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Who's Saving the Planet?

Planet Savers Org.
79 episodes
Discover how the minds, methods and money that fueled the explosion of innovation and disruption in silicon valley are working to build the technology, products and companies that will save the planet. Hosts: Lex Kiefhaber and Tony Noto. Music: Bill Gagliardi.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

Bill Weihl, ex-Facebook Head of Sustainability, on How to Affect Change from the Outside-In

Getting companies to do things is hard. Getting companies to take climate seriously has been a slow, long, march, with many a setback and all too few victories. It's a fight Bill Weihl knows well, and recently he decided it was time to change the strategy.  For six years Bill served as the Green …

'The Future of Food' with Protera's Leo Alvarez

Leo Alvarez and his team over at Protera had a busy 2020. Not only did the startup snag $5.5 million in venture capital, it traded its San Francisco digs for a new HQ in the 'City of Lights' — Paris. But what's next on the company's agenda really grabbed our attention here at WSTP: wielding deep le…

US Air Force + Moth & Flame: Using Virtual Reality to Train for What Comes After the Battle

Suicide and mental health are discussed at length in this episode, which could be triggering. If you, or anyone you know is struggling with mental health, the suicide prevention lifeline number is 800-273-8255 . When we first heard that the Air Force was working with the virtual reality company M…

Cambium Carbon Finds New Life for Urban Wood Waste

If a tree falls in a city, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Cities across the U.S. are losing their urban canopy. In fact, more trees fall in cities than in our national forests. (Roughly 46 million tons of wood and biomass waste!) Most of the wood that comes down is either …

Massive.Earth: 10,000 Solutions to Solve the Climate Crisis

The magnitude and complexity of the threat posed by climate change can't be solved with one silver bullet. Rather than looking for one solution, Dr. Michael Boesen decided to raise an army of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and developers with the skills required to build the solutions we need…

Upward Farms: How the Plant-Gut-Brain Is Going To Heal the Earth

Soil erosion, the degradation of the health of soil through over-tilling and rampant use of chemicals, is an existential threat to our ability to grow food, sequester carbon and live in harmony with nature. In many ways, it's the whole ball game- if we're unable to arrest the dependance on techniqu…

The Gift that Keeps on Givz-ing: The Story of Andrew's Win-Win-Win Strategy.

Here's an age old question: how do you make marketing a force for good in the world? Welcome to the world of Andrew Forman's win-win-win business strategy. Win 1: Generate piles of money for philanthropic causes. Win 2: Provide people an avenue to do some good while also getting the stuff they …

Landon's Wren-derful Carbon Offset Plan

Imagine a world where offsetting your carbon footprint was as simple as ordering more butt paste for your newborn infant (relevant, I promise). If we're going create a better world for the generations to come, my baby son Rye included, featured co-host on the intro with myself and Jess Miles,  we b…

Who do billionaires call when they want to save the world? Meet Michele, CEO of Boundless Impact

Let's say you're on the beach one day with your metal detector (as we do) and happen upon a chest of buried treasure, as it were. Your first call is your mom, clearly, but then after that, ring up CEO of Boundless Impact, Michele Demers, and she'll tell you where you can put your money to get a hea…

Fikile's Eco-Friendly PPE Brand Fits 'Like A Glubb'

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) like medical grade gloves flew off the shelves in an effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. But PPE supplies aren't exactly eco-friendly. In fact, 100 billion pairs of single use gloves end up in landfills every …

Yaniv Builds the Uber of Solar Installation

For a long minute in venture capital world (and on Shark Tank, for those of us playing at home) if you were pitching your new start up, it was useful to say you were the "Uber of X". Whatever X may be, cupcakes, thoroughbred racehorses, custom fitted clogs, you wanted to be the business in the midd…

Meet Melvin the Mushroom! This Orb Can Capture One Ton Of CO2 — Right From Your Lawn

Many many years ago, before large scale human development, there was a hidden but powerful force beneath the ground. Mycelium of course! This dense network beneath the soil helped plants communicate and share resources, all while storing almost indefinitely huge amounts of CO2. As humans plowed the…

BackMarket: Serge Breaks Big-Smartphone's Business Model

Big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple are guilty of planned obsolescence. They purposely make stuff glitchy so you have to buy whatever new gizmo they roll out. Not only is it annoying because it forces us to spend more money, but it's bad for the environment as devices needlessly end up in t…

ForDays: Kristy Makes Clothes That Last Forever (without ever hitting the landfill)

With degrees in Industrial Engineering, Business, and Fashion Design, Kristy Caylor was well prepared for the world of fashion by the time she joined GAP Inc. in 2004. She led the Project (RED) initiative within GAP, which engaged the private sector in raising awareness and funds to help eliminate …

Feather: How Jay Reno Built the Anti-IKEA

9.8 million tons of furniture end up in landfills every year, and most of it was pretty crappy to begin with. Jay  is here to change that, and along the way, our conception of how we use, enjoy and own our stuff.  To be clear, the CEO and founder of Feather , Jay Reno, would never claim to be th…

Evan Is One Egg-Ceptional Chef!

Our guest this week is Evan Hanczor, a chef at the sustainable breakfast restaurant Egg and the founder of Tables of Contents. TOC brings people together to enjoy a book passage paired with a meal that really brings imagination to life. The new Tables of Contents book, coming out the first week o…

Ansea: Abigail Makes Surfwear for Women, by Women

By the age of 25 Abigail Lorick had clocked a successful career as a Ford Model and was on her way to launching her own brand. From there her career would continue to unfold in the fashion world, as the ghost design behind the WALDORF brand on TV's Gossip Girl and the design director for Stance. Wh…

Natel Chief Gia Gives Hydropower a Boost

Hydropower already provides nearly 7% of the nation’s electricity. It also holds tremendous potential for expansion! But there are challenges: How can we harness water as a renewable energy resource without disrupting sensitive ecosystems, communities and wildlife? Gia Schneider has an answer. Her …

66°North: Finding Your North Star in the Arctic

66°North began not so much as a clothing company as it was a means of not dying. In 1926 the company was founded to provide a layer of protection from the elements to their local community of fisherman. Considering it was Iceland, that was no small task.  This week we invite the CEO of 66°North,…

Redux: Beetle Mania; How Scarab Tech is Teaching us the Potential of Reclaimed Plastic

This week we're revisiting one of our favorite stories from 2020, the crazy duo in South Africa building engines that look like beetles powered by plastic from oceans. We're working on a whole slate of new, wonderful, inspiring stories for you in 2021, thanks fall the laughs (and fish) and see you …

The Snoo: How a Good Night's Sleep Can Save the Day

In 2009 Dr. Harvey Karp was in the twilight of his career as a renowned pediatric physician, beloved professor of medicine, and renowned author of the "Happiest Baby"  book series. While he was working the speaking circuit, lecturing on his Five S's infant calming technique, it occurred to him that…

From Peace Corps To Peace Pipes: Steve Sakala Talks Sustainable Cannabis

Steve Sakala says there's zero excuse for consumer packaged goods companies to not be plastic negative. Take his work in the cannabis industry, for example. Like most industries, the world of weed has a major sustainability problem. It creates (at least) 150 million tons of waste annually, mainly…

Li-Cycle: Ajay Creates a Second Life for Batteries

Do you have a drawer or box filled with old laptops and smartphones? Or  perhaps your electric vehicle is reaching the end of its life and you're  shopping for a new one? What happens to the lithium batteries powering  each of these machines? Ajay Kochhar has an answer. He and fellow  battery exper…

Carbon0: Everyday Heroes

At the top of this episode, special guest Penelope Barr reminds us: Getting up and living your life well makes you the hero of your story. She's certainly done that. With 20-plus years of tech expertise, Penelope is leading the way to a more eco-friendly world on a local and global level in a very …

Cheekbone Beauty: This Thanksgiving, We're Grateful For Jenn Harper

On Black Friday, ditch the guilt and secure your stocking stuffers with an episode that honors the environment and Indigenous peoples. As anyone knows, makeup is a deeply personal endeavor. How we see ourselves, matters. The story of where our makeup comes from should matter too. Big makeup compa…

Two Days Off: Gina Goes Slow to Get Fashion Right

Gina Stovell has been called many things: climate scientists, onetime geological consultant, sustainability evangelists (that's me who called her that, not a title she'd give herself), entrepreneur, and, most recently, pioneer of the resurgence of flow fashion.  Delivery times for her clothing co…

DroneSeed: Grant Takes Reforestation to the Skies

Here's a question I get often. How many trees can a tree planter plant, if a tree planter could plant trees all day? The answer: Many fewer than if the tree planter was a squadron of drones flying in formation precision dropping seed pellets to micro-sites. SATs were my favorite.  We have an issu…

Columbia University's Director of the Center for Global Energy Policy Jason Bordoff Shapes the Future of Climate Politi…

Happy Democracy Day in the United States! There's no one we'd rather have on the pod today to help us make sense of the marriage between climate and policy than our guest, Jason Bordoff. Jason founded the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University after a tenure as Special Assistant to …

Carbios: Martin Builds the Infinity Recycler

Have you ever fed a plastic bottle into the machine outside the grocery store, watched in amazement as it disappeared into that mysterious maw and returned to you a nickel, and left thinking you did your part to reduce, reuse and recycle?  Ever wondered what happened to that bottle? Today, we explo…

Our Sustainable Scorecard to Save the Planet... 50th Episode Extravaganza!

For our 50th episode (more than a few grey hairs in the beard to prove it) we turn the mic on ourselves to pull back the curtain on the planet saving work we're doing doing here at Who's Saving the Planet.  True to form, this episode is presented in our traditional three act structure, the proble…