Our March 29th, 2012 guests were Bethany Waggonner with the Go Green Conference, Iga Hallberg of Pivot MKTG and Zach Baumer with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, who also participated in the conference. 2012 is the second year for the early April conference in Austin. We got a chance to talk about the content, tracks and panelists as well as the concept intent and overall business focus of Go Green.
For 3-22-2012, our guest was Dr. Susan Shaw, a leading marine toxicologist, Doctor of Public Health, and founder and director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI).
Dr. Shaw shared her expertise on toxins and the marine environment, discussing a wide variety of issues that impact our lives. She is widely known for her research on the toxic legacy of man-made chemicals in the ocean environment, and particularly her research on the environmental and health impact of the BP oil spill. Much of her research has focused on the harmful environmental and human health impacts of chemical dispersants used to clean up the spill. One month after the oil spill began, Dr. Shaw dove into the oil slick a few miles off the coast of Louisiana and wrote an op-ed in The New York Times recounting her experience and discussing the harmful effects of a dispersant called Corexit. Since then, she has been leading an investigation on the effects of oil and chemical dispersants in the Gulf ecosystem, and she serves on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Strategic Sciences Working Group, a team of scientists responsible for assessing consequences of the oil spill and recommending policy actions.
On March 17th, Dr. Shaw will be recognized for her research and advocacy for the marine environment with the Citation of Merit Award at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York City, and will be giving a lecture the next day that will focus on the ways in which explorers are addressing the challenge of saving the world’s oceans.
Our March 15th show was a St. Patrick’s Day Special!
w/ Michele Hallahan
“Our Irish Connection” to
The Office of Sustainability and So Much More!
Johnny Livesay, Manager at the Innovative Black Star Coop
Not sure if we were as funny as we thought we were but we had a hoot with our guests talking St. Patrick’s Day history and beer!
Our guests on Thursday, 3-8-12 were members of a delegation of environmentalists from Kazakhstan, visiting the US as part of the Library of Congress Open World Program.
Ruslan Telegin, 43 years old, from Karaganda (population 471,800), is Press Secretary of the NGO Karaganda Regional Ecological Museum (www.ecomuseum.kz). He works to raise awareness of the many complex ecological issues in his region, including mining issues. He has a strong journalism background, experience in working in the private sector and media, and now applies this knowledge in the NGO sector researching and writing on environmental issues. He is interested in meeting NGO leaders and activists doing similar awareness work. He wants to learn about organizing environmental actions, city greening policies, parks, ecotourism, public transport, and public monitoring of major infrastructure projects. Ruslan enjoys photography, social networking, blogs, and biking.
Baltugan Tazhmakina, 23 years old, from Astana, (Capital of Kazakhstan, population 700,000) is lead coordinator of international programs at the National Aarhus Center at the Environmental Information Analysis Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan (www.aarhus.kz). She organizes professional development trainings for leaders of higher education, organizes public hearings on environmental issues and is head of the PR service of the Aarhus Center. The Center increases access to information and justice, and involves citizens in making significant environmental decisions. Baltugan works with NGOs, providing consultations and trainings on environmental issues and promoting access to environmental information for the population. She coordinates four regional Aarhus Centers and provides support working with media and planning public events with authorities and international organizations. She holds multiple certificates and professional awards.
We had a great conversation about the issues that are most pressing in the Kazakhstan area and learned how much we have in common with people across the globe.
“Talking Local Business” with Rebecca Melancon, Executive Director Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA). The long time publisher and local business advocate Rebecca Melancon represents over 400 local businesses participating in AIBA. Although we consider “doing business local” a tenet of green business, the AIBA population is a mixed group on subjects like the “ban the bag” issue discussed earlier on Shades of Green. Rebecca discusses the important issues associated with independent businesses and how to keep them continuing as a vibrant and a sustainable foundation of the Austin economic community.