Rank #1: Sea-ing a Cleaner Ocean with Lonely Whale's Emma Riley
When she's not eating pasta or hiking to Pirate's Cove, Lonely Whale's Emma Riley is busy saving our big blue oceans with help from some very influential friends. Riley joins our host Amy Koonin via Skype to talk about the future for our fish, World Ocean's Day, and how we can all do our part to #stopsucking!
Rank #2: Think BIG, Win BIG: Ocean Exchange's Millicent Pitts
What would you do for our planet with $100,000 and an idea to save our oceans? Our host Amy Koonin is joined by Millicent Pitts, the CEO and Executive Director of the Ocean Exchange to talk all things innovation, implementation, and inspiration!
Rank #3: Winters is Coming: An Interview with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
We're breaking down all of the awesome stuff the LDF is doin’- from compelling documentaries to ground-breaking campaigns. Justin Winters, the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, joins host Amy Koonin via Skype for a World Oceans Day celebration!
Rank #4: Zero Waste Daniel: How One Man Turned Scraps into Style
Made from 100% pre-consumer cutting room scraps, Brooklyn's Daniel Silverstein and his unique "ReRoll" fabric are taking the fashion world by storm. Zero-waste in and out of the atelier, Daniel's nickname evolved after working in the industry and witnessing first-hand what textile waste is doing to our environment. ZWD joins host Amy Koonin via Skype to talk about his eco-conscious evolution in Brooklyn, his NY Fashion Week stand-up comedy routine, and why he's Amy's favorite person to follow on Instagram!
Rank #5: Trash to Treasure: Ken Beckstead's Big Idea
Ken Beckstead is turning a bad habit into something good for our planet! Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype to learn everything about his Butts to Watts program and how he's turning discarded cigarette butts into a powerful and unique energy source. This west-coast waste warrior is on a unique mission to revolutionize our roadways!
Rank #6: Craft for a Cause: Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers
Find out how a Florida craft brewery is tackling a global problem, one sip at a time! Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers to talk about everything from wild flavors to wildlife. Saltwater Brewery is a pioneer in the brewing movement that utilizes their edible six-pack rings to not only rid the brewhouse of extra food waste but to feed sea creatures instead of endangering them. We'll cheers to that!
Rank #7: Southface to Face: In Studio with Andrea Pinabell
We're #talkingtrash with one of Southface Energy Institute's environmental visionaries, Southface's President, Andrea Pinabell! Joined in the studio, host Amy Koonin gets down to the building blocks of the built environment, energy efficiency, and what homeowners can do to live more sustainably. Like Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri said, "Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play" – and Rubicon and Southface are both major players in the ATL sustainability scene.
Rank #8: Fashion with a Passion: United by Blue Founder Brian Linton
Need a one-stop-shop for camping gear, pet accessories, and sustainable beauty products? United by Blue, an outdoor lifestyle brand focused on ocean conservation, has it all! For every product sold, the Blue squad removes a pound of waste from our water. Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Blue's CEO and Founder, Brian Linton. Nicknamed the "eco-friendly king of Philly", Linton breaks down their business model, recaps their summer of service, and settles the great Philly cheesesteak debate!
Rank #9: Empire State of Mind: An Interview with NYC's Sanitation Commissioner, Kathryn Garcia
Get ready for a jam-packed episode hitting all of the "M"s: Manhattan, Municipal Solid Waste, and matzah ball soup! Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by the Commissioner of Sanitation for New York, Kathryn Garcia. Commissioner Garcia is leading the charge in the most ambitious organics recycling program in the most ambitious city in the US. Under Garcia's sustainability-focused leadership, the "Big Apple" is in for some big changes!
Rank #10: Our ECOrenaissance: Sustainability Superstar Marci Zaroff
With a resume as long as a CVS receipt, environmental guru Marci Zaroff joins Amy Koonin via Skype to drop some serious knowledge about all things sustainable. Not only did Zaroff coin the term ECO-Fashion, but she is the brains behind several sustainable lifestyle and brands. Marci and Amy cover it all: from fashion to food, to fish free fish. Marci Zaroff's new book, ECOrenaissance: A Lifestyle Guide for Cocreating a Stylish, Sexy, and Sustainable World comes out August 14th!
Rank #11: A Real Do-Goodr: Goodr Founder Jasmine Crowe
Jasmine Crowe built her end-hunger empire by combining her passions for philanthropy and technology. Joining host Amy Koonin in studio, Crowe shares her belief that hunger is a logistics issue and not a scarcity issue and what she and her team are doing to fix it! With backing from Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Crowe's revolutionary app, Goodr, helps restaurants rid themselves of food waste while feeding families. Do Goodr, Eat Goodr, Feel Goodr!
Rank #12: A STRAW(esome) Idea: Final Straw's Miles Pepper
With a last name like Pepper, he had to spice it up! A cinematographer by trade, Miles Pepper took a leap of faith and co-founded Final Straw after he saw how single-use plastic was polluting our planet. Launched on Kickstarter and raising over a million dollars, Final Straw is a revolutionary reusable straw that will change the way we think and the way we drink!
Rank #13: Smarts in the City: Rubicon's Michael Allegretti
A little taste of NYC in the ATL, Rubicon's Senior VP of Policy and Strategic Initiatives Michael Allegretti joins host Amy Koonin in the studio to break it all down: our RUBICONSmart City technology, the Internet of Things, and where to get the best slice of pizza in Manhattan!
Rank #14: A Slam Dunk: Atlanta Hawks' CEO Steve Koonin
He’s the CEO of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club. He’s a local Atlanta legend who has had a large part in building some iconic brands. He’s an advocate of environmental sustainability in sports as Philips Arena is under a massive renovation. He also happens to share 50% of our host's DNA. Amy's dad, Steve Koonin, is in the studio to talk about sustainability on and off the court, his recipe for brand building, and his favorite Father's Day present!
Rank #15: People, Planet, and Peanut Butter Pretzels: Wegmans' Jason Wadsworth
Wegmans is so much more than just Dunder Mifflin's favorite regional supermarket! Amy Koonin is joined in studio by Jason Wadsworth, Manager of Sustainability for the northeastern cult-favorite, Wegmans Food Markets. Named #2 on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For", Wegmans is consistently changing the grocery game. Learn how Wegmans is reducing their carbon emissions, providing eco-friendly packaging options for customers, and churning out the most addictive peanut butter filled pretzels!
Rank #16: Keep Calm and Compost
Have you ever wondered how compost works? What is it? How do we do it? What is the impact? How can my business start? Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Annie Davis from World Centric, a fellow B Corp that specializes in the production of compostable products! Let us take you on the journey from dirt to dishes!
Rank #17: Lettuce Talk about Food Waste!
Apologies in advance for the CHEESY puns: This episode will ap-PEEL to you especially if you're NUTS about food waste! Sarah Sanders, COO, and Co-Founder of Bon Harvest, and our host Amy Koonin break down some scary stats and tech tips in the studio. Sanders does a GRAPE job laying out her vision and how social entrepreneurs can lead to a future without food waste. Time FRIES listening to these two!
Rank #18: The Red Couch: An Interview with Rubicon Co-Founder Marc Spiegel
How did a kid from Kentucky end up co-founding a sustainability and tech start-up right in the middle of the ATL? Our host, Amy Koonin, sits down in the studio with Rubicon Global co-founder Marc Spiegel to hear about his entrepreneurial journey, his thoughts on this year's March Madness tourney, and the famous Rubicon red couch.
Rank #19: Small Biz Whiz: Christophe Choquart from IOU Financial
Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by IOU Financial's Chistophe Choquart to talk about lightning speed loan approval and what that can mean for your small business!
Rank #20: From Bottle to Body: Upcycling fashion with expert JT Marburger
Our host Amy Koonin chats in-studio with JT Marburger, a veteran of the sustainable apparel movement, to take us through the fascinating process of turning water bottles into clothing, why millennials are the ultimate decision makers, and much much more!