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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

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    • 4.8 • 199 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 62: Transit Oriented Development with Rick Cole (The Congress for the New Urbanism)

    Ep 62: Transit Oriented Development with Rick Cole (The Congress for the New Urbanism)

    What do Washington DC, Denver's Union Station, and Scott's recent vacation to Italy all share in common? Aside from being sweet places to visit, they all provide fantastic examples of Transit Oriented Development, the focus on this month's episode. Transit Oriented Development ("TOD") refers to the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality train systems. It represents a stark departure from the car-dominated development patterns that have come to define much of the world's contemporary development practices, often times ending up in the form of urban sprawl (ew!). Join us as we break down the unique benefits of TOD with the help of Rick Cole, Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a leading organization promoting walkable urbanity for all!
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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.
    Please go to www.sustainabilitydefined.com for more information. Our website has pages for each episode where there is a player to stream the episode, as well as hyperlinked intro notes.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    *UPDATED* Ep 21: Water Infrastructure with Will Sarni (Water Foundry)

    *UPDATED* Ep 21: Water Infrastructure with Will Sarni (Water Foundry)

    Coming at you this month with a fresh update to one of the most critical topics we've covered on the show - water infrastructure. Press play and remind yourself how important water infrastructure is to our daily lives!
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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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 61: Carbon Pricing with Dr. Marc Hafstead (Resources for the Future)

    Ep 61: Carbon Pricing with Dr. Marc Hafstead (Resources for the Future)

    Are we at Sustainability Defined psychic? Well, no… but we do know what you’re wondering - what is carbon pricing and can it be a viable solution to mitigate our global GHG emissions? Fear not Definers, we’ve got you covered. In today’s episode, we dive into how different carbon pricing systems, like emissions trading systems (ETS) and carbon taxes, function in global economies. A price on carbon can help address the fact that climate impacts are often endured by people who are neither the producer nor the consumer of an activity that exacerbates climate change – what economists dub “negative externalities.” We also discuss existing applications and different design features of carbon pricing policies, leaving you delightfully informed on the topic.
    Our expert guest, Dr. Marc Hafstead, a Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) and Director of their Carbon Pricing Initiative, joins us to chat about the nuances of carbon pricing policies and the many tools RFF has developed to help progress them. We hope Definers can take away their own perspective of carbon pricing and its role in fighting climate change. 
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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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Atypical Ep 2: Sustainability Defined Staff (Matt Arends and Amelia Kovacs)

    Atypical Ep 2: Sustainability Defined Staff (Matt Arends and Amelia Kovacs)

    It’s not just Jay and Scott behind Sustainability Defined. We have volunteers and paid staff that help us with research, social media, etc. Today for an atypical episode we want to highlight a couple staff members, one who has played a critical role for years and is leaving the podcast for an exciting opportunity in market garden farming, and another who is just joining the team after being a devoted listener and studying and working in sustainability. The outgoing staff member is Matt Arends. If you’ve ever engaged with our social media or been impressed with our graphics on there, the kudos go to Matt. He is leaving his part-time position with the podcast so he can focus on Wild Roots Acres & Farm (@wildrootsacres_mn) on Instagram. We’ll hear about his sustainability journey and about his business including the geothermal greenhouses he is building. The incoming staff member is Amelia Kovacs. We needed someone with a lot of energy who knows sustainability so they could help us with research, social media, and a variety of other tasks. Boy did we luck out with Amelia. You’ll hear her passion as well as her knowledge in sustainability as she talks about her current work in the field and what she’s learned from the podcast. We hope you enjoy hearing from the folks behind the scenes!
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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.
    Please go to www.sustainabilitydefined.com for more information. Our website has pages for each episode where there is a player to stream the episode, as well as hyperlinked intro notes.

    • 34 min
    Ep 60: Sustainable Landscaping with Dr. Sharon Hall (Arizona State University)

    Ep 60: Sustainable Landscaping with Dr. Sharon Hall (Arizona State University)

    Many Definers may enjoy laying in a lush, green lawn staring up at a blue sky while listening to the latest Sustainability Defined episode. We love that, but it's also important to think about how we got those landscapes and how we can maintain them more sustainably. This episode considers the footprint of all kinds of man-made and maintained landscapes, particularly the around 50 million acres of lawn in the United States. You'll hear about the many impacts of landscaping our environment, including the crazy amount of air pollution that comes from gas powered equipment, as well as techniques you can use to maintain a landscape you enjoy with less impact on the environment. Our expert guest, Dr. Sharon Hall, ecosystem ecologist and professor at the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, provides insights from her research on how humans interact with the residential landscape and from her own landscaping experience. Let's put on some gardening gloves as we get our hands dirty diving into sustainable landscaping.
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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.
    Please go to www.sustainabilitydefined.com for more information. Our website has pages for each episode where there is a player to stream the episode, as well as hyperlinked intro notes.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 59: Eco-Anxiety with Dr. Lise Van Susteren (Climate Psychiatry Alliance)

    Ep 59: Eco-Anxiety with Dr. Lise Van Susteren (Climate Psychiatry Alliance)

    Feelings of helplessness toward the ecological crisis, persistent worry about the future of the climate, intense guilt about your own carbon footprint... sound familiar? These are all symptoms of eco-anxiety, the focus of our 59th episode and something we at Sustainability Defined can relate to directly.
    Join us as we unpack what exactly eco-anxiety is, why it's so important, and what we can do about it. We're lucky to chat with Dr. Lise Van Susteren in this episode, a licensed psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of eco-anxiety. 
    Take a deep breath, press play, and come learn with us!
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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

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Google Dan ,

Strengthening My Resolve

Sustainability is such a borad topic these days, it feels like everyone just throws it on their work as a tagline, and boom! You're all the sudden saving the planet. But so much of that is messy and can actually lead to misinformation. Insert Jay and Scott. Their passion for bringing real, detailed, true efforts of ongoing sustainability is refreshing and empowering. Hearing the insight from Guests who are currently advocating and developing sustainable practices and development is enlightening. As someone who has been on the fringe of this type of work, Jay, Scott, and their host of guests have further inspried me to go all in and go after my dream of building back safer, sustainable communities with long term solutions for critical infrastrucutre across the country, and hopefully the world. Thank you, and keep going!

Jack/ie. ,

Changed My Outlook on Everything!

I started listening to this podcast three years ago when I used to have a longer commute to work. Coincidentally the first episode was on e-bikes so I was pretty excited when my place of work (an outdoor retailer/co-op) started carrying them. I geek out when I see things like Juice Box charging stations in someone’s home after hearing about it in the podcast. In a state like Texas that only cares for Oil & Gas, hearing about alternatives or moving away from them is an immense relief. It’s been great hearing updates from previous episodes since I’ve been a listener so long too. I’ve always had an interest in environmentalism although my field of study had nothing to do with this field. Listeners especially don’t need a degree in anything related to environmentalism in order to appreciate this podcast. Needless to say this podcast is definitely for everyone considering how sustainability affects us all and there’s so many ways to be more sustainable. I’ve sent episodes like the ones on urban greenery, eco-anxiety, racism & the environment, and e-bikes from friends to even my eyelash extension tech. The party facts are the tidbits my neurodiverse brain is already full of so I love this format. While the climate crisis makes us all feel powerless, it’s a relief to listen to this podcast and be reminded that likeminded people are actively combating it or at least care to be informed. Great work Scott and Jay!

-Jack/ie (they/them)

isabel.aris! ,

Ugh, I’m such a fan wow!

Jay & Scott really do incredible things through this podcast, especially making me laugh out loud in the middle of anywhere with these “bad” jokes. Not only can you visualize & admire the structure of information being relayed but you get inspired to want to just apply to jobs in every field that this podcast has covered. Whether you’re a sustainability geek (like everyone should be, for the sake of momma earth) wanting to hear some thought provoking conversations or honestly, if you have no idea about the environment, this podcast really is the one. I think installing solar panel powered speakers by every major city’s urban garden in the US with a side of New Belgium sustainable beers so people can ride their electric bikes and listen to every episode of SD is the next step cause everyone should get informed my these two podcast studs. Forget just being a human in the world, be a definer for a better world.

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