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In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Jigar Shah, Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.Jigar discusses how the Loan Programs Office operates in terms of lending and taking risks to achieve its goals. He gives the example of how it helped Tesla scale up, and how they are now working to support the conversion of the Intermountain Power Plant from coal to hydrogen. Jigar demonstrates the incredibly broad reach of the Loan Programs Office, especially now that they have significantly more funding since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. He also shares the fulfillment of working in the nation's capital at this time in history, when energy security has become a national priority. It is time to scale up to become energy independent, and to drive down energy costs and carbon in the process.
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic Podcast, Ted features Yvon Chouinard and his family’s gift of Patagonia to fight climate change. He also salutes Californians all who defeated proclamations of rolling black-outs and effectively kept the power grid on. Ted goes on to dig into the Inflation Reduction Act and its climate and energy funding and implications. Other stories feature Green Hydrogen Electrolyzers, the Little Free Library movement, and Air Canada’s purchase of electric planes.
Ted and David have a substantive discussion ranging from the roots of his environmental passion in Tehran, Iran as a child, to his long standing and official role as a Member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He's been appointed by four governors to this position. A division of Cal EPA, the Board is responsible for potable water, non-drinking water, stormwater, ocean waters and more throughout the region made up of 99 cities. The current three-year drought is a big part of the conversation. David discusses the drought and its motivating effect as water supplies become scarce and more costly. This drives opportunities for local leadership and investments in efficient water use and reclamation. He salutes Orange County's wastewater reclamation. And while Los Angeles may not zero-out imports of water, the region is now squarely on a trajectory to lead the nation in managing water resources now further threatened by climate change.
In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles.Ted and Lauren discuss her early career at the British Embassy promoting sustainability solutions, as well as the relationship between British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, which led to her moving home to California to serve as Assistant Secretary of the California EPA for Climate.She goes to share how she landed back in Los Angeles to work for Mayor Garcetti to serve as deputy, and then Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, highlighting LA's unique role and its opportunity to create a potent model for sustainability. She digs into the breadth of environmental and equity issues the Mayor has spearheaded, and the responsibility and opportunity that LA has to serve in a local government leadership capacity. That opportunity includes demonstrating how the City has turned a major corner, completely transforming its environmental posture...from a City choked with traffic and a model for the country and world.
In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Mona Newton, former Executive Director of CORE (Community Office of Resource Efficiency), serving Aspen and Pitkin County, Colorado.Ted and Mona discuss her background and early career working in Colorado’s Governor’s Energy Office, segueing into her role at CORE. CORE is an interesting community energy model made up of elected officials, utility representatives, and committed citizens to help people, businesses, municipalities, facilities and nonprofit organizations save natural resources and lower energy bills while reducing their carbon footprint.Mona highlights three of CORE’s programs and projects: placing fees on mega-home developers to offset their carbon footprints, the genesis of the 5 MW solar farm near the Aspen Airport (and the collaboration that made it possible), as well as CORE’s work with capturing methane from abandoned coal mines, notably the five mines that constitute Coal Basin.
In this episode of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Walter "Wally" McGuire, Retired CEO of the Flex Your Power Campaign. Ted and Wally discuss his background and early career in campaign organizing, White House trip planning for President Jimmy Carter, his involvement in two Olympics, and managing the Pope's visit to Los Angeles. He also highlights his role in developing and managing the enormously successful Flex Your Power Campaign for 15 years, demonstrating the importance of thanking the public for helping to avert blackouts versus them thinking that their contribution was not meaningful. 
In this episode, Father - Daughter Duo, Ted and Sierra Flanigan, hold a Crash Course on offshore wind. They have a lively discussion on its fantastic potential, and unpack its challenges and its benefits. Listen to gain insight and learn more on the topic!
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted takes listeners along on a journey aboard Zephyr, sailing the Coast of Maine. He starts by introducing the State of Maine, then highlights each day of the sailing trip, starting at Falmouth and ending in Rockland. Along the way, Ted highlights Maine's lobster industry, renewable energy, and light houses. He also announces EcoMotion's B Corp certification and the company's long-standing tradition of eco-conscious work. 
In this episode of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Paul Schwer, President at PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc. As the president of PAE, Paul leads a talented group of over 380 engineering, design, and business professionals creating the most energy and water efficient buildings in the world. Ted and Paul discuss the Living Building Challenge, and how it is the next step past LEED. Paul goes on to highlight the potential for timber framing, the PAE office building using waste as a product, and the concept for the "Irresistible Stairway" at the Bullitt Center.  He also digs deeper into changing human behavior through curiosity, and expanding our thinking through our connection to nature. 
The Elevator Update

The Elevator Update


In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted digs into all things elevators: cable-less, mag-levs, and high-rise gravity storage. He goes on to highlight The U.K.’s low-cost renewable tender, agrihoods and farm-centered communities, batteries addressing California's heat waves, swiss pumped-hydro storage, sand batteries, and shared mobility and active transportation. 
In this episode of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Christopher Klinga, Owner / Principal Engineer at Solmotiv, a Boulder, Colorado-based firm focused on applications of architectural glass. Ted and Chris discuss the definitions of BIPV-- building integrated photovoltaics - and architectural solar, the latter being fully baked into a building's design process. Chris notes that in many cases, architectural solar can replace building construction components, like window walls of PV IGU -- the insulated glass units common in commercial buildings and skylights. They also dig deeper into PV Rapid Shutdown requirements, and then switch to the personal, discussing the magnet that drew Chris to Colorado, and his love for skiing and climbing. 
In this episode of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Dr. Susan B. Eirich, Founder and Executive Director of the Earthfire Institute, a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center in Driggs, Idaho. She discusses her deep sentiments on the value of Reconnection Ecology, a framework created to reawaken our relationship with wildlife and nature, expanding our sense of community to include all living beings and moving us to protect thriving habitats for all life.She talks about her love for the West, and her deep connection and instinctive understanding of wolves. Today, Earthfire Institute houses bears, wolves, and a menagerie of mammals native to the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor. Visitors, by appointment only, are welcome to observe and connect for a few hours, or even a few days!
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted reflects on his trip visiting Esalen at Big Sur.  He described the beauty, origins, and sustainability features. He goes on to highlight two major stories out of Hawaii: the state's last coal-fired power station - the Kapolei station on Oahu – is slated for closure, and they are rewarding households for sharing clean energy with the grid at useful times. Ted also shares stories on EV equity, peecycling, Germany slashing train fares, European solar rooftops initiative, and the world's largest wind turbine.  
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Rob Pratt, an extremely accomplished national and international leader in clean energy, on his career in Washington, DC and Central America developing renewable energy projects, founding the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) originally in China, founding GreenerU which focuses on American campus efficiency, and his current works in the South Pacific. Rob is a for-profit and non-profit entrepreneur, a clean energy funder, and a governmental leader. He has founded or co-founded four companies and four non-profit organizations, raising more than $70 million in equity, grant and project funding and more than $250 million in energy project financing. 
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Salem Afeworki, sustainability professional, on her resilient past and upbringing, which has led to her discovering her passion and career in sustainability. Salem discusses her youth in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and how her parents pushed education as a pathway out of the turbulent region. She shares that her early job in the UN Peacekeeping Mission shaped her view of local conflicts, and exposed her to her world view. She later moved to Chile, earning degrees, and then to California as an environmental specialist. Salem's impressive resume of academic accomplishments speaks to her drive. Up until very recently, Salem guided the City of Costa Mesa in its earliest works with sustainability as the Energy and Sustainability Services Division Manager, winning the 2022 Heroes Award.
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Dave Munk, Board Chair at Holy Cross Energy, on his vision for a customer centric utility industry transition for rural electric cooperatives to increase their business resilience and strengthen the communities they serve. Dave notes that Holy Cross Energy has made great strides toward advancing his vision and has been recognized for its "aggressive pursuit of economical clean energy." Ted and Dave discuss his earlier career works, promoting water and energy efficiency in schools, supported by utility programs. They also touch on how shower head manufacturer, Ray Engel, had a vision for high efficiency / high performance shower heads, which were a key part of his kits that students got to take basic steps at home.
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Matt Harper, a clean-tech entrepreneur and product developer, on commercializing battery technology and bringing it to scale. Matt is an MIT educated engineer with a lifelong passion for innovation, and Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Invinity Energy Systems.Ted and Matt discuss various battery chemistries and how they each have roles in energy storage: lithium for the short term, vanadium flow 8 - 12 hours, iron air for 100 - 150 hours, and green hydrogen for seasonal storage. Matt also shares great insights on coupling battery chemistries to "stack" revenue streams and benefits. 
In this episode, Father - Daughter Duo, Ted and Sierra Flanigan, hold a Crash Course on their experimental solar home. They discuss the experience of taking an existing experimental home with perfect orientation and changing it from active solar heating to a passive house opening up great views and streams of sunshine. They delve into the history of the land and home, the design and goals of the home, and lessons along the way. Listen to learn about what you can do to integrate some of these practices into your home.
Restoration Ranch

Restoration Ranch


In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted reflects on the memorial of his late stepbrother, Chris Avery. He attended the dedication ceremony of Restoration Ranch, and shares the vision of Kathryn Avery, Chris' wife, to create a haven for first responders to relax, reflect, recreate, and focus on wellness. He goes on to highlight electric Class 8 trucks with 200 hundred miles of range, a Texas-based builders plan to focus on sustainability and build 200,000 homes that are each an energy-resilient microgrid, and China boasting the world's biggest energy corridor. He also shares stories on the Las Vegas turf-ban, Stanford University's new school of climate, green roof's in France, and the clean heat standard aimed at driving down emissions from heating fuels. 
In this issue of Flanigan's Eco-Logic, Ted speaks with Rob Watson, known as the "Founding Father of LEED," on the current state of productivity in the building sector. Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international green building standard, though he notes with concern the structural capabilities of delivering sustainability at scale, scope, and speed. Ted and Rob also discuss the SWEEP Standard (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Performance), launched in 2016, which is a LEED-like standard, but for standard solid waste. In his current role as a Principal with Upland Road, LLC, Rob develops eco-industrial campuses around a disruptive technology and business model that revolutionizes the global materials management industry by separating, diverting, and recycling up to 95% of municipal mixed waste that is collected in one bin.
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