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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 138: Clean energy careers, bold missions from Mars, Facebook

Plus, why you should vote solar. And brace yourself for a crash course in energy markets from long-time industry executive Peter Kelly-Detwiler.

Week in Review

Tune in around 5:00 for a roundup of news.

  1. Facebook gets specific about its 100 percent renewables target
  2. ‘Clean tax cuts’ and the global free market for plastic solutions
  3. Inside Mars’ meaningful, material approaches to water stewardship

Featured Stories

What's next for power markets? (15:24)

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, co-founder of consulting firm Northbridge Energy Partners, shares insights on wholesale energy markets, the furious adoption curve for lithium-ion batteries and why change is a constant when it comes to the electric grid. What you can expect from his upcoming "Power Markets and Innovation 101" workshop, which will be featured at VERGE 18.

The career potential of the clean economy (22:28)

A 2018 report from National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative estimates that 3.2 million Americans work in wind, solar, energy efficiency — that's three times the number working in the fossil fuel industry. How can companies help turn those jobs into long-term careers? GreenBiz Director of Research Paul Carp points up the training gaps and emerging workforce development initiatives meant to address them.

An equitable power transition (28:34)

Repowering the U.S. grid with clean energy — power that's available to every person, regardless of race or income level — is the core mission of advocacy organization Vote Solar. In this segment, GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower chats about the group's latest research and roadmap for change with Melanie Santiago-Mosier, program director of access and equity.

Go on, challenge your perspective (37:00)

What can a military resilience specialist learn from a supply chain executive worried about labor issues and sustainable sourcing? We catch up with Elaine Hsieh, program director for the VERGE 18 conference series, about the topics that will be top of mind at our next event in mid-October. A moment of self-promotion: If you’re looking to learn from and connect with other ambitious leaders and innovators working on catalytic climate solutions, join us in October in Oakland, California. Our Early Bird Rate expires Sept. 21, so be sure to register soon to get the 30 percent discount.

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