Nov 22, 2016

Hannah Cortazzo, Horticulturist

Horticulturist/gardener Hannah Cortazzo is a transplanted New Yorker (no pun intended!). Growing up on a rare private property within the preserved lands and river system of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri, Hannah says she never took nature for granted. Her love of plants, flowers and trees is on display in her workplace - the magnificent Conservatory Garden at New York City's Central Park. Its 6-acre Italian, French and English gardens are filled with 27 flowering plants, shrubs and trees. Spend the next half hour as Hannah shares the transformative effect a garden can have in our everyday lives.

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May 17, 2016

Victoria Herrmann, Climate Change Expert

Victoria Herrmann's a woman on a mission - and what a mission it is. The 25 year old climate change specialist is a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge University Scholar and PhD student at the Scott Polar Research Institute. She also happens to be the Managing Director of the Arctic Institute, an inter-disciplinary, independent think tank made up of young professionals who work from locations around the world and who represent expertise in many different disciplines. When it comes to saving the planet, our conversation with Victoria is one you absolutely CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS.

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May 3, 2016

Valerie Shulock, Chef, Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner

She might not have any formal culinary training, but that didn't stop Valerie Shulock from launching her own catering business, Basil Tree. That was back in 1987, when she and two friends cooked and created in a cramped kitchen in Somerville, Mass making unique dishes for area cafes and take-out markets. Today, Val has more than 30 employees who work out of a much larger space in Cambridge. Basil Tree Catering & Cafe is a business with a conscience, working closely with the Boston area's charitable organizations and shelters. As a certified Sustainable Business leader, Val and company recycle and re-compost more than 90% of their waste. Val shares her philosophy, work ethic and some of her delicious dishes - made from scratch with fresh, all natural ingredients.

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Feb 2, 2016

Dana Gunders

Dana Gunders has her work cut out. A Staff Scientist at the prestigious National Resources Defense Council, she leads the organization's work on reducing food waste and promoting sustainability throughout our food systems and supply chains. Dana is the author of the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, which she describes as a 'light-hearted kitchen reference book packed with handy information to help reduce the amount of food wasted in our daily lives." By the way, the average household of 4 spends about $120 a month on food that's never eaten! Tune in - there's plenty of food for thought in this conversation.

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Dec 30, 2014

Michele Westmorland

An internationally recognized underwater and conservation photographer, Michele Westmorland is a much sought after speaker who has lectured all over the world. While her topics are usually about marine and cultural life, she prefers to share the story of a Caroline Mytinger, a young American portrait painter. She and a female friend set out from San Francisco in the 1920s on a 4-year journey to the South Pacific to "record some of these people before they vanished forever." More than 80 years later Michele and her team embarked on a 2-month expedition to retrace their steps. What Michele has to share is riveting.

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