In the second part of our two part series, show host Dick Lyons chats with three more finalist companies from this year’s San Francisco Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Awards, held on June 16, 2011.  In Episode 22 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on July 2, 2011), Dick learns more about the following companies:
 

Winner: Cleaire (interview with Brad Edgar, President and CTO, and Gale Plummer, CEO)
Category: Transportation

Description: Based in San Leandro, Cleaire designs and manufactures diesel engine filtration systems that could be used to remove particulate matter from exhaust in one million diesel engines in California –- and an estimated potential universe of 40-50 million vehicles already in service world wide.  They distribute and service the technology through a qualified dealer network whose customers include fleets of buses, construction equipment and trucks.

Winner: Solazyme (interview with Harrison Dillon, Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer)
Category: Sustainable Fuels/Chemicals

Description: Solazyme makes oil – all kinds.  Their renewable oils are used in applications ranging from jet fuel to food products.  Dillon and his partner, CEO Jonathan Wolfson, started the company eight years ago in a garage in Palo Alto (where have we heard a story like that before?), originally setting  out  to make a diesel oil substitute from algae.  Since then, they’ve expanded to be able to custom design oils that can be used in a multitude of products.  Their oil can even be found in natural products carried by retailers such as Whole Foods and GNC.  By putting these healthy oils into food products, they are able to take out the saturated fat and keep the products both low fat and satisfying.

Winner: Driptech (interview with Peter Frykman, CEO)
Category: Water

Description:  Driptech makes affordable drip irrigation systems that allow small-plot famers in developing countries to have access to the same water-efficient irrigation that large plot farmers have used for decades.   The key to the technology (which includes some nifty precision laser manufacturing technology) is distributed local manufacturing.  Amazing what a class project at Stanford might turn into!

Coming up this week:

Tune in Saturday morning (July 9) to hear from a company that gives collective buying power to individual employees in organizations for home energy improvements (such as solar panels, insulation and water heaters).   If you’re out of radio signal range, remember you can always click the “Listen Live” button on the station’s website at www.green960.com

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Listen to the Interviews: Episode 22 of The Wendel Forum(22.17 mins)

Cleaire website: http://www.cleaire.com

Solazyme website: http://www.solazyme.com/

Driptech website: http://driptech.com/

Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com

About show host Dick Lyons: www.wendel.com/rlyons

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In the first part of a two part series, show host Dick Lyons chats with several of the top executives from finalist companies at this year’s San Francisco Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Awards, held on June 16, 2011.  In Episode 21 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on June 25, 2011), Dick learns more about the following companies:

Winner:   InterContinental San Francisco (interview with Peter Koehler, General Manager)
Category: Best Practices, Large Company
Description: This 33-story, 550- room, luxury hotel recently earned LEED Gold certification.

Finalist: Propel Fuels (interview with Matt Horton, CEO)
Category: Transportation
Description: This company brings consumers flexible fueling stations (ethanol and biodiesel), largely by installing green pump stations in existing gas stations across California. They hope to become the leading provider of clean fuel in the country.

Winner: Primus Power Corp. (interview with Tom Stepien, CEO)
Category: Energy Storage
Description: This development-stage company builds large-scale batteries that will enable us to warehouse electricity from variable renewable energy sources, leveling transmission peaks and valleys and making the delivery of renewable energy more reliable.

Winner: Numi Organic Tea (interview with Tisha Winters, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator)
Category: Best Practices, Small Company
Description: In addition to selling an organic product, this Oakland-based company has instituted a number of environmentally-friendly measures, from green packaging to product weight reduction that results in lower transportation costs. 

We’ll share more interviews with award finalists on the July 2 episode of The Wendel Forum.  Tune in Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. on Green 960 AM radio to hear the broadcast.  And if you’re out of signal range, you can click the “Listen Live” button on the station’s website at www.green960.com.  We’ll talk to folks from winning companies Solazyme, Cleaire and Driptech.

So which green companies would you choose to honor, if you were in charge of giving an award?  Tell us about the unsung heroes in green business! 

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 Listen to the Interviews: Episode 21 of The Wendel Forum(27.28 mins)

Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com

About show host Dick Lyons: www.wendel.com/rlyons

In honor of Bike to Work Day, check out Episode 14 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on May 7, 2011), in which our guests discuss Bay Area transit issues and the impact and implementation of commuter benefits programs with show host Bill Acevedo.

Stuart Baker, Vice President of Business Development at Commuter Check discusses the ins and outs of commuter benefits programs for organizations and their employees. This win-win program allows employees to use pre-tax dollars for many of their transit costs and employers to lower their payroll taxes – who doesn’t love that?

Dr. Jeff Ritterman, a Councilmember in the City of Richmond, California, discusses the commuter ordinance that was recently passed in his city.  He says, “The only reason not to do this is laziness.”  He discusses what’s happening locally, as well as for cities and states around the country.

Kristine Roselius, Supervising Public Information Officer, for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, discuss the District’s Spare the Air program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  They have been encouraging people to change their behavior to improve local air quality for a long time and have been able to show results. Not surprising, transportation is the number one source of air pollution in the Bay Area.

What’s their message?  If you don’t already, try using the Bay Area’s public transit options and see how surprisingly easy it is to help improve local air quality.

Thursday, May 12, is Bike to Work Day! 

For local resources, check out these links:

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: http://www.sfbike.org/?btwd   
Oakland Local: http://oaklandlocal.com/article/oakland-bike-work-day-events-thursday-may-12

 

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Discussion regarding Bay Area Commuter Programs: Episode 14 of The Wendel Forum (25.47 minutes)

Commuter Check: www.commutercheck.com

Spare the Air / Transit planning websites: www.sparetheair.org; www.511.org

Association of Bay Area Governments website (Green Business Program business certification): http://www.greenbiz.ca.gov/

Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com

About show host William Acevedo: www.wendel.com/wacevedo

 

The Wendel Forum LogoForrest Beanum, VP of Government Affairs at CODA Automotive, joined show host Donald Simon for a discussion about the myths and realities of the electric car marketplace in Episode 13 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on April 30, 2011). 

The discussion covers various aspects of the electric car marketplace, including costs and incentives associated with vehicle ownership, energy use and sourcing, and the current and future landscape for supporting infrastructure. 

Listen to the episode and let us know what you think about the future of electric cars.
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CODA Automotive website: http://www.codaautomotive.com/

Discussion with Forrest Beanum of CODA Automotive: Episode 13 of The Wendel Forum  (27 minutes)

Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com

Donald Simon bio: www.wendel.com/dsimon