Solar Power Rocks

December 23, 2016
Hosted by Holly Wells

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Are you interested in understanding how solar power could work in your home? Learn the ins and outs of renewable solar energy in a residential application. Each state has different laws and rules, and each electric company has their own way of doing business. Founder Dan Hahn has spent years collecting the resources to provide answers to these questions and many more. Join our discussion to hear how Solar Power Rocks!

Stewardship through R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Stewardship through R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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Eye Love Nature explores through active discussion, various aspects of sustainable living. Each week, a different topic of sustainable living is featured, as Holly brings onto the program experts in various fields. The time for understanding and incorporating sustainability into our lifestyles is now. We are all global citizens, living in a single giant inter-connected ecosystem. What happens in one area of the world, impacts us all. It is critical that we are aware of how to improve our personal health and the health of the planet.

The model of being over-worked, stressed out, and oblivious to the world around us, is no longer viable. We must become engaged and take an active stand. Personal health and environmental awareness are critical elements to our survival.

Tune in for Stewardship through R.E.S.P.E.C.T, Join the discussion, and become a part of conscious, sustainable living.

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Holly Wells

Holly Wells

Holly Wells is a Consultant and Entrepreneur. She is President of Eye Love Nature, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable living. She founded Eye Love Nature after a recent self-prescribed sabbatical. ELN’s mission is to share information and access to sustainable living resources. Holly has spent more than twenty years working in Corporate America. She earned her undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University. Later, while working as Assistant Controller at Aon, Holly earned her MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Now, leveraging both her academic training and professional experience, Holly enjoys being an IT Finance Consultant and assisting her clients with increasing process efficiencies and improving their bottom line financial results. In addition to her previously mentioned academic credentials, Holly is also a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and an internationally accredited Certified Dream Coach. These recent certifications were acquired after Holly had made the clear connection between improving an individual’s personal life circumstances, and how this very often leads to increased conscious leadership in all areas of one’s life. Holly is committed to promoting that everyone can take back control of their physical and mental health. She recommends focusing on eating organic, staying hydrated, taking time to celebrate, and connecting to nature.

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December 2016

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Philip Bangerter


Philip is Project Manager for the Common Property Management Rights Project at Thwink.org. Philip’s focus is to bring the project to fruition.
Philip has an honors degree in Mineral Processing, consulting engineer primarily in the mining industry. He is well published in the area of Sustainability of Mining and has led a Sustainability practice at a major international Engineer firm between 2004-2011.
Philip is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Sustainable Business & Development.
Philip and Jack developed 'The System Improvement Process' to solve difficult social problems. We need a better way to properly couple and overcome all the change resistance evident in the system. There must be systemic change to provide the motivation to change
He fell into mineral processing accidentally. He was never a classic activist, and prefers to work from “within” the system towards the goals of societal sustainability. View Guest page

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Brenda Palms Barber


Brenda Palms Barber is Executive Director of the North Lawndale Employment Network and Founding CEO of Sweet Beginnings, LLC.
Brenda Palms Barber has been the NLEN Executive Director since its founding in 1999. She has a Master of Science degree in nonprofit management from the Spertus Institute.
Brenda has also launched the Sweet Beginnings social enterprise, generated an annual budget in excess of $2.4 million, and received numerous awards including one of the first MacArthur Foundation Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2006 and the prestigious 2015 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders and 2012 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards.
Brenda is an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow, 2008 and in 2013, was awarded the Cardiss Collins Trailblazer Award. She has raised the profile of NLEN through national media including CNN, the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and a recent TEDWomen Documentary and featured on the Lifetime channel. View Guest page

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Melissa Brice


Melissa Brice is a scientist with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and a Masters in Environmental Science from U of IL - Urbana-Champaign. She is the founder of the local Chicago chapter of 350.org. In August of 2013, Melissa completed Al Gore's Climate Reality Leader training and has presented the science behind climate and solutions to students and citizens throughout the Chicagoland area. She is a Chicago area native currently living in Lincoln Park and working in Research and Development for PepsiCo. View Guest page

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Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D.


Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association.
Dr. Ciaramicoli has been the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org. He is currently co-director of Integrated Success Consultants and is also in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area. View Guest page

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Larry Coble


Larry is an active volunteer organizer with the local Chicago chapter of 350.org He organized tabling events for fossil fuel divestment at environmental and green functions. He also aided outreach to political leaders within City of Chicago to discuss divestment issue and climate change. He contributed content for presentation papers, website and a white paper discussing astro-turf opposition to divestment movement.
Larry also serves as a brewer, lecturer and instructor for beginning brewers interested in learning the art and craft of Home Brewing. He has won many home brewing awards in various contests and recently launched the Private Events Project for Brew and Grow. View Guest page

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Louise Finlayson, Ph.D.


Clinical psychologist, certified Passion Test coach, life/leadership/executive coach and business consultant, and has been in business more than 25 years. In addition to her psychotherapy and coaching services, she offers workshops, retreats, and motivational speaking. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in early childhood development and psychology and a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, followed by a three-year fellowship in clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School In 1990, she began practicing yoga and meditation. As she studied and practiced these ancient traditions, she saw a dramatic positive change in her personal life, so she started incorporating these principles into her work with clients. In addition to life coaching, she has coached executive, leaders from both the private and public sector, and business owners to improve their effectiveness as leaders while they improve their organizations. View Guest page

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Dan Hahn


Dan founded Solar Power Rocks with Dave Llorens in 2007. Possessed with a mission to communicate the state by state return on investment for solar energy in plain English, Dan spearheaded a consumer-centric approach to solar policy writing and research in all fifty states.
Dan is a human resource management consultant, and adjunct professor of psychology at Portland State University. In addition to leading the solar policy research team at Solar Power Rocks, he’s runs SprocketFly, a mobile bike repair business in Portland Oregon. In late 2014, Dan also launched a book recommendation tool called BookBranch based on his work in decision science.
He grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois, has a master’s degree in industrial psychology and is a hopeless Cubs fan. View Guest page

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Jack Harich


In 2001, after a career in small business management and consulting, Jack decided to say goodbye to solving business problems and hello to solving the most important problem in the world: the environmental sustainability problem. Thwink.org, a small "thwink tank", was founded that year. The mission of Thwink.org is to help solve the complete sustainability problem using the most efficient and effective methods available.
Jack's role in this work has been to apply his training (a BS in Systems Engineering) and his experience in the business world to developing and applying a comprehensive problem solving process. This has led to some novel discoveries and innovative tools, all of which have been published on Thwink.org. Jack, along with assistance from Philip Bangerter, is also the author of the first peer reviewed paper in the world on the subject of systemic change resistance to solving the global environmental sustainability problem. View Guest page

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Scott Kellogg


Scott Kellogg is the co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide”
Currently, Scott is the Educational Director at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an urban environmental educational center in Albany, NY.
Scott was also a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009.
Scott is a graduate student in the Ph.D program of Science and Technology Studies at RPI. He has a Masters in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and is an appointed member of Albany’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to the Common Council and the chair of it’s urban agriculture subcommittee. View Guest page

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Kenji Kumara


- Sharing the Joy of Awakening - (with the world)​ ​Helping Other To Thrive And Succeed ​Kenji Kumara is recognized​ ​world-wide ​as a spiritual catalyst and is the creator of Quantum Lightweaving​ and Sedona Vortex Activations​​. ​He serves as a "channel-holder and initiator" of expanded grounded awareness​ and provide​s​ ​a vibrational space for ​one's awakening, self empowered healing and ​soul mastery. With​ ​academic training in Education, Psychology and the healing arts, Kenji ​serves as a​ ​facilitator​ of ​ consciousness to assist those who wish to explore​ their personal path of ​​illumination and ​awaken to their Soul’s destiny and ​life ​purpose. Upon attending one of Kenji’s intensive ​retreats and online series, many have reported profound life changes and clarity on their life purpose Many receive ​on-goin g ​benefits such as stress relief, reversal of physical conditions and reduction and elimination of worry, anxiety and s​elf doubt. View Guest page

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Phil Nail, Entrepreneur/Founder AISO.net


Phil is the founder of AISO.net a 100% solar powered data center located in Riverside County, California. Phil identifies as being an entrepreneur and environmentally conscience throughout his adult life, so he decided to create the world’s first data center that is environmentally friendly.
With no experience in the industry, he was determined to do something other host providers haven't done - power websites using solar power. In 2001 Phil built the AISO datacenter and went off the grid for good.
In addition, AISO uses large water tanks to catch precipitation and rain water. This water is then used to cool the data center by piping it underground to our air conditioning units. AISO uses solar tubes to bring light in during the day time and LED lighting at night with the goal of limiting the company’s footprint and need for more power. View Guest page

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Joan Palmer


Joan Palmer is the Founder and Director of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition, and owner of Real Food Matters, LLC.
Joan has a MS in Human Nutrition, a BS in Education and received her certification as a Family/Community Herbalist. She has been planting the seeds of real food matters for decades through educational programs presented to schools, businesses, organizations, families and individuals.
Joan presents the Art and Science of Eating as part of an accredited Masters Degree program in Ct. She has been growing and using herbs and kitchen medicine since the 90s. She raises plants, chickens, bees and boys in the beautiful hills of CT. View Guest page

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Jonathan Pereira


Jonathan Pereira is the Executive Director of Plant Chicago.
Plant Chicago is a non-profit organization established in 2011 by John Edel. The Plant, is a groundbreaking food production space designed to be a net-zero, closed loop system. They equip people and businesses with the tools to live more sustainably through community-driven, hands-on programs and innovative tech demonstration projects.
Jonathan has over 15 years of experience in science and arts education, primarily in informal and non-traditional learning environments.
Specializing in environmental education and youth development programs in urban areas, he has worked with youth in projects ranging from renewable energy to natural resource conservation.
He most recently served as Youth Program Manager for Greencorps Chicago, which engaged 800 Chicago Public School students in bike maintenance and horticulture projects across the city. View Guest page

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