Jul 18, 2018
Shannon Binns is the
founder and executive director of Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit
organization helping to advance the long-term social, economic, and
environmental health of the Charlotte region. Prior to
launching Sustain Charlotte in 2010, Shannon worked at The Nature
Conservancy in Washington, DC where he was part of their climate
change science and policy team. He has also served as an
agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal, helped
found a tsunami relief organization in Thailand, and served
communities across the Northeast US as a member of AmeriCorps. In
the private sector, Shannon has worked as an industrial engineer
for Motorola, General Motors, and Trane. He holds a Bachelor of
Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a
Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy
from Columbia University.
This episode is
perfect for anyone interested in sustainability and smart growth,
and a life of humanitarian work and
IN THIS EPISODE
- Shannon explains the
mission and work of Sustain Charlotte.
- He defines what sustainability means to
- He shares what gets in the way of sustainability and the
benefits of long-term thinking.
- He addresses whether an unregulated free market is the best
mechanism for addressing present and future
- Shannon discusses smart growth and the costs
and benefits of new modes of travel.
- He talks about why Sustain Charlotte is
- He addresses the symbolism of becoming a low-carbon
- He reveals what's on his mind as a leader of
- Shannon describes his childhood in Iowa and
the irony of his family business.
- He talks about a teenage trait he still has to
- He shares what changed in his life when he
- He details his humanitarian work after college
and managing the work emotionally.
- Shannon identifies the book that most influenced
him and his career.
- He shares a period of depression and what brought hope
and optimism back to his life.
- He answers what motivated him to start Sustain
- He talks about Crystal Tayara and Edie
- Shannon reveals the values he carries in his
wallet and what he wants his to be about.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Lucky Ones
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