four principles for managing and scaling sustainability. These ideas can be applied to build a sustainable business at a startup or large company dto accelerate progress toward low- and no-waste products and services. Urvashi discusses reframing business decisions to emphasize waste reduction. She suggests what we waste today can be the basis for ...

Earth911 Podcast: Pam Gill-Alabaster on Mattel's Sustainability Strategy & Cultural Influence

August 03, 2022 10:40 - 36 minutes - 24.7 MB

Pam Gil-Alabaster, Global Head of Sustainability and Social Impact at Mattel, maker of Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, American Girl dolls, and more than 150 other brands of toys. She shares how Mattel works to eliminate manufacturing waste and replace virgin plastic in its packaging with recycled and recyclable plastics. The company has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% compared to its 2019 emissions as soon as 2030. Pam also explains how Mattel designers use sustainable design practic...

Earth911 Podcast: Yoram Bauman on the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

August 01, 2022 10:40 - 36 minutes - 25.3 MB

Yoram Bauman, the world's only standup economist, and co-author, with illustrator Grady Klein, of the second edition of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change. He also co-created cartoon introductions to economics, calculus, and digital ethics. Climate change is profoundly serious and becomes more disturbing with every report of extreme weather and record-breaking heat domes. The Cartoon Guide makes the science and politics of climate understandable and engaging.

Earth911 Podcast: TCO Certified's Andreas Nobell on Choosing Sustainable Technology

July 27, 2022 10:40 - 35 minutes - 24.6 MB

Technology and consumer electronics products have transformed life in just two generations but they’ve come with heavy environmental and social consequences, including ecosystems disrupted by mining and unrecycled ewaste. We talk with Andreas Nobell, Development Manager at TCO Development, which publishes an independent non-profit environmental and social responsibility certification for technology products, the TCO Certified label. The TCO Certified label is available for 12 types of product...

Earth911 Podcast: Author Peter Fiekowsky on Climate Restoration

July 25, 2022 11:00 - 41 minutes - 28.6 MB

In a conversation sure to fire controversy, author and Foundation for Climate Restoration founder Peter Feikowsky expresses optimism that the world could reach net-zero emissions and begin to drawdown atmospheric CO2 and methane levels within a decade. In a wide-ranging discussion with host Mitch Ratcliffe, Peter introduces several carbon capture technologies, low-carbon concrete, and natural carbon sinks that can contribute to removing anthropogenic CO2. He explains them in a new book, Clima...

Earth911 Podcast: Environmental Attorney Kenneth Foard McCallion on the Supreme Court's EPA Ruling

July 22, 2022 10:40 - 35 minutes - 24.3 MB

Kenneth Foard McCallion, an environmental attorney who successfully litigated cases involving the Exxon Valdez and Bhopal Gas disasters, discusses the consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. In a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v EPA, the conservative justices decided the agency cannot create comprehensive policies to reduce global warming. McCallion argues that the Supreme Court has “dealt a body blow to this country’s climate chan...

Earth911 Podcast: Farmstead's Pradeep Elankumaran on Building Sustainable Food Delivery

July 20, 2022 10:40 - 45 minutes - 30.9 MB

Pradeep Elankumaran, cofounder and CEO of Farmstead, explains how the company set out to build a sustainable grocery delivery company focused on eliminating food waste. Where retail grocery stores report wastage of between 30 percent and 40 percent of the food they stock, Farmstead uses local batching of deliveries to cut its waste to less than 5 percent. The service is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers pickup and recycling of cold packs and delivery packaging. Lear...

Earth911 Podcast: URB-E's Charles Jolley Wants to Electrify Local Delivery

July 18, 2022 10:40 - 29 minutes - 20.1 MB

Charles Jolley, CEO of URB-E, want to disrupt the local delivery infrastructure. URB-E is building a local container delivery network using ebikes and collapsible containers that are pedaled around cities and neighborhoods. The company says a single delivery person can pull up to 800 pounds of stuff, which is sufficient to replace an internal combustion delivery van. URB-E has launched in New York and Los Angeles, where riders can earn between $18 and $24 an hour, with paid time off. The comp...

Earth911 Podcast: Novi CEO Kimberly Shenk on Connecting Personal Care Product Companies With Sustainable Materials

July 15, 2022 10:40 - 27 minutes - 19.1 MB

Kimberly Shank, cofounder and CEO of Novi, introduces the Novi Connect sustainable personal care and beauty products ingredients and packaging marketplace. The service lets product and packaging designers research and validate the sustainability and environmental impact of the ingredients and packaging materials they use. For example, Novi provides the ability to enter a set of ingredients for a new make-up product and check that their formula meets environmental standards and qualify for ret...

Earth911 Podcast: cirplus Cofounder Christian Schiller Aims for a Circular Plastics Marketplace

July 11, 2022 10:40 - 40 minutes - 28.1 MB

Christian Schiller, cofounder of cirplus, talks about the company's digital marketplace for circular plastics. Think of it as Match.com or Tinder for European plastics recyclers, including companies that collect post-consumer materials and those that sell processed recycled plastic for use in new products. Cirplus connects sellers with buyers and collects fees for speeding the transaction along. Sellers save on marketing costs and can establish ongoing relationships that support their busines...

Earth911 Podcast: Eve Darian-Smith on Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis

July 06, 2022 10:40 - 38 minutes - 26 MB

Author Eve Darian-Smith discusses her new book, Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis, which describes and analyzes the environmental policies of authoritarian governments, including the Trump and Bolsanaro administrations in the U.S. and Brazil, as well as Australia’s recently deposed Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. She is chair of the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Eve has documented the growing crisis for democr...

Earth911 Podcast: Fordham University's Frank Zambrelli on Scaling ESG Solutions in Fashion

July 04, 2022 10:40 - 44 minutes - 30.8 MB

Frank Zambrelli, Executive Director of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business Responsible Business Coalition, discusses the school's recommendations for sustainability and transparency in the fashion industry. He explains findings in Accenture's recently released a report, Scaling ESG Solutions in Fashion, which identified seven areas of focus required for sustainable changes to the fashion industry. They include industry-wide adoption of transparent emissions reductions goals of 50%...

Earth911 Podcast: How to Grow the EV Charging Infrastructure with Cyber Switching's Nick Zamanov

July 01, 2022 10:40 - 34 minutes - 23.9 MB

Nick Zamanov, business director at San Jose-based Cyber Switching, a maker of electric vehicle charging technology, joins Mitch Ratcliffe to discuss choosing the right EV and how to grow electric vehicle charging capacity. The company launched in 1994 and has developed charging solutions for offices, local governments, apartment buildings, universities and other charger installations. Nick also recently contributed an article at Earth911, Considerations To Help You Confidently Switch to an EV...

Earth911 Podcast: ESG Investing In a Bear Market With Newday Impact's Douglas Heske

June 24, 2022 10:40 - 32 minutes - 22.5 MB

Douglas Heske, founder and CEO of Newday Impact Investing explains how to invest for positive environmental outcomes during a bear market. He recommends treating deflated stock prices as an opportunity to add sustainable companies to a portfolio, and shares details about his firm's new Ocean Health ETF (NYSE: AHOY), which focuses on companies that prevent ocean plastic pollution, encourage sustainable fishing practices, and that help restore marine environments. Newday Impact Investing will a...

Earth911 Podcast: Arizona State University's Sustainable Earth Program Aims to Educate and Celebrate Small Business

June 20, 2022 10:40 - 28 minutes - 19.6 MB

Meet Alicia Marseille and Katelyn Armbruster, who lead the Sustainable Earth small business sustainability education program for Arizona State University's Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Service. They are working to turn the economy toward sustainable practices with free courses for the nation’s 32.5 million small businesses. These firms, which account for 99.9 percent of the companies in the United States according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, need access to information, ...

Earth911 Podcast: Adapting to Smoke Season's Health Impacts with Dr. James Crooks

June 15, 2022 10:40 - 22 minutes - 15.3 MB

James Crooks, Ph.D., an environmental epidemiologist with National Jewish Health’s Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in Denver explains his research on  the impact of wildfire smoke on the ozone concentrations at ground level in Colorado. Elevated ozone levels contribute to rising incidence of asthma and diabetes, among other conditions. Dr. Crooks found that while ozone increased only one percent, the impacts are widely felt, especially in Hispanic and historically underserved com...

Earth911 Podcast: Wild Planet Founder & CEO Bill Carvalho on Making Seafood Sustainable

June 13, 2022 10:40 - 36 minutes - 25 MB

Wild Planet Foods founder and CEO Bill Carvalho explains why his company sources pole and line caught tuna to eliminate “bycatch,” the species caught in nets and tossed overboard because it was not what the fishing vessel wants to sell. Bycatch accounts for up to 22% of the fish caught by net fishermen, according to Oceana, a nonprofit working to protect the world’s oceans. Wild Planet also focuses on smaller species, such as sardines, mackerel and anchovies in an effort to protect the ocean ...

Earth911 Podcast: Jon Freedman of SUEZ Explains Solutions to Water Scarcity

June 10, 2022 10:40 - 36 minutes - 25.2 MB

Water is everywhere on this planet — 71% of the Earth is covered with water — but freshwater is in dire short supply. We talk with Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader at SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions and a lecturer on water and water policy at the University of Pennsylvania. SUEZ specializes in water treatment and management, working with governments and companies on water recycling and desalination projects. We discuss the viability of distilling and filtering waste water to...

Earth911 Podcast: Dr. Danielle Bernal on Plant-Based Diets for Dogs

June 08, 2022 10:40 - 26 minutes - 18.3 MB

Our guest today, Dr. Danielle Bernal, is a veterinarian at Wellness Natural Pet Food. She recommends switching to plant-based foods and is here to discuss the health benefits and animal health issues to track when adopting more plant-based foods for your dog. The American Pet Products Association reports that about 90 million dogs lived in U.S. homes in 2019, and ownership jumped during the pandemic. According to UCLA research, pets consume about a quarter of the meat produced annually in the...

Earth911 Podcast: Dr. Marcius Extavour on the $100M XPRIZE Circular Carbon Network Competition

June 06, 2022 10:40 - 38 minutes - 22.1 MB

Meet Dr. Marcius Extavour, Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President of the XPRIZE Circular Carbon Network, talks about state of the carbon capture industry and winners of the first round of the $100 million circular carbon challenge funded by Tesla founder Elon Musk. They recently awarded $15M, which was split among a group of 15 promising teams working to make carbon capture and removal scalable and efficient at the gigaton level. Marcius shares details about the winners and what technol...

Earth911 Podcast: Wilderness Defender Doug Peacock on Was It Worth It?

June 03, 2022 11:40 - 32 minutes - 22.2 MB

Meet Doug Peacock, wilderness warrior, author and the inspiration for Edward Abbey’s well-known character in The Monkeywrench Gang, George Washington Hayduke. Doug Peacock’s new book, Was It Worth It: A Wilderness Warror's Long Trail Home, contemplates a life spent in nature as well as the partnerships in wilderness living and defense he had with Abbey and others in the environmental writing world. His 1996 book, Grizzly Years, which recounts his 20-year relationship with grizzly bears, is on...

Earth911 Podcast: Imperfect Foods' Maddy Rotman on Eliminating Food Waste

June 01, 2022 10:40 - 30 minutes - 17.3 MB

Maddy Rotman, Head of Sustainability at Imperfect Foods, a delivery service for sustainably sourced produce and packaged food that would otherwise end up in landfills as food waste, joins the conversation to find an end to one of the largest sources of easily avoided greenhouse gas emissions. More than a third of the food humans grow each year goes unused. Project Drawdown estimates that we could reduce CO2 emissions by 90 to 101 gigatons annually simply by cutting out 50% to 75% of food wast...

Earth911 Podcast: The Ocean River Institute's Natural Lawn Challenge for Climate Action

May 30, 2022 10:40 - 30 minutes - 70.8 MB

A lawn may be beautiful but it can take a heavy toll on the environment, accounting for between 30% and 60% of residential water use in the United States. Rob Moir, Ph.D., is president and executive director of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts. ORI works with residential lawn owners to heal damaged ecosystems by restoring coastal areas to lessen the destructive impacts of climate change. The benefits of a natural lawn reach far beyond reduced local water pollution, elimina...

Earth911 Podcast: The Ellen Macarthur Foundation Introduces a Circular Economy Glossary

May 27, 2022 10:40 - 32 minutes - 18.4 MB

Alice Bodreau, Strategic Partners Manager for Europe at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation joins Mitch Ratcliffe to discuss the new Circular Economy Glossary.  She led the development of the glossary in partnership with IKEA to help provide a common language for different industries to explore and activate the circular economy. We wanted to learn more about their approach to the building circular systems and future efforts to extend the reference for wider application. Alice also explains how the...

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