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  • 00:22

    Clean Energy View: The Harvard Clean Energy Project

    in Energy

     
    We are living in the Age of Energy. The fossil fuel based economy of the present must give way to the renewable energy based economy of the future. Getting there is the grandest challenge humanity faces. Chemistry can help meet this challenge by discovering new materials that efficiently harvest solar radiation, store energy for later use, and reconvert the stored energy when needed.
    The Clean Energy project uses computational chemistry and the willingness of people to help look for the best molecules possible for: organic photovoltaics to provide inexpensive solar cells, polymers for the membranes used in fuel cells for electricity generation, and how best to assemble the molecules to make those devices. By helping them search combinatorially amongst thousands of potential systems, you can contribute to this effort. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Dr. Aspuru-Guzik about The Harvard Clean Energy Project. Stay tuned!

  • 00:47

    Clean Energy View: Is Natural Gas Economically Viable?

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    According to the EPA, natural gas is defined as a fossil fuel formed when layers of buried plants and animals are exposed to intense heat and pressure over thousands of years. The energy that the plants and animals originally obtained from the sun is stored in the form of carbon in natural gas. Natural gas is combusted to generate electricity, enabling this stored energy to be transformed into usable power. Natural gas is a nonrenewable resource because it cannot be replenished on a human time frame. The natural gas power production process begins with the extraction of natural gas, continues with its treatment and transport to the power plants, and ends with its combustion in boilers and turbines to generate electricity. Natural gas is used to generate electricity, serves as an alternative to gasoline, can be used to generate hydrogen and helps create fertilizer. It has a cost advantage over other forms of energy such as solar, wind and geothermal. However, there is a huge debate as to whether or not natural gas makes sense because of the pros and cons with this form of energy such as the environmental impact, the current return on the investment the impact on the face of energy. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, hosts, June Stoyer and host, Luis Mejia, Managing Partner, Murdock Capital Partners talk to energy expert, Tom Drolet, President of Drolet and Associates Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Drolet has worked in the energy industry and technology innovation industries for over 42 years. If you are not receiving our most recent interviews, please re-subscribe to our new Official RSS feed on iTunes or go to www.theorganicview.com. ©2013 TheOrganicView.com. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:21

    Clean Energy View: LIPA's New Leadership & New Direction For 2014

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    It is hard to believe but it has been a little over a year since Superstorm Sandy devastated the New York Metro area. Although this may appear to be a local issue, the world is watching the efforts to rebuild and restore the area. Regardless of how people may feel about New York, everything that happens here does impact other parts of the world. Especially with so many natural disasters occurring, it is important that communications with the public play a bigger role while the necessary changes are being made to the infrastructure to combat future storms and mass power outages. In this special series called The Clean Energy View, host, June Stoyer talks to Mr. John McMahon, the Chief Operating Officer of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). Mr. McMahon will discuss some of the key lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy as well as some of the exciting changes that are being made including the new relationship with Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). If you are not receiving our most recent interviews, please re-subscribe to our new Official RSS feed on iTunes, Youtube or you can visit our podcast archives at www.theorganicview.com. ©2013 TheOrganicView.com. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:31

    Clean Energy View: Home Energy Efficiency for the Summer

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    During the hot summer months, as the temperature rises, homeowners can expect their electric bills to soar if their home is not properly maintained and weatherized. In order to reduce energy consumption, there are many things you can do to conserve energy, save money and still keep your home environment cool and comfortable. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, about what you can do to make your home energy efficient. Stay tuned!
    Jessica Kellner is committed to the values of making one’s lifestyle healthier and more environmentally sound, Kellner’s years of editorial work have given her a broad base of knowledge on practical, easy and inexpensive ways for anyone to create a more sustainable, healthful and delightful life for themselves and their families. In choosing Natural Home & Garden’s content, Kellner seeks to find the overlap between what’s healthy for people and healthy for the environment. She loves to discover how the technology of today and the commonsense wisdom of the past can work together to create a model of modern healthy living.  
    Kellner’s blogs often include tips on avoiding toxic chemicals, saving money, making your own household cleaners, whole-food recipes, gardening ideas and products and more. Author of the book Housing Reclaimed: Salvaged Homes for Next to Nothing, Kellner is also a huge enthusiast of smart reuse and salvaged building and renovating materials. A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Kellner has worked with Ogden Publications in a wide variety of editorial roles since joining the publisher in October of 2004.  Kellner was awarded the Topeka Association for Women in Communications Headliner Award for Media in 2012.

  • 00:31

    Clean Energy View: The Homeowner’s Guide To Renewable Energy

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    Are you ready to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint? In The Homeowner’s Guide To Renewable Energy, Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower by Dan Chiras you will find the most practical and affordable methods to significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency.
    Focusing on the latest technological advances (and never losing sight of the economic bottom line), this comprehensive manual demystifies:
    Solar hot water and solar hot air systems Space heat: Passive and active solar retrofits and heat pumps Wood heat Passive Cooling Electricity from solar, wind and microhydro.  
    This well-illustrated and accessible guide is an essential resource for those wanting to enter the renewable energy field. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and is a must-read for anyone interested in saving money and achieving energy independence. If you are ready to save tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades, this is one show you don’t want to miss!
    In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Dan Chiras, who is a respected educator and the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building including Power from the Sun and Power from the Wind. He has studied and worked with renewable energy and energy efficiency for over 30 years. Dan is the director of and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building. Stay tuned!

  • 00:37

    Clean Energy View: The Biochar Solution

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    Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends? The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, this material has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Author Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance from the ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as a modern carbon sequestration strategy. Combining practical techniques for the production and use of biochar with an overview of the development and future of carbon farming, The Biochar Solution describes how a new agricultural revolution can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to below zero while increasing world food reserves and creating energy from biomass wastes. Biochar and carbon farming can: Reduce fossil fuels inputs into our food system, Bring new life to desert landscapes, Filter and purify drinking water, Help build carbon-negative homes, communities and nations. Biochar is not without dangers if unregulated, and it is not a panacea, but if it fulfills its promise of taking us back from the brink of irreversible climate change, it may well be the most important discovery in human history.
    In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to energy expert and best-selling author, Albert Bates.

  • 00:34

    Clean Energy View: Bob Catell -The CEO and the Monk

    in Energy

    Corporate America is more or less known for distrust, employee mistreatment, and lack of ethics, to say the least. What if two men could create harmony between management and union workers as they generate profitability? Such was the case with the most unlikely duo, Bob Catell a luminary in the energy industry and Kenny Moore, a former Catholic Monk who tell their story of success in the best-selling book, The CEO and The Monk. It is the story of KeySpan, the nation's fifth largest energy giant and a profitable, Fortune 500 company and their simple belief in opting to "do the right thing." Before it was bought out by NationalGrid in February 2006, KeySpan received a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign starting in 2004, the third year of the report. The Human Rights Campaigns priorities include: prevention of hate crimes and HIV/AIDS; advocacy for healthcare benefits, marriage, and adoption rights for same-sex couples; lobbying for a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and gender identity anti-discrimination laws; combating gay bashing in schools; and building relationships with straight allies, ethnic groups, religious leaders, and youth. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Robert Catell who was formerly the Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. Following National Grid's acquisition of KeySpan Corporation, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Futures in Education Endowment Fund and the NY Energy Policy Institute's Advisory Council.

  • 00:30

    Clean Energy View: The Zeronauts- Leadership By Example

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    A world of 9 billion people by mid-century will demand fundamental changes in our mindsets, behaviors, cultures, and overarching paradigm. Just as our species broke the Sound Barrier during the 1940s and 1950s, a new breed of innovator, entrepreneur, and investor is lining up to break the Sustainability Barrier. In his best-selling book, John Elkington introduces The Zeronauts – a new breed of innovator, determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero – as well as creating the first Zeronaut Roll of Honor, spotlighting 50 pioneers in the field of zero. Zeronauts are innovating in an astonishing range of areas, tackling hugely diverse economic, social, environmental, and governance challenges. To give a sense of progress to date, we zero in on five key challenges (the 5Ps): population growth, pandemics, poverty, pollution, and proliferation. The power of zero has been trumpeted, notably in relation to zero defects. This book spotlights key lessons learned in the field of total quality management – and introduces a five-stage "Pathways to Zero" model, running through from the Eureka! discovery moment to the point where a new way of doing things becomes endemic in the economy. In order to move from incremental to transformative change, we must embrace wider framings, deeper insights, higher targets, and longer time scales. This book investigates some ways in which leading Zeronauts are pushing change in relevant directions, with cases drawn from a spectrum of human activity – from water profligacy to human genital mutilation. If we learn from these pioneers, the twenty-first century could be our best yet. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, hosts, June Stoyer and special guest host, Luis Mejia, Managing Partner, Murdock Capital Partners talk to John Elkington about The Zeronauts.

  • 00:31

    Clean Energy View: DIY Clean Transportation

    in Environment

     
    What can you do if your car a gas guzzler? As the price of petroleum continues to rise, many people are converting their cars and motorcycles to electric powered vehicles. Clean transportation enthusiast, Ben Nelson has developed a “Do It Yourself” series to teach people with minimal skills how to build their own electric car. Ben’s educational videos make converting your old gas guzzler easy regardless of whether you are a mechanic or your only experience has been with matchbox cars!  Ben covers everything you need to know from battery selection, the motor, controller, adapter plate and other minor parts!
     Ben is a natural born guru! While he had no formal training in electric vehicle design before beginning his first project, he quickly learned how to build “EV’s” (electronic vehicles) through a combination of hands-on work, informal apprenticeships, and enough library books to literally wear out his library card. He has presented his electric vehicles at many venues, including the Mother Earth Fairs and being the best attended presentation at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. He has also been a collaborator on the Open Revolt project, which makes low-cost electric vehicle motor controllers available to everyone.
    In addition to his passion for clean transportation, Ben has also designed and built projects for renewable energy, water conservation, and alternative heating and cooking methods. He teaches these ideas and techniques to others through blogs, web videos, and instructional DVDs.
    In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Ben Nelson about how to Build Your Own Electric Car and Motorcycle. Stay tuned!

  • 00:40

    Clean Energy View: Fukushima’s History, Recovery & Future

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    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster consisted of a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Energy expert, Thomas S. Drolet, President of Drolet and Associates Energy Services, Inc. recently visited Fukushima and was also at the site shortly after the disaster occurred to assist with the recovery process. Mr. Drolet has also been to Chernobyl and is a highly sought after speaker on the subject of nuclear energy. There is a lot to be learned from this event, especially as it pertains to Japan's history, culture and ability to create its own source of stable energy. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Tom Drolet about the criteria leading up to Japan's decision to move forward with nuclear, the dramatic impact on the business environment as well as the social impact on its people. Mr. Drolet has worked in the energy industry and technology innovation industries for over 42 years. He brought a wealth of experience at the senior management level to the electrical utility industry at Ontario Hydro, the fourth largest electrical utility in the world (Nuclear, Coal, Natural Gas, Hydroelectric), American Electric Power (Canada) and DTE Energy. He has worked on BOD and in the oil and natural gas industries in North America and on Renewable Energies in North and South America, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In the last 25 years Mr. Drolet has worked internationally in 44 countries and has spoken at over 175 major conferences on issues in energy and the effects of new technologies on the economies of the western world.

  • 00:46

    Clean Energy View: Renewable Energy For Homeowners

    in Environment

    Are you ready to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint? In The Homeowner’s Guide To Renewable Energy, Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower by Dan Chiras you will find the most practical and affordable methods to significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. Focusing on the latest technological advances (and never losing sight of the economic bottom line), this comprehensive manual demystifies: Solar hot water and solar hot air systems Space heat: Passive and active solar retrofits and heat pumps Wood heat Passive Cooling Electricity from solar, wind and mirohydro. This well-illustrated and accessible guide is an essential resource for those wanting to enter the renewable energy field. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and is a must-read for anyone interested in saving money and achieving energy independence. If you are ready to save tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades, this is one show you don’t want to miss! In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Dan Chiras, who is a respected educator and the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building including Power from the Sun and Power from the Wind. He has studied and worked with renewable energy and energy efficiency for over 30 years. Dan is the director of and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institutes Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building. Stay tuned!