Monthly Archives: June 2014

Adam Werbach Part II

AdamWerbach1Our guest today is Adam Werbach who could already have been called an environmental activist when he was just in high school. At the ripe young age of 23 Werbach became the youngest person ever elected as the president of the Sierra Club. Now, nearly two decades later, he is working on Yerdle, a site that seeks to reduce the needless production of stuff by creating an easy way for people to trade the stuff they already have. 

Several years ago he served as a commissioner of the San Francisco Public Utility Commission, and was a pioneer in starting one of the first consulting firms whose focus was to help other organizations become more ecologically responsible and sustainable. Today on Sea Change Radio Werbach talks about his career, the controversies that arose around him when he claimed that environmentalism was dead, and when his company began working with Wal-Mart, and why he feels strongly about the direction his career is taking now. 

Adam Werbach and Julene Bair: Waste Not

adamwerbachJuleneBairHow much junk do you own? You’re probably not technically a “hoarder” but like most Americans, you may have way more stuff than you know what to do with – stuff that is no longer valuable to you, but that you don’t want to just throw away. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to Adam Werbach, the co-founder of Yerdle, an online sharing platform that allows people to trade things they no longer need or want in exchange for other people’s stuff that they do want, using a points-based economy. No currency changes hands, and no new materials are used to make more stuff.

Then, host Alex Wise speaks to the author of The Ogallala Road, Julene Bair. Her touching new memoir is a personal account of how the ascendance of industrial farming in America has laid waste to the social fabric of the heartland.

The Latest In Sun Roofs

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solar carIf you own an electric vehicle and you have solar panels on your house, you can drive around powered entirely by renewable energy. But what can EV owners who don’t have solar on their homes do to make sure they’re as green as can be? Mike Tinskey and his colleagues at Ford Motor Co. are trying to tackle that problem head on. Ford’s promising new C-Max Solar Energi Concept car has solar panels built right into the roof.

Today on Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise talks with Tinskey about how magnification technology borrowed from 19th Century lighthouses could be a key to making solar cars a practical reality, how Ford culture has changed in the last decade to embrace efficiency and ecological innovation, as well as the ins and outs of Flex Fuel technology.

Scott Brusaw: Revolutionary Road

ScottBrusawSolar-Roadways-4How often do you hear of an idea so big, so revolutionary, that you immediately start to dream of the possibilities? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to the inventor of just such an idea. Up until now, the focus of reducing transportation-related carbon emissions has been on the types of vehicles we’re driving, but Scott Brusaw believes the answer is actually right under our noses, or rather right under our tires. Solar roadways hold the promise to turn our roads, playgrounds, parking lots and driveways not only into safer, more sustainable surfaces but also into producers of energy. Solar roadways – this week on Sea Change Radio.

Here’s a link to the hilarious new video promoting Solar Roadways: