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Tiny Climate Challenge

A podcast for busy people who want to save the planet by completing one simple eco-challenge at a time. The vision for this show is to engage, educate and empower people to reduce their carbon footprint and solve our climate crisis by completing various small eco-challenges.Produced by Heard Not Seen Media, Inc.

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005 Idle Free: Clean Earth 4 Kids

www.TinyClimate.com Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 5 is all about the simple act of turning off our engines and reducing our air pollution. Our Challenge Expert - Suzanne M. Hume and her fellow Youth Board Members, Hannah Smith, Li Phillips, and Gideon Phillips from CleanEarth4Kids join us to discuss how they’re helping school districts adopt Climate Action Plans and No Idling Resolutions.  Tiny Climate Challenge Expert: Suzanne M. Hume is the educational director and founder of CleanEarth4Kids.org, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children’s health, clean air, water and non-toxic lands through educational opportunities, collaboration, projects, contests and challenges. Suzanne loves teaching students, training teachers, parents and the community.  You can learn more about CleanEarth4Kids.org online, follow Clean Earth 4 Kids on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email Suzanne at s@CleanEarth4Kids.org.  Guest Links CleanEarth4Kids.org Video 2.2 Billion Reasons Why To Stop Idling Video Idling Hurts Children's Health Video What You Can Do Clean Earth 4 Kids on Vimeo Contact Us Mayela ManasjanTinyClimate.com


16 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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003 Christine Bevilacqua: A Really Rotten Episode

www.TinyClimate.com Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 3 is all about vermicomposting. Our Challenge Expert and Guest Christine Bevilacqua started vermicompost (aka worm compost bin) at her home to help reduce organic waste and her carbon footprint.   Challenge Expert and Guest: Christine Bevilacqua was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but has called Southern California her home for over 20 years. She has a Master's Degree in Urban Sustainability and experience with Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture and City Planning. She is currently employed in the renewable energy sector, focusing on innovative solar technology. Links mentioned Compost it Yourself Build Your Own Worm Bin Worm Care Guide Why Worms Matter Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


11 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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006 Idle Free: John Bottorff

We Hold the Key to Being Idle Free. Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 6 is all about the simple act of turning off our engines and reducing our air pollution. Our Challenge Guest, John Bottorff from Clean Earth 4 Kids challenged himself to turning his car engine off to eliminate idling. Tiny Climate Challenge Guest: John Bottorff is a board member and Chief Informational Officer (CIO), for CleanEarth4Kids.org. He has donated thousands of hours to help students develop and deliver presentations, work on projects, build and refine models and calculations, play in parks, study, take Teddy on walks. He also enjoys listening to stories and ideas, laughing a lot, and eating lots of pizza, pretzels, and pancakes. Please take a look at The Relationship Between Monthly Air Pollution and Violent Crime Across the United States. Links mentioned CleanEarth4Kids.org Links to our No Idling videos: CleanEarth4Kids.org Video 2.2 Billion Reasons Why To Stop Idling Video Idling Hurts Children's Health Video What You Can Do Clean Earth 4 Kids on Vimeo Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


29 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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004 Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Our Lives

Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Our Lives. Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 4 is all about minimizing waste, eliminating plastic from our daily lives and reducing our carbon footprint. @ 0:50 Our Challenge Guest - my lifelong best friend, April Powers and her kids learn to flex their sustainability muscle by eliminating single-use plastic from their school lunches and their dining experiences. @ 29:10 Our Challenge Expert, Lori Sommers from Waste Management provides us with an update on recycling, China’s National Sword policy and the R’s of sustainability.  Tiny Climate Challenge Guest: April Powers is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx, a full-service consulting firm that helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a highly-rated trainer for Fortune 500, government and non-profit companies and is also a Climate Reality Leader. She just started a children’s book and website called Finicky Fiona to encourage children to eat the rainbow and to help people with allergies learn how to cook delicious food. Tiny Climate Challenge Expert: Lori Somers is the Community and Municipal Relations Representative for Waste Management where she has worked for 30 years. She works closely with multiple Southern California cities to help them develop comprehensive recycling and diversion programs to meet their zero waste goals and comply with local and state waste diversion mandates. Outside of work, Lori has been involved with Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad since 1998. From 2006 - 2007 she served as President of the Soroptimist and was honored as Soroptimist of the Year for her leadership and service to the organization and her community. In her spare time, Lori also enjoys traveling, skiing and reading. Links mentioned Waste Management Waste Management: What Can I Recycle? April Powers Finicky Fiona First Impression RX OLIO - The Food Sharing Revolution Ripe Near Me Crop Swap Plant Food +Wine Green Drinks Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


22 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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015 Marina Qutab: The EcoGoddess

In this Tiny Climate Challenge episode our Guest Expert, Marina Qutab (aka the Eco Goddess) teaches us how to be a Zero Waste Badass. She talks about how she tracked and reduced her trash and fit two years of her waste into a tiny mason jar. She also challenges all of us to embrace the philosophy of ecocentrism by becoming more resourceful in our own lives and creating our own DIY solutions for living more sustainably.  Guest Challenger Bio Marina Qutab is the personality behind Eco Goddess. Through her online presence, she shares zero waste living tips, plant-based recipes, and soulful wellness inspiration. It is her hope that in sharing her journey to living a more vibrant, ecologically conscious lifestyle with others, others will feel inspired and supported to embark on their own journeys. Find her on social media at @EcoGoddess and check out her startup {Zero} Waste Kit where she aims to provide you with the tools, mindset, and convenience for reducing your everyday waste and ecological footprint. Links mentioned Eco Goddess Eco Goddess YouTube Channel Zero Waste Kitchen Makeover Tiny Climate Challenge Vermicomposting Episode 003 Trash is for Tossers 5 DIY Cleaners: My Favorite Natural Cleaning Products {Zero} Waste Kit Citrus Peel Bird Feeder Tiny Climate Challenge Guest Contact Marina Qutab Instagram & Twitter: @EcoGoddess Website: https://ecogoddess.com/ Youtube Channel: Eco Goddess {Zero} Waste Kit Instagram & Twitter: @zerowastekit Website: https://zerowastekit.org/ Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com We are grateful for the generosity of Ashley Mazanec and her permission to use "Possible" from her album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" available on iTunes or Bandcamp. Ashley is an Eco Musician, and the co-founder of Let's Talk About The Weather podcast at EcoArts Foundation.


25 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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014 Pia Piscitelli: Slow Fashion Challenger

Pia Piscitelli committed to her own slow fashion challenge for an entire year in 2019. In this episode, she shares her best ideas and inspirations to help us all take eco-actions to create a more sustainable closet. Guest Challenger Bio Pia Piscitelli is passionate about eco-action and finding tangible ways to make a difference. For over five years, she has worked in environmental education organizations helping kids and adults take steps to live a more sustainable life. She was trained as a Climate Reality Leader with former Vice President Al Gore, and she's certified as a Master Composter. She runs Greenie Guide, a resource that helps individuals take climate action, and she loves exploring sustainable travel, cooking with her solar oven, and supporting her local coffee scene. Links mentioned thredUP Pact Fashion Revolution Elizabeth Cline Additional Links A Year Without Buying Fast Fashion Clothing  24 New Years Resolutions for a Sustainable & Ethical Closet Tiny Climate Challenge Guest Contact Pia PiscitelliInstagram & Twitter: @greenieguideWebsite: www.greenieguide.com  Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com We are grateful for the generosity of Ashley Mazanec and her permission to use "Possible" from her album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" available on iTunes or Bandcamp. Ashley is an Eco Musician, and the co-founder of Let's Talk About The Weather podcast at EcoArts Foundation.


4 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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012 Erika Morgan: A Good Traveler Program Champion

In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 12 our Guest Challenger and Energy Consultant Extraordinaire Erika Morgan talks about the benefits and ease of purchasing carbon offsets through The Good Traveler program for her recent car and air travel from San Diego to Boston. Guest Challenger Bio Erika Morgan is an independent clean energy consultant dedicated to speeding the transition to zero-carbon energy solutions. She works with non-profit and private entities, providing technical, operations and business facilitation, policy advocacy and market development for clean energy solutions, including community choice energy programs. She also provides operational support to the California Alliance for Community Energy - a statewide alliance of grassroots nonprofits dedicated to ensuring that “community” stays central to Community Choice. Ms. Morgan’s career spans the clean energy industry, as a policymaker, manager, consultant, project manager, public educator, and executive coach. A specialist in organizational management, she helps clients manage rapid growth, innovation, and flexibility. A former Deputy Commissioner of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and of Environmental Protection for the State of Maine, in both roles she participated in the state’s efforts to deregulate its electricity market. A pioneer in electricity aggregation, she formed New England’s first retail aggregation for 100% renewable electricity. Upon moving to San Diego, she saw the power of California’s Community Choice model to speed the transition to an electricity system free of carbon and responsive to local community needs. She earned her Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Links mentioned The Good Traveler San Diego International Airport Rocky Mountain Institute Tiny Climate Challenge Contact Erika Morgan Erika on LinkedIn Erika on Facebook Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com We are grateful for the generosity of Ashley Mazanec and her permission to use "Possible" from her album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" available on iTunes or Bandcamp. Ashley is an Eco Musician, and the co-founder of Let's Talk About The Weather podcast at EcoArts Foundation.


3 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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011 Paul Manasjan and Steve Statler: A Good Traveler Leaves No Trace

www.TinyClimate.com In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 11 our Guest Experts, Paul Manasjan and Steve Statler talk about The Good Traveler, a program they co-founded to engage the traveling public to fly carbon neutral through the purchase of carbon offsets. Their Tiny Climate Challenges for all of us is to purchase carbon offsets as individuals, organizations (private, public and non-profit), to promote sustainable conferences and events and encourage all airports to achieve carbon neutrality. Visit The Good Traveller for more information. Guest Expert Information Paul Manasjan619-990-1767The Manasjan Consultancy With over 30 years of public sector experience working in the fields of environmental health, resource management, and sustainability, Mr. Paul Manasjan is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in airport sustainability and the recipient of the 2018 Pioneer in Aviation Sustainability Award. Mr. Manasjan has recently retired from his post as Director of Environmental Affairs for San Diego International Airport and as chair of Airport Council International-North America, Environmental Committee’s Sustainability Working Group. He is now applying his expertise at The Manasjan Consultancy to supporting private and public sector organizations in the visioning and building of resilient enterprises through collaborative, integrative and whole-system approaches to continuous improvement. Steve StatlerSVP Marketing & Business DevelopmentWiliotMister Beacon podcast503-709-1900www.wiliot.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/WiliotHQ/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiliotHQ Steve Statler is the author of Beacon Technologies, the presenter of the Mister Beacon podcast and a Senior VP at Wiliot where he is responsible for consulting, marketing and business development. Wiliot is a fabless semiconductor company connecting people and products with battery-free Bluetooth tags powered by harvesting energy from radio waves. Prior to Wiliot, his consulting company specialized in Bluetooth beacon technology, training and advising manufacturers, venue owners, VCs, as well as makers of beacon software and hardware. Previously he was the Senior Director for Strategy and Solutions Management at Qualcomm's Retail Solutions Division, helping to incubate Gimbal, one of the leading Bluetooth beacons in the market.  Along the way, he became interested in sustainability and carbon offsetting. As a consultant, he supported the development of The Good Traveler carbon offsetting program. Links mentioned The Good Traveler San Diego International Airport Rocky Mountain Institute  Tesla Nathan Fletcher Ryan Brothers Coffee Evans Hotels Richard Branson Wiliot Casa Werma City of San Diego Dallas Fort Worth International Airport The Good Traveler YouTube video Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


12 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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010 Christina Burress: Tiny Plastic EcoArt

In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 10 our Guest Challenger, poet and artist Christina Burress talks about how she uses found objects (tiny plastic trash that she picks up off our beaches) to create artwork while raising awareness of the threats of plastic ocean pollution. She also shares a reading of her powerful poem, “In the Crease”.  Guest Challenger Information Christina Burress is passionate about teaching her students to notice the world around them for inspiration and healing. Currently, she is Chair of the English Department at the Grauer School in Encinitas, California where she teaches 10th and 12th-grade Literature and Creative Writing. Since 2010, she has taught the course, Language of Poetry to K-12 educators getting their Master’s in Arts in the Curriculum from the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2009, she has taught poetry classes for UCSD Extension. You can find some of her poetry published in the San Diego Poetry Annual.  Christina Burress on Instagram: @christinamisenburress  Links mentioned Llyn Roberts Wild Wisdom Retreat James Nestor - Deep Eric Booth - The Everyday Work of Art  The Plastic Pick-Up The Grauer School For the Wild podcast I Love A Clean San Diego  Alexandra Burress Nick Burress Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


29 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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009 Ashley Mazanec: EcoArts

In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 9 our Guest Expert Ashley Mazanec talks about the importance of EcoArts in addressing our climate crisis. Guest Expert Information Ashley Mazanec is an environmental policy and non-profit professional, eco-art educator, and eco musician committed to optimizing human and environmental health. As Assistant Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District, she is deeply invested in the future of clean energy in San Diego. Founding EcoArts Foundation in 2016 led to her current position in teaching and programming eco-art education at Del Sur Elementary. EcoArts Foundation's mission is to inspire the regeneration of Earth's ecosystems with creative media, events, and performance. Ashley has advanced this mission by producing: environmentally-themed music, an EcoArts TV production for the City of Palmdale, an educational eco art series generously funded by the Tommy Short Foundation, and the Let's Talk About the Weather podcast -- which explores ecological topics through the eyes of artists. She serves as a Sustainability Advisor for the City of Del Mar, and co-producer for ocean films with Spiral Pacific. Current board positions include the eco-village development nonprofit Local Earth, Citizens Coordinate for Century III, and the pioneer of San Diego's first EcoDistrict -- beautifulPB. Ashley is a partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance. Ashley has been endowed with numerous awards from 2015 to 2017, including Global Policy and Strategy Fellowship, US-Israel Center for Innovation and Economic Sustainability Lead Fellowship, and Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Scholarship to the Artists and Climate Change Inaugural Incubator. She holds her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy, where she served as Net Impact UCSD Graduate Chapter President. Coverage on her activities can be found on KPBS, The Union Tribune Coastal, Voyager, podcast and radio interviews.  Contact Ashley Mazanec www.EcoArtsFoundation.org  Links mentioned UCSD - School of Global Policy & Strategy City of Encinitas Environmental Commission - Jim Wang Eco Sustainability Peeps Climate Science Alliance Diane Burko Coral Reefs Encinitas Restaurants Healthy Creations Nectarine Grove Eve Encinitas Birdseye Kitchen Goodonya The Sandpiper Ocean Friendly Restaurants article Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurants  Other Mentions Let’s Talk About the Weather Ep. 24. Regan Rosburg: Breaching Grief, Melancholia and Mania with Biophilia Artists and Climate Change Adidas (sustainable clothing and shoes) Contact Mayela Manasjan TinyClimate.com


11 Oct 2019

Rank #10