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27 minutes | 2 days ago
Power of Earth Geothermal Heating - Ep 3 - Westchester New Home with Gibson Craig
Quantum Quote: “Anything that works for big buildings you can do for your house. It's just a matter of scale” – Gibson Craig “The Power of Earth, with Comfort” by ClimateMaster empowers homeowners with the knowledge of Geothermal - the most efficient (and environmentally sustainable) form of heating and cooling - as well as the utility and government incentives that make the transition financially smart. Today’s program is with Westchester Homeowner Gibson Craig. “Gib” and his wife built a new home in Westchester, NY in 2017. They innovated and took advantage of developing technology to have a robust, insulated house that is heated and cooled with the power of the earth - and saw a 25% return on their investment. Geothermal has been keeping consumers comfortable for more than 50 years, and can cut energy bills by up to 70% compared to traditional HVAC units. A 26 federal tax credit reduces the cost, and the local utility - ConEdison - provides both an up-front incentive - and a reduced electric rate. Gibson Craig is Director of Preconstruction for a local developer of multi-family apartments. He is involved in pre-planning, purchasing, and roll-out of major trades. In this episode, Gib shares with us the considerations he and his wife made in deciding to install a geothermal heat source for their home, the opportunity for significant energy savings and comfort, and how government and utility incentives helped them in making their clean energy investment easier and seamless. If you’re considering installing a GHP system for your home or business - here are the things you need to know about geothermal. Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account. In “The Power Of Earth with Comfort” From ClimateMaster a free webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including: How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch. The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more … Why did you choose a geothermal (ground source) heat pump for your home? “There was a generous federal tax credit at the time. That made the first cost almost the same While Geo still cost more, I had a payback of three or four years on the system. Now I have less bills, and less operating costs.” What type of system did you install? Does it provide heating, cooling & hot water? Closed-loop system that provides heating and cooling, and supplements our hot water in the summer months when the excess heat would be sent back into the ground. How did you decide on geo vs. alternatives - and how did you choose the particular manufacturer & installers? For equipment decisions, we relied on our installer’s recommendations. We got bids from 3 or 4 HVAC contractors and we went with Bell HVAC. Keith Bell (the owner) had a really great price, understood some of the complexities of our house and our goals to integrate a wood burning stove with the overall heating strategy. On top of that, we could tell he was a genuinely good person. How do you like the system? What do you like best about it? Little to no maintenance, no oil deliveries, quiet, no combustion in our basement. Which also means less risk of CO poisoning. The last thing you want to think about is something breaking and it's been great. Did you have any problems with the decision process, incentives, installation, on-going operations, or maintenance? Really not very many problems. Just learning experiences. When you build something new, you're gonna learn. Where there any lessons learned that you’d care to share? Anything you would do differently next time? Wouldn't really do much different. It was just a process. When you go on construction, the unexpected happens. And as long as you stay the course, you'll get there. Recommendation. What are the biggest things people should do when they are evaluating their heating & cooling system options? You should really think about this 100%, especially if you don't have access to gas right in the street. If you don't have access to gas, I'd say you definitely 100% should be sure to go to geothermal. If you have access to gas, it's a little bit more of a question. But in the end, it would still pay for itself in time (especially with the utility and government incentives.) What is your next step with your home? We are looking at Solar, we have a 100-foot tall ridge with tall trees on the south and west side of our home so the payback isn’t quite there without performing a logging operation. With Covid going on, our next project will probably be building a small office studio in our side yard. Best advice - "If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed" and "The easiest thing to do in the world is pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep." Habits - “Getting up really early and going for a 20 or 30-minute jog in the morning before breakfast. Helps me disconnect, get exercise, and energizes me for the day.” Internet source – The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Book Recommendation: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things Magic Wand: Aside from the obvious answers of COVID being a thing of the past and political tensions being eased…I would say that cleaning up our oceans is a really important issue. Currently, more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic litter the ocean, which has a profound and devastating impact on ecosystems. The Ocean Cleanup is a very cool non-profit organization that's dedicated to cleaning up 90% of ocean plastic pollution by the year 2040. They've also implemented a great solution that gives all the plastic they collect a new life by developing durable products out of the trash. You can purchase things like really cool sunglasses, and the profits pay for more trash to be removed from the ocean and re-used. Most energized today - Upcoming company projects: Geothermal for multifamily. Geothermal often isn't used in commercial buildings, as there are some logistical challenges with fitting (60) 500-foot wells under a parking garage that is 25' below grade. But these are the problems I enjoy participating in and finding solutions for. Piece of parting advice - Stay healthy. Try not to catch the virus and keep good care of yourself Connect: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gibson-craig-68a05b88/
25 minutes | 2 days ago
Power of Earth Geothermal Heating - Ep 2 - ConEdison Incentives with Mark Brescia
Quantum Quote: “There's a big misconception with geothermal that you need a huge lawn, a massive yard. That's not the case.” - Mark Brescia The clean energy future is here. Consolidated Edison of NY is providing opportunities for all their customers to reduce the carbon footprint we leave on this earth. Transitioning to geothermal for your cooling and heating helps accelerate the reduction of fossil fuels and reduce other pollution. An additional piece of good news is that the federal investment tax credit of 26% was recently extended for 2021and 2022. The tax credits and ConEdison’s clean heat incentives dramatically reduce the total cost of the geothermal installations. If your concern is not having a lawn to install your geothermal - don’t worry. Cutting edge technology takes care of that issue by drilling straight down - so that you don’t have to use much of your yard at all. Mark Brescia is a Program Manager in the Energy Efficiency & Demand Management Department at Consolidated Edison. Mark manages the second Non-Pipeline Solutions market solicitation, Residential Ground Source Heat Pump and Residential Weatherization programs. Prior to joining Con Edison in 2018, Mark worked for National Grid managing their Residential, Multi-Family and Commercial Kitchen energy efficiency programs for New York City and Long Island. He was also previously employed by ICF as part of the NYC Clean Heat initiative of Mayor Bloomberg accelerating conversion of large New York City buildings off heavy heating oil. Mark began his sustainability career in his home state of New Jersey managing a fundraising program transitioning residents to CFL bulbs that supported local schools, community groups and houses of worship. In this episode, Mark discusses ConEdison’s program to provide cash incentives that reduce the cost of geothermal. He talks about existing buildings (including St. Patrick’s Cathedral) that have gone through retrofitting geothermal installations, and new construction that provides heating, cooling and hot water with geothermal wells drilled directly under a building. He shares that, if you’re cooling / heating systems are not keeping you comfortable and you are experiencing high energy costs, then it’s time for you to consider upgrading to geothermal. Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account. In “The Power Of Earth with Comfort” From ClimateMaster free webclass you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including: How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more … Why is ConEdison moving to clean energy, and why are you involved with this program? “ConEdison is really committed to leading and delivering the transition to the clean energy future that our customers deserve and expect. We work together with governments, our customers, industry, various stakeholders to help rapidly reduce the use of fossil fuels. And for me, it isn't my job, it really is my passion. And I've turned that passion into a career.” Tell us a little bit about the geothermal heating and cooling systems and how those work and what kind of incentives you offer to consumers? “Geothermal is one of the programs that I work on, primarily focused on our residential customers. Geothermal technology is the best of the heat pump technologies. It is the highest efficiency because it's exchanging energy with the earth, and the earth is at a constant temperature. What's the total incentive that you're looking at? On average, for a single family home in Westchester, it's about $12,000. And that's per heating capacity. For our larger customers, we have incentives of $150 per mmbtu of energy savings. If somebody is looking at a geothermal system, though, the average family can expect somewhere around $12,000 worth of cash incentives from ConEdison to help them make that transition.. How does it work? “There's no real paperwork for the customer to fill out, you don't have to wait for a check. It's actually right off the top of the install price. So there are no additional forms or waiting. This is money just to reduce your out of pocket costs right upfront and get you going on geothermal or heat pumps right away.” What are the goals of ConEd’s clean heating program? “It's the New York State Clean Heat Program. This is not just an effort of ConEdison. ConEdison is the local electric utility here in New York City and Westchester. But all of the NYS electric utilities are doing this. The goals are to accelerate the reduction of fossil fuels for heating and achieve those larger New York State goals for a low carbon future.” How can customers access the program - where can people find information? Save With Clean Heating and Cooling Technology - Visit: coned.com/heatpumps Supernova: “There's a big misconception with geothermal that you need a huge lawn, a massive yard. That's not the case. There's another type of geothermal system called direct exchange that can be installed in even small spaces.” “With new construction, you can build underneath the building straight to the lot lines. And it's great.” I was blown away to find out that in ConEd territory, St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of the most famous icons in the world, just recently did a geothermal retrofit with wells 2,000 feet underground in Manhattan. “It's a beautiful install. I had a chance to take a look at the mechanical room and it's amazing ConEdison is really proud of that project.” One thing you're most energized about today: “I would say, it's very recent news that the federal investment tax credit is held at 26% for 2021. But what's really exciting is that it was scheduled to be reduced, but is now extended through 2022. “The most incentives you can receive are right now. Plan your upgrade, think about your system, and take advantage of these tax credits and clean heat incentives from ConEdison.” Piece of Parting Advice: “Heat pumps, including geothermal, are good for customers to provide affordable heating and cooling. They're good for the utility, as they reduce our peak energy use. And they're good for the environment by reducing CO2 and other air pollution.” Connect Important Links: Save Thousands on Geothermal: https://coned.com/geothermal Clean Energy for All : https://coned.com/cleanenergyforall Heat pumps for multifamily & local businesses: https://coned.com/heatpumps Connect: E: email@example.com Please Go to iTunes / Apple Podcast to Rate & Review AWESome EarthKind! Thanks!
9 minutes | 2 days ago
Power of Earth Geothermal Heating - Ep 1 - Intro to Home Ground Source Heat Pumps
Today’s podcast is for homeowners who want to understand the basics about ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling, why your neighbors are moving to geothermal, and how easy it is to have geothermal installed in your home - without the pain of emptying your savings account. I’m your host, Ron Kamen. My life mission is to empower everyday people like you to make clean energy transitions that reduce your carbon footprint, save you money, and create a proud legacy for your grandchildren. For more than three decades, I’ve energized thousands of homeowners, communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses with the ability to “Go Clean & Save Green”. As the host of the AWESome EarthKind Podcast, I explain how technology is now capturing the Forces of Nature to meet our electricity, heating, cooling and transportation needs – and saving people money when they make that evolution. Burning any type of fossil fuel – whether it’s oil, coal, natural gas, propane, or wood -provides energy efficiencies that are significantly less than 100% efficient. A brand new high tech gas burner can have efficiencies in in the 97% range. But with older systems – and with hot water during the summer – energy efficiency drops dramatically, sometimes wasting 1/3rd to 2/3s of the energy that we’re paying for. Heat pumps create heat with dramatically better efficiencies. Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account. Virtually everyone has a least one type of heat pump — our refrigerator and freezer. Heat pumps use compression and expansion to move heat from one location (inside the box) to the outside via heat dispersion coils. An air conditioner is another type of heat pump that moves the heat from inside our buildings to the outside air. An Air Source Heat Pump is an Air Conditioner that reverses that process during the winter to move heat from the outside air into our buildings. Cold Climate Heat Pumps can now concentrate heat even when the air temperature is as low as minus 15 F. The energy efficiency of an Air Source Heat Pump is 200-300%. Since we start with the temperature of the air, for every unit of electricity we put into the system, we get 2 to 3 units of heating and cooling out. A Ground Source — or Geothermal — Heat Pump does the same thing. But, instead of starting with the ambient air temperature, a Geothermal Heat Pump sends a fluid into pipes underground where the earth’s constant temperature of ~55 F in the northeast US is transferred and returned to our utility rooms. The same type of Heat Pump compression and expansion then bumps the temperature up to provide hot water year round and heat during the winter - or starts with the 55 degree temperatures to cool our homes during the summer. Geothermal Heat Pumps provide efficiencies of 400 to 500%. For every unit of electricity put into a ground source heat pump, we get 4 to 5 units of heating and cooling out. Geothermal systems tap into the largest heat storage system in the world - right under our feet. For billions of years, the earth has been absorbing the sun’s energy. The planet’s constant temperature just a few feet underground can meet all our heating, cooling, and hot water needs — with a minimum amount of energy to move that heat in or out of our buildings. There are actually 2 types of Geothermal. In the western United States and Hawaii, Geothermal electric power plants use steam from hot water reservoirs a few miles below the earth's surface. That steam rotates turbines in generators that produce electricity. While California & Nevada are the biggest generators of geothermal electricity in the country, the Big Island of Hawaii gets actually 25% of their electricity from geothermal electricity power plants. But everywhere else in the US, Geothermal refers to Ground Source Heat Pumps - the most efficient technology for heating, cooling, and creating hot water. Geothermal –vcan provide savings up to 70% less than traditional fossil fuel technologies. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – one of the best know icons in New York City - has Geothermal. The geothermal wells reach 2000’ down into the Manhattan bedrock. The system was the LEAST cost option for this historic building- AND it is saving them over 30% a year in energy costs. In the next the Power of Earth with Comfort podcast, you’ll hear how your local utility provides cash incentives for your transition to clean heat. In another episode, you’ll also hear from a homeowner about why they decided to move to geothermal, and how they now have a clean, healthy, comfortable, sustainable, and economic geothermal heating and cooling system in their home. In “The Power Of Earth with Comfort” From ClimateMaster a free webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including: How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch. The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more …
44 minutes | 16 days ago
The US Military at the Nexus of National Security & Clean Energy with Dave Belote
Quantum Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Dave Belote Clean energy isn’t just good for our environment; it’s good for our economy - and it’s essential to our national security. Climate change and dependence on fossil fuels are creating additional instability around the world - and threatening US military bases everywhere. If you want to know how supporting renewable energy also secures national defense, this episode is for you. Dave Belote is a retired Air Force colonel and, since 2017, the managing partner of DARE Strategies LLC, an energy and defense consulting firm that advises renewable energy developers on Federal and state-level siting policy and legislative strategy. He has served as an installation commander, Pentagon senior executive, and energy developer, and was the founding executive director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse. Dave has earned two Bronze Stars, two Legion of Merit awards, and White House recognition as a Champion of Change: Veteran Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security. He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion. In this episode, Dave shares his efforts to deliver clean, renewable power to federal customers and promote renewable energy solutions on military bases, public lands, and the outer continental shelf. Through DARE Strategies LLC, he continues to work at the intersection of his twin passions: Defense and Renewable Energy. We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESome Earthkind can help you achieve your clean energy goals - and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture: SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY SuperNova #1. “My unique little niche is help utility scale wind and solar developers deal with the Pentagon and figure out how close you can put wind turbines to a radar, how many wind turbines you can put close to a military training area for flight training, how close you can put solar panels to a runway or a control tower.” SuperNova #2. “I had no thought during my 25 years in uniform that I'm going to get into renewable energy. But once I was there, I was thrilled at trying to leave the place a little better than I found it, trying to help the planet get towards a clean energy future.” SuperNova #3. “I am incredibly proud that as a consultant, I had a lot of involvement with what is I think, still the Army's largest and perhaps the Department of Defense's only hybrid project: 15 megawatts of solar on-base at Fort Hood, and 50 megawatts of off-base wind in Floyd County, about 50 miles away.” SuperNova #4. “The biggest thing that's happening right now is wind turbines are getting taller - and both wind and solar prices are coming down - because the technology is getting better.” Worst Clean Energy Moment: The day when a political appointee and a three star Admiral overturned years of work for an offshore wind project for California. Ah-Ha: “The biggest challenge, especially in my niche of trying to make sure that the military and the renewable energy industry coexist peacefully, is to explain and translate to people on both sides the languages and experiences that they don't really get.” Best Advice he’s ever received: “Love your people. If you want to accomplish anything, invest yourself wholly in the team that you are part of, or have a chance to lead. And then get out of the way and watch good things happen.” Personal Success: “Curiosity. And trying to always ask the underlying question and recognizing the mental biases that make us leap to lots of conclusions.” Internet Resources: DOD Siting Clearinghouse Book Recommendation: Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer Magic Wand: Batteries or storage. One thing that Energizes today: An incoming administration that is going to prioritize climate and renewable energy sources. WTF or F: Fudge: Getting caught in a squall while sailing in Florida. Parting Advice: Don’t get into ridiculous arguments, follow the market and let the investment flow to where it’s obviously going. Connect: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-belote-23ba257/ Please Go to iTunes / Apple Podcast to Rate & Review AWESome EarthKind! Thanks!
9 minutes | 23 days ago
2021 - Our Bright Future is Here!
Happy New Year & Welcome to the 2nd season of the AWESome EarthKind Energy Podcast! Our goal is to empower & energize YOU to take the next step in your personal clean energy journey for your home, workplace and community. Almost every day, extreme weather events demonstrate the incredible power of the 4 elements – the Air , Water , Earth , and Sun . Our entire civilization is now at the tipping point. To divert the catastrophic consequences, we MUST make the transition to clean energy. The GOOD News is that the AWESome Forces of Nature offer us a thousand times more energy than we need. The BETTER News is that human ingenuity and innovation are harnessing these 4 Elements. We can now use this AWESome EarthKind Energy for all our electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation. And the BEST News is… we can save money doing it! 2021 is promising to be the year that changes everything. YOU, me, and the 7 Billion people on the planet are the 5th Element. Woman and Mankind - all “EarthKind – are beginning to take the personal, professional and political actions that can stop and reverse the catastrophic impacts of climate disruption – and create a brighter, healthier, more just and prosperous civilization for our children. AWESome EarthKind is a community of people who want to learn how to move to clean energy and save money when they make the transition. I’m Ron Kamen - your host & clean energy guide. For more than 3 decades, I’ve helped businesses, governments, non-profits and communities take their next step in clean energy transformations that reduce carbon footprints and save money. AWESome EarthKind is here to empower and energize YOU - so that you can take your next step. In the last episode of 2020, we reviewed our first season’s topics: Awareness, Hope, & Opportunity of clean energy technologies Health Impacts and how clean energy technologies can reduce the risk of asthma & other respiratory illnesses Efficiency & The Big 3 of Clean Energy: Renewable Electricity, Clean Heating & Electric Vehicles The Business Voice & New Business Models that have created 3.4 Million American jobs – 3x more than those in the fossil fuel industry Environmental Justice and how clean energy “empowers the people that most need the work with the ability to do the work that most needs doing” Clean Energy Investments that provide superior returns while protecting & promoting your values Starting your own Ecopreneur Business You can help us create an even better program for year 2. Please go to AWESomeEarthKind.com and let us know what you’re most interested in learning. Based on your feedback to date, Season 2 will focus on: The Basics of how to access clean energy technologies and save money Small Actions that make a big difference Specific steps we can each take to reduce energy costs with solar electricity, clean heating, and electric cars Deep dives into utility and government incentives How to evaluate your unique situation, build a vision of where you’d like to be, and create a strategy that will reduce your energy costs, improve your family’s health, and create a proud legacy for your grandchildren How to generate additional income – or build your own clean energy business – without having to learn complex technologies - in the $13 TRILLION clean energy economy. On our website, AWESomeEarthKind.com, you’ll discover a community of fellow AWESome EarthKind people who will answer your questions about clean energy - and help you figure out how to have an impact and save money in your personal transition. AWESome EarthKind Energy releases new podcast episodes every Monday with interviews of fascinating EarthKind people doing AWESome things with clean energy. We introduce you to individuals who are “walking the talk” and share SuperNova ideas that aim to entertain, enlighten, and inspire you. You’ll hear what other homes, workplaces, and communities are doing to evolve to clean energy technologies, the challenges they faced, and the solutions they created. On the podcast, we’ll explain how LED lightbulbs are so much more efficient that regular incandescent lights because LEDs provide the same visible light - without wasting 90% of the energy creating heat. We’ll let you know that, wherever you live or work, you can have some type of renewable electricity. Even if you can’t put solar on your roof, there are other options on your property; additional ways to gain the benefits of solar in your community; and even options to purchase clean electricity from your utility or energy service company. We’ll enlighten you with the knowledge that your refrigerator is one type of heat pump that we all have - and how you other types of heat pumps can you save money when you shift to clean heating & cooling in your home, school, and workplace. We’ll be examining air source heat pumps, which are simply air conditioners that both cool AND heat. We’ll be doing deep dives into the most efficient forms of heating and cooling – ground source, or geothermal heat pumps. You’ll hear how St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City installed a zero-emission, quiet, and comfortable geothermal system that was less expensive in upfront capital costs – and reduced their energy expenses by 30% And how geothermal systems under new homes, multi-family and office buildings are providing all the heating, cooling, and hot water for buildings as tall as 25 stories. Lastly, we’ll be energizing you with the ability to transition to your choice of over 50 Electric Vehicles that are Faster, Cheaper & more Reliable than gas cars, trucks & SUVs. We launched this podcast on Aug 6, 2020 – the 75th anniversary of humanity’s destructive use of nuclear power. Today, Covid-19 has given everyone on Earth a massive wakeup call that reminds us that life is short, and fragile. Our lives, and the lives of all we love and everyone we know, now depend on our making the transition to clean energy. Together, we are all now an AWESome Force of Nature. Thank you for joining with fellow AWESome EarthKind Energy people who are taking their next step to create a clean, safe, just, prosperous & sustainable future for our children & all future generations. Please go to our website, AwesomeEarthKind.com. Send us a message with your questions, comments and ideas. Take a survey telling us what you’d most like to hear, and gain the opportunity to win a high-efficiency LED Light Fixture. Please subscribe to our podcast on the platform of your choice, and rate and write a review us on i-Tunes. You are AWESome, and we’re looking forward to meeting you. To take your next step toward the clean energy future you want – and our children need and deserve – please go to AWESome EarthKind dot com. Go Clean, Save Green, and… Energize!
36 minutes | a month ago
AWESome EarthKind Energy Podcast 2020 - Sunlight Thru the Pandemic
The Energy “Big 3” Electricity, Heat & Transportation are responsible for ~90% of the Greenhouse Gas emissions that are fueling more frequent & intense extreme weather events and threatening the lives of everyone we know & love. AWESome = A.W.E.S. (Air, Water, Earth, Sun)+ M.E. (you and me) All women & mankind. All EarthKind. This year-end summary highlights: Awareness, Hope, & Opportunity Earth Day Everywhere to Proving the Possible Denis Hayes Earth Day Network Creating Environmental Awareness & Change via Mass Media Jason Evans of Xploration Awesome Solar: Slow-No to the Speed of Light Scott Sklar The Stella Group Clean Energy: The Greatest Opportunity of the 21st Century Steve Melink Melink Corporation 3.4 Million Clean Energy Jobs Bob Keefe, E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs Saving $5 Trillion with the “Value of Solar” Karl Rabago Rabago Energy Healthy Clean Cities Rich Kassel Capalino an Urban Strategy Firm Health Our Children’s Health & Nature Stephen Cowan, MD Fighting Covid-19 with UV Lighting and Ionized Air Bernie Erickson, FSG & Jeff Barat D&B Engineering Priceless: Healthy Buildings Rick Alfandre, Architect Clean Cooking Creates a Healthier Home & World Jessica Azulay AGREE NY Co2 & Odor Absorbing Paint for Your Home, Workspace & the Environment – with Adam Huss of Smog Armor Efficiency & The Big 3 of Clean Energy: (Solar Electricity, Clean Heating & Electric Vehicles) The Least Expensive Energy #1: LED Lighting Bernie Erickson Facilities Solutions Group (FSG) Cattle Cowboy to Wind Entrepreneur to UL Microgrids Andy Kruse HOMER Energy Solar That’s Not “Too Good to Be True” Anthony Mongeluzo PCS IT Solar and Battery Storage Powering a Puerto Rican Home/Office EO Fire Founder John Lee Dumas Solar Pitfalls: What Homeowners & Real Estate Agents Need to Know Christina Mathieson the Solar Lady of Real Estate & Leap EDU Media Leader & Electric Car Groundbreaker Rob Greenlee Libsyn Solar Car Ports & Electric Car Chargers Sass Peress iSun Energy Heating & Cooling with the Energy Under Our Feet Jack DiEnna, Geo-nii Geothermal Heating & Cooling – and Solar in Suburban Westchester, NY Sung Pak, My Body Mechanics Frugal Family Transforms 200-Year Old Home With Efficiency, Solar, Geothermal & a Used Electric Car – with Hydrogeologist Russell Urban-Mead Family’s New Home Balances Pocketbook & Environment Laurie & Roger Husted Solar, Geothermal, Electric Cars & Resilient Fine Wines Suzanne Hunt Hunt Country Vineyards Business Voice & New Business Models Building the Business Climate Voice Bill Weihl Climate Voice Game-Changing the Roofing Industry with Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Green Roof Coatings Tatsuya ‘Tats’ Nakagawa High Impact Clean Energy Community Action Jeffrey Domanski Community Choice Aggregation Stopping Natural Gas Leaks & Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions NOW using Community Geothermal Systems Audrey Schulman & Zeyneb Magavi, HeetMa Environmental Justice Transportation Nexus: Environment, Economy, & Equity Renae Reynolds Electrify NY Clean Energy Jobs, Justice & Community Development Soulful Synergy Founders Dwayne Norris Clean Energy Investments Invest with Your Values & Maximize your Impact Geri Eisenman Pell Pell Financial Advisors Starting your own Ecopreneur Business Using the Power of Business to Restore Global Harmony — with Ecopreneurs & Conscious Consumers Grant Kendzior and Cary Jack Please give us feedback for 2021 - and gain a chance to win an LED light fixture: https://awesomeearthkind.com/feedback/ Give the Gift of Life: Sign up to be an organ donor: https://www.organdonor.gov/ Please Go to iTunes / Apple Podcast to Rate & Review AWESome EarthKind! Thanks!
31 minutes | a month ago
Using the Power of Business to Restore Global Harmony — with Ecopreneurs & Conscious Consumers Grant Kendzior and Cary Jack
Quantum Quote: “If we want to change the world and implement clean energy everywhere, we have to make it capitalistic friendly. You make money, make a difference, and focus on that triple bottom line — the people, the planet, and the profits.” Are you a purpose-driven leader who wants to make a positive impact on the environment? Do you want to achieve your breakthrough, make an appeal to the growing number of conscious consumers, and create a sustainable company? If you are looking for the opportunity to create sustainable businesses and enterprises using frameworks, tools, and the resources of mentorship, this episode is for you. Grant Kendzior is a businessman, impact investor, philanthropist, avid outdoorsman, and all-around grateful guy. Grant has led projects around the world using innovation and sustainability, balanced with empathy and strategy, to solve ecological problems through entrepreneurship. Grant thrives when he can be a bridge between worlds, working hand-in-hand with folks in rural indigenous villages or speaking to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds - from students in schools and universities to speaking at the United Nations in both Switzerland and NYC. Cary Jack is a lifestyle entrepreneur, author, podcast host, professional actor/model, biohacker, and eco-warrior striving to make a positive impact on this planet. In this episode, Grant and Cary share how they are striving to create more harmony in the world and use business as a force for good. They talk about what they do with their three companies, fighting the plastic pollution epidemic and their consulting projects with major corporations helping position companies as the ECO-LEADERS in their industry. We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESome Earthkind can help you achieve your clean energy goals! ========================================== Hey, AWESome EarthKind People, we’d Like to Hear from You! Share your Thoughts and Tell Us What You Need: We love your Feedback Go Here: https://awesomeearthkind.com/q/ ========================================= SuperNova #1. “This pandemic has shown everyone how interconnected we all are, and how we really need to work together in every regard, especially to fight for our existence and overcome climate change. Clean energy is a great way to start moving in that direction.” SuperNova #2. “Private interest and corporate greed - this is why things aren't changing, why you see big oil, big tobacco and factory farming still reigning supreme, It all comes down to money and private interest.” SuperNova #3. “What's working is people voting with their dollars. Conscious consumers taking the power that they possess in their pocket, and putting it into companies that are doing good in the world.” Worst Clean Energy Moment – "We were hustling but not happy. We were grinding six months straight working 100 plus hour weeks to launch a tech startup, which was a very solid idea. We had interest from IBM, Microsoft and a bunch of other venture capitalists. We were soliciting a seven figure funding deal, got all the way to the money, and actually earned the contract for the seven figure funding deal. But we were just so burnt out, and we weren't happy. So we walked away. That was actually a catalyst and a turning point in both of our lives." Ah-Ha: The Happy Hustle was born when we realized that we wanted to work with passion, purpose and positive impact while being happy within the hustle - so we created a whole proprietary framework around how to do so. Best Advice ever received: You're limitless. Everything in moderation. Internet Resources: The Happy Hustle, www.greatday.com Book Recommendation: Manifesto for a Moral Revolution by Jacqueline Novogratz, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy Magic Wand – Empathy and accountability. One thing that Energizes today – This podcast and seeing people taking a stand and putting out good content. Pachamama - the Earth Mother WTF or F – Fudge: Hurricanes, wildfires Fun: Skiing in Nevada Parting Advice – “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” (Robert Swan). We all need to be action oriented and do something to make a difference. Balance equals happiness. Find balance both in your personal life and your professional life and you will just flourish with fulfillment. Important Link: Increase your Income & Impact. Sign up for a FREE Ecopreneur Impact Strategy Session to help you find the balance between profits, purpose, and positive impact! Book Your Slot: https://www.ecopreneurevolution.com/impact-strategy-session Connect: Podcast: The Happy Hustle Website1: https://ecopreneurevolution.com Website2: https://www.sustainablebreakthroughs.com/ Instagram1:https://www.instagram.com/cary__jack/ Instagram2:https://www.instagram.com/grateful.grant/ Please Go to iTunes / Apple Podcast to Rate & Review AWESome EarthKind! Thanks!
48 minutes | a month ago
Co2 & Odor Absorbing Paint for Your Home, Workspace & the Environment - with Adam Huss of Smog Armor
Quantum Quote: “Do or Do Not. There Is No Try.” - Yoda Are you concerned about the air quality in your home, workplace and environment? When you paint your home or workplace - do you have to wear a mask, then leave and air out the rooms? What if you are able to use a safe, natural paint product that not only has no toxic fumes - but also eliminates up to 95.1% of indoor air pollution and absorbs Carbon Dioxide - in just ONE HOUR! Imagine “Smog Armor” - a remarkable paint that can bring the power of nature to your space so that painting your home reduces as much CO2 as 12 trees. Adam Huss joined the Smog Armor team in early 2020 as the VP of Innovation and spearheads the creation and implementation of sales and marketing strategies as well as contributes to new innovation ideas for future eco-sustainable products. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Adam went to school in Miami, he worked in the Consumer Electronics sector for 17 years for fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies developing marketing and product management programs. In this episode, Adam shares their social mission to protect and improve personal and public spaces with environmentally friendly carbon tech solutions that lead the way towards eco sustainability through technology. He also shares how he got involved with sustainable paints and how they were able to develop a way that their paint is not harmful to the person using it. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1. “We are known primarily for sustainable paint. But, we are not a paint company. We are a carbon tech company striving to innovate and lead the way towards eco sustainability through carbon reduction technology”. SuperNova #2. “We ended up taking a naturally made mineral, something that, unlike fossil fuels, is never going to run out.” SuperNova #3. “The best thing you have to offer is yourself. Don’t come off as being too pitchy.” SuperNova #4. “Don't always be on the hunt for what you are looking for. Turn the tables and see what the capabilities are of working together with somebody else.” ========================================== Hey, AWESome EarthKind People, we’d Like to Hear from You! Share your Thoughts and Tell Us What You Need: We love your Feedback Go Here: https://awesomeearthkind.com/q/ ========================================= Ah-Ha: “Knowing how I want to be treated and seeing how I should be treating other people.” Best Advice he’s ever received: “Be yourself. And if somebody doesn't like you for being yourself, screw them.” Personal Success: “Remember, there are certain things in the world and in your life in particular that you can control. There's a ton of stuff, that no matter what you do, no matter your action, no matter what you say. It's going to happen. Practice conscientious thinking. Be aware that you can't control everything in the world. Take that deep breath, and relax.” Internet Resources: Networking Opportunities in Linkedin, Lunch Club, the Happy Networking Project (https://happyneighborhoodproject.com/network) Magic Wand: Eliminate sickness and disease. Selfish answer: I want to see success. WTF or F: WTF. Hurricane Andrew. One thing that Energizes today – “33 patents of our products that we’re already developing.” Parting Advice – “It's never too late to learn something, it's never too late to dive headfirst into something new.” What’s holding you back from your next step? Please drop us a note and let us know: info@AwesomeEarthKind.com Connect: Email:Adam@SmogArmor.com Website: https://www.smogarmor.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smogarmor/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smogarmor/ Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/smog-armor/
35 minutes | a month ago
Game Changing the Roofing Industry with Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Green Roof Coatings - with Tatsuya ‘Tats’ Nakagawa of Castagra
Quantum Quote: “Escape competition through authenticity.” - Tats Nakagawa Are you tired of your roof always needing replacement and thinking of ways to prolong its life? If you have an old or damaged flat roof, chances are you’re exploring all your options to address the problem. While a roof replacement is a great long-term solution, it’s also an expensive one. An eco-friendy roof coating can add years to the lifespan of your roof while costing much less than a roof replacement. If you are looking for an eco-friendly roof coating and repair solution that can help you save money on roofing expenses, lower your energy costs, and reduce your carbon footprint - this episode is for you. Tatsuya “Tats” Nakagawa is the Co-Founder and COO of Castagra, a manufacturer of sustainable roof coatings. Castagra’s Ecodur roof coating is used by world-class companies such as General Mills, Tyson Foods, Sysco, the NFL, MLB, and McDonalds. Ecodur was also voted top “Greenvention” by the reality show Dragons’ Den. In this episode, Tats shares how he got started in manufacturing sustainable coatings and the benefits of using this plant based material to prolong the stability of infrastructures, particularly roofs. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1. “I started to really question what I was promoting. Someone came and said that they wanted to promote this plastic thing. I looked at it and wondered - does the world really need another one of these? I started to raise my awareness on what we are doing and what we want to leave as a legacy.” SuperNova #2. “Our sustainable green roofing product allows you to just coat over top of an old roof and extend its life. That saves the client money, and it's also better for the environment.” SuperNova #3. “I love the gold standard of striving for the economic piece to be in line - because then you can approach mass adoption. I'm loving that a lot of these sustainable technologies are getting closer and closer- and some already save you money - even without subsidies. I'm really encouraged by that.” SuperNova #4. “For anyone that's innovating in this space, you always want to think about execution It's better to come in narrow and focused, and then later expand out to fill that need. It's tough for entrepreneurs, they think big and they want to change the world right away. But you have to think narrow and small to grow faster.” SuperNova #5. “Inside of each and every one of us, we have this brilliance, this untapped ability to make an impact. My question is: How do we get that out of ourselves? How do we forget about our fear? When I'm at the end of the line, I don't want to regret what I did - and part of that is the impact on the Earth, what we leave behind, and what we want to achieve while we're still here.” ========================================== Hey, AWESome EarthKind People, we’d Like to Hear from You! Share your Thoughts and Tell Us What You Need: We love your Feedback Go Here: https://awesomeearthkind.com/q/ ========================================= Worst Clean Energy Moment – “I remember going to tie my shoelaces, and I felt a pain in my stomach. It freaked me out because it hurt. When I came back from vacation, I went to the doctor and the doctor said - the long and short of it is that your body is falling apart. I was 252 pounds. I'm 5'1. That's quite overweight. It gave me a huge wake up call. I asked myself - what have I been doing? I can't play the ignorance card, I know better. It just woke me up. I started eating healthier, or else I'm not gonna be around for my kids.” Ah-Ha: “I try to hold myself accountable. And I try to hang around people that will openly call me out if I start going in the wrong direction.” Best Advice he’s ever received: “Just be yourself and execute.” Personal Success: “I have a good way of just working into routines and working out of routines. So I'm good with change.” Internet Resources: Text Expander Super Connector: The All-In Podcast with Nate Peo: https://www.natepeo.com/ Book Recommendation: Big Leap by Gay Hendricks Magic Wand – For people to get over their number one fear. One thing that Energizes today – “The silver lining of covid is that our ability to connect with different people with great ideas has gotten better. We get to meet and develop relationships with amazing people from all over the world in a much more efficient and effective way.” WTF or F – Fun: Sailing. The incredible power of the wind & water. Parting Advice – “Each one of us has an amazing ability to make an impact on the world. There are tons of great tools to help you do that. Don't be too proud to ask for help. Don't compare yourself to people further along and get discouraged. Everyone has some struggle they're going through. Nobody is perfect. The key is just to focus on the next step.” What’s holding you back from your next step? Please drop us a note and let us know: info@AwesomeEarthKind.com Connect: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tats_talks/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatsuya Twitter: https://twitter.com/TatsuyaNakagawa Podcast Website: https://tatstalks.com/
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Stopping Natural Gas Leaks & Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions NOW using Community Geothermal Systems - with Audrey Schulman & Zeyneb Magavi, HeetMa
Quantum Quote: "We had identified methane as a greenhouse gas on steroids, with 84 times the impact of carbon dioxide in the first 20 years. If you cut methane, you get a bigger impact faster. It's a huge lever in a positive sense." Did you know that some natural gas pipes were installed when Lincoln was President? And that there are thousands of utility-reported gas leaks in many old gas pipes around the country? Energy efficiency is great for lowering emissions, and should always be our first choice. But building emissions are still high. The culprit? Natural gas used for heating our buildings, hot water, and cooking. How do we transition off natural gas while maintaining reliable and affordable heat - and keeping local jobs? Audrey Schulman & Zeyneb Magavi are the Co- executive Directors of the Home Energy Efficiency Team Massachusetts (Heet MA) organization. They first started in 2008 when a handful of local people were terrified by climate change. They organized work parties on weekends to cut emissions and energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient, and eventually created HEET. They are now on a mission to create the biggest energy shift: Providing thermal energy to homes & buildings with community geothermal boreholes that are connected by a shared loop - using the rights-of-way of the natural gas utilities. In this episode, Audrey and Zeyneb talk about the danger of gas leaks in our communities. How we are still using old gas pipes that were installed 100-200 years ago. They also talk about community geothermal heating and cooling systems that replace leaking gas pipes in a more natural way that is not only safer for everyone - but helpful to the environment as well. Sign up for the free 60-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1: [on Gas stove poisoning the air in your house] "Burning gas produces carbon monoxide. People don't necessarily turn on their hoods, and their hoods may not be connected outside. Most houses are often air sealed, particularly in the winter. If you have a gas stove, the chances of childhood asthma increases by 40%. Whenever you turn on your gas stove, always make sure you have proper ventilation, either with the stove hood or fans & open windows.” SuperNova #2: [How our generation is still using the old natural gas pipe system.] "Some of the natural gas pipes were put in the ground in Lincoln's presidency. They are still there and still working, which is actually kind of incredible. However, like other problems with old infrastructure, the gas pipes are leaking and can cause catastrophic explosions.” SuperNova #3: [Using induction cooktops for a more convenient, healthy lifestyle.] "Induction cooktops are faster, more precise, more efficient, cleaner and healthier. The induction only heats up your pan. There's no external heat. So you don't have to worry about a young or older person getting burned. There are no emissions, so you don't have to worry about the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The air quality in your home is better." SuperNova #: “We saw we had a process already in place. We were going into our communities, ripping up the streets, taking out the old gas pipe and spending money on putting new gas lines in. So we said, well, if we pull out that branch, What could we do instead?. We wanted it to be safer, lower cost, zero emissions, equitable, & accessible to everyone. We wanted to keep good jobs for the workers. We came up with the idea of interconnecting geothermal vertical boreholes and delivering temperature to the customer homes where a heat pump is waiting to pull off either heating or cooling for their homes.” SuperNova #5: [The use of Geothermal Boreholes] "Basically, it's a little mini geothermal heating system. So you're just drilling holes, you're letting the earth heat this fluid, and then you pass in the fluid around to the various different homes and whoever else is in the neighborhood." SuperNova #6: “At the time that I began, this was just feeling a little bit powerless to affect the change that was needed. I saw the scale of the change needed for my children's future - for all children’s future, for this awesome world. It's a great world. And we're not doing right by it right now. I just didn't have the capacity personally.What I had to learn was that I could do something about it if I worked with a large network of other people. And if we just opened ourselves to the risk of trying and really imagining what could be. And, I'm demanding that our imagination for that future be not just okay - but better.” Connect: Twitter: https://twitter.com/heet_ma Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heet_ma/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/HEETMA Website: https://heetma.org/ eMail: email@example.com
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Creating Environmental Awareness & Change via Mass Media with Jason Evans of Xploration Awesome Planet
Quantum Quote: "I am always intrigued by the resistance to change, especially with clean energy. We can get rid of coal & oil. We really can. We just need the willingness to adapt”. Do you want to take action to protect wildlife and reduce pollution? Do you want limits put on carbon pollution, action on climate change, and a faster transition to clean energy? Mass media plays a big role in creating clean energy and environmental awareness. Keeping humankind entertained, while keeping us informed. Jason Evans is the founder of the Maui-based production company, Silvershark Media, with a strong background in storytelling. Silvershark produces national campaigns, marketing videos, and webisodes. In the television realm they’ve had a hand in producing content for FOX, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Golf Network, TLC, HGTV, among other networks. Jason has been involved in the TV industry since 2000 is a 4x Emmy Nominee for the Best Daytime Travel Series. He is the producer for Xploration Awesome Planet (a Steve Rotfeld Productions featuring Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau) geared toward 13 to 19 year olds. In this episode, Jason talks about how our way of living affects the natural habitat and the wild animals living around us, and how every decision we have has a connection to the changes that every living creature on earth is experiencing right now. He also shares how mass media helps humankind be entertained and informed about ongoing policies from the comfort of their home. Sign up for the free 60-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. Announcement: The Season 6 of Awesome Planet has just started to premiere. Please support. SuperNova #1: [Our lifestyle affects wild-life] Whether it be contaminated water that is endangering populations of certain animals or whether it be development, it's all connected together. SuperNova #2: United Technologies is working on an Otis Elevator that uses only 10% of the electricity of current elevators. It uses the hybrid idea of regenerative braking to capture the energy of the elevator going down and uses that energy to bring the elevator back up. SuperNova #3: [Characteristic of wild-life in their natural habitat] In this case, a shark. Sharks are not mindless killers. When you do free swims, you see them in their natural habitat. Some people might have hesitation when they don’t see 20 sharks rushing right up to them. Maybe they have a different perspective of sharks in the wild. It's really a conservation approach through emotion and inspiration. SuperNova #4: [Having a Younger Generation knowledgeable about the importance of clean energy]. The younger generation (that's now not so young anymore), is entering & maturing in the workforce, and coming with a heavy hand of ‘Hey, we don't have to always do things like they used to be done.’ That's going to be an important thing to see these young leaders really push the capabilities of what's possible [in using clean energy]. Worst Clean Energy Moment: I love seafood, and working on an Earth Science show I learned about where my food is sourced from. When you look into seafood, you can certainly find areas that are wrecking reefs, wrecking habitats, wrecking ecosystems, wrecking mangroves. I became more conscious of what I was buying at restaurants and trying to make sure - as much as I could - that everything was done sustainably because I know that everything's related whether it be storm protection, whether it be ecosystem habitat, whether it be keeping our waters in a clean state by not wrecking oyster beds and filter feeders. Ah-Ha: Paying attention to what I was purchasing, and really taking that extra step to be informed and not just blindly taking what I wanted. Best Advice: The best advice I ever received was not to be scared of the word, no. Personal Success: I'm very organized. Organization to me is one of my traits that I am proud of, and I think absolutely contributes to workflow success and future success. Internet Resources: BBC Science; Outside Online Book Recommendation: The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway Magic Wand: If I could change one thing with a magic wand, I would eliminate the fossil fuel industry and instantly convert it to something better. There's so much impact on air pollution, water contamination to our drinking waters, not to mention just burning, burning, burning all these resources. That would be one wand swipe that could knock out a lot of different problems. WTF or F: Done a couple of really, really heavy cold-weather things above the Arctic Circle. To me, that was the most intriguing weather that I've experienced personally. Negative 40 negative 50 - barely no daylight at nine o'clock, or you get basically a sunset hue for two hours. And then it's dark again, which takes some adjustment getting used to. One thing that Energizes Jason today: The one thing I'm most energized about today is tomorrow. I think that we have such potential and a rolling ball of momentum. Seeing the private sector take on a lot of these challenges (clean energy), and say we're not waiting around any more - that excites me. Parting Advice: If you have the influence to help give sparks to younger generations - do so and give opportunities. I think it goes a long way. And for me that's that's one thing that I really kind of take pride in and try to focus on. Telling the stories of up and coming youth leaders that are going to be our leaders of tomorrow, and also telling the stories of people that inspire those youth leaders to get involved in the first place. So my advice is: if you can give that spark to anyone, it goes a long way. Connect: Twitter: https://twitter.com/silversharkjay?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silversharkjay/?hl=en FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/silversharkmedia Website: http://silversharkmedia.com/ eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Healthy Clean Cities - with Rich Kassel of Capalin, an Urban Strategy Firm
Quantum Quote: "Anybody who tells you they know what the future is going to be in 10 years is either lying to you or they're lying to themselves." Over half of all the people in the world currently live in cities - and the number is expected to increase to two-thirds of the world by 2050. Cities need large amounts of energy, water, food - and transportation - for millions of people every day. How can we create sustainable, healthy, and environmentally-friendly cities? Rich Kassel has been a leader in the environmental community for more than three decades, including 21 years as a Senior Transportation Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He works with new and established companies and non-profit groups to develop low-carbon, sustainable business strategies and to facilitate the adoption of innovative building, energy, resiliency, transportation and water technologies. He also currently co-chairs the US EPA’s technical review subcommittee on transportation and air quality issues, and serves on the boards of several environmental organizations. In this episode, Rich talks about sustainable clean-energy driven cities where everyone can experience a healthier life and a clean, pollution-free environment. He also talks about decarbonisation. Where passenger vehicles are all electric; heavy-duty vehicles use low or zero carbon fuels; and big companies and industries use clean energy for their electricity, heat and transportation. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1: [Electric Vehicle vs. Liquid Fuels]. “People should think first: what is the goal? Electrification or decarbonisation? How you answer that leads you to a different solution. For me, it's decarbonisation. The key is to not pick the technology, but to pick the outcome.” SuperNova #2:”Electrification and decarbonisation are both useful in their own way. If you're going in for light-duty family cars, commuting cars, passenger cars, that is for electrification. It's different with a heavy duty truck or bus. As the engines get bigger and the duty cycles get harder, electrification becomes harder, and the answer starts to be much more around decarbonizing the fuel.” SuperNova #3: “People can do a lot to help companies succeed in their decarbonisation journey. A lot of people might not want to be vegetarian, but your burger is one of the biggest carbon contributions of your daily life. Be mindful of your choices and support policies that will help us decarbonize.” Worst Clean Energy Moment: “ had a lunchtime debate with the head policy guy for the South African oil company. We went on with 200 people in the audience, and it was great. I scored my points. I was smart. And I had a response to anything he said, and so on, so forth... Afterwards, as he and I were walking out of the room, he said to me, ‘You know, Rich, you can't beat me. Today's Tuesday, I'm willing to bet by Monday, you're going to be back at your desk in New York and I'm going to be here, lobbying parliament against everything you just said. You can't beat me from a desk in New York.” It was a kick in the gut. But it was an important lesson about the importance of boots on the ground and recognizing that, when you take on an issue, you have to be willing to dedicate the resources that it's going to take to really achieve your goals.” Ah-Ha: When I realized that in order to convert the MTA fleet to a cleaner fuel, I would have to spend my whole life waging 19 different ground wars to convert 19 different depots across their system, one by one by one. Instead, we focused on fuel-neutral, technology-neutral solutions that were outcome-based. We reduced pollutants by 95%, and created a new model that is now used around the world. Best Advice: Set your goal, stick to it and trust yourself. Personal Success: I really like to ride a bike to figure stuff out. At least once - and usually twice a week - I get on a bike for two or three hours. I actually spend most of my time thinking about whatever vexing problem I have. By the end of the ride, I usually know what to do. Internet Resources: World Economic Forum and Adam McKenzie Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): https://www.nrdc.org/ Book Recommendation: Anything by Haruki Murakami Magic Wand: I got three. 1: Wave the magic wand and we have solved climate change, as it is the existential threat that we face. 2: Go back to my early days and really focus my environmental advocacy around health issues. 3: I have dinner with Bruce Springsteen one night, and we have a good long talk because his music and his words have been the soundtrack of much of my life. WTF or F: I grew up by the beach.I used to love going out to the beach to watch the waves and watch the clouds.I have so many vivid memories of specific hurricanes and tropical storms as they came towards the south shore of Long Island or other beaches. One thing that Energizes Rich today: Today, Monday, November 9. I'm just super energized by Joe Biden. On a deeper level, I'm really energized about the next generation. Parting Advice: Stick to it,.Think about what we want to achieve, whether that's energy or otherwise. Keep rowing the boat in that direction and know that with each day, we get a little bit closer. Connect: Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleanairrich?lang=en Website: https://www.capalino.com/team/rich-kassel/ eMail: email@example.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richkassel/
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Solar Car Ports & Electric Car Chargers - with Sass Peress, Founder of iSun Energy
Quantum Quote: "I'm an innovation architect. I like innovating. As regards to clean energy and clean mobility, I don't think you can have mobility without clean energy." Everyone wants to improve our shared planet in a way that leaves it better for our children. How would you like your community, workplace or home to be empowered in the energy revolution with distributed clean energy sources, increased mobility options, and improved communications - saving money, increasing resiliency, and creating positive health & environmental impacts? If you wish to take your next step to a sustainable and healthy future for our children and families through clean mobility and carbon free air quality. - you’ll be interested in the iSun Energy & Mobility Hub. Sass Peress is the founding president and CEO of iSUn Energy. Named by Ernst and Young as a finalist in their "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in Canada, Sass is frequently featured as an energy and electric vehicle strategy expert in the media, and regularly advises business and government leaders on the potential of renewable energy and electrification strategies. He is a social entrepreneur motivated to elevate the discussion on how to ‘make a difference’ and do better each and every day. Inspired by the core values of innovation, exceeding expectations, integrity, commitment and the creation of shared value for all. Sass crafts unique approaches to the marketing of solar systems worldwide by paying more attention to the "watt for" than the "watts". In this episode, Sass takes us to a whole new level of discussing solar energy - how important and beneficial it is for you and the environment. He discusses the misperception that Electric Vehicles and Solar Energy Carports are inconvenient and expensive - and how that misunderstanding hinders your mobility. Sign up for the free 60-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1: [Aren't EV's and solar are too expensive than fossil fuels?] "What we have is an imbalance in value sets. In fossil fuels, you have to create secure shipping lanes and channels, and you expand emissions. We don't have a level playing field, because when it comes to solar energy, you don't have those issues. Nobody's ever attacked a solar farm or created a war over a solar farm. So there's an imbalance in the costs allocated to the different energy sources” SuperNova #2: [What people should watch for when they move to clean energy?] "Nothing. Solar is the fastest-growing industry in the world today. Jobs are being lost in coal, jobs are being lost in oil - but jobs are not being lost in solar. That's for sure.” Worst Clean Energy Moment: My worst moment was when I had to sell off a part of the company that was no longer sustainable and 30 jobs were affected. Ah-Ha: In 1999, I sat in front of an iMac. And I looked at it and I went: “iSun”, and registered the brand before the iPod, iPad, iPhone, or everything else "i”. Then we launched the original iSun solar mobile charger with the sun brand in 2002. We went to Radio Shack and they said: “when can we have it and how many?” It was amazing. Best Advice: Listen more than you speak. Personal Success: Tenacity - don't quit. Internet Resources: isunenergy.com Book Recommendation: The Power Of Intention By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Magic Wand: No more fossil fuels. WTF or F: Ice storm in Montreal in 2002. It was horrendous. All the power was knocked out. And that was a moment I said, ‘If only we had solar on our home and a battery, life would have changed. No food would have been lost, we would have stayed in the home instead of moving out.’ One thing that Energizes Sass today: The adoption rate of clean energy and clean mobility is going up every day. And that energizes me. Parting Advice: Don't quit. If you have a dream, go for it and be tenacious about it. Understand you're going to have setbacks. There is no straight line to success. Connect: FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/isunenergy iSun Energy Website: https://isunenergy.com/ Sass Website: http://www.sassperess.com/ eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Clean Cooking Creates a Healthier Home & World – with Jessica Azulay of AGREE NY
Quantum Quote: “What they found was that gas stoves release several hazardous pollutants. Homes with gas stoves had nitrogen dioxide concentrations 50 to 400%, higher than homes with electric stoves. And that can really have an impact on respiratory systems.” - Rocky Mountain Institute Do you cook with a gas stove? Did you know that recent studies have shown that gas stoves emit pollutants that can increase your child’s risk for asthma? And that gas stoves can make the air quality in your home so bad that - if it was outdoor air - it would be illegal? By switching an induction stove - you can prevent the respiratory impacts caused by the release of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide when using gas stoves. And - you can take one more step to transitioning to a renewable energy future - with a cleaner - and more controllable - method of cooking. With the magnetic technology’s efficiency, power and precision, induction cooking may be the ‘iPad’ of the kitchen that could forever change everyday cooking tasks. Jessica Azulay is Executive Director of Alliance for a Green Economy, which works to advance a just transition to a 100% renewable energy system in all sectors. Jessica is a policy analyst, researcher, and activist, who fights to eliminate dirty energy in all forms. She is also an avid cook who used to love her gas stove - but discovered that her induction stove is more controllable, cleaner - and healthier. In this episode, Jessica shares her knowledge of thermal energy, her experience in cooking with gas stoves, and why she made the switch to induction cooking. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. SuperNova #1. “This statistic that they found, which kind of floored me when I read it, was that this really impacts children and increases their risk of asthma. The study found that homes with a gas stove increase the risk of childhood asthma by 42%.” SuperNova #2. “We need to educate people about the health impacts of gas stoves, and also the climate impacts and the path to renewable energy by electrifying everything. Some people, they'll start out small, because maybe they can't afford a full range or they can't afford to replace their stove right now.” SuperNova #3. “The work that we do to change the energy system is really just another way to make a fairer, and more just country and world because our energy system has so many implications for people's lives. It's all about whether people have access to their basic necessities like heating, electricity, the ability to cook and refrigerate your food, get to your job, and get to your family.” Worst Clean Energy Moment – None. Had cooking disasters - but those were “operator errors”, and not the fault of the induction stove. Ah-Ha: Turning on the stove for the first time and seeing how fast it boiled water, and how much control there was on the temperature. Best Advice she’s ever received: Saying yes to doing hard things makes all hard things easier. Personal Success: Go outside into nature. Internet Resources: Energy Information Administration - state energy statistics. Book Recommendation: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben One thing that Energizes today – Intervening with the utility rate cases and going toe to toe with the utility companies and the regulators, putting in expert testimony and having an impact. WTF or F - Fun: Taking a natural shower in the rain. Parting Advice – Get involved somehow, do what you can. All of us pulling together can make an impact. Important Link: https://rmi.org/press-release/health-air-quality-impacts-of-cooking-with-gas/ Connect: Email: jessica@AGREENewYork.com Website: www.agreeNewYork.org Twitter: @agreeNewYork Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AGREENewYork
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Clean Energy Demonstration Preview – with AWESome EarthKind’s Ron Kamen
Quantum Quote: “What is stopping YOU from taking your next step in moving to clean energy?” Are you concerned about climate change and the extreme weather events that are more intense frequent? Do you want to do something – but aren’t sure what to do, think that it won’t make a difference and that it will cost too much? Ron Kamen is the CEO of EarthKind Energy Consulting and the host of The AWESome EarthKind Podcast. Ron’s life mission is to empower everyday people to make clean energy transitions to reduce their carbon footprint– and save them money. For more than three decades, Ron has energized communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses to take their next step and increase energy efficiency, use renewable energy, and lower electricity, heating & transportation costs. He’s now building an online community of AWESome EarthKind people ready to “Go Clean and $ave Green.” Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. Supernova 1: Burning fossil fuels for our electricity, heat, and transportation is now the cause of ~90% of the greenhouse gases that are fueling extreme weather events around the globe – threatening our loved ones, all those we know, everyone currently alive - and all future generations. Supernova 2: The AWESome EarthKind Energy system promotes solar at the main power source for the vast majority of our energy needs. The Sun provides us with a thousand times more energy than we need, and solar electricity has now become the CHEAPEST source of power on the planet. In the Clean Energy Demonstration, Ron will show you the 4 different ways you can get solar on your home, and the pros and cons of Owning, Taking a Loan, having a Lease, or signing up for power purchase agreements that immediately save you money with no-cash-down. Supernova 3: We start with Energy Efficiency, because “the cheapest energy is that which we don’t use”. The simplest example is the lightbulb. In the incandescent lightbulbs that we grew up, only 10% of the energy creates visible light, while 90% of the energy creates HEAT. In a Light Emitting Diode – or LED Lightbulb – most of the energy creates visible light. That’s why we can replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 23 watt LED lamp – and still have the same amount of light. Supernova 4: Most of us have been impacted by the more frequent and intense hurricanes, tornados, microbursts, floods, droughts, and fires. On the video episode section of the AWESome EarthKind website, you can listen to a few stories of some of the Weather Time Fudge experiences of our guests – and Ron’s family’s experience with a tornado in upstate New York. Important Links: https://awesomeearthkind.com/demonstration/ Contact: Ron@AWESomeEarthKind.com
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Solar Pitfalls: What Homeowners & Real Estate Agents Need to Know - with Christina Mathieson, the Solar Lady of Real Estate & Leap EDU
Quantum Quote: “The Green of The Dollar is just as important as the Green of the Earth for Solar Homeowners. As an industry, it’s time we empower them with the info they need beyond the solar installation.” - Christina Mathieson Does solar add value to your property? Solar on your home can be one of the best investments that a person can make. But representing clients in transactions for homes that generate their own power with solar panels requires a special kind of expertise. As more homeowners seek to get control of their energy costs and reduce the use of fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources, more solar-powered homes are coming onto the real estate market. The rapid growth and the lack of education and real knowledge on how solar and solar project financing actually work can create a great deal of misunderstanding. Cristina found her passion and purpose when she realized that real estate professionals needed to be educated to the many positives - as well as some of the unique details - that need to be addressed when you buy or sell a home that has solar. Christina Mathieson is an Educator, a Coach,a Residential Solar Expert, a GREEN Realtor and a vocal Clean Energy Advocate striving to help those who’ve gone solar overcome obstacles when selling their homes. She is known in the real estate world as “The Solar Lady of Real Estate”. She is proud to be a part of the team of educators at Leap EDU and to continue to develop the Green EDU programs for real estate professionals as well as community education programs as part of a newly-launched partnership with Hofstra university. Christina’s “Becoming A Solar Specialist” program is the first of its kind to educate on residential solar power and energy efficiency and how these upgrades affect a real estate transaction. In this episode, Christina deep dives into how solar can add value to your property, the kind of tax breaks you can get from your solar property, and the process you need to have in place in case you want to sell your house with solar. She also shares her mission to make sure that before she leaves this earth, those people who should be applauded for going solar reap those rewards and are not penalized for having done so because real estate professionals . Listen and be energized about The Solar Lady’s advocacy and why she is very passionate about solar. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. Supernova 1: “When you're going solar, the biggest piece of it is to determine whether or not you can use those tax credits. ALWAYS consult you tax advisor. Then decide on how to finance the solar in the way that makes the most sense for you.” Supernova 2: “When you go solar, do your homework, ask for references. Many solar companies have done the door to door. And they're able to reach out to many people and help them go solar by bringing awareness. Even though that person comes to your door, check out the company just like you would with any other home improvement contractor.” Supernova 3: “In terms of thinking of selling the house [with solar], you want a real estate agent that really gets it and that can really explain to you, you want them to guide you through the process and not for you to have to guide them.” Supernova 4: “Whether you purchase the solar system for cash, included the purchase in your mortgage or home equity loan, leased it or have a Power Purchase Agreement - ALWAYS keep all your documents” Supernova 5: “Read your solar agreement. It may request that you let that solar company or that finance company know 60 days before you intend to transfer that system over to somebody else. Sometimes that second generation home buyer has to be approved by the solar company. Those documents and understanding what you signed are really the key to a successful, simple transaction” Book Recommendation: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill Important Links: https://www.leapedu.com/become-a-solar-specialist/ https://therealdeal.com/tristate/issues_articles/bae-of-light/ Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinamathieson/ https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaMathiesonSolarLady https://www.solarinrealestate.com/blog https://christina.kw.com/
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Solar That’s Not “Too Good to Be True” - with Anthony Mongeluzo, PCS IT
Quantum Quote: “When my friend came in and proposed a solar solution, number one, I trusted him fully. But sometimes when someone tells you something that seems too good to be true, it seems like it is. But when I checked with my bank and my CPA, they said he told me the 100% truth. Over two years has passed since we turned the solar on - and it's all true. It's unbelievable.” - Anthony Mongeluzo Have you looked into going solar but have been scared because it “sounds too good to be true”? Do you have naysayers telling you that you “need to watch yourself” because “you're going to get ripped off”? Have you been told that “these solar companies are fly-by-nights” and “nothing is that good”? Anthony Mongeluzo is the president of PCS, a 150+ person, national Information Technology services and support company based in New Jersey that helps businesses, nonprofits, and government entities with their technology needs. PCS offers true monthly fixed fee support, project based work, help desk, outsourced CIO, and general consulting for any technology need. Aside from general IT solutions, they also help with risk assessment, education on cyber security, and IT budgeting. In this episode, Anthony shares how he moved to clean energy when he bought his office building and a trusted friend told him that he should go solar. He shares the due diligence he did with this accountant and bank, and how he now “can’t say enough good things about solar”. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology. Supernova 1: “I went to solar one, because we're environmentally friendly. If you look at the amount of trees that we’re saving, carbon offsets, things of that nature - it's a tremendous impact for the environment. But financially, there's a tremendous impact as well.” Supernova 2: “The system we subscribe to takes those Solar Renewable Energy Credits, or SRECs, and sells them. On average, we're getting $10,000 a month. In August, it might be 14 to 15 thousand dollars, and December it might be 6 - but averaging out, we’re looking at 10 grand a month in money that comes wired right to my bank account.” Supernova 3: “When people drive past our building, we're one of the few buildings in Morristown, New Jersey that has solar. So it also creates a little purple cow. Everyone stops when they see that purple cow, because you don't see that too often. It gives a little extra attention to our business.Without saying anything, we're showing that we're environmentally friendly, and that we're innovative. There are some intangibles that you don't think about when you're doing the project.” Supernova 4: “Make sure you have your professionals lined up. You need to have the right banker. A lot of banks will not mortgage solar. If you're going to buy a building and you're planning on doing solar down the line, make sure the bank holding the mortgage will help you. Supernova 5: “Know your town. Your municipality can create a lot of bureaucratic hurdles and delay your project by months”. Book Recommendation: “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill Advice: “Never give up” and “hustle” Contact: . Anthony Mongeluzo at Anthony@helpmepcs.com, connect with him on Twitter @PCS_AnthonyM, or visit www.helpmepcs.com.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Invest with Your Values & Maximize your Impact - with Geri Eisenman Pell
Quantum Quote: “Never put a period where the universe may have placed a comma” - George & Gracie Allen Are your investments managing your money effectively AND also helping the environment with clean energy? Do you want to have confidence that you are not going to outlive your money? Did you know that Exxon, the largest fossil fuel company and the most valuable company on the planet in 2014 - has lost 2/3s of its value (from $500B to under $150B), and was kicked off the Dow Jones Industrial Average in August? And that today clean energy businesses are now more valuable - and employ 3 times more Americans - than fossil fuel companies? Geri Eisenman Pell is the CEO of Pell Wealth Partners, a financial planning and wealth management company that helps people come to peace with money and their finances and gain peace of mind. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut, and her business is located in Rye Brook, Manhattan, and Orange County, New York. Geri shares how you can “Do good with your heart, do good with your brain, and do good with your pocketbook.” She discusses the types of clean energy investments that achieve financial goals, and how shareholder advocacy is a tremendously powerful way for you to help create change. Sign up for the free 90-minute AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Demonstration to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology: www.AwesomeEarthKind.com SuperNova #1. “I wanted to make sure that we were looking forward to the future and not backwards. When I got into the business, responsible investing was about not investing in apartheid, guns, tobacco and alcohol. Now, it's about what the right thing to do is - and how to achieve financial goals while driving a positive impact” SuperNova #2. “There is such a change in the sentiments and the interest in clean energy. The market has grown from just a few billion dollars of interest to over $15 trillion of investments.” SuperNova #3. “All behavior is truth. Demonstrate what you believe in”. SuperNova #4. “When you invest in clean energy and sustainability, you first scan the stocks and make sure that they meet all of your financial screens.” SuperNova #5. “I love stories about the power of shareholder proxy and what the shareholders want. The companies are responsible to their shareholders, to their employees, and to their products. So... to everybody.” Worst Clean Energy Moment – Holding on to things emotionally when it's against your values and when it is dissonant with your portfolio has been a disaster for people. Ah-Ha: Having more power as a shareholder to change something big Best Advice she’s ever received: When you get to a wall, don't stop, figure out a way to get over it, go around it. Or if you have to - go through it. Just keep going. Personal Success: Meditation is the key to remaining level, being a good leader, and being able to focus. Have a clear mind, a Buddha mind. Internet Resource: Yoga works website. Book Recommendation: Socially Responsible Investing - Making a Difference and Making Money, by Amy Domini. Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, by Daniel C. Esty. Magic Wand – Water security. The sheer number of people in the world that do not have access to clean water, the parasites that live in the water. and the amount of death that it causes is just horrible. And it's so easily solvable. There are lots of companies doing fantastic and creative things to get clean water to places, especially places like in Sub Saharan Africa. One thing that Energizes today – This show. A blue wave will mean great things for sustainability. And for the future of the planet. But no matter who wins the election - humanity will innovate and we will come out ok. WTF or F: Fun - Ziplining! Parting Advice – Have a chat with a financial advisor who can help answer the question: “Will I run out of life before I run out of money?” Find and talk to one. Consultations are usually free and it is the most releasing, freeing peace of mind that you can do - a gift to yourself. Connect: Web: Pell Wealth Partners. Phone: 914-269-6732. / geripell.com
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Transportation Nexus: Environment, Economy, & Equity - with Renae Reynolds, Electrify NY
Quantum Quote: “It's great to get people from point A to point B, but we should also look at ways to avoid harm in doing so,” said Renae Reynolds, “We need to move around. And so we engage in modes of transportation that, depending on how they are fueled, lead to impacts on our health and environment.” Renae Reynolds is the Transportation Planner for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance and the statewide coordinator for Energize New York. Her work focuses on advocacy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector by electrifying New York’s transit buses, municipal fleets, and medium and heavy-duty vehicles. In this episode, Renae shares the importance of understanding how transportation intersects with equity and public health in communities of color & low income. She discusses advocacy efforts to evolve public transit buses to clean energy across the state, while creating good jobs and transitioning workers who currently manufacture diesel buses into building cleaner electric buses. The advocacy started with pilot projects, first getting the MTA (the New York City Transit Authority, the nation's largest transit agency) to commit to transitioning its entire fleet to zero-emissions, all-electric public buses by 2040. A congestion pricing plan will now reduce traffic, improve air quality and provide a dedicated funding stream to improve the public transportation system, and neighborhood-based grassroots campaigns are making transportation improvements that equitably serve all New Yorkers. Supernova 1: “ElectrifyNY is a statewide coalition of advocates from environmental justice, environmental advocacy, transit, advocacy, and labor who came together to advance vehicular electrification. We focus on public transit electrification as a way to tackle the public health and the climate impacts that the transportation sector has in its emission of greenhouse gases.” Supernova 2: “A lot of things are challenging our communities. Greenhouse gas emissions are predominantly coming from the on-road traffic of diesel buses, trucks, and all kinds of vehicular traffic that traverse our neighborhoods. That means we have an extreme level of exposure to different pollutants, including fine particulate matter that has negative health impacts on our community. “ Supernova 3: “Predominant users of public transit are folks from low income communities and communities of color. We represent 75% of the ridership on the MTA fleet. “ Supernova 4: “We needed to engage with a large authority, the MTA, to secure that commitment. We did that through rallying and through cooperative meetings with the Authority. Similar activities will advance other fleet transitions.” Important Links: www.electrifyny.org , www.nyc-eja.org Connect with Renae Reynolds: https://www.facebook.com/NYCEJA/
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Family’s New Home Balances Pocketbook & Environment - with Laurie & Roger Husted
Quantum Quote: “In nature, nothing exists alone.”– by Rachel Carson as quoted by Laurie Husted Do you know what it takes to build a sustainable and energy-efficient house from scratch? Have you ever wondered the things you need to put into place and consider in order to build a house that supports a ‘clean energy lifestyle’ --- a lifestyle with freedom and safety, that’s better for your kids and their kids, self-sustaining, energy-efficient, with less pollution, as well as cost-effective? Laurie and Roger Husted are a power couple who support sustainability. Laurie and Roger met at Cornell, arriving from each coast (Queens / LA) and spent 5 years in the middle, doing graduate work in Pittsburgh, PA. They built a home in the Hudson Valley where Laurie works in sustainability at Bard College and Roger is an ophthalmologist. Daughter Tessa is a rising senior at Red Hook High School and Ethan is back in the ‘Burgh at Carnegie Mellon. In this episode, Laurie and Roger Husted share their journey to sustainability and what it took for them to build their 3-bedroom, 2300-sq.ft sustainable home in the forest by the lake - solar-powered, with air-source heat pumps, and connected to the Red Hook’s clean energy grid - with electric cars zeroing out their carbon footprint. Hear the Husteds share their commitment to support a clean energy future - and get energized. Sign up for the AWESome EarthKind™ Clean Energy Master Class to discover 3 simple actions you can take to start saving money and make the world a better place – without having to learn complex technology Supernova 1: “Clean energy is freedom, safety, and a better future for our kids and their kids.” Supernova 2: [How did you wind up choosing what to do and how to do it?] “We tried to find someone who shared our values and spoke the same language in terms of wanting to do right by our pocketbook - and the planet. Investing in relationships not only builds a better house - it builds a better life”. Supernova 3: “It's hard to know what your baseline is when we build from scratch. We did what we did because it was the right thing to do, and it was a good investment in the long run. This house is something that's going to be here for 100 years, or maybe longer. And the lifetime costs of this house being here is more than what we spent upfront.” Supernova 4: Even with a good architect and builder, it’s important to double-check everything, because everyone is human and we all make mistakes. Connect with Laurie Husted: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-husted-a05a3922/ Connect with Roger Husted: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-husted-a090305a/
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