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181: Partners in Preparedness - Neighborhoods and Emergency Responders

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

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pm181_150.jpgThe last thing “Dr. Doom” Bob Hamlin expected was citizens offering to help his county Emergency Management Department. But when Deborah Stinson from Port Townsend’s Local 20/20 came to Bob’s office after Hurricane Katrina, they formed a partnership. Citizens are organizing and educating neighborhoods to be more self-reliant in emergencies. And they’re at the table with emergency responders in planning for disasters. (www.L2020.org/ep).Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal “Government and Citizens Partner for Emergency Preparedness” about taping this show. Watch the video »

163: Economy, Ecology, Social Equity — Empowering Future Leaders

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

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pm163_150.jpgWhat if future leaders became sensitive to local environmental and social issues before stepping into leadership roles? Tanya Narath describes nine day-long events in the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy’s program: Students visit a watershed for ecological context; tour an organic farm (sustainable agriculture); take a walking tour from which students’ urban design ideas are presented to the mayor; explore social issues like racial injustice, homelessness, and poverty; consider water ecology, local economy, transportation and land use. (www.ecoleader.org).

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129 Meeting the Energy Challenge

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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pm129_150.jpgRichard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, makes plain the dire situation we’re in as declining oil supplies fail to meet demand. He notes there are no easy “supply side” solutions (like substitute fuels): we must reduce demand, initially through conservation and efficiency. Julian Darley, president of Post Carbon Institute observes that while personal action is important, individuals can only do so much. A deeper response must come at the municipal level — to change infrastructures on how we heat, transport, and power our society. Sharing, he notes, can bring enormous energy reductions almost immediately: after all, two people rather than one in a car cuts energy use per person in half. Bottom line: Americans love rising to a challenge. And this IS a challenge! [www.postcarbon.org]

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120 Go-Getter Gets Governments Going on Sustainability

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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pm120_150.jpgEnergetic Kris Holstrom is the first Sustainability Coordinator for Telluride and a smart Colorado county. The action plan she developed encompasses energy efficiency and renewables, green building, food and water security, economy, and recycling/resource recovery. She enlightens us about green codes, incentives and rebates, a household energy audit program, public education speakers and conferences, even farm tours for schoolkids. For Kris, what’s at the heart of sustainability is building relationships within the community and with the land, wherever we live.

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101: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

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pm101_150.jpgSanta Barbara is serious about lowering carbon emissions. Guided by a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions study, they’re adding solar panels to city buildings, requiring lower energy usage for new buildings, switching to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, and giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e. funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. [www.santabarbaraca.gov]

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98: Energy Independence - America’s Road Not Taken

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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pm98_150.jpgEnergy researcher Glenn Rambach’s charts show how America budgeted for energy independence following the OPEC embargo in 1973. Then the Reagan administration switched to having “the market” create research incentives, so federal funding declined severely. He says we’ve lost 30 years, are spending in the wrong places, and need to get back to serious research in energy development. [www.thirdorbitpower.com]

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47: The San Francisco Peak Oil Resolution

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

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pm47_150.jpgSan Francisco is the first American city to formally address the challenges of oil depletion. Dennis Brumm and Alyse Heartwell recount how members of SF Oil Awareness envisioned, wrote and presented to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors a Peak Oil resolution, which they passed unanimously in April 2006. They explore next steps: public hearings and plans to create a task force to assess the city’s energy vulnerability. [www.sfbayoil.org/sfoa]

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41: San Luis Obispo’s Smart Energy Summit

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

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pm41_150.jpgHow can localities buy and build local renewable energy generation capacity? Ken Smokoska describes the opportunities afforded by California’s Community Choice law AB117. Nick Alter and Aeron Arlin Genet describe the coalition of business, environmental, university, county and city governments that took part in the summit, and where some of the outcomes can lead. Watch the video »

35: The Vancouver Food Policy Council

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

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pm35_150.jpgVancouver’s food charter calls for a “just and sustainable food system.” Council member Spring Gillard elaborates on city-wide collaborations to improve access to groceries, waste management, institutional food purchasing, and a goal of 2010 food-producing garden plots by 2010. [www.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/socialplanning/initiatives/foodpolicy/policy/council.htm]

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33: MOBY - An Inner City Community Garden Project

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

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pm33_150.jpgThis Vancouver, B.C., neighborhood is building community while transforming an abandoned lot in a crack neighborhood into a flourishing community garden. Join MOBY-lizer Jason O’Brien and folks of all ages for cob clay-stomping fun accompanied by music in an inner-city urban garden below the elevated skytrain.

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