Monthly Archives: February 2011

You Are What You Eat

We all grew up hearing that you are what you eat, but the evolution of our planet’s food distribution system has managed to create tremendous distances between our food sources and our dining tables. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are both promoting eating local and close to the source and helping us wade through the ocean of food choices that confront us all on a daily basis. First, host Alex Wise speaks with co-founder of Citizen Film, Sophie Constantinou, whose online film project Lunch Love Community features a school district that has had a small revolution in its approach to meals, and now serves healthier foods grown in school-run gardens and farms. After that we hear from Clean Food evangelist Terry Walters, whose cookbooks tell readers how to eat seasonally, locally, and sustainably without punishing their inner gourmand.

The Future of Electricity

In 1880, Thomas Edison patented a system for the distribution of electricity that within 2 years was providing power through a grid to parts of lower Manhattan. How far have we come since then? According to this week’s guests, not far enough. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise first talks to sustainability consultant Ted Howes who explains the direction utility companies should be taking to work smarter, not harder, and why this smart grid technology is meeting with some resistance. Then we hear from Danny Kennedy, the founder of Sungevity, one of the solar companies whose “Glo-bama” campaign successfully advocated for the re-installation of solar panels on the White House. He talks about the powerful statement that is made when a US president decides to install solar, or, in the case of Ronald Reagan, reject it.

Winds of Change: Congressman Jerry McNerney & Michael Payne

This week on Sea Change Radio, Part 2 of our 2-part series on wind power. First, we hear again from US Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11), the only member of either House who’s also a wind power engineer. Next, the US is lagging far behind Europe in the move toward renewable energy sources. To find out why, host Alex Wise talks once more to Michael Payne, a veteran wind power executive who’s served as Shell WindEnergy’s General Manager of Europe & Asia as well as a Director at Enron Wind. Payne offers his perspective on the policy and business factors that will help direct the winds of change. Continue reading

Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11) & Ted Reiff of The ReUse People

This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Rep. Jerry McNerney of California’s 11th District, a former wind energy engineer who is helping build bridges to an America powered by clean energy. Then we hear from Ted Reiff, whose non-profit organization, The ReUse People, is a pioneer in the deconstruction industry, enabling cast-off materials to be reused in building projects around the country. Today on Sea Change Radio, building a sustainability infrastructure and creating a vision for sustainable building.