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Chelsea Sexton Explains Why Getting Butts in Electric Cars Is Top Priority

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

An employee of GM, Sexton was part of the L.A. team tasked with leasing the first commercial electric vehicle: the EV1. When GM decided to recall the car, she became a vocal opponent of the recall, but that didn't stop the company crushing the majority of the fleet.

Lesley Stahl on Barbara Walters: Why They're Soul Sisters

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

"Barbara has been a pioneer all along," Lesley Stahl says. "Even in hanging in there to the age of 84, she's still leading the way."

Great Gatsby Era Building in San Francisco Goes Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Built in the "Great Gatsby era," this remarkable Art Deco building was the tallest tower in San Francisco for almost 40 years. Today, 140 New Montgomery may be only 33rd in height, but it's still the talk of the town, from NPR's KQED Radio in San Francisco to The Atlantic in D.C.

Why Is Tesla Part of Google's Electric Fleet?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

In this exclusive Fresh Dialogues interview, Google's Rick Needham describes the company's fleet of electric vehicles and how it has enabled millions of miles of electric driving (almost 2M and counting).

Katie Couric Explores 5 Rules for Happiness

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.18.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

How to find happiness? Katie Couric explored the pursuit of happiness today at Stanford University, California with a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design.

History Making TV Journalist Belva Davis Shares Passion, Advice

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.22.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Belva Davis, who hosted KQED's This Week in Northern California for almost 20 years, explains why she admires PBS Newshour's anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill; and why journalists need both curiosity and passion to create a successful career.

Cisco's Warrior Shares 7 Secrets of Her Success

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.16.2013 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Warrior emphasizes the importance of authenticity in leadership, letting people see "who you truly are." Of course, being approachable... coaching, mentoring, and brainstorming ideas with your team are also key, she says.

Newsom Explains Carbon Tax for Dummies

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.17.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Gavin Newsom<, Lt. Governor of California and new father, explains why the U.S. needs a national carbon tax. Newsom shared his views on climate change, oil companies and his dream of being Governor of California one day.

Ex-Energy Secretary Steven Chu Has Message for Climate Deniers and Cooking Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.09.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

In this Fresh Dialogues interview, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu shares his reaction to Obama's major speech on climate change.

What Does Sheryl Sandberg Want? Just 5 Things

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

What does Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg really want? Fresh Dialogues explores Sandberg's top 5 wish list on this special day, 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act.

The Amazing Race for Clean Energy - A Big Idea From Jennifer Granholm

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Let's face it, President Obama is struggling to get anything through Congress right now, never mind a national energy policy, so Granholm plans to create policy... from the bottom up.

What's Biggest Exhibit at New SF Exploratorium?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Some argue it's the entire Exploratorium structure itself, an audacious experiment in green building that aims to create the world's largest "net-zero" energy museum.

Bill Clinton Praises His New Climate Change Hero

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

You may recall Dr. Muller, the self-described "former skeptic" who emphasized the fallibility of research on global warming. Last summer, after thorough research with the Berkeley Earth project, he announced his dramatic conversion. He agreed to answer a few Fresh Dialogues questions.

Meryl Streep Shares Her Green Inspiration

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2013 | Celebrity
Alison van Diggelen

This week, Meryl Streep shared the inspiration for her green activism with Fresh Dialogues and also shared some of her wicked sense of humor in this tribute to green design guru Bill McDonough.

Prius Drivers Test Tesla Model S: Apple iPad on Wheels?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.14.2012 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Performance is the word: the acceleration felt like a rocket. It's quite formidable, especially for Toyota Prius drivers. Overall, it's an impressive piece of technology: sleek, stylish and powerful, just like an iPad. But there are two things we'd change.

Can California Afford High Speed Rail? Jerry Brown Still Bullish, Likens it to Cathedral Building

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.28.2012 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Governor Jerry Brown responded to questions from Fresh Dialogues about high speed rail and electric vehicles. Can California afford to spend a penny on high speed rail?

SolarCity's CEO Seeks World Domination

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

SolarCity's CEO Lyndon Rive sat down with Fresh Dialogues last week to share details of the solar company's business model, rapid growth, and ultimate goal of being the world's largest energy provider.

Tom Brokaw: Climate Change Is Real

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Days before the Global Climate Talks in Durban, South Africa, NBC's Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw delivered a strong message in Silicon Valley for climate skeptics.

Jeff Skoll, Billionaire Philanthropist, Shares His Green Vision

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

In an exclusive Fresh Dialogues interview, Jeff Skoll talked about the role of the tech community in making the world more sustainable.

Solyndra Aftermath: Google Still Upbeat on Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

As the Solyndra aftermath continues to ripple through the green economy, Fresh Dialogues found the mood was distinctly upbeat at the AlwaysOn Going Green Conference at San Francisco's City Hall last week.

Game Changers in Silicon Valley: Calls for Public Uprising

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.22.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

"You have no idea how much more you should be frustrated!" Gavin Newsom, California's lieutenant governor, was on fire. Newsom appeared at the Game Changers Conference in Silicon Valley September 13.