Meet the people who are leading the way toward a low carbon, sustainable future. Every week, we have in-depth conversations with business leaders, innovators, policy makers and visionaries who have dedicated their careers to the future of the planet. Join us to hear their personal stories of how they built their careers, what advice they have for those of us who want to make an impact, and what drives them to do the work.
Mike Casey on our Crisis in Consciousness
Mike Casey, CEO of Tigercomm is an expert in communicating climate change, or as he puts it, global climate disruption. Mike has deep expertise in communications, from his early days with Bill Clinton’s comms team to advising Tom Steyer in challenging the Keystone XL pipeline to his current work in helping renewable energy developers across the country clear the hurdles they often face in getting big projects through. Mike is thoughtful, clear-sighted an emphatic about our race to save the planet.
Bill Weihl on Corporate Climate Advocacy
Bill Weihl has likely done more to drive down GHG emissions from the tech sector than any single person. He was the Green Energy Czar at Google, building the strategy and team that took the company to 100% renewable energy and to carbon neutrality for its primary operations. Bill also headed Facebook’s sustainability efforts and co-founded several tech industry-wide efforts including RE 100.
Katherine Hamilton Interview
As chair of 38 North Solutions and co-host of the Energy Gang Podcast, Katherine Hamilton is expert in energy policy at the state, federal and international level, and has deep experience in technologies ranging from bioenergy to smart grid and from energy storage to demand-side management. Her fascinating career spans from work at utilities and NREL, to co-chairing the Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Elaine Nektritz on the Future of Energy in IL
Elaine has been one of the architects Illinois’ current heading to be a 100% clean energy state by 2050. She served in the IL legislature for nearly 15 years, chairing several committees and ultimately co-authoring what became the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016—a law that approaches renewable energy expansion from a green jobs perspective, building clean energy job training centers in disadvantaged communities throughout the state. Representative Nekritz is also expert in transportation issues, having chaired the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.
Doug Scott and Ann McCabe Interview
This week we talk with Doug Scott and Ann McCabe, two former commissioners of the Illinois Commerce Commission and both former directors of the board of The Climate Registry, where Ann currently serves as executive director. Doug and Ann both have broad experience at the nexus of energy and climate policy and deep understanding of the evolving energy picture in Illinois and across the Midwest. We touch on a range of topics, from the delegation of U.S. states at the signing of the Paris Agreement to the current Clean Energy Jobs Act, which aims to put Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Nicole Lederer, co-founder and Chair, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Nicole Lederer co-founded Environmental Entrepreneurs on the premise that the economy and the environment are not divergent interests. E2 has proven time and again that sound environmental policy is beneficial to our economy. At its core, E2 is a network of about 1000 leaders in business and that tent has now broadened to include military leaders and farms. This growth is all part of Nicole’s vision. With a background in zoology and healthcare, Nicole’s true talent is in activating unlikely alliances and finding common ground across the political spectrum—something that is all too rare in the climate policy arena.
Leading by Example
Insprired by these stories which shine a light for those wanting to work on solving climate change. Thanks for continuing to press forward on this critical issue for all!
Thoughtful, Inspiring and Plus a Great Bongo Beat
If you’re like me and enjoy podcasts that follow a Q&A format—tune in to Sustainability Leaders for conversations that are both expert, warm and motivating. The sound of the audio and show music are well produced which I appreciate!
Leading the Way
Immediately engaging and eminently credible, David Rosenheim’s podcast draws you in to learn how actual leaders are addressing complex conservation issues in an effective way.
By way of a very thoughtfully constructed yet relaxed conversational style, this series offers new insights into the real mechanics of change.
If you want to learn more about how to create a positive impact through your life’s work, start here.