This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]onva.us!
Building experts are on the leading edge of energy innovation. The Rethink Energy podcast gets up close and personal with some of our local trendsetters to learn what makes them tick.
In episode one, guest Chris Conway confesses his challenge breaking into the construction market at the height of the Great Recession, “Boy, that was a bad time to do that!” forcing his switch to energy.
Episode three guest Patty Shields shares her experience building ultra-efficient homes, and when asked what it’s like be a woman in the primarily male construction biz she reveals, “People are surprised at my level of knowledge… and you just have to not let that phase you and just plow on through.”
In episode four, Guest Aaron Sutch from VASUN, a nonprofit that organizes solar co-ops around the state, talks about why he thinks people are so in love with solar, “I think the garden analogy is great. I remember the first time that I ate the tomatoes that I had sprouted from seed right in my own backyard. There’s just something special about that.” He expressed that electricity produced at home with solar panels has the same feeling.
Host Jessica Abralind, Green Building Planner for Arlington, breaks down technical subjects to keep the quick 10 minute episodes engaging and accessible, “These really smart and charming people that I meet through my work have some hilarious stories and fascinating insights into the world we all live in. I’m excited to share that with the community.”
Take a few minutes and (binge) listen to all episodes from our entire first season:
Episode 1 – Warrior
Episode 2 – Hoodwinked
Episode 3 – Construction, Moms (…and Machine Guns)
Episode 4 – Power to the People
Episode 5 – This is What the Future Looks Like
Episode 6 – Care and Feeding
Episode 7 – Feedback Episode
Episode 8 – The Unexpected Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Episode 9 – The Gadget Guy