Previous Shows

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

April 15, 2011

Discussing Sustainable Urban Transportation with NRDC’s Wendy Gordon

Wendy Gordon, head of the NRDC’s green-living sites, returns to “Green is Good” to discuss the role transportation within the world’s cities plays in conservation. It’s no secret that gas in the U.S. is hovering around $4/gallon, so now is the time to investigate how best to move around while lessening oil demand and saving […]

April 15, 2011

Discussing Innovations in Green Transportation with ‘High Voltage’ Author Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli, an eco-author and green transportation expert, states that we are headed for “peak oil” — when oil demand soars above oil supply. His new book, High Voltage, due this fall, examines electric vehicles and how they will change our oil dependency. Motavalli cites the expanding lineup of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars […]

April 8, 2011

The Amazing Benefits of Recycling Aluminum with Alcoa’s Gregory Wittbecker

Gregory Wittbecker of Alcoa rejoins “Green is Good” to talk about recycling aluminum. There is a 95% energy savings when recycling aluminum, as opposed to making new products. The amount of electricity saved when recycling 1 ton of aluminum — in any form — is equal to the energy needed to power the average American […]

April 8, 2011

Exploring Lifestyles in Sustainable Food with ‘Farmer Jane’ Author Temra Costa

“The Queen of Green,” Temra Costa, speaks to John and Mike about her inspiration in getting involved in sustainable food. Costa, who moved to California from the Midwest in 2003, was completely floored by the green food movement on the West Coast. Now Costa has penned a book, Farmer Jane, about 30 women in the […]

April 1, 2011

Focusing on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles with Ford Motor Company’s Nancy Gioia

Nancy Gioia, the first-ever Director of Global Electrification at Ford Motor company, reveals what America’s iconic automotive company is doing to conserve and green itself while lessening America’s dependence on oil. Gioia tells John and Mike that Ford is focusing on both hybrid and electric vehicles. She stresses that Ford is the automotive solution for […]

March 25, 2011

Addressing Waste in the Film Industry with Film Biz Recycling’s Eva Radke

Eva Radke, President and founder of New York-based Film Biz Recycling and a veteran in the film business, had an epiphany about all the waste in the film business. Radke was working on a commercial shoot that misused both its budget and its materials. From then on out, her reuse passion could not be stopped. […]

March 25, 2011

Fixing the Energy Equation with SPG Solar’s Tom Rooney

Tom Rooney of SPG Solar describes how the solar company is growing, saving valuable resources in the process. Rooney, a serial entrepreneur and a true believer in sustainable energies, has extensive experience in the energy industry. SPG Solar has quickly become a leader in the Western United States, with more than 1,200 grid-connected photovoltaic systems […]

March 18, 2011

Developing Nationwide Bicycling Programs with Trek Bikes’ Eric Bjorling

Eric Bjorling of Trek Bikes tells John and Mike about his company’s commitment to changing the world. Trek has long been known as one of the premier bike manufacturers in the U.S., but its recent focus on eco-friendly and utilitarian biking has brought a whole new level of attention to the brand. “Cycling is a […]

March 18, 2011

Exploring the Benefits of Recycling Metals with Alcoa’s Gregory Wittbecker

Later in the show, Gregory Wittbecker, Director of Primary Aluminum Analysis and Recycling at Alcoa, describes the benefits of recycling metals. “In the U.S. right now, we’re recycling about 54% of all the cans that are consumed,” Wittbecker reveals. This number is comparable to most Western European companies, but so much more can be done. […]

March 11, 2011

Tackling ‘Toxic Trade’ with Basel Action Network’s Jim Puckett

Jim Puckett is the Executive Director and founder of the Basel Action Network (BAN). Puckett has spent most of his working life in “toxic trade,” including 22 years at Greenpeace. Puckett has long been aware and concerned with the grimiest of toxic trade methods: Third World dumping. In 2002, following a trip to China, BAN […]

March 11, 2011

Preeventing Improper Disposal of Medical Waste with Sharps Compliance’s David Tusa

David Tusa is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Sharps Compliance, Inc., a company that prevents the improper disposal of medical waste and unused medications. Surprisingly, outside of the hospital and healthcare setting, there is little legislation in place to regulate disposal methods of these materials. Yet Sharps has honed in on this sector […]

March 9, 2011

Dissecting Climate Legislation Issues with E2’s Dr. Bob Epstein

California Proposition 23, the "Global Warming Act of 2006," was defeated this past year. "Yes" voters were hoping to create new jobs within the state, while "no" voters feared dirtier air statewide and a hindrance on the state's clean energy industry.