Previous Shows

Impact! with John Shegerian produces new episodes every week. Visit regularly to explore our archive of past conversations below.

Getting Solar Installed with 4th Day Energy’s Duane Deister

John and Mike meet with Duane Deister, the President and owner of 4th Day Energy, a solar panel installation company located in the Central Valley of California. Having installed his first two systems in 1999, Duane has been working with solar energy since before the “green revolution.” With the cost of utilities skyrocketing, implementing solar […]

Discussing Ways to Access Green Capital with ThinkEquity’s Shez Bandukwala

John and Mike speak with Shez Bandukwala, a partner and the head of alternative energy investment banking at ThinkEquity, an investment banking firm. Shez works to identify green trends and opportunities in all sectors and assist entrepreneurs and investors with accessing green capital. As consumers, we don’t want to pay extra green for green technologies, […]

Conserving Rainforest Biodiversity with Rainforest Alliance’s Chris Wille

John and Mike speak with Chris Wille, the Chief of the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Program. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity, preserve the ecological integrity of the rain forest, and promote sustainability. Chris explains the Rainforest Alliance certification process, which is geared toward ensuring sustainability and helping not only the consumers, but also […]

How to Live Smart, Strong and Sustainably with Mother Nature Network’s Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, leaves the stage behind for a bit to speak with John and Mike about his journey as an environmentalist. As the Director of Environmental Affairs for the Mother Nature Network (MNN), the premier source for news and information on environmental issues, Chuck works to inform and educate […]

Discussing Ways Green Business Can Save Millions with ‘Green Recovery’ Author Andrew Winston

This week, John and Mike meet with Andrew Winston, who discusses the green revolution, why going green still matters, and how to go green in hard economic times. Andrew, nicknamed the “Planet Defender,” explains how going green after a recession can help your company dominate the marketplace and create new opportunities for problem solving. Pick […]

Promoting Company-Wide Sustainability with Lipton Tea’s Michiel Leijnse

John and Mike speak with Michiel Leijnse, the global brand development manager for Lipton tea, about bringing the sustainability mission to Lipton. Michiel discusses Lipton’s plan to extend Rainforest Alliance certification to all Lipton tea bags globally by 2015, in order to continue enacting and promoting such principles as water and ecosystem conservation. Lipton has […]

Helping Big Brands Reduce Environmental Impact wtih the ‘Truth About Green Business’ Author Gil Friend

Gil Friend, who just released a new book titled The Truth About Green Business, speaks with John and Mike about sustainable business and how you “don’t have to choose between making money and making sense.” After 40+ years working with green businesses, Gil has helped companies like Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hewlett Packard and PG&E make […]

Focusing on the Economics of Recycing with RecycleBank’s Ron Gonen

Today, John and Mike interview Ron Gonen, the co-founder of RecycleBank, a program that focuses on the economics of recycling and diverting waste from landfills. RecycleBank allows residents to earn reward points based on how much material their household recycles, and then redeem those points for rewards from stores such as Target or Sears. Listen […]

Connecting Green Issues and Business Ventures with Paul Mitchell Hair Products’ John Paul DeJoria

This week, John and Mike interview a guest who was green before it was cool: John Paul DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products. From developing the Tea Tree products line in conjunction with American Forests — a nonprofit group devoted to preserving and growing trees — to starting the first hair company that […]

Discussing the Emergence of the ‘Green Collar’ Worker with Ecopreneur John Ivanko

John and Mike meet with John Ivanko, an ecopreneur who advocates purpose, community and green behavior over profit. Even in today’s unstable economy, John explains how “green” collar workers are emerging and new business opportunities can be found just by taking traditional ideas and turning them green. You too can become an ecopreneur, restore the […]

Conserving Energy with CFL Light Bulbs with Greenlite Lighting Corporation’s Tom Cohen

Today’s guest, Tom Cohen, is the Director of Sales at Greenlite Lighting Corporation, a company devoted to conserving energy through the use of CFL light bulbs. The green team discusses how buying energy-efficient lighting products can make a difference to the planet and to your wallet. Along with John and Mike, learn about the benefits […]

Using Natural Fiber Products in the Insulation Industry with Bonded Logic’s Tod Kean

On this episode, John and Mike speak with Tod Kean, the founder of Bonded Logic. Since its start in 1994, Bonded Logic has become the leading manufacturer of natural fiber insulation in the country by creating this insulation out of recycled denim and other natural fabrics. Kean discusses his goals as a member of the […]