Sea Change Radio West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise speaks with Karen Nelsen, co-founder of EarthBaby, which produces compostable diapers. Alex also talks with clean tech analyst and green business investor, Daniel Hunt, about corporate interests crowding out ecological progress.
The title of today’s show, which quotes Samuel Coleridge in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, aptly describes the dilemma companies are starting to face when it comes to water management. Today, we speak with Jeff Erikson of SustainAbility, a think tank that recently surveyed experts globally on corporate impacts on water, and Cameron Brooks of IBM’s Big Green Innovations team, which has been focusing on “Smarter Water Management.”
Sea Change Radio Executive Producer Bill Baue is joined in the studio by John Gillespie, co-author with David Zweig, of Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions.
Sea Change Radio West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise speaks with Rick Wilson, CEO of Cobalt Technologies, which has developed a new process to transform woody cellulose into biobutanol, and Karri Ving, Biofuel Coordinator for SFGreasecycle, which diverts fryer oil from being dumped in San Francisco’s sewers to turn it into biofuels that power the city’s entire diesel fleet.
Lauren Compere, Director of Shareholder Advocacy at Boston Common Asset Management, discusses shareowner resolutions asking BP and Shell to report on the strategic risks of oil sands exploitation. And Cary Krosinsky, Vice President of Trucost, talks about its analysis of the carbon intensity and environmental impacts of companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands.
Sea Change West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise speaks with Roland Evans, CEO of Organic Bountea, which makes compost tea as a natural alternative to petroleum fertilizers, and Lisa Gautier, Executive Director of Matter of Trust, which collects hair from barbershops and salons and weaves it into mats to soak up petroleum oil spills.
Sea Change Radio Host Bill Baue talks with Adam Kanzer of Domini Social Investments about the new SEC Investor Advisory Committee, on which he represents the socially responsible investing (SRI) community. SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro established the committee as one of her first initiatives after taking the helm of the Commission in 2009. In the NewsAnalysis, Sea Change Headlines Anchor Tania Haldar Hart discusses conservative backlash against the interpretive guidance the SEC recently issued on requirements for companies to disclose risks from climate change.
In a January 27 vote – split three-to-two along party lines – SEC Commissioners approved interpretive guidance on rules requiring companies to disclose potential impacts of climate change on their bottom lines. The move was prompted by a petition filed in September 2007 by Environmental Defense Fund – Finding the Ways That Work and Ceres. The petition was backed by institutional investors with $1.5 trillion in assets, including treasurers from California, Florida, and New York, among others.
Producing biofuel is kind of like brewing beer, a practice that’s been around since the Phoenicians and Egyptians first fermented things, according to Bill Haywood, CEO of the San Francisco-based company LS9. He explains to Sea Change Radio West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise how his company uses E. Coli‘s digestion capabilities (which have been around for billions of years) to convert sugar to biofuels and chemicals. Next, Alex speaks with Robin Gold, co-founder of Dogpatch Biofuels, a filling station in San Francisco where drivers can gas up on “yellow grease,” or waste vegetable oil.
Sea Change Radio West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise interviews Moira DeNike about fueling a 1985 Mercedes 300 Diesel on waste vegetable oil (or WVO). Sea Change Co-Host Kelsey Flynn talks to Ric Sustache of Greasecar, which sells kits to convert diesel cars to run on WVO, as well as Laura Douglass, whose experience as a WVO car driver differs in interesting ways from Moira’s. And Sea Change Host Bill Baue speaks with Michael Aronson about ReRun Sports Shoes, the company he co-founded to collect lightly used shoes and sell them in Guinea, Mali, Congo, Liberia, and Niger, Africa.