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PODCAST SERIES: The Darden GreenPod

The Darden GreenPod is hosted by Erika Herz, Associate Director of Sustainability Programs at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The program covers a wide range of topics with leading scholars and professionals concerning the principles and practices of sustainability.

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GREENPOD 26 WITH VIPIN THEK, ASHOKA’S YOUTH VENTURE

Ahoka has supported more than 3000 social entrepreneurs in over 70 countries. Vipin shares the organization’s inspiring vision to create 1 billion changemakers. He details how Ashoka provides entrepreneurs with financial and technical resources, and a supportive community, while its youth programs prepare young people to be changemakers through the skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and entrepreneurship. Vipin also offers sage advice for mission-driven job-seekers on being both intentional and open to the unexpected.
RUNNING TIME: 25 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 25 WITH TERESA LAW AND DANIEL SPITZER, MOUNTAIN HAZELNUTS GROUP

In this special 25th edition of the Darden GreenPod, Erika interviews Teresa Law and Daniel Spitzer, serial entrepreneurs and founders of Mountain Hazelnuts Group, a venture that works with thousands of farmers in Bhutan to plant hazelnut trees toward becoming a major player in the world hazelnuts market. They discuss becoming Bhutan’s first venture with 100% foreign direct investment in a country that measures itself by Gross National Happiness, their balancing of financial, environmental and social welfare business metrics, and the risks involved in working in a country transitioning from subsistence agriculture to a market economy.
RUNNING TIME: 21 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 24 WITH COLEMAN BIGELOW, JOHNSON & JOHNSON

In this episode, Erika talks with Coleman Bigelow, J&J’s Director of Global Sustainability Marketing, who shares sustainability best practices for consumer companies including learnings from the development and launch of the Neutrogena Naturals brand, partnerships with non-profits, and taking care with product claims.
RUNNING TIME: 17 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 23 WITH FRANCESCA MCCANN, GLOBAL WATER STRATEGIES AND JON FREEDMAN, GE POWER AND WATER

Guests Francesca McCann and Jon Freedman talk about the water-energy connection, career opportunities and corporate innovation in the water sector, and what business leaders should know, including best-in-class measurement tools, policies and organizations.
RUNNING TIME: 18 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 22 WITH REBECCA RUBIN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF MARSTEL-DAY

Rebecca Rubin, President and CEO of award-winning sustainability consulting firm Marstel-Day discusses: how companies can tailor their sustainability strategies to their strengths; understanding and monetizing ecosystem services; and leading climate adaptation strategies by organizations like the Department of Defense.
RUNNING TIME: 23 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 21 WITH ANNE KILGORE, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY, EASTMAN CHEMICAL

Anne Kilgore, Director of Global Sustainability, offers her view on how Eastman incorporates sustainability as a key strategic driver of innovation, business growth and competitive advantage, including the goal to derive two-thirds of new product revenue from sustainability-focused product launches. She shares how Eastman took its sustainability strategy first steps, and the focus on finding the intersection between the company’s strengths and society’s greatest needs.
RUNNING TIME: 29 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 20 WITH BRIAN AND MARY NATTRASS, FOUNDERS OF SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS

Sustainability strategists and authors of The Natural Step for Business, Brian and Mary Nattrass, share how they help organizations like Nike, Starbucks and the U.S. Army transform their operations. They discuss the “fifth era” of sustainability leaders who see an expanded role for business in society. They also offer ways for any employee to be a sustainability change agent, and how they charted their own career paths.
RUNNING TIME: 34 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 19 WITH MICHAEL KOLLINS, COO, WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF

In this episode, Erika speaks with Michael Kollins, Chief operating Officer of World Bicycle Relief, which provides access to healthcare, education and livelihood through the power of bicycles. World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.
RUNNING TIME: 12 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD18 WITH MARK MILLER, FOUNDER AND CEO, MKTHINK

“Accidental Entrepreneur” Mark Miller, Founder of Project FROG and MKThink, providers of green building solutions discusses how Project FROG has evolved to design and produce better, greener classroom buildings for students, how FROG is a platform for other green building technologies to be deployed, and his new venture which incorporates building user behavior into the innovation process.
RUNNING TIME: 17 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 17 WITH OLIVER KUTTNER, FOUNDER AND CEO, EDISON2

Oliver Kuttner, Founder and CEO of Edison2, the winner of the 2010 Automotive X Prize, talks with host Erika Herz about: the financial and technical challenges of bringing to market the Very Light Car to achieve both energy efficiency and safety goals; how his company might help connect the vastly different car industries in the U.S. and developing economies; and his view on innovation in the U.S. car industry.
RUNNING TIME: 24 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 16 WITH JESSICA BLUME, DELOITTE CONSULTING

Jessica Blume, Principal and National Managing Director for Enterprise Sustainability with Deloitte discusses the company’s approach to working with clients on their sustainability strategies, from supply chain energy efficiency to new product development, and the skillsets employed by consulting teams. She also reflects on the extent of corporate innovation generated through sustainability actions.
RUNNING TIME: 13 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 15 WITH RICHARD REGISTER, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ECOCITY BUILDERS

Richard Register, author of "Ecocities: Building Cities in Balance with Nature", discusses with host Erika Herz what it means to create ecocities that are built around people not cars, as well as the role of corporations, including auto companies, in making this a reality.
RUNNING TIME: 28 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 14 WITH LARRY SCHWEIGER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, joins host Erika Herz for a conversation covering how climate change will be both a defining threat and an opportunity for business in this century, how the NWF partners with the business community, including insurance companies, and its successful use of social media to affect change.
RUNNING TIME: 19 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 13 WITH DEBBIE GORDON, TRANSPORTATION ANALYST AND AUTHOR OF TWO BILLION CARS

In this episode, Erika speaks with Debbie Gordon, a policy consultant specializing in transportation, energy and the environment. Debbie is also the author of the book "Two Billion Cars" and recently spoke at the University of Virginia "Car of the Future-Future of the Car" Symposium. They discuss the roles of business and of universities in transforming mobility, as well as the impact of social media.
RUNNING TIME: 16 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 12 WITH JEREMY RIFKIN, FOUNDATION ON ECONOMIC TRENDS: THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Jeremy Rifkin and host Erika Herz discuss the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Roundtable, a cross-sector collaboration among major global companies, governments and energy cooperatives to create master plans for “third industrial revolution infrastructure” based on renewable energy, energy storage, smart utility networks, electric vehicles and high performance buildings. Rifkin also shares how MBA education must evolve to develop leaders capable of guiding this transformation.
RUNNING TIME: 20 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 11 WITH BETH HEIDER ON GREEN CONSTRUCTION AT SKANSKA USA

In this episode, Erika is joined by Beth Heider, Senior Vice-President at Skanska USA Building, and Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Ms. Heider discusses green building innovation and the growth of the USGBC.
RUNNING TIME: 17 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 10 WITH MIKE LENOX AND ERIKA JAMES ON BUSINESS STRATEGY AND CRISIS LEADERSHIP AT BP

Professors Mike Lenox and Erika James of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business analyze BP’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf, as well as future strategies for the firm. Mike is Executive Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Erika is the author of the book Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis.
RUNNING TIME: 25 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 9 WITH LENNY MENDONCA, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

In this episode, Erika speaks with Lenny Mendonca, a director (senior partner) in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company, where he leads the firm's knowledge development. Lenny is on the Shareholders' Council of McKinsey (its board of directors) and oversees the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm's communications (including McKinsey Quarterly). He has helped dozens of corporate, government, and not-for-profit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny has led several McKinsey research efforts. He has written and spoken extensively on globalization, corporate social responsibility, economic development, regulation, education, energy policy, health care, financial services, and corporate strategy.
RUNNING TIME: 19 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 8 WITH CHRIS LASZLO, SUSTAINABLE VALUE PARTNERS

Chris Laszlo, Managing Partner with Sustainable Value Partners joins Erika on the GreenPod. Sustainable Value Partners is a management, research and educational consulting firm. In addition, Chris is the author of "The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance" and "Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good".
RUNNING TIME: 26 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 7 WITH DAVID PATCHEN, CARGILL

In this episode of the Darden GreenPod, Erika is joined by David Patchen, Managing Director of the Emerging Business Accelerator of Cargill, Incorporated. The Emerging Business Accelerator invests in new business opportunities that have the potential to become new business units for Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services.
RUNNING TIME: 21 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 6 WITH KEITH TRENT, DUKE ENERGY

In this edition of the Darden GreenPod, host Erica Herz is joined by Keith Trent, Group Executive and Chief Strategy, Policy and Regulatory Officer for Duke Energy. Keith's responsibilities include federal policy and government affairs, energy effiency and technology iniatives, and community affairs.
RUNNING TIME: 19 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 5 WITH JOHN STERLING, CHEVRON

Chevron Technology Ventures Business Development Manager John Sterling speaks with host Erika Herz about growth in renewable energy technologies. Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron Corporation, develops and commercializes emerging technologies, including those related to hydrogen, advanced energy storage and renewable energy.
RUNNING TIME: 15 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 4 WITH ANNE SMITH, FRITO-LAY

Anne Smith, Brand Manager at Frito-Lay discusses innovation for sustainability with Darden GreenPod host Erika Herz.
RUNNING TIME: 11 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 3 WITH KATE HEINY, TARGET

In this episode of the Darden GreenPod, host Erika Herz is joined by Kate Heiny, Sustainability Manager at Target. Ms. Heiny visited Darden as part of the 2nd Annual Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum. She discusses Target's sustainability actions, as well as what skills are necessary in her role.
RUNNING TIME: 14 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 2 WITH MARK WATKINS, MEADWESTVACO

Mark Watkins, Senior Vice President of MeadWestvaco Corporation, joins host Erika Herz to discuss the company's product innovation for sustainability, as well as partnerships with outside organizations that advance its strategic sustainability goals. Mark's responsibilities include corporate engineering, sustainability, safety and health.
RUNNING TIME: 22 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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GREENPOD 1 WITH FRANK MANTERO, GE

In this first episode of "The Darden GreenPod", host Erika Herz talks with Frank Mantero, Director of Corporate Citizenship Programs for GE. Frank is responsible for coordinating GE's global citizenship efforts, including developing and managing the company's Citizenship Report and monitoring the company's engagement with the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
RUNNING TIME: 23 m AVAILABLE MEDIA:
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