Sustainability Podcast Series

The "Race to 9 Billion" podcast series explores sustainability in a rapidly growing and urbanizing world. In the next 35 years, we expect to grow our population 35% - that means more than 9 billion people on Planet Earth by mid-century. And at that time, 70% of those people will live in cities.

These megatrends will redefine our economy and our society, with big implications for environmental science and technology.

Season 3 Episode 14 - June 21, 2018

Solving Food Waste in Vietnam: Local Perspectives



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Season 1 Episode 1 - June 1, 2017

Planet 2050: What Is the Race to 9 Billion™?

Susan GoldbergEditor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine 
Robert KunzigSenior Environment Editor, National Geographic Magazine
Population growth and urbanization are redefining our society. Hear the big picture from National Geographic.
Season 1 Episode 2 - June 22, 2017

Lessons from Energy Efficiency for Food Efficiency

Dana GundersSenior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, NRDC 
Susan Crossettretired Energy Executive; Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs Advisor, Harris Beach PLLC
How do we sustainably feed our growing planet? The answer might come from energy efficiency.
Season 1 Episode 3 - July 13, 2017

If Buildings Could Speak: International Voices on Sustainable Buildings

Tai Lee SiangChairman, World Green Building Council 
Nellie ChengDirector, Market Development for China, U.S. Green Building Council
Buildings consume 40% of global energy. Hear how green buildings are changing urban development.
Season 1 Episode 4 - August 3, 2017

What Your Buildings Can Do for You

Dr. Joseph AllenAssistant Professor of Exposure Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Bill BrowningFounding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
How does green building accelerate? Make it about the people inside. Hear new research and science on cognitive benefits of green buildings and the positive outcomes when we see and feel nature indoors.
Season 1 Episode 5 - August 24, 2017

Jetting in Greener Skies

Sophia MendelsohnHead of Sustainability, JetBlue
Less than 18% of the world has flown. Hear how sustainability can influence the historic ramp in global aviation.
Season 1 Episode 6 - September 14, 2017

Sustainability: To Mars and Back

Gary AdamsonPrincipal Engineer, Space Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems
How is life sustained outside Earth? Hear ecosystem considerations for the human mission to Mars.
Season 2 Episode 7 - October 12, 2017

The Value Trifecta Driving Green Building

Dr. Nils KokAssociate Professor of Real Estate, Maastricht University
Green buildings are not only good for the planet – they’re good for business too. The acceleration of green building is being driven largely by the distinct financial advantages for investors, building owners and tenants.
Season 2 Episode 8 - November 16, 2017

Doubling Air Travel Sustainably

Nancy YoungVice President for Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America
Fewer than 18% of people have flown, and as global incomes rise, the number of commercial airplanes is expected to double in the next 20 years. Learn how the aviation sector, with the help of green aviation technologies, is working to sustainably meet this demand.
Season 2 Episode 9 - December 14, 2017

Sustainability: The World's Change Agent

Dr. Alaa MurabitUN Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate 
Hear Dr. Alaa Murabit’s unique insight into how global peace, gender, religion and sustainability interconnect to have a powerful influence on urbanization.
Season 2 Episode 10 - January 11, 2018

Technology to Help Feed the World Sustainably

Pawanexh KohliChief Advisor & Chief Executive Officer, National Centre for Cold-chain Development, Delhi, India 
Jon ShawDirector of Global Communications & Sustainability, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, United Technologies
Season 2 Episode 11 - February 8, 2018

Building Green in India

S. RaghupathyDeputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry 
The world’s second largest country is embracing green building. Learn why and how from the deputy director general for the Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr. S. Raghupathy.
Season 2 Episode 12 - March 29, 2018

Journey to Space: Former Astronaut Joan Higginbotham on STEM, Sustainability and More

Joan HigginbothamFormer NASA Astronaut and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, UTC Aerospace Systems
Season 3 Episode 13 - May 31, 2018

Beyond Four Walls: A New Way to Define Green Buildings

Season 3 Episode 14 - June 21, 2018

Solving Food Waste in Vietnam: Local Perspectives