Green Economy Heroes Climate Podcast
Hope and inspiration in green Canadian business leaders
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This is Dianne Saxe. I’m an environmental lawyer focusing on the climate crisis, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015-2019 and I am the President of SaxeFacts.com.
Since 2015, I’ve talked with hundreds of audiences across Canada about the climate crisis. A few years ago, most audiences were just learning that we have a crisis. Today, you probably already know that. Now you are more likely to be wondering, is it too late? Where can we find some hope?
So I want you to meet some amazing Canadians who are making a living building the green economy. With their passion, creativity and skill, they are helping to reduce our climate pollution, to create green jobs and to get us ready for what’s coming.
I call them Green Economy Heroes.
Each Green Economy Hero podcast features someone you’ll enjoy getting to know. We will explore who they are, what their business are doing, and how it is making a difference. We will hear about their challenges, their successes, and their dreams. And we’ll learn their advice on how you, too, can start and build a green business.
This climate podcast is produced, with thanks, by the excellent Toronto Mike, TMDS.
I hope to post a new climate podcast each week, as well as share informative content through climate presentations. Please listen, share, and rate at your favourite podcast distributors. There is a taste of each climate interview in the table below; full episodes are available through your favourite podcast distributor. For subscribers, who help us pay the recording and posting costs at Patreon, each episode is available a week early through Patreon.
Do let me know who else you think I should interview.
|Episode #||Guest||Title||Description||A taste of the interview||Guest's Website||Date|
|1||Paul Dowsett||Plant-based homes||A conversation with architect Paul Dowsett, founder of Sustainable, on his passion for better living in plant-based, energy-efficient homes||Paul Dowsett||Sustainable.to||03/19/20|
|2||Frances Edmonds||Changing how Canada buys technology||A billion business decisions are made in Canada every day, rarely with the climate crisis in mind. Can HP change that?||HP Sustainable Impact||HP Sustainable impact||03/26/20|
|3||Bryan Gilvesy||Cows that protect birds||Award-winning farmer, Bryan Gilvesy, tells us how planting native tall grass prairie has restored endangered birds and transformed his cattle ranch||YU Ranch excerpt||YU Ranch||04/02/20|
|4||Stephanie McLarty||Second lives for telecom equipment||Stephanie tells Dianne how REfficient finds second lives for used and surplus equipment, allowing smaller telecom companies to compete||REfficient teaser||REfficient||04/09/20|
|5||Akhil Sivanandan||Showing consumers their impact||Akhil tells Dianne how Green Story helps green brands grow through the right consumer information, at the right time||GreenStory||Green Story||04/16/20|
|6||Priyanka Lloyd||Growing tomorrow’s Green Economy Heroes||How can local business hubs grow tomorrow’s environmental champions? Priyanka chats about Green Economy Canada and the little businesses that could||Green Economy Canada||Green Economy Canada||04/23/20|
|7||Richard Sifton||Solar subdivision||Richard tells Dianne about his new London subdivision. It is medium-density, solar-powered, fossil-free and sells shoes in the pub||West5 Solar Subdivision||West5||04/30/20|
|8||Alexandra Tavasoli||Solar catalyst chemistry||Alex's cleantech startup uses solar catalysts invented in Toronto to turn methane and CO2 into a fundamental building block of modern chemistry||Solistra||Solistra||05/07/20|
|9||Michael Kalmanovich||Earth's General Store||Michael's labour of love for his award-winning, organic, low-waste general store||Earth's General Store||Earth's General Store||05/14/20|
|10||Tim Nash||Sustainable investing||How Tim became a busy financial planner, helping people put their money where their heart is||Tim Nash||Good Investing||05/21/20|
|11||Dan Balaban||Renewable power in Alberta||How Dan made Greengate Power Canada's biggest renewable energy developer||Dan Balaban, Greengate Power||Greengate Power||05/28/20|
|12||Brandon Moffat||Food waste to power||Brandon explains his passion for turning food waste into low-carbon fertilizer, electricity and natural gas||Brandon Moffat||Stormfisher||06/04/20|
|13||Tom Rand||Venture capitalism for clean tech||Early stage funding so that breakthrough technology companies can grow through Canada's notorious valley of death||Arctern Ventures||ArcTern Ventures||06/11/20|
|14||Jennifer Wagner||Putting carbon into concrete||CarbonCure's amazing technology saves money by using CO2 to make concrete stronger||CarbonCure||CarbonCure||06/18/20|
|15||Trish Nixon||Renewable energy investment for everyone||CoPower's green bonds allow almost everyone to put the planet in their portfolio||Trish Nixon, CoPower||CoPower||06/25/20|
|16||Cara Clairman||Plug’n’Drive||Plug'n'Drive stokes public passion for driving electric vehicles, often by letting people try one||Plug’n’Drive||Plug’n’Drive||07/02/20|
|17||Sean Drygas||Bullfrog Power||Canada's green energy retailer, so I can heat and light my home without fossil fuels||Bullfrog Power||Bullfrog Power||07/09/20|
|18||Yuill Herbert||Sustainability Solutions Group||Workers' cooperative consulting firm that helps create decarbonized, equitable, healthy cities for everyone||Sustainability Solutions Group||Sustainability Solutions Group||07/16/20|
|19||Jocelyn Molyneux||Worm farming||Collecting office food waste, and feeding it to 1,000,000 worms to make plant food||Jocelyn Molyneux||WasteNot Farms||07/23/20|
|20||David Roberts||Canada's first net zero bus company||How Victoria Harbour used a 15-year contract to get a net-zero bus system for cruise passengers||Net zero bus company||Pacific Northwest Transportation Services||07/30/20|
|21||Mike Andrade||Innovative solar technology||How did Morgan Solar survive China's solar juggernaut, and stay Canadian?||Morgan Solar||Morgan Solar||08/06/20|
|22||Catherine Thorn||District energy scaling up||How a former municipal utility is becoming a giant in cleaner heating and cooling for many buildings||Catherine Thorn of Enwave||Enwave||08/13/20|
|23||Bruce Taylor||Efficiency: the best investment||Funding clean water in Africa by saving clients energy, water, resources and money here||Enviro-Stewards||Enviro-Stewards||08/20/20|
|24||Shaun Loney||Aki Energy: Climate benefits and reconciliation||Indigenous-led green energy and efficiency social enterprise as a path to social healing and lower costs||Aki Energy||Aki Energy||08/27/20|
|25||Mike Brigham||Solarshare||How did Mike Brigham build a $60 million community-owned #solarpower cooperative, SolarShare? And why is he personally funding the used #electricvehicles incentive in Ontario?||Solarshare||Solarshare||09/03/20|
|26||Sarah Devika Sumnauth||Urban Minerals||Local-source vegan makeup startup with its first sustainability report - on hand-poured lipstick||Urban Minerals||Urban Minerals||09/10/20|
|27||Greg Nuttall||Woodland Biofuels||Coming soon: the world's cheapest liquid transportation fuel, made from construction waste||Woodland Biofuels||Woodland Biofuels||09/17/20|
|28||Matt Brown||Patagonia||How a clothing firm slashes its carbon footprint and works to preserve our home planet||Patagonia||09/24/20|