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Smart Energy Voices


Welcome to Smart Energy Voices: an SED Podcast

Hosted by Debra Chanil, Editorial and Research Director of Smart Energy Decisions
Smart Energy Voices, an SED podcast, features conversations with leaders of the energy transition. In each episode, Smart Energy Decisions' Editorial and Research Director Debra Chanil digs deep with industry movers and shakers to reveal

insights you can learn from in their stories, personalities, and visions for the future.

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Episode 97: Energy and Equity 
Date: 2/23/24
Guest: Emily Schapira, Philadelphia Energy Authority

 


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil welcomes Emily Schapira, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Energy Authority. She’s also a recent winner of the DEI Impact award in the Catalyst for Change category. They discuss how the Philadelphia Energy Authority is making great strides in the push for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.  
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Episode 96: Heard at Net Zero Forum: Insights from the Healthcare Sector
Date: 2/9/24
Guest: Scott Czubkowski, Medxcel Facilities
Cory Pouliot, Boston Medical Center 

At its recent Net Zero Forum, Smart Energy Decisions conducted live interviews with energy customers at various stages of their decarbonization strategies. This episode of the Heard at NZF mini-series focuses on energy customers in healthcare. The interviews feature Scott Czubkowski, the National Director of Energy and Facility Performance at Medxcel Facilities, and Cory Pouliot, the Senior Director of Facilities Operations at Boston Medical Center.  Read more...

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Episode 95: Heard at Net Zero Forum: Insights from the Commercial Sector
Date: 1/26/24
Guest: Rebecca Hensley, CSX
Joshua Witte, Dollar Tree
Gary Hilberg, Local Bounty

At its recent Net Zero Forum, Smart Energy Decisions conducted live interviews with energy customers at various stages of their decarbonization strategies. This episode of the Heard at NZF mini-series features interviews with energy customers in the commercial space. The guests are Joshua Witte, Director of Energy Sustainability and ESG at Dollar Tree stores, Rebecca Hensley, Senior Manager of Environment Programs at CSX, and Gary Hilberg, Chief Sustainability Officer at Local Bounti..  Read more...

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Episode 94: Balancing Profitability and Sustainability at IKEA
Date: 1/11/24
Guest:Adrian Avino, IKEA

At Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Net Zero Forum, Adrian Avino, Engineering Construction Manager for IKEA Property, North America Real Estate/US, gave an overview of how IKEA plans to meet its sustainability goals. Adrian shares IKEA’s holistic approach including the company’s strategy to use renewable heating and cooling for projects across its North American portfolio.  Read more...

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Episode 93: DEI Impact Awards Part 2
Date: 12/15/23
Guest: Sandeep BlahPSE&G
Bambi Ingram, University of Alabama
Ashif Hassan, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
Scott Gurba, The City College of New York

On this episode of Smart Energy Voices, we continue to highlight the winners of the 2023 DEI Impact Awards, recognizing power users driving the energy transition while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We speak with Sandeep Blah about the PSE&G Clean Energy Jobs Program, Bambi Ingram about the success and educational value of the UAB Solar House and Sustainable Community project, and Scott Gerba and Ashif Hassan about the Colin Powell Bloom Energy Fellowship. The DEI Impact Awards were sponsored by NRG.  Read more...

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Episode 92: DEI Impact Awards Part 1
Date: 12/1/23
Guest: Marianella Franklin,  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr Charles Marshall, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jennifer Brunelle, NRG

 

At its recent Net Zero Forum, Smart Energy Decisions hosted the 2023 DEI Impact Awards, recognizing large power users’ company-wide efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while powering the energy transition. This two-part series will celebrate the winners of these awards and highlight their efforts. The DEI Impact Awards were sponsored by NRG.  Read more...

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Episode 91: Sustainability, Reliability, and Security While Managing Costs: A View from Microsoft & Constellation
Date: 11/10/23
Guest: Michelle Lancaster, Microsoft
Chuck Hanna, Constellation

At Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Net Zero Forum, Michelle Lancaster, Microsoft’s Director of Global Sustainability Strategy and GTM, and Chuck Hanna, Vice President of National Accounts and Solutions Sales, gave a keynote discussing how Microsoft is working with Constellation to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy reliability – all while managing costs.  Read more...

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Episode 90: Heard at the Net Zero Forum: Insights from the Higher Education Sector
Date: 10/20/23
Guest: Wolfgang Bauer, Michigan State University
Jay Maronde, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Lindsey Rowell, California State University

At its recent Net Zero Forum, Smart Energy Decisions recorded onsite interviews with energy customers at various stages of their decarbonization strategies. This episode features conversations with energy customers in higher education. This series of interviews aims to provide listeners with insights and inspiration to help them on their clean energy journeys.  Read more...

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Episode 89: Heard at the Net Zero Forum: Insights from the Industrial Sector
Date: 10/6/23
Guest: Scott Bargerstock, Mohawk Industries
Victoria Lopez-Whitley, Arcosa Inc
Charlie Marquez, Kirkhill

 

At its recent Net Zero Forum, Smart Energy Decisions recorded onsite interviews with energy customers at various stages of their decarbonization strategies. Today’s inaugural episode features conversations with multiple energy customers in the industrial energy space. This series of interviews aims to provide listeners with insights and inspiration to help them on their clean energy journeys.  Read more...

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Episode 88: The value of a holistic approach to decarbonizing your building infrastructure

Date: 9/8/23

Guest: Becky Wacker, Director of Energy Services Sales, Trane Commercial Americas

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, produced in partnership with Trane, host Debra Chanil welcomes Becky Wacker. Becky is the Director of Energy Services Sales for Trane Commercial Americas. They discuss the challenges and opportunities that commercial building operators face today in light of decarbonization.  Read more...

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Episode 87: Leadership, Renewables and Water Conservation

Date: 8/25/23

Guest: Alise Porto, SVP of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives at Switch

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil talks with Alise Porto, SVP of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives at Switch and two-time winner of SED’s WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Award. They discuss how Switch has driven sustainability through innovative water conservation and renewable energy initiatives. Read more...

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Episode 86: Developing an Innovative Clean Energy Financing Tool

Date: 8/11/23

Guest: Abby Johnson, President,Abacus Property Solutions and the Virginia PACE Authority

 

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil is joined by Abby Johnson. Abby is President of both Abacus Property Solutions and the Virginia PACE Authority. She is a winner of the 2023 WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Award in the category of Industry Veteran. Read more...

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Episode 85: University of New Mexico's Unique Energy Solution

Date: 7/28/23

Guest: Matt Cherrin, Vice President, Lobo Energy Incorporated

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil talks with Matthew Cherrin, Vice President of Lobo Energy Incorporated - a company owned by the University of New Mexico. Matthew explains this innovative business model and the university’s $140 million conservation story. Read more...

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Episode 84: Building Corporate Energy Awareness Through Mentorship

Date: 7/14/23

Guest: Kulsoom Khan, Energy Efficiency Manager at Congebec

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil is joined by Kulsoom Khan, Energy Efficiency Manager at Congebec. Kulsoom won a 2023 WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Award for the Energy Ambassador Program she created at her company. Kulsoom shares her experience cultivating energy culture buy-in.  Read more...

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Episode 83: On The Radar Screen: Emerging Trends and Technologies to Watch

Date: 6/16/23

Guest: Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Smart Energy Decisions


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil shares a talk from Peter Kelly-Detwiler, a long-time friend of Smart Energy Decisions and author of The Energy Switch. Peter discusses new technologies and their advantages, drawbacks, and relative state of maturation, as well as a useful framework for how to think about new technologies and how they might affect enterprises going forward.  Read more...

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Episode 82: Sustainability and the City of Atlanta

Date: 6/06/23

Guest: Chandra Farley, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Atlanta


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil shares a keynote from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Net Zero Forum presented by Chandra Farley, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Atlanta. Chandra talks about the importance of public-private partnerships, the value of positive pressure, and viewing sustainability through the lens of environmental justice..  Read more...

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Episode 81: Women In Smart Energy Series

Date: 5/19/23

Guest:  Kulsoom Khan, Congebec, Inc
Kate Peterson, General Motors
Ibolya Yolas, Pace University

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, Debra Chanil hosts a panel discussion featuring some of Smart Energy Decisions’ Women in Smart Energy (WISE) Award winners. These women share their paths in energy and sustainability, achievements, and continuing growth as women in the energy industry.  Read more...

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Episode 80: Getting Creative to Make Net Zero Pencil

Date: 5/5/23

Guest:  Chris Thurston, Lineage Logistics


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil shares a keynote from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Net-Zero forum, featuring Chris Thurston, Director of Energy and Sustainability at Lineage Logistics. As a company with a real vision for what the sustainable warehouse of the future should be, Lineage Logistics focuses on best-in-class energy efficiency, a zero emission or reduced GHG fleet, and investments in infrastructure to distribute excess clean power. Chris explains the company’s challenges on the path to a financially viable, net-zero future.  
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Episode 79: Heavy Duty Cargo Handling Equipment and SSA Marine’s Movement towards Near and Zero-Emissions

Date: 4/21/23

Guest:  Joe Carillo, SSA Marine

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host Debra Chanil shares a talk from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Net-Zero forum featuring Joe Carrillo, Regional Vice President of SSA Marine. Joe brings his “boots on the ground” perspective as the person responsible for implementing the programs that help the company meet its goals. Joe shares SSA Marine’s plans, sustainability goals, projects, and partnerships in California.  Read more...

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Episode 78: Meeting Renewable Energy Goals: A Portfolio View 

Date: 3/3/23

Guest:  Quen Howard, VF Corporation

This episode of Smart Energy Voices is an interview from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Renewable Energy Forum featuring Quen Howard, Indirect Procurement Manager of VF Corporation, and Debra Chanil, Smart Energy Decisions’ Director of Editorial and Research. They discuss the challenges of implementing renewables across a portfolio of consumer brands.  Read more...

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Episode 77: General Motors Hit 100% RE in the U.S. a Generation Ahead of Schedule

Date: 2/17/23

Guest:  Rob Threlkeld, General Motors

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla shares a special keynote from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Renewable Energy Forum. Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Sustainable Energy, Supply, and Reliability for General Motors, shares how General Motors reached its 100% renewable energy goal a whole generation ahead of schedule.  Read more...

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Episode 76: McCormick’s Recipe for Success – An 'All of the Above' Sustainability Strategy

Date: 2/3/23

Guest:  Jeff Blankman, McCormick & Company

This episode of Smart Energy Voices is a keynote from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Renewable Energy Forum featuring Jeff Blankman. Jeff is the Sustainable Manufacturing Manager for McCormick & Company and is also an Advisory Board member for Smart Energy Decisions. Jeff’s keynote addresses McCormick’s all-of-the-above sustainability strategy and embodies the essence of the unique corporate buyer presentations only found at SED events.  Read more...

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