52 episodes

The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and future in sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, diverse voices in making our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

Understory Podcast: Perspectives on Sustainable Innovations The Understory

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The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and future in sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, diverse voices in making our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    Marcelo Lando of Eternum Energy: developing renewables in Latin America

    Marcelo Lando of Eternum Energy: developing renewables in Latin America

    The renewable energy market is growing globally. As solar products become less expensive to operate and set up, more emerging markets are able to finance these installations and generate renewable energy. Eternum Energy is a company created to help navigate the renewable energy space and provide resources to reduce carbon footprints of Latin American companies.

    Today, The Understory Podcast hosts Marcelo Lando, the CEO of Eternum Energy. Marcelo’s career in energy began in 2010, and he has worked in sustainable energy development in Europe, the US, and Latin America. In this episode, he discusses the differences in growth and financing between these markets, common finance practices, and expansion techniques into Latin America. Marcelo paints a clear picture of the growth opportunities in the region and Eternum Energy’s role in the Latin American renewable energy market.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    • 28 min
    Franz Hochstrasser of Raise Green: funding the green transition

    Franz Hochstrasser of Raise Green: funding the green transition

    Around $800 billion flows through the sustainability sector per year. This seems like a lot, but an estimated $4 trillion is required to meet country wide climate change mitigation goals. Raising capital has always been important, but with a looming climate crisis, Raise Green aims to fill the large cashflow gap. Raise Green is an investing marketplace solution that connects sustainability focused businesses that need funding to individual investors who want to contribute a conscious investment.

    Franz Hochstrasser is the CEO and Co-Founder of Raise Green. As a lifelong climate warrior, Franz has a diverse background in climate, community, and entrepreneurship. Franz shares how his time on the White House Council on Environmental Quality led him on the path to founding Raise Green. Raise Green is a fintech corporation focused on sustainability focused start-ups seeking capital and investors who want to financially back the green revolution. Join us to learn about how Raise Green is democratizing access to capital and allowing investors to back sustainability.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    • 22 min
    Michael Walton of green|spaces: creating sustainable communities

    Michael Walton of green|spaces: creating sustainable communities

    Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. While the city was historically an economy-first industrial hub, recent focus has shifted toward sustainably rebuilding the city. In this episode, we learn more about the city’s history and transition to the ‘Gig City’ with the fastest internet speeds in the country. One organization green|spaces is at the forefront of the city’s sustainability transformation by championing initiatives, community engagement, and other community empowerment projects.

    Michael Walton, the Executive Director of green|spaces, describes the work that his organization is doing to inspire change. We discuss the numerous community projects that green|spaces provides – everything from NextGen Homes to reducing carbon footprints to promoting electric cars with youth. green|spaces creates value for the Chattanooga region through partnership and focus on greater social impact. Tune in to learn more about their work and how to potentially scale these initiatives to a city near you.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    • 30 min
    Brian Graff of Solar Forma Design: beautifying solar

    Brian Graff of Solar Forma Design: beautifying solar

    Solar panels and solar farms are a great way to implement renewable energy, but they take up valuable land and can be an eyesore (depending on the beholder). Solar Forma Design turns solar panels into art by creating aesthetically pleasing solar installations. Using biomimicry principles, the company brings beauty and aesthetics to solar energy, creating welcoming environments while reducing carbon footprints all at the same time.

    In this episode, Brian Graff, the CEO of Solar Forma Design, discusses the hidden value within Solar Forma Design products. Brian explains the importance of creating a sense of place and broadcasting a statement of sustainability, in addition to the typical ROI calculations of solar installations. Tune in to learn more about the art, heart, and data behind Solar Forma Design’s products.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    • 18 min
    Justin Whitehead of Pebble Finance: investing in a greener future

    Justin Whitehead of Pebble Finance: investing in a greener future

    Individuals are taking control of their own investments and care who they support. Retail investors are now empowered to invest themselves, no longer reliant on financial advisors or mutual funds to create the portfolios they want. As individuals increasingly start their own portfolios, many are critical of who and what companies they support financially, aligning with firms that share their personal views. This is where Pebble Finance comes in.

    Pebble Finance is an investment and indexing fintech application that allows investors to support sustainable companies and divest from those that aren’t. In this episode, we chat with Justin Whitehead, the Co-Founder and CEO of Pebble Finance, about the role that Pebble serves in ESG investing. Justin informs us about the rise of the retail investor, trends he’s seeing in the marketplace, and how technology innovation is making it easier to invest in what matters. Tune in to learn about self-guided investing and conscious divestment.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

    • 23 min
    Rich Mokuolu of Partsimony: sustainable and resilient supply chains

    Rich Mokuolu of Partsimony: sustainable and resilient supply chains

    The last few years have shown that our global supply chains are relatively fragile and opaque. Between Covid, labor shortages, war, and sanctions, it has been difficult to source goods both large and small, let alone sustainable. In this episode of The Understory Podcast, we dig into the complexities of our global supply chain and how these challenges can be overcome with better sourcing insights and practices. Partsimony is helping companies build sustainable and cost-effective supply chains using its intelligent sourcing and management platform.

    We are joined by Rich Mokuolu, CEO of Partsimony, who explains how the industry is ripe for modernization. Partsimony uses artificial intelligence and data analytics to optimize distributed manufacturing decisions such as where and from whom to source product components. The platform allows sourcing managers to make data-driven decisions while adjusting for ever-changing environments. Tune in to learn more about how we can make our supply chains more resilient.

    The Understory Podcast discusses innovation, insights, and the future of sustainability. It features innovators, industry experts, and diverse voices who make our world more sustainable. For more insights, please visit www.theunderstory.io.

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