40 episodes

Connect the Dots with Rob Verchick interviews legal experts, scholars and researchers, and community members on policy issues that impact you, your family, and your community. Each season untangles themes related climate adaptation, energy justice, workers’ rights and public health, and more.

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Connect the Dots with Rob Verchick interviews legal experts, scholars and researchers, and community members on policy issues that impact you, your family, and your community. Each season untangles themes related climate adaptation, energy justice, workers’ rights and public health, and more.

    How Climate Wins are Won

    How Climate Wins are Won

    In this season's final episode, Rob is joined by producer Maggie Dewane to look back at the season's climate wins. Together they consider common themes and througlines, lessons learned, and how similar successes might be achieved elsewhere.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license. 

    • 33 min
    Climate Win: Navajo Power Brings Clean Energy to Tribal Lands

    Climate Win: Navajo Power Brings Clean Energy to Tribal Lands

    Navajo Power is generating clean energy projects on tribal lands and maximizing the economic benefits for those communities through localized solar power. Unlike many companies, it continues to support households with maintenance and troubleshooting long after solar installation.

    In this episode, host Rob Verhick speaks to Brett Isaac, co-founder of Navajo Power, and learns about what motivated him to join the clean energy movement, why Navajo Power is an exemplary model of solar energy, and what it's like to be on President Biden's Export Council.

    NOTE: The audio quality in this episode may make it difficult for hard of hearing audiences to listen. We apologize for any inconvenience or difficulty.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license. 

    • 26 min
    Climate Win: Bipartisan Support in Climate Legislation

    Climate Win: Bipartisan Support in Climate Legislation

    Maine is the first state to require utility companies to include assessment of environmental, equity, and environmental justice impacts in grid planning. That was just one provision of a climate law that passed Maine’s state legislature with bipartisan support. 


    In this episode, Rob speaks to State Senator Stacy Brenner and Jack Shapiro of Natural Resources Council of Maine to learn about the law, why it’s an example for other states, and how it garnered broad support.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license. 

    • 27 min
    Climate Win: Energy Justice and Community Solar Power

    Climate Win: Energy Justice and Community Solar Power

    In this season of Connect the Dots, Rob explores environmental justice and climate wins across the country and how we can replicate those successes elsewhere. 

    This episode digs into a community win in North Carolina: community-based solar solutions. But what does that mean exactly? And can it make energy more affordable to everyone?

    Rob is joined by Ajulo Othow, founder and CEO of EnerWealth Solutions, as well as Board Member to the Center for Progressive Reform. Ajulo describes energy justice, the power behind solar energy, and what’s standing in the way of broader community solar uptake.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license. 

    • 30 min
    Climate Win: Youth Activist Takes on State Government

    Climate Win: Youth Activist Takes on State Government

    When middle schooler Adah Crandall of Portland, Oregon noticed the impact her school's proximity to a busy freeway was having on some of her classmates, she took action. She and her classmates started an Environmental Justice Club, began protesting outside of government buildings, and lobbied against the freeway's proposed expansion.

    Today as a high schooler, Adah shares with Rob what went into her experience and her continued motivation and hopes for future generations.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license.

    • 24 min
    Climate Win: Passing Maryland's Climate Solutions Now Act

    Climate Win: Passing Maryland's Climate Solutions Now Act

    In this season of Connect the Dots, Rob explores environmental justice and climate wins across the country and how we can replicate those successes elsewhere.

    This episode digs into a legislative win in Maryland: the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. What goes into successful policymaking? Spoiler alert: It's not just lawmakers.

    Rob is joined by Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform Katlyn Schmitt, who talks about the efforts to pass the Climate Solutions Now Act and how the bill positions Maryland as a national leader in climate action planning.

    Connect the Dots is brought to you by the Center for Progressive Reform. Learn more at www.progressivereform.org

    Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen and consider leaving us a review! It will help us to reach more listeners like you who want to connect the dots on today's most pressing issues.

    This podcast is supported in part by:

    The College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans

    Arlie W. Schardt Fund for Climate Justice

    Special thanks to:

    Our producer, Maggie Dewane, and our editor, Courtney Garcia, as well as musical artist Lobo Loco, who makes their work available to us through a Creative Commons license. 

    • 27 min

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