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What will it take to create a sustainable world? Sustainable: The Podcast aims to help change the story humanity has that not enough is being done. We share stories of those who are taking positive action to address the complex challenges we collectively face in our transition to a sustainable world. Our global audience consists of entrepreneurs, CEO’s, professionals, business owners and the general public who are looking to find inspiring action that helps create a sustainable world.

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What will it take to create a sustainable world? Sustainable: The Podcast aims to help change the story humanity has that not enough is being done. We share stories of those who are taking positive action to address the complex challenges we collectively face in our transition to a sustainable world. Our global audience consists of entrepreneurs, CEO’s, professionals, business owners and the general public who are looking to find inspiring action that helps create a sustainable world.

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Powerful Community: Businesses moving to sustainability

By Sami Aaron - May 24 2016
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EarthSelf.org's Sustainabile: The Podcast builds an amazing corporate community to support the movement to a low-carbon global economy. It is so inspiring to hear from companies that strive to exceed the basic "green business" mindset! This process takes the original Triple-Bottom-Line concept and expands it in all directions. Thinking like nature - and running businesses from a nature-centered perspective? It's a new way of embracing business. Highly recommended!

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Powerful Community: Businesses moving to sustainability

By Sami Aaron - May 24 2016
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EarthSelf.org's Sustainabile: The Podcast builds an amazing corporate community to support the movement to a low-carbon global economy. It is so inspiring to hear from companies that strive to exceed the basic "green business" mindset! This process takes the original Triple-Bottom-Line concept and expands it in all directions. Thinking like nature - and running businesses from a nature-centered perspective? It's a new way of embracing business. Highly recommended!

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Rank #1: 173: Revolutionizing the Way We Process Waste through Innovative Pyrolysis Solutions with Nick Palmer

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“There are solutions around waste, around plastics and they are here. There are more solutions coming and... it’ll take more responsibility for how we can get better at managing waste”. Nick Palmer

There are many solutions in managing waste and one of them is pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is not a new technology in decomposing waste. Some businesses have already adopted this process and innovatively transformed it to positively impact our environment. 

On today’s episode of Sustainable, you’re going to learn about the benefits of pyrolysis in making small-waste transformation with Nick Palmer. 

Nick is the Business Development Director of PyroCore, a leader in small scale, future-ready pyrolysis solutions. His 20 years experience in sales and marketing enabled him to effectively engage with businesses around the world to advance Pyrocore’s vision in revolutionizing the way waste is processed.

He will explain what pyrolysis is and how waste can be converted into something valuable. He also talks about the benefit of using small-scale transformation and how PyroCore’s technology is helping to elevate and transform waste management.

In this episode, Nick and I talk about:

  • What is pyrolysis
  • The benefit of using it to make small-scale waste transformation
  • How PyroCore transforms waste into something valuable
  • The challenges of transforming waste into something new
  • The financial drivers that impact sustainability actions

Where to reach Nick:

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More About PyroCore:

PyroCore an environmental company that offers a range of small scale waste to energy and waste to product technologies with a focus on troublesome and problematic waste streams. They recover value from waste otherwise destined for landfill, which makes significant positive economic, environmental and operational contributions.

To know more about PyroCore and the services that they provide, you can visit their website here.

Mentioned in this episode:

If  you enjoyed this, check out episode 143: Finding New Uses for Plastic with Caleb Rick

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Nov 26 2019

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Rank #2: 148: Nature and Coaching with Kay Young

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In the midst of trouble and difficulties, finding moments of aliveness of joy and magic are what makes life - life!

We are living and working in a complex world where the constant demands and pressure of our job heavily affects how we live our lives. We actually need more conscious and sustainable leaders in institutions and organizations to help support people commit to awareness, learning, change, growth, and action.

On today’s episode of Sustainable, I talk about coaching and nature with Kay Young. We focus on how nature enhances one’s coaching practice and why this is very relevant and needed in the corporate world.

She’s deeply passionate about leadership, well-being, resilience, and in spending time with nature. She works with individual leaders and leadership groups to support personal restoration and create conditions for change and awareness.

Kay shares how nature has played an important role in her coaching journey and how she utilizes it to help others find meaning and joy in their work and life.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How nature enhances Kay’s coaching practice and why it’s needed in businesses
  • The stages to achieve clarity and focus
  • The benefits of bringing nature into coaching in the corporate world and how she discovered it
  • How nature reminds us of the forgotten aspect of wholeness in the workplace
  • The deeper sense of awareness and aliveness in nature due to the sensory experience it provides
  • Coaching as the catalyst to move someone forward
  • We as human beings are interconnected to nature
  • How support can make changes possible
  • How nature experiences influenced and impacted the work that she does.
  • Awareness IQ

More about Kay Young:

Kay Young is a leadership coach and supervisor, with public and private sector clients. She has extensive senior management experience, including: working at NHS Board Director level; developing high profile executive coaching and leadership development programmes; working internationally; and tutoring for 15 years with the Open University Business School, on a range of MBA programmes.

Kay is currently a member of the Faculty Team for the Academy of Executive Coaching, facilitating the Coaching Skills Certificate, and Practitioner Diploma Programmes in Edinburgh. She's also an ICF Evaluator and Assessor, on the AoEC’s Advanced Practitioner Diploma Programme.  She's a highly experienced, ICF accredited coach and have gained the Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching and the Master Coach Practitioner Diploma with the Academy of Executive Coaching.

She recently completed her training in gestalt psychotherapy with the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. She's deeply passionate about leadership, well-being, and resilience; and in spending time in nature, including with your coaching clients, to support personal restoration, and transformational change.

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  • David Whyte

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 144: The Role of Coaching in Creating a Sustainable World by Tabitha Jayne, Founder & Director, EarthSelf

Jun 04 2019

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Rank #3: 151: Laundry Sustainability with Todd Cline

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Focusing on sustainability is the right thing to do. Serving your consumers in a sustainable way is a priority because it's the right thing. — Todd Cline

There’s a rising growth in people purchasing organic food and natural beauty & cosmetic products because consumers want to make sustainable choices especially when it comes to the products that they buy. But that’s not the case when it comes to cleaning and laundry products.

Today on Sustainable, I talk about the efforts of designing and launching Tide Purclean, the first plant-based laundry detergent that has the same cleaning power you can expect from the brand with Todd Cline.

He is the section head for Procter & Gamble’s North American Fabric Care Research Development Team. He’s responsible for developing new programs and business operations across Tide and Gain Laundry detergents, the leading brands in the industry.

Washing your clothes may seem like a simple house chore but doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might think. From washing to drying,  it uses a lot of energy to just heat the water and run the dry cycle.

How can we reduce the energy and water we use? How can we help consumers make decisions that are more sustainable as they do their laundry?

Todd shares what drive him and his team to create sustainable laundry products and the challenges they experience in developing it without sacrificing cleaning performance.

In this episode, Todd shares about:

  • The challenges he and his team had in developing a plant-based detergent without sacrificing cleaning performance
  • How washing in cold water (the number one driver of environmental footprint in doing laundry) setting reduces your environmental footprint.
  • The energy and impact of creating the raw materials that go into the product that they make
  • Helping consumers be confident and comfortable in purchasing sustainable products
  • Leveraging a brand’s reputation by incorporating it from one brand to another
  • Clothing longevity as another way to lessen your environmental impact
  • How we can design products that help consumers make simple choices
  • The “Milkman Model” for sustainable packaging
  • What Green Chemistry is all about and how it works
  • How  Focusing on sustainability made Todd more intentional in the choices he makes

The simple choices and actions we make to minimize our impact, makes all the difference towards achieving a sustainable world.

More about Todd Cline:

Todd Cline currently serves as the Section Head for Procter & Gamble’s North America Fabric Care Research & Development team. In this role, Cline is responsible for developing new programs and business operations across Tide and Gain laundry detergents, the leading brands in the industry. He plays a critical role in leading sustainability efforts, including the design and launch of Tide purclean, the first plant-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide.

Prior to joining the North America Fabric Care team, Cline spent more than 10 years in a variety of leadership roles at P&G and has lead product innovation launches across the U.S. and Europe.

He earned his MBA from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Connect with Todd Cline:

Additional resources:

  • Tide Purclean™
  • Tide
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Gain Laundry Detergent
  • The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry
  • Life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  • TerraCycle
  • Loop

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 7: Making Things Last - Jon Molyneux, Scotland

Jun 25 2019

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Rank #4: 92: Transformational Carbon Capturing with Louise Charles, Communications Manager at Climeworks

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Louise Charles shares:

  • The inspiration behind Climeworks' disruptive and impactful technology
  • Why we need to go carbon negative – not just neutral
  • How Climeworks captures and filters CO2 from the air
  • The three positive uses for CO2 once it’s extracted from the air
  • The Challenges of CO2 mineralisation

Louise Charles is responsible for communications at Climeworks, helping spread Climeworks’ vision of capturing 1% of global emissions by 2025 far and wide.

Climeworks captures CO2 from air with the world’s first commercial carbon removal technology.

Louise previously worked with the UN and other fledgling spin-off companies across Europe. When she’s not communicating online/offline Louise can be found in the mountains ski touring, climbing or hiking.

Apr 10 2018

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Rank #5: 163: Building Sustainability through Blockchain Technology with Tom Duncan

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“If you believe in the future of abundance or the future generation, align your decisions to your personal ethics and to organizations that reflect it.” — Tom Duncan

Did you know that you can build your wealth, save money, and save the planet all at the same time?

Yes, it’s actually possible through the use of blockchain technology!

Today on Sustainable I talk to Tom Duncan, the CEO of Goodbanc, about what blockchain technology is and how it can help us create a regenerative finance economy and restore our ecosystem. 

Goodbanc is a digital banking platform for impact investing that provides a low-risk way of investing in regenerative and renewable markets that allows flexibility by cutting out that middleman or any third party. Making money go further both for investors and the people who are receiving the investment.

In this episode, Tom is going to share how we can allocate our capital and invest it into something good that helps our planet.

In this episode, Tom and I talk about:

  • Blockchain technology
  • How blockchain is reforming the financial system to become more transparent
  • How Goodbanc is  achieving its mission through blockchain technology
  • Creating liquidity through tokenization
  • Decarbonizing the planet and restoring the ecosystem through Goodwallet and Mangrove Tree planting projects from Goodbanc
  • How to use our investment and money to buy time for our planet and give more back to the environment 
  • Aligning your financial, investment, and purchasing decisions to your personal ethics

More about Tom Duncan:

Tom Duncan is the CEO of Goodbanc, a digital banking platform for impact investment, finance and green bonds that utilizes Liquid Technology Ltd blockchain and digital wallets. He is also Managing Partner at Liquid Token. He’s an experienced fund manager, investment professional involved in a number of high profile transactions involving blockchain ventures.

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If you enjoyed this episode, check out episode 132: Creating a regenerative economy with L. Hunter Lovins

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To find out more about creating systemic and transformational change for people and the planet, head on to  www.earthself.org

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #6: 143: Finding New Uses for Plastic Waste with Caleb Rick, CEO EcoGlobal

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Caleb is the CEO of EcoGlobal.  EcoGlobal is a values-driven social enterprise established in Vermont, USA to bring Ekopolimer (an exciting way to re-use plastic waste) technology into North America.  Caleb’s mission to find a solution for our plastics problem while enhancing economic development in local communities.

There’s so much that we talked about in this interview, including:

  • What LDPE is used for and why
  • How plastic actually helps lower the carbon footprint in import and export
  • The importance of educating ourselves about making better choices
  • How EcoGlobal takes one-use plastics to create a new material - Ekopolimer - that lasts for years
  • Why it’s key to design a long-term business plan that’s carbon centric
  • The need to educate people on how recycled products can be better than virgin products
  • Why the waste management industry is like the wild, wild west

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #7: 159: Green Chemistry: Molecular Redesigning of Chemical Products with Joel Tickner

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"If you're exposed enough to something that's not natural to your body; It's likely going to cause harm through interaction with molecules in your body."

Chemistry is everywhere! From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, chemistry is all around us. We even breathe it.

Chemistry has done great things for our society. It has made our products more effective, and our economies more prosperous. But often at a cost for our environment and health. As chemistry continues to further the quality of our lives it can also make our world more sustainable.

Today on Sustainable, I talk to dr. Joel Tickner about chemistry and its potential to help create a sustainable world. Joel is the Executive Director of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), whose vision is a world where green chemistry is standard practice throughout the value chain. The GC3 works toward that vision by catalysing and guiding action across all industries, sectors and supply chains.

In this episode, Joel introduces green chemistry and how it can put less strain on the environment and natural resources as well as benefiting human health. We discuss how common chemicals used today were a breakthrough when invented but have environmental and health impact that are unacceptable. We also talk about the importance of implementing green chemistry to make the future design and production process sustainable and in alignment with the natural world.

In this episode, Joel talks about:

  • What green chemistry is and how it will benefit us and our environment
  • Building and impacting chemical design to achieve sustainability
  • Teaching the next generation of chemists and chemical engineers to take social and environmental impact into account in their design
  • Why training working chemists and chemical engineers to re-think that molecular design is very important for the future
  • Effectively enhancing the natural state of molecules for our benefit
  • Learning from how nature adapts to minimize the negative impact of toxic molecules
  • The chemical alternatives that allow us to meet our goals but have low impact on our health and the environment
  • Scaling innovative products and collaborative innovation
  • Sustainable consumption and the demand for safer chemicals
  • Importance of leadership within the government regarding green chemistry projects
  • Educating investors about opportunities regarding the chemical industry and profit returns
  • Incorporating chemical risk management into projects

“We need to start thinking differently. Now we that we understand the problems much better, we need to really focus on the solution and put the resources into that.” - Joel Tickner

More about Joel Tickner:

Joel is a leading expert on the application of green chemistry and alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served on a number of EPA and Natural Academy of Sciences advisory committees and advises government agencies around the world.  Joel is also a Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and is also the Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) and the Co-Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).

More about GC3: 

GC3 members are champions and innovators in the fields of green chemistry and the production of safer chemicals, materials and products. Approximately 75% of GC3 members are individual companies and 25% are representatives from non-governmental organizations, local, state and federal government agencies, and consulting firms.

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If you enjoyed this, check out episode 129: Accelerating Hydrogen Energy Solutions with Traver Kennedy

Aug 20 2019

53mins

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Rank #8: 152: Redefining Leadership for a Sustainable World by Tabitha Jayne

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“If the armies of the world now numbering 22 million could be redeployed in planting in the desert, in eight years 100 million people could be rehabilitated and supplied with protein rich food, grown from virgin sand. If we could accept the challenge, and make that a One World Purpose, this would unite East and West and be the scientific and physical answer to this world’s dilemma.” Richard St. Barbe Baker”

Have you ever stopped to think if what you’re doing is sustainable?

As stewards of the environment, we need to ensure a world of peace and prosperity for people and the planet. But how do we do this? What does it take to create a systematic change in order to achieve a sustainable world? How can we utilize our resources to create a positive global impact?

To help the world run better and improve people’s lives, global leaders through the United Nations developed a bold vision that’s widely gaining attention and interest both from public and private sectors, and that is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Join me today as I talk about redefining leadership for a sustainable world. Redefining leadership starts by addressing the number one vision for all leaders, which is the UN’s SDGs.

I’ll also discuss the things that leaders can learn from nature about leadership that can help us redefine our understanding of it for a sustainable world. As well as the most important thing that a leader must work on to effectively attain these goals.

To hold this vision, we need to allow nature to support us and look within the natural world to find answers on how we need to be doing things differently and working together to create harmony.

In this episode, I talked about:

  • The #1 one vision for all leaders in today’s world
  • The starling analogy and what we can learn from nature about leadership that can help us redefine our understanding of it for a sustainable world
  • The collective vision of peace and prosperity and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • What it really means to become a leader and working on one's self
  • The most important thing that a leader should work on
  • The natural world as a mirror of reflection for the conflicts that we are facing internally within our inner landscape and nature.
  • How protesting is causing disturbance to others and disruption to the system
  • The fundamental concept of interdependency between nature and humans
  • The awareness that we are all capable of creating change

Buckminster once said, “We do not create a new world by focusing on the old or destroying it. Instead, we should focus on building the new”. When we collectively come together, it is possible to make the world a better place for everyone now without destroying the possibilities of the next generation.

Now, let’s get to work and make it happen!

Additional Resources:

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 115: Nature as a Catalyst for Transformational Change

Jul 02 2019

32mins

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Rank #9: 171: Helping Communities Become More Sustainable with Jeff Mendelsohn

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“Care for the environment comes I believe you know, with living a healthy life”  — Jeff Mendelsohn

When external investors come into a community to develop it, there is the real risk that they end up creating a community that’s disconnected from the very people who live within it. This model of community regeneration is people broken

If we want to bring back into our communities then we need to start by helping those who live within them. We also need to return ownership of the community to those who are at the heart of it.

Today on Sustainable I’m speaking to Jeff Mendelson the founder of LocalCode. He is a social entrepreneur, who started off his sustainable entrepreneur journey by founding New Leaf Paper. He is also a strategic advisor, investor, and systems thinking.

Launched in Jan 2019 LocalCode is a hybrid non-profit/for-profit company supporting the formation of healthy communities with thriving Main Streets in towns and cities across North America. It empowers local enterprises to overcome the strategic advantages enjoyed by national chains and franchises, outperform them, and revitalize Main Street.

We discuss what regenerating local communities means for the environment and how LocalCode is helping to do this and giving back to the heart of the community

In this episode, Jeff and I talk about:

  • How Jeff is creating harmony in the world by focusing on enterprises
  • What is LocalCode?
  • What you need to know about the regenerative community
  • How to engage the community to support the local economy
  • What it means to have a healthy main street and a local trust
  • Apprenticeship and the Imbalanced Money System

Connect with Jeff Mendelsohn

LinkedIn

More about LocalCode:

LocalCode provides cities with essential research and policy recommendations to support local economic revitalization. Drawing on the success of innovative programs in other cities that have revitalized Main Streets, we translate lessons in successful local development to the context of each community. We steer cities to develop solutions and evidence-based programs that build the local economy, rather than the default “big box retail” approach to development.

LocalCode

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If you enjoyed this, check out episode 160 Humanity's Greatest Challenge: Adapting to the world we currently live in

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Nov 12 2019

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Rank #10: 168: Embodied Carbon: A Blindspot in Construction

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"We need to shift our relationship with nature, holding it sacred." -Anthony Pak

Making sure that resources are renewed and recycled is what green buildings are for. But have you ever thought about the resources and energy it takes before even making a building?

The manufacturing and transport of these materials have already left a carbon footprint way before construction begins. This carbon footprint combined with the building’s end of life emissions is called: Embodied Carbon.

Today on Sustainable, I talk to Anthony Pak, the founder of the ECN Vancouver, the first local chapter of Embodied Carbon Network. We Discuss the blindspots of the building community and what we should think about and consider before we build buildings. ECN organizes events that empower building industry professionals to become champions for embodied carbon!

In this episode, Anthony talks about his article on Embodied Carbon; and how it has raised awareness and has opened doors to educate the building industry about it. 

In this episode, Anthony and I talk about:

  • What Embodied Carbon is
  • The Blindspots of the Building Industry
  • Addressing Embodied Carbon
  • Where to get Answers about Embodied Carbon

More about Anthony Pak

Anthony is the Principal of Priopta, one of the first companies in North America to provide a Parametric Life Cycle Assessment consulting service.

Anthony is also the founder of the ECN Vancouver, the first local chapter of Embodied Carbon Network.  

LinkedIn

Anthony’s Embodied Carbon Article

More about Embodied Carbon Vancouver:

The Embodied Carbon Network is a growing movement that aims to address the gaps within sustainable construction in a move to prevent the excess production of carbon while we build sustainable cities and communities of the future. 

It brings together leading experts in building design to help create dialogue and collaboration to accelerate our transition to a sustainable world.

What does it take to make that building in the first place? think about all the materials that go into it. All those materials have upstream environmental impacts it took something to extract those resources.

Embodied Carbon Vancouver

Mentioned in this episode:

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 17 Sustainable Buildings

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Oct 22 2019

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Rank #11: 145: Deploying Large Scale Reforestation with Dr Bremley Lyngdoh, Founder & CEO of Worldview Impact

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Join Dr Bremley Lyngdoh, Founder and CEO of Worldview Impact to find out:

  • The drivers behind Bremley’s mission to make a difference
  • Why the Lyngdoh clan’s sacred forest inspired Bremley’s commitment to taking action to reforest the planet
  • The cultural traditions of the tribe Bremley belongs to and how this has impacted his worldview
  • Why trees are key in mitigating the effects of climate change
  • The importance of growing a “green shield” in Myanmar and the impact this can have
  • Why Worldview Impact’s strategy is based upon the Costa Rican model of ecosystem services
  • How technology can help accelerate our reforestation strategy
  • Where the funding came from to help Worldview Impact plant 100,000 tree seeds a day
  • Why using technology in reforestation strategies creates more jobs for people and reduces the costs of tree planting
  • The need to measure the value of ecosystem services to successfully finance reforestation strategies
  • What needs to change at the governmental level to change the way we measure GDP

May 14 2019

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Rank #12: 149: Pursuing Positive Change

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There is always something that you can be doing. Everyone has a path to something. — John Featherby

In today’s episode we talk about the transition to a more sustainable world, the impact of an organization’s decisions on its workers, customers, business partners, community, and the environment as a whole with John Featherby.

John is the owner of Shoremount, a consulting firm that helps organizations meet the opportunity and challenge of a marketplace that rewards better business. He’s the B leader for the B Corp, the world’s leading business force for good movement.

He’s the author of the Guide to Human Organizations and the founder of Teylu, a network using the power of peer to peer small groups to cultivate community and pursue a common purpose, as well as Human Stories At Work, a place to engage with the ultimate cultural barometer of life at work, storytelling.

John shares about the work that he does with Shoremount to pursue positive change; through self-exploration, community connection, and practical support.

In this episode, John talks about:

  • The transition to a more sustainable world
  • Change: Who you are and what you hope to become
  • The journey between where we are and where we are going
  • What it means to change and create a “sustainable world”
  • Becoming a sustainable human being
  • John’s perspective on death, loss, pain, and suffering
  • The death analogy
  • Recognising change and creating a behaviour for it
  • The risk of looking at positive data when you’re using it to persuade someone
  • The benefits of talking about loss
  • Reasons why change is hard for big companies
  • Addressing the fatigue that comes from change
  • The disconnection of meaning from our roles in the workplace
  • Doing self-exploration for change to start
  • The problem with language impairment
  • Recognizing others for their innate individual gifts
  • Giving others space for better and honest conversations
  • Being and doing
  • Deeper human peace
  • How John’s upbringing impacted the work he is doing

Recognize the power that you have to make small differences and decisions. Speak up about the change that you want to happen.

More about John Featherby:

John Featherby is the owner of Shoremount, a consulting firm that helps organisations meet the opportunity and challenge of a marketplace that rewards response, “better” business.

John is also a B Leader for the B Corporation (the world’s leading “business as a force for good” movement.  Shoremount is a founding UK B Corp and was awarded “Changemaker Honoree” in the B Corp 2018, “Best of the World Lists”.

He's also the author of The Guide to Human Organisations, the founder of Human Stories at Work: a place to engage with the ultimate cultural barometer of life at work: storytelling and the founder of Teylu: a network using the power of peer-to-peer small groups to cultivate community and pursue a common purpose.

Connect with John Featherby:

Additional resources:

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 139: The Truth About Transformational Change with Tabitha Jayne, Founder of EarthSelf

Jun 11 2019

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Rank #13: 138: Understand Your Drive to Be Sustainable with Deepak Shukla, Founder & CEO: Pearl Lemon

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Join Deepak Shukla, Founder & CEO of Pearl Lemon to find out:

  • Why being sustainable can be intuitive in practice

  • The power of asking “why” in helping to change the way we work

  • The importance of win-win solutions in being sustainable

  • Why its key to recognise our emotional driver behind becoming sustainable

  • The need to look at the long-term benefits of being sustainable

  • How the language around sustainability can intimidate people

  • How to communicate your drive to be sustainable successfully

  • The benefits of ‘cherry-picking’ your approach to being more sustainable

  • Why quick wins in being sustainable are essential

Mar 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #14: 137: Women, Innovation & Sustainable Business with Joan Michaelson, Host of Green Connections Radios

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Join Joan Michaelson, Leadership Coach & Host of Green Connections Radio to find out:

  • Why sustainable businesses tend to have more women in leadership roles
  • The reason there are more opportunities for women in sustainable business
  • Why women make career decisions differently to men
  • The challenges facing women in the green industry
  • How negative self-talk can hold women back from advancing their career
  • The importance of keeping your skill set up to date
  • Why self-care is essential for success
  • Key actions to take to advance your career
  • Why applicant tracking systems can work against women
  • The surprising reason women can be more innovative than men
  • Why women can dismiss and undervalue their accomplishments

Mar 19 2019

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Rank #15: 169: Empowering Sustainability Professionals with Virginia Cinquemani

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Finds your purpose and follow it. Virginia Cinquenani

On today’s episode of the Sustainable, Virginia Cinquemani, the founder and director of Green Gorilla Consultants, a company focused entirely on sustainability professionals, joins us to talk about how we can empower sustainability professionals and help our clients what sustainability is all about.

Virginia is also a qualified architect, project manager and BREEAM AP. She’s very passionate for sustainability and has written a book to help sustainability professional in their works called “Integrating BREEAM throughout the Design Process”.

In this episode, Virginia shares how she and Green Gorilla Consultants is enabling professionals to become stronger and more fulfilled in their work so that they can spread the message with sustainability further. She also talks about how she’s addressing the frustrations of people who work within the sustainability sphere and why technical skills are not enough when working on sustainability projects.  Moreover, we also discuss how to seel sustainability and adapt to your client’s language, how to reduce the performance gap within our own work, as well as the current state of the construction industry in the UK.

In this episode, Virginia and I talk about:

  • How coaching and further training help sustainability managers work better?
  • Why technical knowledge of sustainability is not enough when you’re a sustainability professional
  • Using a language that’ll enable you to communicate better with your clients and help them grasp and understand what sustainability is
  • How to sell sustainability
  • What sustainability means for Virginia
  • Forgetting the word “sustainabiluty” and how to shift the polarization from people who’re comfortable using language that doesn’t connect with others
  • Educating your clients, actively listening, and adapting to their needs
  • Virginia’s thoughts on the current happening within the UK construction industry
  • Using sustainability as a way of achieving quality to make businesses more resilient
  • Reducing the performance gap within our work

Where to reach Virginia:

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More About Green Gorilla Consultants:

Green Gorilla Consultants is a unique leadership training and coaching (CPD Accredited and IEMA Approved) company focused on empowering sustainability consultants, letting their inner green gorilla loose, and become stronger, more assertive, and more resilient by providing them with the best toolkit to confidently stand on their own and take on sustainability projects.

To know more about Green Gorilla, you can visit their website here.

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If you enjoyed this, check out episode 144: The Role of Coaching in Creating a Sustainable World

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Oct 29 2019

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Rank #16: 165: Integrating Coaching into Your Existing Business with Snjolaug Olafsdottir

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“Coaching takes everything deeper. It enhances what you already have and helps you discover new things” — Snjolaug Olafsdottir

Coaching is a changing journey. It’s about having the freedom and flexibility to explore what you really want to do. Through coaching, you give others the awareness to make better decisions for themselves. But if we don’t have the right information, how do we start doing that?

On today’s episode of Sustainable, I talk to Snjolaug Olafsdottir about integrating coaching into your current skill set. We also touched on the journey that took her from Iceland to Scotland where she’s currently working and interning with me while going through the transformational change coach training program. 

Snjolaug is an environmental engineer who works as a sustainability consultant in Iceland. She was a former guest back on episode 114 where we talked about the need to be selfish with sustainability.

In this episode, Snjolaug shares her journey and what led her here, why she decided to intern with us, as well as her experiences on the training journey. 

In this episode, Snjolaug and I talk about:

  • How you can implement and integrate coaching into your work and business
  • How coaching can be utilized to change the way business is done
  • Evolution of coaching
  • Snjolaug’s coaching experience
  • Snjolaug’s experience of the Earthself Transformational Change Coach Training Program

More about Snjolaug Olafsdottir

Snjolaug holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and is currently working as a Sustainability Consultant. She’s the owner of Andrymi Consulting, a firm that specializes in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. 

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If you enjoyed this, check out episode 114: Selfish Sustainability with Snjolaug Olafsdottir

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Oct 01 2019

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Rank #17: 150: Circular Economy for Waste Management with Tom Szaky

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The most powerful decision you make is the decision for what you should and should not buy. — Tom Szaky

How much of the things you buy do you really need?

Every day our waste piles up. Ninety-nine percent of what we purchase - we don’t really need.

The world is suffering because of our actions. Poorly-managed landfills cause litter. Incinerating waste produces toxic substances. These are some problems we are faced with when it comes to waste management. Stemming from these issues are people devoted to finding creative solutions in address these problems.

On today’s episode of Sustainable, I talk about the work that TerraCycle is doing to better manage our waste and recycle the unrecyclable with Tom Szaky

Tom is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of hard to recycle waste. He is also the author of three books Revolution in A Bottle, Outsmart Waste, and Make Garbage Great.

Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering a new waste management processes involving manufacturers and consumers to create circular solutions for hundreds of unrecyclable waste (e.g. cigarette butts, dirty diapers, used chewing gum and flexible food packaging).

TerraCycle along with 25 top consumer product company and retailers, have announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop. This will enable consumers to shop online for their favorite brands in durable and reusable packaging.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental, and business awards and recognition from a  range of organizations including the United Nations, the US Chamber of Commerce, Fortune Magazine, World Economic Forum, and The Swap Foundation.

Tom shares how our garbage is continuously impacting the environment in a negative way. He talks about eliminating the idea of waste through creative and innovative solutions - which is the goal to achieve a sustainable planet.

In this episode, Tom will share his insights about:

  • The learnings that have helped TerraCycle become a pioneer in waste management
  • What caused the success of TerraCycle
  • Innovative and creative methods for waste management
  • Changing our perspective towards waste management to unlock other important values
  • The TerraCycle and Loop project and its essence
  • Reimagining the way that we consume
  • Working with consumer behaviour instead of fighting it
  • The future of packaging
  • The reality behind biodegradable packaging
  • The challenges of the Environmental Movement
  • What you can do to lessen your waste
  • How the act of buying triggers every environmental issue
  • Active buying as a solution
  • How he manages to get organizations, especially the large ones, to center on the environment
  • How focusing on sustainability impacted the way he lives his daily life
  • How his experience with nature influenced and impacted the work that he is doing
  • The most powerful tool to create solutions and change

Reducing waste means less environmental impact, fewer resources and energy used. And most of all, it saves you money!

More about Tom Szaky and TerraCycle:

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle waste. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers, cities and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes involving manufacturers and consumers to create circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, used coffee capsules, dirty diapers, used chewing gum and flexible food packaging that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle developed and operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies like Procter & Gamble to integrate this material into their product packages.

In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single use' consumption.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fortune Magazine, World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation.

Connect with Tom Szaky through social media:

Additional resources:

If you enjoyed this, check out episode 121: The Business Case for Circular Economy with Robert-Jan van Ogtrop, founder of Circle Economy and Natural Leadership

Jun 18 2019

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Rank #18: 160: Humanity’s Greatest Challenge: Adapting to the world we currently live in by Tabitha Jayne

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“What is happening within us as humans i.e. our inner nature, is reflected out in the natural environment itself.” - Tabitha Jayne

Even though the world has greatly advanced, we are still living in very challenging times. With these advancements, we have made our lives better than ever but we’ve also never faced such a global threat either.

If I ask you what’s the greatest challenge mankind is facing today, what would your answer be? 

Join me today as I talk about humanity’s greatest challenge. No, it’s not about climate change but it is something deeper.

We’ll explore the stages of human development and what it means to collectively grow as a species. I will also touch on the topic of what is stopping us from reaching our full potential individually and as a group.

After listening to this episode, I invite you to take the time for a walk out in the natural world. And you’ll gain the wonderful benefits that you can only get when you spend your time outside in nature.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • How can we control the environment? How can we change other people?
  • Our capability to adapt to the changing environment
  • Stages of human development
  • Using the environment as a way for us to develop individually and collectively as a species
  • Spiral Dynamics vs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (stages of development)
  • The gaps and the biggest issue that’s stopping us from facing our greatest challenge
  • The importance of collaboration and connection
  • The only question that is worth asking when we are faced with humanity’s greatest challenge

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If you enjoyed this episode, check out episode 127: Our Relationship with the Natural World by Tabitha Jayne

Aug 27 2019

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Rank #19: 164: A Sustainable Clothing for People who Love the Sea with Tom Kay

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“We all have a relationship with the sea.” — Tom Kay

Finisterre's founder Tom Kay created a sustainable clothing brand, born from the need to make innovative products for hardy British surfers and the life they lead.

On today’s episode of Sustainable, I talk to Tom Kay about the clothing brand that designs functional and sustainable products for people who love the sea.

Finisterre is an accredited BCoporation that stays true to its original design ethos of functionality and sustainability, remaining committed to its product, environment, and people.

In this episode, Tom shares how he started Finisterre in a flat above a surf shop and how it has grown reaching new customers that share Finisterre’s team’s passion for the sea.

In this episode, Tom and I talk about:

  • Tom’s inspiration in starting Finisterre on a foundation of sustainability
  • How Finisterre’s community has grown
  • Challenges that Tom and Finisterre are faced with
  • How being an observer of the sea influenced and impacted the work that Tom is doing with Finisterre
  • How we all are connected to the sea
  • Advice for people who wants to understand the sea better

More about Tom Kay

Tom Kay founded Finisterre in 2003 with the vision of making quality, ethical garment for hardy surfers of British seas. He started out with little business history or design experience in a flat above a surf shop with an innovative fleece that was designed to keep out chill winds and warms up cold bodied fresh from the sea.

Today, Finisterre is an accredited BCorporation that has received a range of awards including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals good business Award in 2010, Observer Ethical Business Award in 2008, and the Surfer’s Path Green Wave Award in 2008

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If you enjoyed this episode, check out episode 35: Sustainable Shoes with Galahad Clark

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Sep 24 2019

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Rank #20: 147: Waste Recycling Redefined with Dr Shannon Bouton, McKinsey.Org

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Waste is a resource and the pollution that it causes is not only avoidable. If we treat waste as a resource it can lead to a better life for the people and the planet. — Dr. Shannon Bouton

Our waste is polluting the world. It’s poisoning our air, land, and water.

However, there are many people working on amazing solutions.

On today’s episode of Sustainable, I talk about the work McKinsey.org is doing to have a lasting and substantial impact on complex social challenges with Dr Shannon Bouton.

Shannon is the Global Executive Director of the Sustainable Communities Program at McKinsey.org, a charitable organization, founded by McKinsey & Company to have lasting and substantial impact on complex social challenges.

Before this, she worked at McKinsey & Co for 12 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.  

With a background in field biology, Shannon has served as an environmental consultant to grassroots non-profits in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland, and with the Army Corp of Engineers in the Florida Everglades.   

Her Ph.D is in natural resources and the environment and Shannon writes on topics such as sustainability, innovation and urban mobility.

Shannon shares how McKinsey.org helps create a positive impact for our environment. She talks about how to best address sustainability challenges that cities face around the globe. She also shares the actions we can take to reduce waste and how we can recycle both plastic and organic waste.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The inspiration behind McKinsey & Company in creating a non-profit
  • How Shannon ended up getting involved in sustainability and waste management work
  • The key differences in terms of how McKinsey.org is working vs that of McKinsey & Company
  • Sustainable community projects in Argentina and Bali and it’s waste problem
  • Generating revenue out of waste and recyclables to bring value back to communities
  • Creating instability in the market of recyclables through market-driven mechanisms
  • The unstable price and demand for recyclables
  • Key learnings from creating stability within the marketplace for waste
  • How waste and recycling has become a public health issue
  • The advancement of technology and the importance of scaling and scaling fast
  • Practicing self-care and preventing burnout
  • The discrimination against different parts of society especially for people who live in unknown areas
  • How sustainability and nature impacted and influenced Shannon’s life and work

Connect with Shannon Bouton & McKinsey.org

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If you enjoyed this, check out episode 140: Changing the Way Waste is Managed Greg Lettieri, & CEO, RTS

May 28 2019

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