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Episode 15

It’s Time to Dig In

with Ben Stapleton,

Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council - Los Angeles

In this episode of the Climate Rebels Podcast, Joel chats with Ben Stapleton, the Executive Director at U.S. Green Building Council - Los Angeles. During the conversation, Ben discusses the importance of humanizing the climate change experience and empowering individuals to make a difference. The conversation also highlights the role of USGBC-LA in transforming the market towards green building practices and address criticisms of the organization, the need for workforce training in the green building industry, the significance of community-building and education in empowering people to make sustainable choices, the importance of effective communication and storytelling in promoting sustainable practices, and more.

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Highlights from this week’s conversation include:

  • Ben’s background and work at USGBC-LA (2:19)
  • What makes Ben a climate rebel? (6:41)
  • People First Language in Sustainability (10:52)
  • The Mission of U.S. Green Building Council (15:26)
  • The importance of acting locally (19:25)
  • Approaching sustainability differently (20:52)
  • Empowerment through education and training (24:00)
  • Educating homeowners on making sustainable choices (28:29)
  • Building workforce capacity for sustainable construction (30:08)
  • The struggle in the battle against climate change (38:03)
  • Meeting people where they’re at (40:38)
  • The Challenge of Communication (45:49)
  • Engaging the Rest of the World (49:05)
  • What gives Ben hope for the future (50:56)
  • Connecting with Ben and USGBC-LA (52:34)

The Climate Rebels Podcast is presented by Rayven. The climate conversation has never been hotter. As disruptors in this space, we’re hungry to find solutions to the challenges our planet faces. We celebrate the doers, those taking action against climate change and executing on their vision for a better future. You’ll hear from us, as well as leaders in science, tech, and business, as we all take steps to decrease carbon and reach net zero. The tone will be edgy, authentic, optimistic, and unafraid to call out BS. Thanks for joining the conversation. Be part of the revolution at