24 :: Galen Nelson, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

There is an amazing organization of people, right here in Massachusetts, working to create jobs, drive economic growth, and fight climate change. What do these superhero-like individuals call themselves? The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. They’ve been investing in innovators, de-risking technologies, and being a leader in cleantech for almost a decade. Today, we sit down with Galen Nelson, Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support, to hear about this state economic development agency and the incredible work they do!

23 :: Robert Cooper, Embue

Smart homes are easy. Everybody is doing it! But what about smart apartment buildings? Well that’s another can of worms entirely. Join Robert from Embue as we explore tackling a unique challenge that requires unique solutions. Along the way we’ll also hear about the founding of Greentown Labs - from humble (and mildly hazardous) beginnings to the successful cleantech incubator it is today.

Visit embue.com/ to learn more about Embue.

22 :: Quinton Zondervan, Cambridge City Council

As a city council member in Cambridge, MA, Quinton Zondervan advocates passionately for sustainability, affordable housing, and clean transportation. He loves what he does and it shows. Listen in to hear Quinton’s take on innovating public policy, the yin and yang of policy and entrepreneurship, and how motivated young people can make a difference.

Learn more about Quinton's work as Cambridge City Council Member at www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/cit…uintonzondervan

21 :: Kyle Kornack, Green Gas

If you fill your car with fossil fuels, there is something easy you can do right now to reduce your carbon footprint. You can go to greengasmovement.org and sign up. With Green Gas' ingenious system, it is quick and easy to clean carbon from the atmosphere every time you gas up. In fact, for just ten cents extra per gallon, you’ll support projects that offset all of the carbon your car is about to spew out! Green Gas is the brainchild of Kyle Kornack - join Joe and Chloe to learn how Green Gas started with making juice and quickly landed Kyle on the floor of the United Nations.

20 :: Latika Menon, Menon Labs

This one is for the scientists… and the entrepreneurs… and the mindfulness enthusiasts? That’s right, our show with Latika from Menon Labs has something for everyone! Listen to hear how this materials science professor took her life’s work out of the lab and right into the market. Her secret? Yoga, breathing exercises, and world-class support from Northeastern University and Greentown Labs.

19 :: Sarah Haig, Silverside Detectors

For Silverside Detectors, bigger means better. Better neutron detectors that is - detectors that help protect America from nuclear and radioactive threats. Join Joe, Chloe, and Sarah as they discuss creating a successful startup on DoD money, being a woman in an overwhelmingly male field, designing early for manufacture, and limericks. That’s right, limericks. Enjoy!

Visit Silverside's website at sside.co/

18 :: Ben Glass, Altaeros

Many of our guests aim to fly high, but Ben Glass from Altaeros aims to fly higher than most. Literally. What started as a vision to create high altitude wind turbines has evolved into an innovation many thought was impossible – autonomous aerostats. Join us to hear about how Altaeros is putting payloads way up in the air and transforming what’s possible in clean energy and telecom.

Visit Altaeros' website at www.altaerosenergies.com/

Also, Ben's sister's shop in Coolidge Corner at alliummarket.com/

17 :: Arron Acosta, RISE Robotics

Arron and the RISE team have a startup and a dream: to create robots that make us more than we are today. That’s right, they want to create the first real ironman suit - but for everyone, not just the ultra-wealthy. Join us as we sit down with a real-life Tony Stark to hear what it takes to create a functioning robotic exosuit. On the way there, RISE Robotics is developing and commercializing technologies to dramatically improve efficiency in industrial settings.

Visit RISE Robotics' website at www.riserobotics.com/

16 :: Claire Aviles + William Dean, Cambrian Innovation

Certain industries, like brewing beer and wine making, use a lot of water. Like a lot. A lot a lot. And what do brewers do with the contaminated wastewater afterwards? They can’t just pour it down the drain, but if they are savvy, they will give Cambrian Innovation a call. Cambrian has a process of treating water cheaply and effectively while creating biogas for energy as a bi-product. In fact, some of those brewers are even reusing their water to make more beer! Join William, Claire, and us to discuss taking water resources full-cycle.

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15 :: Minhaj Chowdhury, Drinkwell

The arsenic water crisis affects over 200 million people around the globe. In fact, the World Health Organization calls it the largest mass poisoning in human history. Minhaj and his team at Drinkwell are out to address this issue, at scale, and save millions of lives. In the process, Minhaj has learned a lot about how, when the rubber meets the road, your go-to-market strategies need to adapt and grow, sometimes in ways you could have never imagined. Doing this requires a delicate balance of flexibility and a ruthlessness. Please join us as we sit down with Minhaj to learn more.

Visit Drinkwell's website at http://drinkwellsystems.com/

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14 :: Isaac Baker + Ben Underwood, Resonant Energy

Ben and Isaac believe that in order to fight climate change, we need to bring more voices to the table. It can’t just be the wealthy advocating for a sustainable future, it needs to come from Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum. And that means bringing renewable energy to communities that are too poor or too high risk for traditional financing models. The finance mechanisms that have brought solar to homes across the country are designed for the wealthy and creditworthy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Please listen to hear about how Resonant Energy is changing the game by bringing the renewable energy revolution to more Americans.

Visit Resonant Energy's website at http://www.resonant.energy/

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13 :: Alex Piña, Avalanche Energy

Not every startup makes it. In fact, most don't. But we rarely hear those stories, stories of working long hours for many years, investing personal/family money, only to have it all end one day quietly and without fanfare. It's a tough truth of innovation that there are losers more often than winners - but it's those individuals who have struggled and failed that can teach us the most. And, most importantly, can show us that even though you may be down, it doesn't mean you are out - not by a long shot. Today we sit down with Alex Piña of Avalanche Energy.

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12 :: Sean Becker, Sparkplug Power

Clean energy generation and energy storage go together like peanut butter and jelly. Their combination presents an elegant solution to peak demand issues and an effective method to reduce energy costs. But you can’t just slap these technologies together and expect it to work out! It takes a lot of work to plan and pull off these projects, not to mention making sure stored energy gets deployed most efficiently. Listen up to hear Sean’s journey of starting Sparkplug power, a startup that tackles this sticky issue.

Visit Sparkplug Power's website at http://sparkplugpower.com/

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11 :: Declan Keefe, Placetailor

Can we make buildings that are better for the planet than doing nothing? When you build a home, you make an immediate and ongoing negative impact on the environment (relative to having done nothing, that is). Tune in to hear from Declan Keefe of Placetailor, a design and construction firm with a vision to do better. (Oh, their homes are also drop-dead gorgeous by the way.)

Visit Placetailor's website at http://www.placetailor.com/

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10 :: Christopher Micali + Joe Bamberg, Sense Labs

Data is the wave of the future when it comes to building efficiency. And none-too-soon: 40% of all of our energy in the U.S. is spent in buildings. In order to achieve a sustainable future, we need unique and informed approaches to reducing use in buildings. Enter Sense. Their product provides detailed information about how appliances and features of your house use energy - giving homeowners the tools they need to reduce use and save big bucks. Please join us as we sit down with Chris and Joe to hear more.

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09 :: Katherine MacDonald, Greentown Labs

Joe and Chloe first met Katie while she was Director of the Cleantech Open, a role that put her near the center of Boston’s cleantech ecosystem. Despite her demanding position, she made time to welcome each of us, wide-eyed new cleantech entrepreneurs, to the world of cleantech, as she’s done for dozens of self-starters before and since. Katie continues to work hard, now in her position as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Greentown Labs, to make the Northeast a welcoming, efficient, and effective place for talented people to realize their visions for a cleaner future.

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08 :: David Markley, Surge Hydro

More than 90% of existing dams in the U.S. don’t produce electricity.  What if someone could transform these facilities into reliable clean energy sources that wouldn’t harm the environment? Surge Hydro cofounders Nicholas Cabral and David Markley decided to tackle this problem head on by buying, restoring, and upgrading several hydroelectric dams in Maine. Join Joe and Chloe in their conversation with David Markley to hear the Surge Hydro story.

Visit their website at https://www.surgehydro.com/ to learn more.

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07 :: Ruben Mencos + Abel Jimenez, Proper Pipe

About 50% of the water destined to for Boston is lost between the reservoir and the city, and most of that loss occurs at pipe joints. Concerned about this hemorrhaging of a precious resource? Enter Proper Pipe. In order to solve many problems related to transporting liquids, we need not only better joints, but also a better way of testing the integrity of those joints. Ruben and Abel, the respective Founder/CEO and Business Development Manager of Proper Pipe, join us to tell their story.

Visit their website at http://www.properpipe-usa.com/ to learn more.

Twitter: @properpipe

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