Risk & New Climate-Inflation Bill – Michele Wucker, Author, “You Are What You Risk: The New Science & Art of Navigating An Uncertain World”

How will Members of Congress view the risks of climate change and their actions as they prepare to vote on new ground-breaking legislation to reduce carbon emissions, further the transition to clean energy, and help families with basic costs?  What’s our own risk “fingerprint” and risk “ecosystem”? Listen to this interview with Michele Wucker on… Continue reading Risk & New Climate-Inflation Bill – Michele Wucker, Author, “You Are What You Risk: The New Science & Art of Navigating An Uncertain World”

Are ‘Green’ Buildings Safe? – Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC

“Any concrete new mixture, whether it’s embodied carbon or flyash or any other innovation in making concrete more sustainable one way or the other in terms of the material itself, those are all tested through a rigorous standardized process.” Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC As our hearts go out to the people in Surfside, Florida coping with… Continue reading Are ‘Green’ Buildings Safe? – Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC

Resilient Communities – Beth Gibbons, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Every community has to cope with climate change as a reality regardless of politicians’ political ideologies. Federal funds support many of these efforts, directly or indirectly – such as through the data supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for severe weather monitoring – yet the Trump administration has proposed draconian budget cuts… Continue reading Resilient Communities – Beth Gibbons, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Sea-Level Rise “Detective” – Andrea Dutton, MacArthur “Genius” Winner 2019

“A lot of these times we see these problems as having binary solutions, it’s either we stay and defend…or we just pick up and leave, but there’s a lot of space in between.” Andrea Dutton on Green Connections Radio
Geologist Dr. Andrea Dutton was awarded the coveted MacArthur “Genius” award recently for her work in finding an innovative way to predict sea-level rise and identify the options for managing it. Listen to her explain her innovative approach – and how that approach might be used in other context too – to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson in this inspiring and fascinating interview.

Climate Resilience Action – Kathy Baughman McLeod, Atlantic Council

With 6 extreme weather events costing over $1 billion each in 2019 already (as of early July), we know we need to adapt to this new normal caused by climate change. But how? A new The Resilience Center is embracing this challenge, with a goal of reaching one billion people with resilience solutions by 2030.. So, where do we start? Listen to this Kathy Baughman McLeod, the inaugural director of this new center, the Adrienne Arscht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, explain it in this enlightening conversation with Green Connections Radio podcast host Joan Michelson.

Climate Resilience – Climate Scientist Rawlings Miller on How to Prepare for Climate Change

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of some natural disasters….. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends that pre­-incident planning be documented,” says a brand new report from the EPA. In other words: prepare for the imminent consequences of climate change-related natural disasters and extreme weather events.  But how? And, how can your community improve its infrastructure at the same time? Listen to Rawlings Miller, a climate scientist and principal in the WSP advisory firm in this information-packed interview with Joan Michelson on Green Connections Radio podcast.

Boost Your Community’s Resilience – Karen Lightman, Exec. Director, Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon U.

“You have to start with empowering people at the local level…You’ve got to do a combination of bottom up and top down…Everything is interconnected.” Karen Lightman on Green Connections Radio A community in Pittsburgh was alarmed by the high rate of asthma and related illnesses in their children and cardiovascular diseases in their adults and… Continue reading Boost Your Community’s Resilience – Karen Lightman, Exec. Director, Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon U.

Transitioning Coal Communities – Heidi Binko, Executive Director, Just Transition Fund

“What can companies who have pledged to source 100% of their energy from clean energy sources do to help coal country?” Heidi Binko  Coal country is an endangered species, between new technologies and the shift to a clean energy economy. So, how do you pivot entire communities and industries for a 21st century economy? Listen… Continue reading Transitioning Coal Communities – Heidi Binko, Executive Director, Just Transition Fund

Preparing Cities – Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

The recent string of disasters is a stark reminder to include resilience in our budgets, from cities to companies and organizations. Our homes, businesses, schools and local economies cannot afford to be ill-prepared, as we saw in Puerto Rico for example with Hurricane Maria’s devastation. How to do it? Listen to Katharine Burgess, Director of Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, for best practices in this critical conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson. You may want to forward this podcast to your mayor, Congressperson or City Manager – and take notes!

Gov’t Does Climate – Rebecca Rubin, Marstel Day

Guess who’s taking serious steps to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with the local community? As the new administration seeks to cut all climate and clean energy, we thought it was a good time to re-air our interview with Rebecca R. Rubin, Founder/CEO of Marstel Day, the environmental consulting firm that’s been helping the… Continue reading Gov’t Does Climate – Rebecca Rubin, Marstel Day