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We all want to live a sustainable life, but where do we start? Flanigan's Eco-Logic, hosted by Ted Flanigan, provides information and insights in sustainability and the clean energy space. Flanigan’s enthusiasm and vast experience in the energy and environmental arena are palpable, whether bringing cutting-edge developments to the fore, or interviewing and engaging with leading practitioners. This show is for those who want a sustainable life but don’t know where to start.

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We all want to live a sustainable life, but where do we start? Flanigan's Eco-Logic, hosted by Ted Flanigan, provides information and insights in sustainability and the clean energy space. Flanigan’s enthusiasm and vast experience in the energy and environmental arena are palpable, whether bringing cutting-edge developments to the fore, or interviewing and engaging with leading practitioners. This show is for those who want a sustainable life but don’t know where to start.

    Liz Clark on a Sailing Voyage to Find a Connection to Herself and the Planet

    Liz Clark on a Sailing Voyage to Find a Connection to Herself and the Planet

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Captain Liz Clark, surfer, sailor, environmentalist and author of SWELL, a memoir published by Patagonia. The upcoming paperback edition of SWELL is scheduled for release on May 14th chronicling her voyage sailing 20,000 nautical miles of ocean. The book shares tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, but also of hardship and difficulties she faced both within herself and in the outside world, ultimately finding a connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. 

    Liz and Ted discuss her background, growing up in San Diego on the water. Her father was an avid sailor, taking their family on a 5,000-mile, 6-month cruise in Mexico on their sailboat. At fifteen, her love of the ocean and natural athletic inclination led her to try surfing, and eventually started competing, surfing in private contests and for the UCSB surf team while studying at UC Santa Barbara.

    Liz enjoyed the exploratory part of surfing, looking for remote waves, and has since spent the last 9 years exploring the Pacific, searching for and surfing numerous incredible reef passes as well as working on local environmental projects and presenting talks in schools across Polynesia to raise awareness of pollution and conservation issues. Her aim is not only to promote environmental awareness in the places that she visits, but also to do so on a larger scale by documenting her voyage and sharing it through her writing and photography in the hope that it will inspire others to live out their passions and connect with both themselves and the planet. 

    Liz is now based in French Polynesia, where she started writing SWELL, and has dropped the hook more permanently in Tahiti with her partner to expand her activism work, resulting in the creation of A Ti’a Matairea, a non-profit organization in French Polynesia working for environmental protection, animal welfare, and youth empowerment. There is more sailing in her future, but for now, she is enjoying giving back to the planet and learning how to positively impact local environmental issues.

    • 28 min
    Margaret Cederoth on Planning and Sustainability at California High-Speed Rail

    Margaret Cederoth on Planning and Sustainability at California High-Speed Rail

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Margaret Cederoth, Director of Planning and Sustainability at California High-Speed Rail Authority. She is an urban planner with more than two decades of global sustainable infrastructure delivery, rail system planning, design, and construction, and land use/ transportation planning experience. Margaret's expertise is with complex transportation infrastructure projects, as well as international urban development throughout North Africa and the Middle East.

    Ted and Margaret discuss her background, growing up in Illinois, studying Eastern History, and later earning a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She went on to do some graduate work in Tunisia, focused on social housing and the nexus to transportation.

    Margaret's project management experience includes managing a diverse team of experts as well as managing planning and sustainability tasks for major projects, such as the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Chicago's Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines, Anacostia Waterfront Transportation Infrastructure Master Plan, and the Lower Georgia Avenue Streetscape Project. 
    She was appointed by Governor Newsom in 2019 to be the Director of Planning and Sustainability at California High-Speed Rail. Her duties include policy development and implementation, station and station area planning, greenhouse gas emissions inventory, tracking, and offsets, renewable energy planning, sustainable design, and district-scale sustainability approaches.

    As an AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) urban planner and Envision Sustainability Professional, she previously led the sustainability division for the Authority as a consultant. Cederoth oversaw corporate sustainability initiatives for WSP USA, the Authority’s Rail Delivery Partner. That work included a commitment to carbon neutral operations and the development of training and tools for implementing sustainability approaches on a range of infrastructure projects.

    • 31 min
    Diet, Happiness, Dancing

    Diet, Happiness, Dancing

    In EcoNet News, Volume 26, Issue #3, Ted highlights data from 2023 showing that there are 1.5 billion people worldwide that are vegetarians. He goes on to highlight Ohio' solar milestone, the 2024 World Happiness Report, a new study that finds dancing to be the best form of exercise to combat depression, Shell closing 1,000 gas stations, the final quarter of 2023 ramping up battery storage, the strongest ever auto pollution standards issued by the U.S. EPA, electrifying heavy duty trucks, and Environmental Social Governance (ESG). Ted also shares big news: Feedstock has listed Flanigan’s Eco-Logic as one of the Top 15 Sustainability Podcasts in California!

    • 24 min
    Paul Gipe on the Wind Energy Industry

    Paul Gipe on the Wind Energy Industry

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Paul Gipe, an author, advocate, and analyst of the renewable energy industry. Paul is a world renowned wind power expert, and has written extensively about the subject for the past four decades, receiving numerous awards for his efforts. Gipe has lectured before groups from Patagonia to Puglia, from Tasmania to Toronto, and from Halifax to Husum. He has spoken to audiences as large as 10,000 and as small as a private presentation for Vice President Al Gore. He is also passionate about electric vehicles and writes about his experience driving EVs.

    Through his website, Gipe is well known for his frank appraisal of the promise and pitfalls of wind energy, including his stinging critiques of internet wonders and the hustlers and charlatans who promote them. His most recent book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, is Gipe’s seventh book on wind energy. In it, he debunks novel wind turbines, rebukes revisionist historians, and argues that renewable energy is too important to be left to electric utilities.

    Gipe’s interest in wind energy grew out of his wish to limit the environmental effects of conventional energy sources, particularly those of coal and nuclear power. He contributed to the seven-year struggle for passage of the National Surface Mining Act, which regulates the strip mining of coal in the United States. As part of that effort, Gipe co-authored Surface Mining, Energy, and the Environment and was invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter for the signing ceremony.

    He and Ted discuss the wind energy industry at large, highlighting technological advancements in design, commercial vs. residential uses, offshore "floaters" vs. on land turbines, and solar vs. wind cost efficiency. They also share their love for driving EVs. 

    • 32 min
    Dr. Rick Brown on Independent Clean Energy Consulting

    Dr. Rick Brown on Independent Clean Energy Consulting

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Dr. Rick Brown, Founder and Chairman of the Board at TerraVerde Energy, an extraordinarily accomplished independent clean energy consulting firm representing school districts, public agencies, and commercial enterprises. TerraVerde supports their clients with the design and deployment of clean energy projects and programs that reduce costs, increase resiliency, and enhance sustainability. 

    Dr. Brown founded TerraVerde in 2009 and served as CEO through December 2019. Since TerraVerde's founding, the consulting firm has supported the successful implementation of close to $650 million worth of distributed solar PV and battery energy storage systems for which they have provided independent technical and financial feasibility analyses, project development support, project implementation management, and continue to provide ongoing asset management services for a portfolio of nearly 400 solar and battery energy storage systems.

    He and Ted discuss his involvement in California legislation regarding clean energy and numerous regulatory proceedings impacting the growth of solar, storage and other distributed energy resources. He played a central role in the passage of SB 585, California legislation that provided $200 million in funding for the California Solar Initiative rebate program and in budget legislation directing the expenditure of $1.5 billion in Proposition 39 funds.

    Since retiring as CEO, Dr. Brown has spent a lot of time on advocacy work, through a number of different venues. He continues to work on the State's solar policy, specifically net energy metering, and market and capital innovations in support of decarbonizing and increasing the resilience of the energy and building sectors.

    • 31 min
    Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi on Integrating Distributed Energy Resources Into the Grid

    Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi on Integrating Distributed Energy Resources Into the Grid

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California. 

    With over 35 years of experience in the electric power sector, he advises clients on strategies to respond to the rapid transformation of the energy sector, including utilities, energy intensive industry, innovators, start-ups and companies engaged in the electricity delivery supply chain, and regulators and policy makers.

    He is also a prolific author in the energy space, and the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation, now in its 29th year of continuous publication.

    He and Ted discuss his decades of experience, working in more than 3 dozen countries, covering all aspects of the electricity power sector. They reminisce on their Demand Side Management (DSM) works at EPRI, and discuss the transformation, new framework, and structuring within the utility industry, specifically integrating distributed energy resources into the grid.

    They also highlight his newsletter and 15 books, including his 16th, forthcoming book on electrification, stating that the way to climate salvation is to electrify everything and anything that we possibly can.

    • 31 min

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