Podcast: Anna Hackman of Green Talk

One of the things that I’ve learned since I started the Strocel.com Podcast is just how many great stories are out there. You don’t have to be famous or have a Nobel Prize in order to be interesting, passionate and engaging. In fact, there are probably some amazing stories in the people you come into contact with every day, and in the normal small talk of life you never get to hear them. It has been an amazing privilege to hear them through my podcast, and also to share them with you.

Strocel.com Podcast Anna Hackman Green Talk Green Building

Today I’m sharing an interview I did with Anna Hackman, who blogs at Green Talk. She’s a fellow member of the Green Moms Carnival, a mom of four, a lawyer, a sustainability consultant, an organic gardener and a green building expert. You can catch up with her on her website, Green Talk. Before I spoke with Anna, I honestly wasn’t sure that I found green building all that exciting. Anna got me, though. She shared her story, and her passion, and I was hooked. This is what I’m talking about when I say that I love podcasting.

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If you’ve ever considered building your own home, you’re undergoing home renovations, or even just re-decorating your living room, Anna’s your girl. She can tell you how to save money by making your home energy-efficient, how to pick non-toxic furniture and paint, and just what is amazing about a geothermal system. And in the process, she will get you all fired up, too. Plus, she’s got the chops. Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, which means that she knows a whole lot more about green building than me, and probably most other people, too.

If you want some ideas about how to make your own home more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, or you’d just like to listen to some great stories from a person living her passion, you should listen to our interview. It’s a long one, but it’s worth taking the time for:

As I mentioned, Anna and I are both members of the Green Moms Carnival. One of the things that we do is run a monthly blog carnival on a set topic. This month’s topic is “Resolutions for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint” and I’m hosting it here at Strocel.com on Monday, January 23. If this sounds like something you’d like to take part in, you’re welcome to submit a post by the end of the day on January 21. Just publish it on your blog, and drop me a line with the link. We’d love to add your voice to those writing on behalf of the planet!

Next week on the podcast I’ll be talking about having kids, and how you know when you’re “done”. I’m departing from my usual format, and talking to three different moms – Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing, Allison from Bibliomama, and Amanda from pomomama. They all have a unique perspective to share, plus I’ll be weighing in with some thoughts of my own. I’m going all out on this one. Subscribe to the Strocel.com podcast in iTunes, and you won’t miss a minute!

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  1. I love the green movement for homes, and hope one day to own another and incorporate these approaches.
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  2. Anna is great! I have to admit that I am not as excited about green building as other things, but there some fun things about it too – besides how much better it is!
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  3. Amber, thanks so much for interviewing me. It is so much fun when I get on my recycled content soap box and talk about green building. I had such a great time with you and know your podcast career is going to soar.

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  1. […] Anna Hackman – Anna blogs at Green Talk, and she’s also a green building expert. She had this tip to share about choosing furniture and home decor: “You have to look at the sofas you’re bringing in, the tables you’re bringing in, the draperies. Those things are laden with chemicals. That nice smell? Those are chemicals off-gassing. There’s a lot of things like formaldehyde, chemicals in the drapes, there’s a lot of things that people don’t realize they’re bringing in.” […]

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