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The Official IDEAS For Us Podcast

The Official IDEAS For Us Podcast

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The Official IDEAS For Us Podcast dives deep into sustainability innovation, exploring the green frontier of tech, business, and design to advance environmental action. Learn about how next-level IDEAS are changing the world.
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Climate Resilience in Latino Communities (with Salome Garcia & Esther Sosa)

The Official IDEAS For Us PodcastNov 22, 2020

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 The Intersection of Art & Climate Policy with Playwright Chantal Bilodeau

The Intersection of Art & Climate Policy with Playwright Chantal Bilodeau

Chantal Bilodeau has been addressing climate issues through playwriting for 20 years. She is an artistic director, producer of live events, editor of anthologies of plays about the climate, and winner of several awards such as the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Chantal is also co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action, which involves commissioning 50 playwrights every other year to write a short play about an aspect of the climate, and encouraging productions of these plays by everyday people all over the world. 

Interested in consuming “climate theater,” learning about climate playwriting, or getting involved in the 2023 Climate Change Theatre Action Festival? Check out climatechangetheatreaction.com and subscribe to the mailing list to be notified when the plays become available to the public. 


Reading recommendations from our guest:
Works by Una Chaudhuri
The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
The World As We Knew It edited by Amy Brady and Tajja Isen
All We Can Save edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson


Dec 05, 202243:15
Ecological Art Addresses Climate Change: Our Talk with Professor Una Chaudhuri of NYU
Nov 03, 202254:26
Getting to know our new IREX fellow from Bolivia, Joaquin Chila!

Getting to know our new IREX fellow from Bolivia, Joaquin Chila!

Our talk with our new 2022 IREX fellow, Joaquin Chila. IDEAS For Us has been part of a wonderful program called IREX, the International Research Exchange. This program, based out of Washington D.C., originally started as a U.S.-Soviet friendship organization and later evolved as a state department program and nonprofit. The mission of IREX's Community Solutions Program is to connect with young leaders from around the world, and match them with American nonprofits that can help them to expand their viewpoints, skill sets, and ability to serve their countries when they return home. Let's get to know Joaquin and what he hopes to cultivate during his time with our global nonprofit. 

Aug 12, 202257:33
Emerging philanthropy through online auctions and crypto-currency (with Abdullah Tharoo, Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder/CEO of TuesdayApp, a "gamified" platform for nonprofit auctioning and giving).

Emerging philanthropy through online auctions and crypto-currency (with Abdullah Tharoo, Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder/CEO of TuesdayApp, a "gamified" platform for nonprofit auctioning and giving).

Tuesday App wants to make every day #GivingTuesday. Learn how online auctions for the 21st century can leverage traditional philanthropy for our most pressing causes, and the role that crypto donations can play for nonprofits.

Aug 08, 202244:56
Sustainable Transportation (with Eric Caplan, Sustainability & Resilience Program Director at Tampa International Airport)

Sustainable Transportation (with Eric Caplan, Sustainability & Resilience Program Director at Tampa International Airport)

Eric Caplan, Sustainability & Resilience Program Director at Tampa International Airport, talks with IDEAS For Us CEO Clayton Louis Ferrara about his career path as a #sustainability expert, the #greentechnology he comes across in his work, the state of #electrification of #TampaBay, his admiration of #KansasCity and its #publictransportation system, and the #Disney dream of Florida #transportation, which requires many baby steps. 

Jun 24, 202229:47
One Tree Planted + IDEAS For Us Podcast

One Tree Planted + IDEAS For Us Podcast

Hear from One Tree Planted's CEO, Matt Hill, and Events Manager, Jodie Couture, about how they are tackling the climate crisis through reforestation and restoration. Every year, they plant millions of trees by mobilizing communities around the world and through their own science lead reforestation. Then hear from IDEAS For Us about how they have been solving global climate issues with community based solutions through an incredible partnership with One Tree Planted.


Learn more at https://ideasforus.org/ and https://onetreeplanted.org/

Jan 27, 202247:29
Building A Better World (with Sara Gutterman of Green Builder Media)

Building A Better World (with Sara Gutterman of Green Builder Media)

Clayton Louis Ferrara sits down with Sara Gutterman (CEO, co-founder) of Green Builder Media to discuss their mission of affecting meaningful, positive change for a better world by advocating for sustainability and providing mind-expanding information that catalyzes and inspires commitment to sustainable living.

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Nov 09, 202147:15
The Future of Sustainable Finance (with Jay Mukhey & Madeleine Loveday from Finastra)

The Future of Sustainable Finance (with Jay Mukhey & Madeleine Loveday from Finastra)

Jay Mukhey and Madeleine Loveday from Finastra join us to discuss the future of finance and how sustainability and climate can play a key role. Finastra is an innovative financial software company creating a platform to unlock the potential of people and businesses. They place corporate social responsibility at the heart of their culture, bringing people and technology together through financial inclusion, social innovation and an environmental mission.

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Jun 16, 202147:56
How to Join a Solar Co-Op (with Heaven Campbell from Solar United Neighbors)

How to Join a Solar Co-Op (with Heaven Campbell from Solar United Neighbors)

Heaven Campbell from Solar United Neighbors joins us to discuss the process and benefits of joining a solar co-op in order to power your home with solar panels in the most affordable way. 

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Jun 02, 202135:30
Achieving Energy Independence (with ReThink Energy Florida)

Achieving Energy Independence (with ReThink Energy Florida)

Kim Ross and Kimberly Gerbert from ReThink Energy Florida join us for a wide-ranging conversation touching on climate action, policy & legislation, climate denial, and so much more.

ReThink Energy Florida is a 501c3 charity with a mission to educate, engage, and empower Floridians to take action and achieve a just transition to clean energy for a healthier, more sustainable environment through youth education, adult engagement, and community organizing.

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May 19, 202101:02:29
People. Planet. Profit. (with Stephen Bay of EarthUP)

People. Planet. Profit. (with Stephen Bay of EarthUP)

Stephen Bay is the Co-Founder and CEO of EarthUP, an environmental software as a service platform for companies and individuals to save money, reduce waste & create a healthier home.

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Apr 28, 202145:21
Saving Special Places (with Paul Owens of 1000 Friends of Florida)

Saving Special Places (with Paul Owens of 1000 Friends of Florida)

Paul Owens, President of 1000 Friends of Florida, talks to us about his work through this organization to save special places in Florida nature and build better communities. Smarter and responsible urban growth is crucial to preserve Florida's natural spaces as our population increases. The vision of 1000 Friends of Florida is a state with abundant natural lands, a verdant network of wildlife corridors and greenways, productive farms, and pristine springs and rivers.

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Mar 24, 202136:46
The Future of Florida's Energy Grid (with Sierra Club)

The Future of Florida's Energy Grid (with Sierra Club)

Lee Perry talks with Raquel Fernandez and Susannah Randolph of the Sierra Club Florida Chapter on their progress spearheading the Beyond Coal initiative to ensure accountability and responsibility on the part of utilities like OUC and their goals of committing to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

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Mar 17, 202134:51
Sustainable Home Improvement (with Doug Coward: Executive Director of SELF)

Sustainable Home Improvement (with Doug Coward: Executive Director of SELF)

Season 2 premiere episode. Clayton Louis Ferrara talks to Doug Coward (Executive Director of SELF - the Solar Energy Loan Fund) about the work of improving homes sustainably by providing easy loans to LMI (low and moderate-income) residents. Their primary focus lies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate resilience. 


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Mar 10, 202149:51
Climate Resilience in Latino Communities (with Salome Garcia & Esther Sosa)

Climate Resilience in Latino Communities (with Salome Garcia & Esther Sosa)

A presentation featuring Salome Garcia, Policy and Campaigns Manager for the CLEO Institute, and Esther Sosa, Lead of Political Affairs Campaigns and Partnerships for Environmental Defense Fund.  

Sponsored by GreenLatinos (https://www.greenlatinos.org/)  

Salome Garcia is the Policy and Campaigns Manager for The CLEO Institute, a latinx led non-profit that drives climate action through community education and engagement. Salome works to direct the field and digital operations for the Florida Climate Pledge, a state-wide campaign to educate Florida residents and policymakers on the everyday impacts of the climate crisis. Salome also leads the environmental and climate policy advocacy work focusing on how climate issues disproportionately impact frontline communities.  

Esther Sosa focuses on environmental policy and developing strategic partnerships. She serves as the project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Diverse Partners initiative, which focuses on building and expanding a network of allies to support climate-related advocacy efforts. Esther is passionate about creating connections and collaboration between elected officials and community groups and other NGOs to advance climate change legislation that is equitable and just.  

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Nov 22, 202039:43
Can Legal Action Save the Planet? (with Delaney Reynolds)
Nov 19, 202018:47
Environmental Entrepreneurship (with Zachary Marimon of Agrarian Land and Pond, LLC)
Nov 16, 202025:59
The Benefits of Fungi (with Taylor Bright)
Nov 11, 202002:02:20
Central Florida Water Initiative (w/ Gabbie Milch)
Sep 18, 202044:56
Activism for Equity and Environmental Resiliency (w/ Chev Lovett of Organize Florida)
Sep 01, 202040:04
The Right to Clean Water (w/ Chuck O'Neal)
Jul 20, 202056:45
A New Approach to Nocturnal Light (w/ Derek Demeter)
Jun 08, 202052:26
A Personal Plant-Based Journey (w/ Lana Weidgenant)
May 22, 202048:10
Solar-Powered Lawn Care (w/ Christopher Regis of Suntek)

Solar-Powered Lawn Care (w/ Christopher Regis of Suntek)

Christopher Regis is the CEO of Suntek, a landscape and lawn maintenance company based in Orlando, FL that centers its business model on solar-powered equipment and organic pest-management products. We discuss how Suntek is working towards being a zero-emission business, how it can serve as a model and asset for other businesses, and more.

Learn more about Suntek at https://sunteklawncare.com/

If you are interested in starting a Suntek franchise, visit http://suntekfranchise.com/

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Apr 29, 202042:09
Solidarity & Sustainability (w/ The IDEAS Executive Team)
Apr 09, 202001:08:09
The Toxic Cost of Our Food (w/ Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida)

The Toxic Cost of Our Food (w/ Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida)

Lee Perry (Former Chief Operations Officer of IDEAS For Us and present Vice President of the Board) sits down with Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida to discuss the complex issue of our industrial agriculture system. The state of Florida is home to thousands of farmworkers, for the most part from Central and South America. These workers earn little to no pay and have been exposed to deadly toxins in the form of pesticides.

Jeannie serves the needs of farmworkers in the Lake Apopka region of Central Florida. She is an avid and vocal activist for the rights of farmworkers in Florida and across the nation. Listen to this podcast to learn more about those most impacted by the scale and demand of our industrial agricultural system. We must work to advocate for these people's lives and shift our food production to a more sustainable model, like that of our program Fleet Farming.

How you can help:

Donate to the Farmworker Association of Florida Donate to the Lake Apopka Farmworkers Historical Mural Project Volunteer or attend a Toxic Tour - Call (407) 886-5151 or email info@FloridaFarmworkers.org Call your Representative in support of H.R.6631 - Ban Nerve Agents In Our Food Act of 2018 and H.R.3668 - Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act of 2019 Sign the Heat Stress Protections Petition

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Feb 26, 202001:02:47
No Road Through Split Oak (w/ Valerie Anderson from Friends of Split Oak Forest)
Feb 04, 202045:27
Global Companies & 21st Century Sustainability (w/ Jacobs)

Global Companies & 21st Century Sustainability (w/ Jacobs)

In this podcast, we sit down with three Jacobs employees—Dan Kirby, principal and client services leader; Amber Salcedo, mechanical designer; and Madeline Almodovar, environmental scientist—to discuss why diversity and sustainability are so important moving into the 21st century. They touch on workplace sustainability practices, and ways that large companies can embrace environmentalism in their immediate scope. 

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Jan 29, 202037:30
Can Pest Prevention Be Sustainable? (w/ Adam Scheinberg of Massey Services)
Jan 26, 202032:38
A Path to Clean Energy for Orlando (w/ Raquel Fernandez of Sierra Club)
Jan 15, 202016:54
Rethinking Sustainability (w/ Alexa Stone of ecoPreserve)

Rethinking Sustainability (w/ Alexa Stone of ecoPreserve)

IDEAS For Us Executive Director Clayton Louis Ferrara sits down with Alexa Stone,  President and Founder of ecoPreserve, a company that helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint through programs like LEED Certification. Their discussion also includes how sustainability has changed and what it might look like in the future, how Orlando fits into the network of smart cities, and more.   

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Jan 15, 202040:33
Introducing The Official IDEAS For Us Podcast
Jan 13, 202001:31