There is more focus on sustainability now more than ever and with the fast-paced, ever-changing industry it can feel hard to keep up! So, what do the best sustainability leaders do to improve their skill set when it matters most?  

They learn from the best, of course!   

Our Top 10 Sustainability Podcasts for Business Leaders  

In the spirit of making things easy for you, we’ve put together a carefully curated list of the top 10 most insightful and educational sustainability podcasts. And with so many companies and employees still working from home, this is the perfect way to continue your professional development from the comfort of your home office. 

#1: GreenBiz 350 Podcast  

If it’s making headlines in sustainable news, you can be sure that GreenBiz 350 is dissecting it with an inimitable mix of wit, clarity, and vast industry knowledge. Hosts Joel Makower and Heather Clancy, both titans of the sustainability field, approach their topics with a fact-based optimism that can’t help but inspire hope.  

Recommended Episodes: Celebrating the sustainability profession, the 'clean fight'Thinking long-term with three sustainability think tanks, and Talking circularity, a 'nature-positive' future 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher | SoundCloud  

#2: The Sustainability Agenda  

The Sustainability Agenda podcast has Fergal Byrne hosting a killer lineup of sustainability experts and thought leaders to take on some of the biggest questions in the industry today. Discussions are piercing and tactical, yet manage to retain an accessible, down-to-earth quality that makes for great listening. Learn how some of the top sustainability professionals are devising innovative solutions to long-standing challenges.  

Recommended Episodes: An interview with Dr. Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of GeographyInterview with Anne Poelina, Indigenous Australian and Nyikina Traditional Custodian, and Interview with John Dennis Liu, filmmaker and ecologist 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher   

#3: The Energy Gang  

The Energy Gang podcast features engaging discussions centered around the many factors that are changing America’s energy markets. Become aware of upcoming trends and policies before they happen. Hosted by energy futurist Jigar Shah, energy policy expert Katherine Hamilton and Greentech Editor Stephen Lacey.  

Recommended Episodes: Why Local Solar + Storage Is a Pillar of the Net-Zero Grid and America’s Drastic Shift: What Are the Paths for Energy and Climate? 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify  

#4: Sustainability Defined  

Sustainability is a relatively broad concept. Over at the Sustainability Defined podcast, they know this well. Hosts Jay Seigel and Scott Breen have a lofty goal: to push ambiguity out of the conversation.   

Each episode, they break down an aspect of sustainability in clear, measured terms with the help of a guest expert. Whether you are a sustainability pro or are new to the topic, this podcast will help you learn something new!    

Recommended episodes: Urban Greening with Sandra Albro (Holden Forests & Gardens) and Racism and the Modern Environmental Movement with Faith Briggs (Global Works Community Fund) 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify  

#5: Sustainababble  

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by analytical discussion and you can’t take any more experts throwing facts and figures around, then we’ve got just the podcast for you. Sustainababble is a rare blend of comedy, industry knowledge, and thought-provoking insight. Hosts David Powell and Oliver Hayes will make you laugh, blissfully unaware that you’ve been learning all along.  

Recommended Episodes: Is It Really Green? and Innovation 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify  

#6: The Sustainable Futures Report  

Sustainability coach Anthony Day’s The Sustainable Futures Report is a well-researched podcast detailing how you can handle being in the middle of resource depletion, a climate change emergency, and an energy crisis… and still find a way to be profitable. Learn how you can fine-tune your sustainability initiatives to be in true concert with your cash flow.  

Recommended Episodes: Are Your Savings Saving the Planet? and Keeping Track 

Available On: iTunes | Stitcher   

#7: The Impact Report  

The Impact Report is unique in that it brings students, alumni, and faculty in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program together with leaders in business and social entrepreneurship. Most of the discussion centers on innovation in sustainability across the globe. Learn about novel strategies being implemented all over the world — they might just help you see your own challenges in a new light.  

Recommended episodes: Making Cities More Resilient By Eliminating Food Waste and Putting Sustainability at the Core of Businesses  

Available On: iTunes | Spotify 

#8: America Adapts 

Hosted by Doug Parsons, America Adapts features scientists, activists, policymakers and journalists covering the latest topics in how people and industries are adapting to climate change. This podcast explores sustainability challenges we are currently facing, and different ways society is (or could be) tackling those challenges. This podcast covers difficult topics in an educational and refreshingly optimistic way! 

Recommended episode: Hazard Mitigation meets Climate Adaptation – with Dr. Andrew Rumbach 

Available on: Spotify | iTunes 

#9: Think: Sustainability  

Think: Sustainability is a podcast that digs deep into the impact of consumption across all areas of life. Host Julia Carr-Catzel pursues questions that cover the scope of industry, technology, and human life. Learn about innovative approaches and emerging tech that can help you work smarter.  

Recommended Episodes: Repairing the Economy and the Planet and Garden Cities 

Available On: iTunes | Spotify  

#10: Planet A – Talks on Climate Change 

If you’re looking for a podcast that is easy to listen to, covers current climate topics, and offers solutions, then Planet A – Talks on Climate Change is the podcast for you! hosted by the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen, this podcast features interviews with leading experts, policy makers, and activists. Each episode addresses challenges in sustainability and offers possible solutions to leave you feeling hopeful! 

Recommended episodes: Jeffrey Sachs - on globalization, climate change and happiness and Dr. Julio Friedmann - on carbon capture, utilization and storage 

Available On: Spotify 

Listen, Learn, Lead  

That’s a wrap! We hope these resources offer you the motivation and knowledge to leverage the increased global focus on sustainability into an opportunity for your personal and professional growth. 

Looking for more virtual learning opportunities? Check out our blog, The EHS Professional’s Quick-Link Guide to Environment, Health, and Safety Webinars

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