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The Top 5 Sustainability Podcasts

Today, sustainability is receiving lots of attention. Corporations and customers are advocating greener products and services, and millions are protesting for government action on an international scale. 

With the environmental crisis at large and constant reminders from the media, it makes sense to try and keep up to date with the latest issues in sustainability. But where should you begin?

Whether you are looking for an introduction to sustainability, tips on making the business case, or to get a glimpse of where the future is headed, there’s never been a better time to tune into the debate. Here’s a list of 5 excellent, active sustainability podcasts worth checking out.

The Top Five Sustainability Podcasts

5. Sustainability Defined

“The podcast that defines sustainability one concept (and one bad joke) at a time.”

What is sustainability? How does sustainability impact our future? With their witty banter, co-hosts Scott Breen and Jay Siegal attempt to assign a definition to sustainability - or at least make the concept a little less ambiguous. They must be doing a decent job; their podcast has been established in course curriculums at Duke University, Penn State, and the University of Memphis!

Siegal holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Cornell University and is the founder of Ground Up Impact - a company with a mission to make environmental and social ventures profitable and scalable. Breen is “a funny Spock” (star-trek reference) with a law degree from Indiana University. Together they take a sustainable approach to questions concerning business, energy, cities, the natural environment, transportation, policies, and more.

 Each episode is typically released the first week of each month featuring a “sustainability pro”, with insights from key employees of Google, Walmart, National Geographic, and more. 

Available on: Spotify; Apple Podcasts; Stitcher Radio; Player.fm

4. The Energy Gang

“A weekly digest on energy, clean-tech and the environment.”

With stimulating debates and discussions amid Greentech Media hosts Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah, this podcast invites professionals from the green tech world to discuss technological, political and market forces driving energy and environmental issues.

This podcast provides a fresh take on the current and future direction of energy, and discusses alternative energy solutions. For more of a business perspective on sustainability, you can also check out their complimentary podcast The Interchange.

Available on: Spotify; Apple Podcasts; Google Play; Stitcher Radio; RSS Feed

3. The Impact Report

“Stories from the front lines of business and sustainability innovation.”

Presented by Bard College's Sustainability MBA program, The Impact Report is the first podcast of its kind. Bringing together students and faculty with sustainability leaders from around the world, Bard’s program examines innovative sustainability topics with goals to strike change. The MBA students handle all interview processes, including securing the interview, writing and delivering the questions, and hosting.

The latest interview (as to date) features Bob Langart, the VP of Sustainability from the world’s fourth-largest employer, McDonald's. It discusses some of McDonald’s toughest challenges with integrating sustainability into its core mission, and where they can continue to lead by example. 

Available on: Apple Podcasts; PodBean; Player.fm; Facebook.

2. Climate One

“Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the economy and the environment.”

Executive Producer and host Greg Dalton created the Climate One dialogue after a life-changing voyage to the Russian Arctic. During the voyage, he experienced first-hand glimpses of climate disruption in the region: hiking on melting tundra, sailing through icy fields and witnessing unfamiliar animal migrations. On his podcast, Dalton invites climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens alike for in-depth discussions on the climate crisis. 

Climate One also hosts live events with speakers representing the United Nations, the fossil fuel industry, environmental advocacy groups, and more. Here, Dalton connects representatives with the audience to collectively address some of the great challenges of our time. The Climate One website is packed with educational content. Check it out!

Available on: Spotify; Apple Podcasts; Google Play; Stitcher Radio; PodBean; Player.fm

1. The Sustainability Agenda

“The Sustainability Agenda is a weekly podcast exploring today’s biggest sustainability questions.”

I was introduced to this wonderful podcast by a professor at Concordia University. He directed the class to episode 56, where show-host Fergal Bryne delivers a thought-provoking interview with anthropologist Dr. Jason Hickel, discussing sustainability, poverty, and the impact of the western-led development agenda across the world. The discussion was highly analytical and really made me consider the West’s (negative) impact on the global south and developing countries. I have yet to find this level of discussion elsewhere.

New episodes air weekly, starring one ‘leading thinker’ in sustainability and one topic. Bryne’s podcast aims to provide insight into some of the most complex sustainability questions today. His ultimate goal is to identify what’s working, what’s not, and what actions need to be taken to become a more sustainable community.

Available on: Apple Podcasts; Google Play; Stitcher Radio.

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