The Town Haul

The Town Haul
Rubicon’s first and only podcast where we share advice for techies, earth lovers and for penny pinchers!

Zero Waste but Lots of Influence: Blogger Kathryn Kellogg of “Going Zero Waste”
Jun 13 • 25 min
Even if you’re unfamiliar with her name, chances are you’ve come across some of her tips and tricks peppered throughout the eco-conscious community. Author and influencer Kathryn Kellogg lives a zero waste lifestyle. What does that mean? Host Amy Koonin…
The Big Bag Battle: ChicoBag’s Andy Keller
Jun 7 • 26 min
At the forefront of the single-use saga, ChicoBag founder Andy Keller is making some massive strides against big plastic. Keller is an electric personality with a deep-rooted passion for environmental sustainability. Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via…
The Pursuit of Hoppiness: ReGrained’s Daniel Kurzrock
May 31 • 24 min
How did a college hobby become a full-time weapon in the fight against food waste? ReGrained’s Daniel Kurzrock joins host Amy Koonin via Skype to chat about how his super idea became a super grain! This truly unique business model and bar allow consumers…
His Earth Bags Are Out of This World: Hamilton Perkins
May 15 • 21 min
Hamilton Perkins is changing the game when it comes to travel style. Host Amy Koonin is joined by Perkins via Skype to talk about the early days of the collection and the future of sustainable fashion. With sleek and modern styles of “Earth Bags” made…
The Yardi Boys: Millennials on a Mission
May 6 • 26 min
In a belated Earth Day celebration, host Amy Koonin sits down in the Rubicon studio with the affectionately named, “Yardi Boys”; 3 millennial men trying to change the planet one day at a time. With 4 people, 2 microphones, and endless passion for…
The Godfather of the Circular Economy: A Sit-Down With William McDonough
Mar 27 • 24 min
William McDonough’s resume reads like a thick phone book. He’s an architect, a designer, an author, a professor, and an established thought leader in the Circular Economy space. He also sat down with host Amy Koonin at Rubicon HQ to walk listeners through…
Doin’ it Rye: Toast Ale’s Louisa Ziane
Mar 15 • 18 min
Beer, Bread, and B Corp; what could be better? Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Toast Ale’s Louisa Ziane to talk about all things food waste and fermentation. Toast Ale is a B Corp out of the UK that is taking craft beer to the next level by using…
FroYo, Family, and Food Waste: Author Ocean Robbins
Mar 11 • 26 min
With an ice cream cone shaped swimming pool in his backyard, Author Ocean Robbins’ father fled the family business and moved his brood to a remote island to focus on sustainable living. The next generation of the Robbins family (of Baskin Robbins fame)…
What Are You Wasting For? Ends and Stems’ Alison Mountford
Feb 1 • 27 min
Ends and Stems is a meal planning service with sustainable values at its core (no pun intended). Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by Alison Mountford, CEO and Founder of Ends and Stems and a Rubicon 2018 Waste Fit Champion. With over a decade in…
Buy the Change: Be a Conscious Consumer with Author Jane Mosbacher Morris
Jan 30 • 27 min
How did a background in counterterrorism inspire conscious consumerism? Author Jane Mosbacher Morris joins host Amy Koonin in the studio to celebrate the launch of her new book, “Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World…
Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? An Interview with Serenbe Founder, Steve Nygren
Jan 4 • 30 min
A unique community near Atlanta, Serenbe has quickly become a slice of heaven outside of city limits. Serenbe has it all: retail and spa amenities, fresh food straight from the farm, and focus on overall health and wellness. Amy Koonin, our host and proud…
The Millennial Whisperer: Author Chris Tuff
Dec 14, 2018 • 36 min
Author Chris Tuff has created an easily digestible and engaging manual for managing millennials. The waste industry is antiquated and is now being run by new leaders and young and hungry employees. How do we respect the old while ushering in the new? CT…
Live from Philly: Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein
Nov 16, 2018 • 24 min
From branding booze to branding bubbles, Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein has had a hand in several household names. A Keynote speaker for the event, Bergstein joins host Amy live on location in Philadelphia at the Sustainable Brands Conference.…
Zero Waste Daniel: How One Man Turned Scraps into Style
Nov 9, 2018 • 23 min
Made from 100% pre-consumer cutting room scraps, Brooklyn’s Daniel Silverstein and his unique “ReRoll” fabric are taking the fashion world by storm. Zero-waste in and out of the atelier, Daniel’s nickname evolved after working in the industry and…
Trash to Treasure: Ken Beckstead’s Big Idea
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Ken Beckstead is turning a bad habit into something good for our planet! Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype to learn everything about his Butts to Watts program and how he’s turning discarded cigarette butts into a powerful and unique energy source. This…
Craft for a Cause: Saltwater Brewery’s Dustin Jeffers
Oct 12, 2018 • 27 min
Find out how a Florida craft brewery is tackling a global problem, one sip at a time! Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Saltwater Brewery’s Dustin Jeffers to talk about everything from wild flavors to wildlife. Saltwater Brewery is a pioneer in the…
Southface to Face: In Studio with Andrea Pinabell
Sep 28, 2018 • 26 min
We’re #talkingtrash with one of Southface Energy Institute’s environmental visionaries, Southface’s President, Andrea Pinabell! Joined in the studio, host Amy Koonin gets down to the building blocks of the built environment, energy efficiency, and what…
Fashion with a Passion: United by Blue Founder Brian Linton
Sep 21, 2018 • 21 min
Need a one-stop-shop for camping gear, pet accessories, and sustainable beauty products? United by Blue, an outdoor lifestyle brand focused on ocean conservation, has it all! For every product sold, the Blue squad removes a pound of waste from our water.…
Empire State of Mind: An Interview with NYC’s Sanitation Commissioner, Kathryn Garcia
Sep 5, 2018 • 21 min
Get ready for a jam-packed episode hitting all of the “M”s: Manhattan, Municipal Solid Waste, and matzah ball soup! Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by the Commissioner of Sanitation for New York, Kathryn Garcia. Commissioner Garcia is leading the…
Our ECOrenaissance: Sustainability Superstar Marci Zaroff
Aug 10, 2018 • 42 min
With a resume as long as a CVS receipt, environmental guru Marci Zaroff joins Amy Koonin via Skype to drop some serious knowledge about all things sustainable. Not only did Zaroff coin the term ECO-Fashion, but she is the brains behind several sustainable…
A Real Do-Goodr: Goodr Founder Jasmine Crowe
Aug 6, 2018 • 28 min
Jasmine Crowe built her end-hunger empire by combining her passions for philanthropy and technology. Joining host Amy Koonin in studio, Crowe shares her belief that hunger is a logistics issue and not a scarcity issue and what she and her team are doing…
A STRAW(esome) Idea: Final Straw’s Miles Pepper
Jul 13, 2018 • 23 min
With a last name like Pepper, he had to spice it up! A cinematographer by trade, Miles Pepper took a leap of faith and co-founded Final Straw after he saw how single-use plastic was polluting our planet. Launched on Kickstarter and raising over a million…
Smarts in the City: Rubicon’s Michael Allegretti
Jun 29, 2018 • 23 min
A little taste of NYC in the ATL, Rubicon’s Senior VP of Policy and Strategic Initiatives Michael Allegretti joins host Amy Koonin in the studio to break it all down: our RUBICONSmart City technology, the Internet of Things, and where to get the best…
A Slam Dunk: Atlanta Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin
Jun 15, 2018 • 23 min
He’s the CEO of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club. He’s a local Atlanta legend who has had a large part in building some iconic brands. He’s an advocate of environmental sustainability in sports as Philips Arena is under a massive renovation. He also…
Winters is Coming: An Interview with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Jun 6, 2018 • 22 min
We’re breaking down all of the awesome stuff the LDF is doin’- from compelling documentaries to ground-breaking campaigns. Justin Winters, the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, joins host Amy Koonin via Skype for a World Oceans Day…
Think BIG, Win BIG: Ocean Exchange’s Millicent Pitts
May 22, 2018 • 22 min
What would you do for our planet with $100,000 and an idea to save our oceans? Our host Amy Koonin is joined by Millicent Pitts, the CEO and Executive Director of the Ocean Exchange to talk all things innovation, implementation, and inspiration!
Sea-ing a Cleaner Ocean with Lonely Whale’s Emma Riley
May 2, 2018 • 30 min
When she’s not eating pasta or hiking to Pirate’s Cove, Lonely Whale’s Emma Riley is busy saving our big blue oceans with help from some very influential friends. Riley joins our host Amy Koonin via Skype to talk about the future for our fish, World…
People, Planet, and Peanut Butter Pretzels: Wegmans’ Jason Wadsworth
Apr 13, 2018 • 23 min
Wegmans is so much more than just Dunder Mifflin’s favorite regional supermarket! Amy Koonin is joined in studio by Jason Wadsworth, Manager of Sustainability for the northeastern cult-favorite, Wegmans Food Markets. Named #2 on Fortune’s “100 Best…
Keep Calm and Compost
Apr 9, 2018 • 30 min
Have you ever wondered how compost works? What is it? How do we do it? What is the impact? How can my business start? Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Annie Davis from World Centric, a fellow B Corp that specializes in the production of compostable…
Lettuce Talk about Food Waste!
Mar 22, 2018 • 27 min
Apologies in advance for the CHEESY puns: This episode will ap-PEEL to you especially if you’re NUTS about food waste! Sarah Sanders, COO, and Co-Founder of Bon Harvest, and our host Amy Koonin break down some scary stats and tech tips in the studio.…
The Red Couch: An Interview with Rubicon Co-Founder Marc Spiegel
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
How did a kid from Kentucky end up co-founding a sustainability and tech start-up right in the middle of the ATL? Our host, Amy Koonin, sits down in the studio with Rubicon Global co-founder Marc Spiegel to hear about his entrepreneurial journey, his…
Small Biz Whiz: Christophe Choquart from IOU Financial
Mar 5, 2018 • 16 min
Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by IOU Financial’s Chistophe Choquart to talk about lightning speed loan approval and what that can mean for your small business!
From Bottle to Body: Upcycling fashion with expert JT Marburger
Feb 7, 2018 • 26 min
Our host Amy Koonin chats in-studio with JT Marburger, a veteran of the sustainable apparel movement, to take us through the fascinating process of turning water bottles into clothing, why millennials are the ultimate decision makers, and much much more!
Don’t Be Trashy! Recycle
Nov 14, 2017 • 52 min
Amy Koonin is joined in studio by David Rachelson, Rubicon’s VP of Sustainability, and Mitch Hedlund, founder of Recycle Across America via Skype to talk trash (in the literal sense, of course).
Xero to 100 Real Quick
Oct 25, 2017 • 34 min
A philosopher in his own right, Drake said it best! Let’s go from Xero to 100 real quick. Our host, Amy Koonin, chats with Xero’s brand ambassador Ryan Watson about the challenges of getting a small business off the ground and how to prep your brick and m