60 episodes

Sustainability Defined is the podcast that defines sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosts Scott Breen and Jay Siegel explore a new topic each episode with the help of an expert in the field. Each concept falls into one of seven sectors -- Energy, Cities, Natural Environment, Transportation, Business, Policy, and Social -- and is visually represented in a Sustainability Tree found at www.sustainabilitydefined.com.

Sustainability Defined Jay Siegel & Scott Breen

    • Education
    • 4.9, 9 Ratings

Sustainability Defined is the podcast that defines sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosts Scott Breen and Jay Siegel explore a new topic each episode with the help of an expert in the field. Each concept falls into one of seven sectors -- Energy, Cities, Natural Environment, Transportation, Business, Policy, and Social -- and is visually represented in a Sustainability Tree found at www.sustainabilitydefined.com.

    Ep 52: Feminine Hygiene Products with Celia Pool and Alec Mills (DAME)

    Ep 52: Feminine Hygiene Products with Celia Pool and Alec Mills (DAME)

    Should it be taboo to talk about a $6 billion industry that is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving three million cars for a year? Of course not! But unfortunately, the artificial sensitivities around the topic of this month's episode - feminine hygiene products - have hindered widespread discussion of the significant environmental and social issues associated with these products.
    Join us as we investigate the many sustainability issues they affect, from environmental footprints and social acceptance to female genital health, access and equity, and many more. In addition to speaking with the co-founders of DAME, a startup disrupting the historically single-use tampon market, Jay and Scott are joined by two very special guests to help discuss this topic more organically - their girlfriends Anna and Shannon. Enjoy!
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    Sustainability Defined is the podcast that defines sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen.
    Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode.
    We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors:
    Energy
    Cities
    Natural Environment
    Transportation
    Business
    Policy
    Social
    Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means.
    www.sustainabilitydefined.com

    • 58 min
    Atypical Ep 1: Racial Justice, Favorite Sustainability Articles & Listener Voicemails

    Atypical Ep 1: Racial Justice, Favorite Sustainability Articles & Listener Voicemails

    This is our very first “atypical” episode. It’s gonna sound a little different than what we usually share, and we probably won’t do these too often, but hey, variety is the spice of life. So, first on this episode, we read a statement on racial justice. We’ve done a lot of reading and thinking over the past several weeks and wanted to acknowledge the fact that we have failed in a number of ways when it comes to racial justice. Our self-awareness and anti-racism have fallen short, and we’re coming to recognize the inherent shortcomings of a show hosted by two white, privileged men. We hope you’ll continue listening and growing along with us.
    We then break down our favorite sustainability articles over the past few months. Jay even gives a couple video suggestions (Trevor Noah and Matthew McConaughey are involved in these).
    Last, we play some voicemails that listeners left us where they explain who they are, what they heard on the show, and what action they have taken based on what they heard. This episode may be atypical, but we hope it has the trademark results of A) learning information that surprises/inspires you and B) shaking your head while laughing at bad jokes.
    Read our full statement on racial justice at www.sustainabilitydefined.com/racialjustice
    If you want to be on the show like the listeners we feature on this episode, leave a voicemail for us by calling 202-670-7357.

    • 42 min
    Ep 51: Urban Greening with Sandra Albro (Holden Forests & Gardens)

    Ep 51: Urban Greening with Sandra Albro (Holden Forests & Gardens)

    In this episode, we focus on how we can beautify our cities while delivering environmental benefits through a process called urban greening. Urban greening refers to public landscaping and urban forestry projects that create mutually beneficial relationships between city dwellers and their environments. We discuss urban greening’s impacts on human health, what listeners can do to promote urban greening, what successful green infrastructure projects look like, and which cities boast the most green space (Scott guessed wrong on which cities were at the top of the list, so we think you’ll be surprised too!).
    We’re joined by expert guest Sandra Albro, author of Vacant to Vibrant, a guidebook that explains how inexpensive green infrastructure projects can reduce stormwater runoff and pollution and simultaneously provide neighborhood amenities. In addition to being the author of Vacant to Vibrant and the Project Manager that oversaw the project, Sandra is also Director of Community Partnerships at Holden Forests & Gardens, Co-Chair for the Cleveland Tree Coalition, AND Project Manager for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urban Waters project (talk about impressive). Listeners everywhere are sure to enjoy this episode, hopefully as much as they enjoy their local green space. This episode is sponsored by Island Press and also Holden Forests & Gardens with generous support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.
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    Sustainability Defined is the podcast that seeks to define sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen.
    Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode.
    We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors:
    Energy
    Cities
    Natural Environment
    Transportation
    Business
    Policy
    Social
    Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means.
    www.sustainabilitydefined.com

    • 1 hr
    Ep 50: Hospitals and Sustainability with Julie Moyle (Practice Greenhealth)

    Ep 50: Hospitals and Sustainability with Julie Moyle (Practice Greenhealth)

    It's time for our first check-up on hospitals and sustainability. With coronavirus upending our way of life and infecting so many people, it's critical that our hospitals continue to operate. Sustainability ensures hospitals can continue operations in times of stress, and it also helps hospitals save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and make their communities more healthy. In this episode, we break down how hospitals can operate more sustainably and highlight some compelling examples from leaders like Boston Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. We also have insights from someone well positioned to tell us about sustainability trends generally in hospitals, PLUS what it's like to administer healthcare first-hand with sustainability in mind. Julie Moyle is both the Member Engagement Manager at Practice Greenhealth and a Staff Nurse at Avista Adventist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center. No need to hang around the waiting room--come listen right now!
    And in celebration of our 50th episode, we put together a Party Fact Guide! It's beautifuly designed with a compelling party fact from each of our 50 episodes. You can download it here: https://sustainabilitydefined.com/partyfacts
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    Sustainability Defined is the podcast that seeks to define sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen.
    Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode.
    We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors:
    Energy
    Cities
    Natural Environment
    Transportation
    Business
    Policy
    Social
    Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means.
    www.sustainabilitydefined.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 49: e-Mobility with Giovanni Bertolino (Enel X)

    Ep 49: e-Mobility with Giovanni Bertolino (Enel X)

    Transportation is a major source of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, it's actually the #1 source, above both energy and industry, which, you know, are kind of big activities. A transition to e-Mobility – the use of transportation modes that are fully or partly driven with an electric drivetrain – along with decarbonizing our energy system would mean significant progress in the fight against climate change. In this episode we talk about what's needed to make the transition to e-Mobility a reality, how to accelerate (see what we did there?) that transition, and what the challenges are to more widespread e-Mobility. This episode features an interview with Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility, USA and Canada for Enel X. Enel X is leading the energy transformation all over the world with solutions that allow businesses, cities, and people to use energy in new ways. We’re willing to bet that after this episode you'll be all charged up about the potential impact of more e-Mobility!
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    SustainabilityDefined is the podcast that seeks to define sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen.
    Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode.
    We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors:
    Energy
    Cities
    Natural Environment
    Transportation
    Business
    Policy
    Social
    Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means.
    www.sustainabilitydefined.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    *UPDATED* Ep 1: Electric Bikes with Amber Wason (Riide)

    *UPDATED* Ep 1: Electric Bikes with Amber Wason (Riide)

    Do you remember your first time? We sure do - it was on a bike! In preparation for some awesome new content coming up, we're replaying our very first episode from way back in April of 2016. Join us as we cover the basics of electric bikes and discuss the latest developments in the e-bike market. Hint: they're gaining speed and show no signs of braking.
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    Sustainability Defined is the podcast that defines sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen.
    Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode.
    We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors:
    Energy
    Cities
    Natural Environment
    Transportation
    Business
    Policy
    Social
    Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means.
    www.sustainabilitydefined.com

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

hjjkdsksk ,

Sustainability CAN be FUN! Hahah

Started from ep10 on sustainable architecture design I think.. and all the information, humour, and the guest speaker’s sneeze(I know right) just made the show so put together. Even makes me want to go back into the field again sometime in the future. I always thought there’s not enough cared like I do, but I guess there are. Thanks for making the podcast and persisting at it!! Good luck in 2019!

BrilloBear ,

What whhaaattt!

First off I can’t believe I’m your first review here, but I’m glad to also be here in this moment.
I love this podcast, the topics are awesome and the jokes are just as good. This is everything I need in my life and I have so much catching up to do. I’ve listened to about 6 episodes so far, but have listened to two or three of them twice cause there is just so much info, I should be taking notes each time!
I’m a gardener and a sustainable development major at Murdoch University in Perth Western Australia, but am originally from Connecticut! So I listen while I work, then I apply the ideas and topics to class discussions, rants my girlfriend gets to listen to, and into my writing as well!
Thank you so much guys, and my goal like the plastic girl, would be to be featured as a guest with you guys one day!
Don’t forget, it ain’t easy being cheezy

Brian

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