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 88: The value of a holistic approach to decarbonizing your building infrastructure
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...
Episode 87: Leadership, Renewables and Water Conservation
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...
Episode 86: Developing an Innovative Clean Energy Financing Tool
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...
Episode 85: University of New Mexico's Unique Energy Solution
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...
Episode 84: Building Corporate Energy Awareness Through Mentorship
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...
Episode 83: On The Radar Screen: Emerging Trends and Technologies to Watch
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...
Episode 82: Sustainability and the City of Atlanta
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...
Episode 81: Women In Smart Energy Series
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...
Episode 80: Getting Creative to Make Net Zero Pencil
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. Read more...
Episode 79: Heavy Duty Cargo Handling Equipment and SSA Marine’s Movement towards Near and Zero-Emissions
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...
Episode 78: Meeting Renewable Energy Goals: A Portfolio View
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...
Episode 77: General Motors Hit 100% RE in the U.S. a Generation Ahead of Schedule
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...
Episode 76: McCormick’s Recipe for Success – An 'All of the Above' Sustainability Strategy
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...