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#7: Sara Whalen Shifrin of the Gould Academy IDEAS Center

Sara Whalen Shifrin is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs.   Yes, entrepreneurs.  Sara works within a larger organization, Gould Academy, helping to lead the school in new and interesting directions in her role as Director of the IDEAS Center, an Sara Whalen Shifrin at Gould Academy IDEAS Centerentrepreneurial resource  loosely based on the Fablab concept.

So listen in as Sara and I discuss spray painting bikes, grading blueberries, and a possible new job for me if this whole sustainability thing doesn’t work out – Night Shift Slug Picker.

Plus, we spend time digging into the issues such as educating entrepreneurs to go on to become involved with great organizations such as Hardy Girls Healthy Women; the TEDx Dirigo Conference, which we’ll both be attending; and the Blue Napkin Problem, which is the tendency of people to focus on small cosmetic fixes instead of larger structural improvements in sustainability.

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#6: Phil Coupe of Revision Energy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhil Coupe is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs. Since co-founding Revision Energy in 2003, he has led the company in its installation of more than 4,000 commercial and residential renewable energy systems. The company now has more than 50 employees and four offices in Maine and New Hampshire. To fuel this kind of growth, they’ve invested in branding in unusual and effective ways, putting that Revision Energy Sun logo in unexpected places that are in alignment with the company’s sustainability mission – they support what their customers support.  And they’ve taken a leading position in social media marketing, with a full time staff member acting in that capacity.

Plus, you’ll get to hear the word ‘foment’ used in a sentence; learn how Maine’s 440,000 oil boilers make the state a target rich environment; and how much energy the sun has (which is apparently about the same amount as Phil has, as I was to find out the hard way on the mountain bike ride we completed just after recording the cast).

ReSunLogoThe conference I mention in the show was Agents of Change – great!

Kennebec Valley Community College Solar Instructor Training Network – training solar hot water engineers throughout the east.

Yes it’s true: in one hour the sun delivers enough energy to the face of the earth to power every human energy demand for an entire year.  Efficiency Maine is offering some incentives right now.

And can you believe, as we recorded this episode with our bikes, I forgot to ask Phil about his first bike? Well, it turns out it was a Schwinn.  What do you call two bicycles attached at the handlebar?  Siamese Schwinns.  Ba dum bump.

Also, during the cast, the bird dog that came up to us during the recording was a wirehair. My dog is an English Setter, and we have gotten our bird hunting season off to a good start, with several birds in the bag.

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Hey, see my Mom, Joann Grohman, featured in the October Down East magazine, in a great article titled Cowgirl, written by Josh Bodwell, with photography by Patryce Bak!

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