Hopefully Sustainable is a show where your host, Jaiko Celka, speaks with extraordinary people who are making the world a more sustainable place. Come to learn. Leave inspired.
Nuclear Energy Explained | Ka-Yen Yau
Nuclear energy is a very complex and controversial topic but Ka-Yen Yau is going to provide an interesting and unique perspective for us! Ka-Yen Yau is a thermal hydraulics core engineer for Kairos power, an engineering company founded to accelerate the development of innovative nuclear technology. Throughout the episode, Ka-Yen is going to explain how nuclear fission creates power, the pros and cons to nuclear energy, and address common misconceptions and issues around nuclear energy. Currently 20% of the electricity in the United States comes from nuclear energy so it is important to have conversations around the topic to help us see different perspectives. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Sustainability on a College Campus | Tyra Byers
Today, Jaiko is speaking with Tyra Byers, Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability and Director of the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate. Across the United States and abroad, offices of sustainability are bringing universities and colleges to the forefront of conversations around climate change and sustainability. Throughout today’s episode, Tyra discusses the function of an office of sustainability, why colleges and universities deserve a spot at the table when it comes to finding solutions to climate change, and the hope she finds in the students and faculty she works with. Find more information about the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability online at https://sustainability.uga.edu/. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Don’t be a Fossil Fool | Krystal Persaud
This week, Jaiko is speaking with Krystal Persaud, product designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Grouphug, a solar startup creating ridiculously good looking solar panels! Over the past few years, Krystal went from an idea to a Kickstarter campaign to Shark Tank to a successful company. Throughout the episode, Krystal teaches listeners about the ins and outs of solar energy, discusses her journey to create a solar powered window charger, and describes how being a female in the industry has allowed her to bring a unique perspective to the field. Find more information online at https://grouphugtech.com/ and follow Grouphug on Instagram @grouphugsolar. If you are interested in learning more about solar energy, email email@example.com. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Business as a Force for Good | Nathan Stuck
Nathan Stuck is on a mission to prove that businesses can simultaneously make a profit and a difference! The winner of B Lab North America’s 2020 Community Builder Award, Chairman of B Local Georgia, and employee of a certified B Corporation, Nathan is fully entrenched in the B Corp movement. In today’s episode, Nathan discusses the origin of the B Corp Certification, the certification process, and the value of a certification to the company, employees, community, economy, and environment. After listening to this episode, you are sure to notice the B Corp logo on many of the products you already purchase! Find more information about the B Corp Certification online at https://bcorporation.net/. If you are local to Georgia, find more information about the B Local chapter online at https://blocalgeorgia.com/. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Sustainable Periods | Madeleine Wisecup
This week, we are discussing the intersection of women’s health and sustainability, specifically around the topic of periods. Over the course of their lifetime, a single menstruator will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons. While we have come a long way with our period product options, the environmental impact has become a prevalent conversation in the sustainability community. Madeleine Wisecup is going to walk us through the history of period products and modern sustainable alternatives. Throughout the conversation, Madeleine and Jaiko discuss the stigma around various women’s health issues and encourage listeners to not only try out sustainable period products, but to also begin having conversations with friends and family around our health. You can find Madeleine online at https://thewiseconsumer.com/ and on Instagram @thewiseconsumer. You can also find her podcast, The Wise Consumer, on all streaming platforms. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
COVID-19 + Green Buildings | Barry Abramson
Meet Barry Abramson, one of the principals at Servidyne, a consulting firm helping building owners and managers lower energy and operating costs, reduce environmental impact, and enhance occupant comfort! Since graduating from Stanford with his degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Barry has worked in the sustainability field for over forty years. In today’s episode, Barry discusses the growth of the sustainability field over the last four decades, the role existing buildings play in the green building industry, and the various approaches Servidyne is taking to combat COVID-19 in our workplaces. It is important now more than ever for the general public to be informed about the role that buildings play in our health and safety - listen to learn about what you should ask yourself when returning to restaurants, offices, and other frequented indoor spaces. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.