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51 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
Ecosystem Regeneration with David Hodgson
David Hodgson, a former designer of computer games, is using his systems design expertise to support ecosystem regeneration strategies in Central and South America. He explains the origins of the concept and why we so desperately need more of it. The advancement of creative financing mechanisms and communication about these solutions are developing and will further support greater ecosystem restoration around the world.
60 minutes | Jan 13, 2019
This is S2G Ventures with Aaron Rudberg
S2G Ventures is investing from soil to shelf in the sustainable food & agtech industries, finding where innovation can drive healthier and more environmentally conscious food choices. Aaron Rudberg, Managing Director sits down with us to tell us the motivation behind their investing strategy, how they tell the difference between a trend and a fad, and where they see this market going.
39 minutes | Jan 2, 2019
This is Clean Energy Trust with Paul Seidler
Paul Seidler, Managing Director of Clean Energy Trust, sits down to explain the 501(vc) model and investment thesis behind CET and the role that CET's early-stage investment plays in accelerating clean tech solutions. He tells us about some of the most promising companies in CET's portfolio, the technological innovation he is most excited about, and where he sees the fund headed the next 2-3 years.
48 minutes | Dec 27, 2018
This is Rodale Institute with Jeff Tkach
Join us for a conversation with the Rodale Institute, the pioneers of the organic standard, and the people behind the longest running field trials of organic versus conventional agriculture. Their work has helped shape the present and future of chemical-free agriculture, and now they are setting their sights on proving the links to carbon sequestration and human health.
61 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
This is Blue Forest Conservation
Chad Reed of Blue Forest Conservation explains the concept of a Forest Resilience Bond, which is a new investment tool to incentivize proactive forest restoration, which can reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. There are numerous ecological benefits associated with forest restoration, as well as job creation and protection of tourism, commercial, and insurance economic interests.
57 minutes | Dec 9, 2018
This is Carbon Dioxide Regulation
We sat down for a live conversation at Northwestern Law School with Eric Cohen, former associate regional counsel of the EPA Region 5, and Jane Montgomery, environmental attorney at Schiff Hardin to discuss EPA's new rule to regulate carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, known as the Affordable Clean Energy Plan. EPA promulgated this rule as a replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which was stayed by the Supreme Court two years ago. Jane and Eric debate the pros and cons of the new rule and its likely impact.
34 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
This is Green Infrastructure with Greenprint Partners
Nicole Chavas, CEO of Greenprint Partners, shares how the company found an innovative financing structure to advance the installation of green stormwater infrastructure in urban cities across the US, and all of the benefits that go along with it: cleaner water, lower costs for water utilities, enhanced gardens and parks for residents, and habitat for birds and insects. All of that, plus a positive financial return, which makes Greenprint Partners an attractive option for impact investors.
64 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
This is Modified with Caitlin Shetterly
An author tells us how her personal health issues led her on a journey to discover the world of industrial agriculture, GMOs, pesticides, and herbicides, and learned about the potential side effects for human health. Caitlin points out that many of the chemicals that Rachel Carson sounded the alarm about 50 years ago are still in uninhibited use across America, including 2-4-D, one of the major components in Agent Orange. The awareness that all of this stuff is at use in conventional farms presents us with an opportunity to choose organic, especially for our kids, and to tell everyone we know why.
64 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
This is Regenerative Agriculture with David Montgomery of the University of Washington
A geomorphologist explains the significance of healthy soil to the survival of civilizations throughout human history and the simple practices that can be adopted to rejuvenate soil health and reduce the need for chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. In addition to restoring soil health, regenerative agricultural practices can increase yields for farmers and reduce the need for labor and inputs. David gives some insight into how these practices are implemented across the world in different environments and climates. Episode 9_This Is Regenerative Agriculture Show Notes Guests David Montgomery, University of Washington Professor, Author Twitter: @dig2grow Website: dig2grow.com Recommended Further Reading: Article: Junk Food is Bad for Plants Too Article: Trading biodiversity for pest problems Episode Summary by the Minute: Minute 00:00: Opening with Erin & Allyson Minute 3:00: Introduction to David Minute 7:00: David explains regegnerative agriculture and why it’s so important today. Minute 10:40: David explains how farmers he’s visited, around the world, improve their soils. There are 3 main practices: (1) don’t disturb the soil too much (2) have cover crops and (3) plant a diversity of crops. Minute 13:20: “Let nature farm for you.” Minute 15:00: to build a good soil, you have to reduce erosion. Minute 18:00: Impacts of using synthetic fertilizers. Minute 24:30: Why societies have failed after they’re degraded their soil. Minute 27:30: Societies that don’t take care of the land - the soil also doesn’t take care of the societies. Minute 30:00: David discussed how we can offset a huge portion of our nitrogen fertilizer use. Minute 31:00: How can we encourage a change in behavior? What makes David optimistic about regenerative agricultural practices. Minute 33:30: how policy can shift behavior, even those of CAFOs and conventional farms. Minute 42:00: Organic versus conventional versus organic-ish. Minute 47:00: How diverse does the crop need to be? It depends where and how you’re growing crops. Minute 50:00: The role of carbon in the soil is really important; it’s tied to high soil fertility. Regenerative practices rebuild soil carbon. Minute 54:00: David explains his background and how his career led him to this work. Minute 58:00: How we can follow along and support David’s work -Twitter, buy the books, and grow your own garden and pay attention to the soil! Minute 1:00:47: David’s book recommendations. Minute 1:03:00: David’s easy habit changes- make some compost!
60 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
This is Sustainability Strategy with Mike Stopka of MIST Environment Consulting
Sustainability strategy for businesses, universities, and organizations is not limited to green buildings anymore. Mike Stopka tells us about how he approaches sustainability holistically, by looking at an entire organization's footprint, what their brand is, how they define their objectives, and the values of their community, which results in a powerful cultural shift toward more environmentally conscious policies. He also explains how we have moved beyond LEED, and the gold standard being set by living buildings. Much of what's going on in this space is now focused on carbon drawdown, and innovation and creativity is driving new sustainability-driven businesses.
42 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
This is Sustainable Fashion with Sarah Nsikak of Stone & Harper
Sarah Nsikak, founder of Stone & Harper, tells us about why she started her sustainable and ethically focused clothing brand several years ago. Cheap clothing products have hazardous chemicals in the end-product, which exposes its wearers to toxins, as well as the air and water impacted in the production process. Sarah also explains the design, sourcing, and different manufacturing processes she has explored in her efforts to bring something truly sustainable to consumers. Fast fashion has become the norm in recent years, with manufacturers producing much more product than is ever actually used, typically with underpaid laborers, and leads to consumers buying more than they can wear, resulting in a culture of disposal and unnecessary waste. Stone & Harper and other brands like Apiece Apart call for us to treat fashion and clothing as something intentional and a deliberate investment, but without totally segmenting this as an expensive path only available to the affluent.
64 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
This is Locally Laid with Jason Amundsen
Locally Laid is a pasture-raised egg business! A book named for the farm was published in 2016 and described the Amundsens' crazy idea to start a pasture-raised egg farm from scratch, and do it successfully! 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. Episode 6_Locally Laid Show Notes Guests Jason Amundsen of Locally Laid Farm Instagram: @LocallyLaidEggs Locally Laid, the book about his family farm, written by his wife, Lucie Amundsen Buy It on Amazon Book Website: www.locallylaid.com Recommended Further Reading: Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman Habit Change: Sources & Additional Reading Buy your eggs locally, either at your grocery store from Locally Laid or another local farm, or you can buy eggs from a local CSA (community-supported agriculture)! Start thinking about where your food comes from, or even your wine or beer! Minute 00:30: Erin talks about the recent rescinding of the plastic bag ban in Chicago. Now there is a plastic bag tax, but now people can use them again. Minute 02:00: A review of Erin and Allyson’s minimalism and eco-consumerism efforts. Minute 04:30: Erin and Allyson preview the interview with Jason Amundsen of Locally Laid. We’re hoping to learn more about pasture-raised eggs and why they are better for you nutritionally and have better flavor. Being raised in the pasture leads to higher quality egg whites, and better meringues. Minute 07:30: Erin and Allyson have pronunciation issues. Also, the Show Me State. Minute 9:05: Allyson provides some background on egg production and consumption in the US. We eat over 250 eggs per person in the US these days. What’s the best kind? Cage-free, free-range, organic, pasture-raised, etc. What do all those terms mean? Minute 10:20: Erin and Allyson introduce Jason Amundsen, founder of Locally Laid farms. Minute 11:15: Jason tells us about how Locally Laid operates differently in the winter versus in the spring, summer, and fall. They actually don’t keep chickens through the winter due to the extreme winters in Minnesota. They have partner farms who provide the bulk of the eggs all year-round, and Locally Laid provides eggs seasonally Minute 14:05: Jason describes the cycle for egg production from the hens, laying an egg every 26 hours. Minute 15:30: Jason describes how they make the farm work financially, including supplementing with extra crops like fruit. Locally Laid is now growing honeyberries, a fruit .native to Japan Russia, and they will be the first commercial honeyberry farm in the U.S., as well as raspberries, blueberries, and garlic. Minute 16:00: Jason describes the difference between traditional farming and their style of farming, different both by scale and season. Industrial egg farming involves thousands of birds in one large barn with chickens in a cage where they can’t move. 6-7 birds per cage. Pasture-raised is totally different because they are doing things by hand, and dealing with alot of predators, and more labor. Minute 18:50: How does the amount of land compare between industrial agriculture versus pasture-raised? Minute 19:00: Locally Laid rotates its birds--how and why? Move fences and the birds denude each section of pasture before they move on, and then you have to let the land rest. That differs from free range because free range does not guarantee them access to grass, just a view of it. Minute 21:30: Certified humane is another standard that farms can get certified on, which may be a hybrid between free range and pasture-raised eggs. One challenge that Locally Laid faced is that pasture-raised is not a legal term, because it’s different in every environment and climate. Minute 23:20: Jason describes the steps they had to take to get approved by the state of Minnesota (and USDA) to call their eggs pasture-raised. Minute 24:00: The environmental issues associated with industrial egg laying extends to the human workers, the quality of life for the birds breathing in heavy ammonia from the waste, and then the disposal of manure sustainably near waterways. This is similar to issues faced by beef concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Minute 25:00: The manure needs to rest before it can be used as fertilizer on food crops. Large volumes near waterways can be devastating to aquatic life and stability because it contains too much nitrogen, and can kill off aquatic species. This is also a big issue for corn and soybean farmers who apply alot of fertilizer which runs off into the waterways, and is one of the causes of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Minute 29:00: Right now, the market values cheap protein without regard to where it comes from. Minute 29:30: Jason explains how this all started with a backyard chicken coup, and many things in life convened to prompt them to start their own egg farm and work for themselves, including a steep learning curve on agriculture and business. Minute 31:24: Jason explains why he chose chicken farming over all other businesses, and how there are three types of businesses- low, medium, and high barriers to entry. He wanted to get into a business that was not easy to replicate. Minute 32:30: How growing up in cities can minimize our need to develop handy skills and how Jason’s desire to build a business around hard skills. Minute 33:30: Farming is so hard! But many people have an idealistic perception of the romance of farming. We don’t have a good sense of the hard work that goes into creating our food. Minute 35:15: Jason tells about his background growing up in Edina, Minnesota, he served in the military, worked as a grant writer, lived in northern Minnesota. Minute 37:36: Jason’s passion for entrepreneurship is centered on creating a business that is unique and not easily replicable. Starting a business requires covering overhead and understanding expenses. Minute 38:56: Jason explains some of the challenges with starting his company, especially the financing. They had to make many major sacrifices, even with signing away rights to their home, all to get the business off the ground. Minute 39:50: Financial projections can be very wrong, because uncertainty is the definition of entrepreneurship. Minute 40:55: Jason describes some of the big challenges in the first year of chicken farming, like when the first shipment of birds were sent on a very unseasonably hot day in Minnesota and got stuck in traffic, as well as when the hens started piling on top of each other in the corner of the roost because they had poultry hysteria--they had never seen the sun before! Minute 43:00: Jason describes how difficult it was to find someone to sell them a large number of hens, partially because Locally Laid requires salmonella vaccinations, a step that is not required by the state of Minnesota. Plus, 500-3000 birds is not a large enough number to entice a seller since many commercial operations are so much bigger- 30,000 birds. Minute 44:17: Another challenge was lack of infrastructure and they didnt live on the farm, so it was hard to get off the ground. They had to start with pullets, which are hens at 17 weeks of age. Hens will start laying eggs at 20 weeks. Minute 45:00: If this is so hard, how do we scale this? How has Locally Laid scaled their operations beyond their farm? Locally Laid works with Amish farms who produce eggs and sells their eggs under their label, so they address a marketing issue for the Amish farms. Minute 46:00: One challenge to scale is that eggs are perishable and if you are wrong on the quantity needed, you run into issues. If you are short eggs and can’t supply the demand, it hurts the farm’s ability to keep that spot on the grocery shelf because they lose faith that you will keep them stocked. But if you’re long in eggs, then you can’t sell them fast enough and have to donate them to a food bank or they get thrown in the grass. Minute 47:00: They also put a 400-mile geographic limit on their eggs, which further challenges the ability to scale. Minute 47:20: Jason explains the history of the name of their farm “Locally Laid” and some of the comical results of the name. A few folks have been offended by the name, including some grocery store chains who won’t carry the brand because of the name. However, the witty name has earned them alot of loyal supporters who appreciate their efforts to distinguish themselves. Minute 50:28: Lucie and Jason manage the distribution of the eggs and all of the complications with that. Minute 51:20: Jason describes the three legs of the stool- producing the product, bundling and packaging, and the marketing of that product. Now they are going into a berry venture, and they’ve learned how to package and market the product. Now they just need to learn how to grow it! Most farmers know how to grow, but not how to package or market. Minute 52:30: Let’s talk about pricing. Why is pasture-raised more expensive than cage-free or free-range? It’s totally retail-dependent. It’s driven by gross profit = margin x volume. The price depends on how much a distributor is charging, whether Locally Laid directly sells and invoices to the store, and where the retailer sees themselves in comparison to their competition. SuperOne carries their eggs, and they do a great job of pricing. Some Chicago retailers get frustrated the eggs don’t sell because they put such a high margin on the eggs, and then get mad when they don’t sell, but they are making three times as much money as Locally Laid is. So the grocer pricing them so
64 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
This Is Beyond Politics with Michael Vandenbergh & Jonathan Gilligan
Mike Vandenbergh & Jonathan Gilligan explain the role of private governance in reducing carbon emissions even more since the US pulled out of the Paris Accord and how taking action now on climate is actually the best way to ensure small government intervention, how common misconceptions like idling your car and washing your hands with hot water can lead to unnecessary emissions, and the powerful impact we can all have by changing our behavior at home. Show Notes Guests Professor Jonathan Gilligan Check out his website at www.jonathangilligan.org More about Jonathan’s background: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ees/people/faculty/JonathanGilligan.php Find him on Twitter @jg_environ Professor Michael Vandenbergh Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org https://law.vanderbilt.edu/bio/michael-vandenbergh Their book: Beyond Politics Buy It on Amazon Book Website: www.beyondpoliticsbook.com Recommended Further Reading: www.beyondpoliticsbook.com/reading/ Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind Benjamin Barber. Cool Cities David G. Victor. Global Warming Gridlock Habit Change: Sources & Additional Reading https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3692566/ See page 280 of the book Beyond Politics Minute 0:30: Erin & Allyson discuss their strategies for improving your performance at sports with one glass of wine and a future podcast episode taste testing sustainable wines. Minute 01:30: Allyson tells us about her new natural gum option, Simply Gum. Minute 3:00: Erin explains some composting complications involving frozen compost and small toddlers, and how she is now OBSESSED with composting! Minute 5:00: Our guests today will be speaking about the role of private governance in addressing carbon emission reductions. Minute 5:30: One example of this is Walmart, who voluntarily committed to reducing carbon emissons by 20 million metric tons in 2010, a goal which they exceeded by 2015 with 28 million metric tons. What’s motivating Walmart to take steps like these? Minute 6:00: Erin gives some background on our esteemed guests. Minute 08:30: Prof. Jonathan Gilligan describes his normal workday, mostly centered around his teaching schedule. Minute 9:30: Prof. Mike Vandenbergh describes how his job is as much fun as Babe Ruth’s…teaching students, pursuing important ideas, and regularly joining an 8 AM meeting with experts from many different fields to brainstorm how to solve these challenging issues. Minute 12:15: Mike summarizes the two key points of the book: - People don’t start with a blank slate, they start with a worldview. And then they use motivated reasoning and confirmation bias to pick and choose among the facts they are presented with. It’s not enough to just provide people with the facts because people may resist that if they think it comes with big government. 66%-75% of the American population think big government is the greatest challenge we face. They suggest that what matters equally is the solution, not just what the problem is. The private sector - The private sector can’t solve the problem, but they can play a big role by reducing 1 billion tons, an equivalent to one of the largest countries by emissions. Minute 14:15: Jonathan explains why this problem is urgent, and what one person can do to have an impact. People’s actions around the environment are strongly influenced by whether they think a lot of people are doing something, or no one is doing something. Minute 15:30: Mike tells us how this is similar to smoking or seatbelts. People are influenced by the behavior of owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwthers around them. Minute 16:00: Climate change: is it real? Is it reversible? What’s our timeline? Jonathan explains it to us. Basic principles of thermodynamics (heat flow) which hold up across sectors. When you add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, it will warm, which is consistent with other technologies we use—you can’t carve out an exception for the atmosphere because you don’t like the result. Secondly, models can predict the planet will warm slightly differently, but the models line up nicely with the fact that it’s driven by human activity. Minute 18:45: Let’s assume your fear of big government means you’re looking for reasons why Jonathan is wrong. Why don’t we set up a private prediction market about the temperature, and you can trade on your beliefs? It’s already happening in the UK and New Zealand. Let’s see if the market matches Jonathan’s prediction or not. Would you be willing to put money on your bet that it’s not driven by anthropogenic impacts or that it’s not happening at all? Minute 20:45: The role of individuals and their willingness to implement better behaviors based on their neighbors. Mike and Jonathan explain what the “behavioral wedge” which represents the consumer portion of carbon emissions. US households emit as many carbon emissions as all of the countries in South America combined. Minute 22:00: The private energy consumption in people’s daily lives (heating their homes, driving, etc.) is bigger than any other sector of the US economy. There are many ways to reduce energy use without negatively affecting your life and might even save you money—so what stops people from doing it? People misunderstand energy use. They think the wrong thing to do is the right thing to do. Minute 23:25: Jonathan explains why idling is bad for your car, wastes gas and money, and is worse for the environment than turning off your car and back on. Minute 24:10: If efforts to reduce energy use are inconvenient for consumers, how can we get them to implement change? Private sector can play an important role here—Walmart wanted to provide LED lightbulbs in their stores for consumers and asked their suppliers to innovate and compete to develop the best low-cost LED lightbulb, and now sells them for less than $10. If you change the 5 lightbulbs you use the most, you’d save $70/year. We need to take away the financial and informational barriers that prevent implementation. No government redtape needed. Minute 26:45: It’s not practical to treat households as a side-issue in trying to reduce emissions because it is such a significant sector. Minute 27:55: Sometimes market failures lead to energy waste. For example, a renter of an apartment would be interested in reducing their energy use, but weatherizing and installing high-efficiency appliances is up to the landlord, and he won’t necessarily reap the financial benefits of the investment. We should work to bridge the gap between those incentives. Minute 28:45: Jonathan and Mike partner with sociologists in their research because how people understand and apply these solutions is critical to their success. Minute 29:00: What is motivating Walmart to take these environmentally friendly steps? Business. They see a competitive market edge. In addition, the people running the company care about these issues. Minute 30:15: Tech companies are trying to go carbon neutral because recruiting and keeping the best talent requires having a positive environmental image. Other companies are really concerned with their reputation. The majority of consumers may not be willing to pay more for green goods, but they may not buy from a company at all if that company has a bad environmental reputation, so corporate executives paying attention to these issues signals that they are aware that reputation matters more and more in consumer decisions. Minute 31:55: Companies have significant potential to reduce energy use even further through educating their employees, who may be aware of more opportunities to reduce energy waste. Example: Virgin Atlantic started giving fuel information to pilots, and pilots realized they could save millions of dollars a year and significant amounts of fuel. Virgin found the pilots also had much higher job satisfaction. Minute 33:35: Walker’s Crisps, largest potato chip company in England, realized that because they were buying potatoes by the pound, farmers were picking potatoes when wet, storing them in humidified warehouses, and then they had to be dried before being turned into potato chips! By changing the pricing structure, Walker’s Crisps was able to save money and reduce a significant source of CO2 in its supply chain. There are lots of these kinds of efficiencies out there, but because climate is urgent, we need to accelerate these innovations from the marketplace to buy time. Minute 35:15: Private governance is not intended to be the only solution. In 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed and people felt hope that agreement was reached. Jonathan tells us about the “Paris Gap”, which is the gap between country commitments and the total CO2 reductions needed to keep us below 2 degrees Celsius. There is a strong agreement that as temperatures rise above certain levels, the danger becomes a lot greater. Sort of arbitrarily, policy people have chosen 2 degrees Celsius and said that should be the target. If we keep going as-is, we will blow right past that. If all the companies met their Paris commitments, we would slow down our rate, but we still have a high probability of crossing that threshold. Over the next 15 years, emissions would be 30-90 billions of CO2 above the threshold, and that gap would get even bigger after 2030. In the short term, what can be done to close the gap down, because once we cross that threshold, all that carbon stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years. Minute 38:45: We’re still in. When the US pulled out of the Paris Agreement, social scientists would have thought businesses would pull back from their efforts. Instead, thousands of cities, businesses, and organizations reiterated their commitment. There are still tons of other market drivers for carbon reductions, so even though the US government can say that they won’t regulate certain kinds of energy, t
70 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
This Is Paleoclimatology with Sarah Aarons
A paleoclimatologist from the University of Chicago explains the process of harvesting ice cores in Antarctica, how we use carbon isotopes to determine where carbon in the atmosphere is coming from, and what we can learn from the patterns in dust collection around the world and throughout history. Originally from Alaska, Sarah tells us about how her family and community is already experiencing the effects of climate change. She also gives us some perspective on the challenges women face in hers and other STEM fields and how each of us can adopt a zero waste mentality to reduce our impact on the planet.
26 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
This Is Sustainable Surfing with Ryan Harris of Earth Technologies
Meet Ryan Harris, the founder of Earth Technologies and a former product designer for Nike, and hear how he has combined his dual passions for surfing and the design of high-performance athletic equipment. While learning about traditional surfboard manufacturing, he realized the big environmental downside --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, why, and all about his ongoing Kickstarter campaign.
60 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
This Is Mitigation Banking with Wayne Walker of Common Ground Capital
Our guest Wayne Walker is driving private investment in conservation and species preservation through the development of species' mitigation banks around the United States. Wayne explains why mitigation banking is needed, how the development process works with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and how these markets have developed following the stream and wetland mitigation banks under the Clean Water Act. We discuss how mitigation banking can cut through the partisan divide when Common Ground Capital works with private farmers and ranchers to manage their lands for conservation in order to generate an additional revenue stream from the sale of mitigation credits. Wayne also explains how voluntary markets can drive change and a more suitable valuation of ecosystems.
42 minutes | Feb 12, 2018
This Is Solar Energy Development with Daniel Menahem
Daniel Menahem is a solar energy developer who has over 12 years of experience prospecting, developing and managing utility-scale solar and wind projects. On this episode, we talk about solar energy basics, the future of solar in the U.S., and the hurdles associated with marketing and development. In addition, we share an easy habit change you can implement to reduce your footprint on the planet: switching your electricity source at your home to renewable energy just by contacting your current utility provider.
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