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Episode 44 Joel Makower

How we define a life well lived? It helps to interview someone who’s been at it for four decades and found their sweet spot for contribution and joy.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show we hear from Joel Makower, the Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group. They’re the producer of the VERGE conference and also GreenBiz forums and the State of Green Business report. Joel is a journalist by training and loves the convergence of sustainability with technology and innovation.

We discuss some of Joel’s insight into green business successes and his thoughts on the future, as well as reflecting on his active career and legacy.

To the greening of business!

David

Episode 39 John Mandyck

More than ever we need organizations to step up their environmental commitments and stewardship. This requires extensive goal setting, research, improvement and measurement, and verification. Though some believe environmental performance hurts business, many are finding it can actually boost the profitability, stock performance, and brand.

I remember when we founded the U.S. Green Building Council and our LEED Green Building Rating System back in the early 90s, some of our board members only wanted us to work with activist NGOs and avoid large corporations at our table. They were leery of the heavy hand of business and that they’d try to control our nascent non-profit and extinguish our lofty goals.

Well, thankfully we didn’t adhere to that call and remained open to both sides to join us. One of the world’s biggest corporations actually turned out to support us the most of almost any other. United Technologies [known as UTC] not only contributed Rick Fedrizzi, our founding Chairman, and long-term CEO but provided decades of voluntary assistance, financial contributions, and advancement of our professionalism and credibility into the marketplace.

Today’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show features an interview with UTC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, John Mandyck. John also chairs the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, which I founded in 2002. John and I spent interesting times together as we worked to help foster the formation and growth of the China, Russia and India Green Building Councils.

In our conversation, John informs us about UTC’s significant emphasis on the importance and benefit of adopting a deep sustainability program. UTC is not only a global leader in aerospace, food refrigeration, and commercial buildings but also environmental ingenuity and performance. We learn about UTC’s sponsorship of a fascinating indoor air quality research project with Harvard University and John’s book Food Foolish.

To corporations stepping it up to helping us sustain and prosper!

David Gottfried

Episode 38 Ben Greenfield

Have you ever thought about the impact of artificial light on your circadian rhythm, checked your ability to achieve high-performance activity through heart rate variability [HRV], or checked your poop or DNA to figure out how to eat?

Under the guidance [sometimes I call it other things] of my wife, Dr. Sara, I’ve not only been subjected to these tests, but now prick my finger daily to see if I’ll survive the day, and only if my sleep score is above 100% and my RHR [resting heart rate] is in the zone. And boy was my poop test revealing… not to mention by 23andme.

Tuning our bodies to perform and sustain a healthy life balance is hard for most of us. There’s so much written that it’s confusing how to approach diet, exercise and even sleep. Even figuring out what’s required for basic daily health is hard to navigate: what to eat, how much exercise, stress management, daily priorities.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show Ben Greenfield provides us with a fresh and clear perspective to health. He’s part uberhealth coach, biohacker, scientist and ancestral forager. Even learning how Ben spends his day is intriguing and provides unique guidance.

Ben Greenfield is known as one of the world’s foremost health coaches and fitness experts. He has masters degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics, has written numerous bestselling books including Beyond Training, has a popular podcast show and has competed in races and events for 25 years, including a top triathlete and bodybuilder.

To living a limitless life!

To learn more about Ben – check out http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com and http://www.GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com. Enjoy!

Episode 36 Dr. Pedram Shojai

Daily life for most of us is chaotic. Emails, text, cell phones have only made it worse, creating few boundaries for quiet time.

Time itself is one of the scarcest of commodities. And personal health for many is lacking.

How do we catch ourselves and push the reset button? It requires the patience, skills, and discipline of a monk.

Enter Dr. Pedram Shojai, OMD. He’s an extremely rare combination of East meets West: trained as an ordained priest from the lineage of the Golden Dragon Temple, movie producer, bestselling author, podcast host, qigong and herbalist master, doctor of oriental medicine and founder of Well.org.

I’m thrilled for you to meet my good friend and colleague Dr. Pedram Shojai in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about Pedram’s newest book, The Urban Monk, where we’ll hear about modern hacks to stop time, find success, happiness, and peace!

To adding more monk to our urban lives!

David Gottfried

Episode 35 Dr. Mark Manary

What’s a life of passion, purpose, and mission? And how do you create a lasting legacy?

This is tied to defining a life well lived.

These are three essentials that occupy my mind late at night and when I push my ego and desire to provide for my family and our future aside.

On my death bed, I’ll probably be reflecting upon and cherishing the love of my family and dog. Then I’ll ruminate about the work I’ve accomplished and measure its impact. I’ll wonder if my life made a difference and planted seeds for change after I’m gone.

Dr. Mark Manary has dedicated his life to rescuing malnourished kids from death. For the past two decades, he’s helped invent a solution to healing impoverished children at the most critical developmental stage of their lives. It’s called RUTF – Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods.

Could you imagine helping save 1 million lives? Well, that’s what Dr. Manary has helped achieve. It’s unbelievable to fathom his contribution and his story inspires us to reach higher.

I’m thrilled for you to meet Dr. Mark Manary in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about the organization he founded called Project Peanut Butter. You’ll be inspired, as I was, by his unprecedented contribution and humility. Dr. Manary has much to teach us about how to be of service, give back and push ego aside for the greater good.

To saving lives together!

David

Episode 34 Jason Pearson

Shopping is fun and purchasing is part of our everyday lives. For major corporations, it’s big business, both on the purchasing and supply sides.

However, if we add up the overall environmental and health impacts of what we buy, it’s monumental. If we’re going to turn the Earth towards more sustainable, it’s imperative that we focus our lens on purchasing. Big companies have entire purchasing departments and some of them are now shifting how they analyze and track purchasing decisions. If they shift their purchasing to embrace attributes of energy and materials efficiency and health impact, huge environmental and economic gains can be achieved and risks lessened.

Since 2013, a new nonprofit organization has been organizing and growing to provide guidance in the field of purchasing. It’s called the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council [SPLC] and many of its members include some of the largest companies in the world.

I’m excited for you to meet Jason Pearson, the President of the SPLC in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about the SPLC’s organizational history, its new purchasing benchmark, and other best practices. A huge part of our Regen360 show is revealing the steps that organizations take to not only start-up but how they grow and sustain for the long haul. We exist to help triple-bottom-line organizations to learn from each other as they form and endure.

To lessening the environmental impact of our purchasing decisions!

David

Episode 29 Dr. Srini Pillay

How we think is of the utmost. Yet we’re still in the infancy of learning about how our minds work.

Have you noticed that many of your best breakthroughs come when you’re not focusing on problem-solving and checking off boxes on your to-do list? Perhaps this occurred in the shower, or a slow hike in nature or while cooking or gardening. For me, I think I make more money from my bike riding than working at my desk.

I’m guilty of hyperfocus, tending towards OCD when I’m on the trail of completing an important task, solving a problem or incubating a new invention. Sometimes I wake up after obsessively walking or running down that path for a period of time and wonder where I’ve been. To my surprise that period of time can be an hour or two, but sometimes even a year or decade. Too much focus can not only blind us, but it also can take us astray from utilizing the broader talents and character of our full personalities and traits.

Dr. Srini Pillay, in his new book, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try [Unlock the power of the unfocused mind], dares us to tap into our ingenuity and brilliance. He shows us how to boost our creativity, master multitasking, getting unstuck and getting to greatness. It’s all in our minds but needs to be harnessed.

I’m excited for you to meet Dr. Srini Pillay in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Our conversation is engaging, and flowing as we learn how our brains can boost productivity as we entertain allowing the unfocused to enter our daily lives.  He writes, “In truth, focus in isolation will actually work against you and disempower you.” Dr. Pillay has one of the most intriguing minds and personalities in my life, and I’m sure you’ll benefit from his erudition. He’s a Harvard trained psychiatrist and professor and an advisor to leading global organizations.

To opening up our minds to full potential!

David Gottfried

Episode 28 Kevin Gianni

As I age, I not only want to improve and sustain my health, increasingly I want to connect with those that inspire me and speak the truth, grounded in wisdom.

The essence of life is health. For me, it’s health of the planet, our home, and living and nonliving species, including us. What’s up for grabs though, is how we choose to live. This includes what we put into our mouths – is it fueling us or toxic?

I’ve been investigating how to optimally fuel my body the past year – focussing on a ketogenic diet [high fat, low carbs, moderate protein]. I’ve also done two fasts – one was five days and the other I lasted four. Each day I stab my finger for morning blood, measuring my fasting blood sugar and ketones. I measure my sleep index and body fat as well. I have a goal of 13%, given my 2-year obsession with cycling and having to pedal my body up the steep hills.

Finding the optimal food plan that fuels your body for optimal performance is tricky. Insulin plays a big part as do other hormones. These are influenced greatly by stress as well as sleep. Exercise helps us stabilize as does yoga and meditation. And of course, there’s getting rid of sugar, gluten and …

As a green building guy for the past 25 years, I’ve been amazed that us greenies work on making the planet more sustainable, but forget about the most basic structure to green: our own bodies. I used to call myself a fraud because I’d create LEED Platinum buildings all day long, but didn’t even know what a green life entailed, or if I was living one. But that’s a story for another time.

My good friend and colleague, Kevin Gianni, did something we’d all like to do, at least most of us. He and his wife, Annmarie, took off to travel the world, much of it in a 36-foot motorhome fueled by vegetable oil. They set off with an interesting quest: to discover: What — and how much — should we eat. As Kevin writes in his inspiring and hilarious book about the journey, Kale and Coffee, “I was an addict in search of the purest dope: raw, vegan, organic food… I was headed down a path of self-destruction.”

I’m excited for you to meet Kevin Gianni in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Our conversation is funny, honest, informative and inspiring. Kevin is one of the most genuine and authentic of anyone I’ve ever met. And I’m sure you’ll benefit and be humored by him as well.

To your best health!

David

PS: Kevin writes in his book, Kale and Coffee, “The reason we’re so confused about our own health is that the stories we’ve been told are a series of cuts, edits, and rewrites by the media, health gurus, companies, medical doctors, and researchers– in some cases, by total nutcases.”