Audio Interviews

Listen to Audio Interviews of Leading Experts.
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SSF engages in important sustainability dialogues with leading experts. The audio archive is open to public. Enjoy the following interviews:



Hosted by the Institute for International Economic Policy at The George Washington University, Island Press and the Security and Sustainability Forum,  Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy; Rob McDonald, Senior Scientist for Sustainable Land Use at The Nature Conservancy; David Rain, Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs and Director of the Environmental Studies program at the George Washington University discussed economic vitality and conservation in a live panel session. The discussion was led by Marcus King, Director of the Elliot School’s Master of Arts at in International Affairs Program at GW.

Conversation with Elizabeth Chalecki, author and researcher, on International Security and Sustainability.

Interview with mediator, author and story teller, Lucy Moore.

National Council for Science and the Environment’s Executive Director Peter Saundry on how Security and Sustainability can be a framework for addressing climate disruption.
A discussion with Dr. George Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, about bringing more attention to the health impacts of climate change.

Jeff Seabright, Vice President for Environment and Water Resources for Coca Cola, on responsible corporate sustainability.
Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of Minnesota, on the health benefits of smart food decisions.

Pat Gordon, Director, SCI Network from Sustainable Cities International, discusses its program to help municipalities create the tools and capacity to move into a sustainable future.
Mayor Kendall Lane, discusses the reasons that the City of Keene, N.H has been an early adopter of sustainability planning and why it was a good economic decision.

Gus Felix, Global Head of Operational Risk Management for Citigroup, discusses with how business internalizes the costs of risk management.
David Kaufman, Director of FEMA’s Office of Poicy and Program Analysis

Joseph Ruiz, Humanitarian Relief Program Manager and Corporate Grant Manager, The UPS Foundation, explains how the global network of nongovernmental organizations responds to disasters.
Diane Vosick, Director of Policy and Partnerships of the Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute, discusses mega wildfires and the economic benefits of maintaining healthy forests.

Nancy Brune, Senior Policy analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses security and sustainability.
Chris Portier, Director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances, discusses the CDC’s role in national and local emergency situations.

Amanda Ripley, Author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why discusses about her research into human behavior in disasters and the implications for policymakers in light of Hurricane Sandy.
Dennis Wegner, National Science Foundation senior official and international disaster research leader Dennis Wegner discusses some of NSF’s research into disasters.

Frank Nutter, President of the Re-Insurance Association of America gives an insurance industry perspective on the event, and the insurance implications that building much more resilience into the reconstruction efforts.
David Applegate, Associate Director of Natural Hazards, USGS and member of the conference leadership committee.

Margaret A. Davidson, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Acting Director, and member of the conference leadership committee.
Interview with Marsha Willard, Faculty Member at Pinchot,CEO of Axis Performance Advisors  and Executive Director of International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Interview with Michael Kugelman, Senior Program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Interview with Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Director of the Center’s Urban Policy Laboratory

Interview with Keene, N.H. Mayor, Mayor Kendall Lane
Interview with Jay Knott, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Abt Associates

Interview with Patricia Gordon, Director, SCI Network from Sustainable Cities International
Interview with Patricia Gordon, Director, SCI Network from Sustainable Cities International

Interview with Paul Rowland, (Former) Executive Director of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)