California Drought update, Studebaker Innovation Center, Lexus RX 450h review

March 15, 2017

A year ago, only 5 percent of California was not in a state of drought. Earlier this month, heavy rains helped turn that number upside-down with more than 90 percent of the state now drought-free.  We’re joined by Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center to help explain what’s happening. 

Studebaker, the automobile manufacturer that made cars in South Bend, Indiana from 1902 until the early 60s when it went out of business, it left behind a one-million-square-ft. plant south of downtown South Bend. Today, entrepreneur Kevin Smith is working on making it an innovation center.

Plus, Green Automotive News with Tom Appel of Consumer Guide Automotive with a review of a new Lexus RX-450h.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Harrison & Brian Smith of RedCrow/Roddenberry Prize update

March 7, 2017

Jerry Harrison. since leaving Talking Heads became a top record producer but also has extensive experience in venture capital, helping found RedCrow, a new purpose-driven crowdfunding platform. We're joined by Jerry along with RedCrow cofounder Brian Smith. 

Star Trek’s boldly better future is being made real by the Roddenberry Foundation, which honors Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The foundation’s run by his son Rod and Rod’s wife Heidi Roddenberry, who’s the organization’s president. She'll give us an update on the amazing innovators who are benefitting from the million-dollar Roddenberry Prize.

 

 

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Georgia’s high-tech highway, the future of food with Rebecca Chesney

March 2, 2017

An amazing stretch of highway called The Ray is a proving ground for technologies that could transform the transportation infrastructure of the future. Telling us more about The Ray and its new solar features is executive director Allie Kelly.

Food can be a lens for exploring ways to reinvent the way we live, work, and connect with one another, according to Rebecca Chesney. She’s the  Research + Partnerships Manager, Food Futures Lab with the Institute for the Future.

Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News also joins us for another update on sustainable indoor farming in cities.

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Little Sun’s off-grid solar/Green Justice Legal/Eat cleaner with Chef Mareya

February 21, 2017

Little Sun is bringing light and power to the 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity through innovative devices and business models. We’re joined by Clay Tarica with the organization. 

 

Low-cost legal services to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to legal representation on environmental cases is becoming available thanks to Green Justice Legal. We meet founder Marianne Cufone.

And Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie has a recipe for nachos that will help you eat cleaner. You can also watch her prepare it on Facebook Live.

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Chevy Bolt preview/Ice Energy/Ireland’s fossil fuel divestment

February 15, 2017

A game-changing all-electric vehicle Consumer Guide Automotive publisher Tom Appel takes us through a test drive of the Chevy Bolt.

For storing energy, ice is nice The Ice Bear is a new kind of battery that stores cold air so you can switch off the A/C when electricity is most expensive. We meet inventor and Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins.

The Emerald Isle gets even greener  The Irish Parliament voted to divest public funds from fossil fuel in response to climate change. We talk with Eogan Rice of the humanitarian organization Trócaire.

 

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How the US-Mexico wall already affects the environment/Crowdfunding thought leader Dr. Richard Swart

February 6, 2017

Conservation photographer Krista Schlyer has spent years photographing the US/Mexico borderlands showing how the wall that already exists there impacts ecosystems. With President Trump planning on building a bigger wall, she looks at the negative impact the current one already has, chronicled in the short film, Border Walls and Boundaries.

Crowdfunding thought leader Dr. Richard Swart provides an update on this relatively new way to fund business ventures, many of which are sustainable.

 

 

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Chef Mareya Ibrahim/Dept. of Defense and Climate Change

January 27, 2017

Chef Mareya Ibrahim can help you keep your healthy eating resolutions for 2017. She's an award-winning entrepreneur, TV chef, author and healthy living expert and has the top healthy, sustainable food trends for the new year. 

The U.S. Department of Defense sees climate change as a serious threat to national security. Francesco Femia, co-founder and president of the Center for Climate and Security helps us understand how this threat could be effectively addressed, even though President Donald Trump does not belive in climate change. 

 

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Flying car race/Solar’s record-breaking growth

January 18, 2017

“Machine technology is advanced most rapidly by war and racing. We chose racing.” That’s the slogan used by Dezso Molnar’s Flying Car Invitational happening later this year. Not only is he the organizer of the event, he’s a builder and pilot of his own flying car design, which help vehicles on the road become lighter and more fuel efficient.

A report just came out showing the 3rd quarter of 2016 shattered all previous records on the installation of solar panels. To explain, we’re joined by the Solar Energies Industries Association VP of communications, Dan Whitten.

 

 

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GM becoming landfill-free/big benefits, big growth of behind-the-meter power storage

January 10, 2017

GM, which already has been working on environmental innovations like the all-electric Chevy Bolt and self-driving car just announced several of it’s facilities around the world are landfill-free, meaning everything’s recycled. Joining us is John Bradburn, Global Manager of Waste Reduction for GM. 

Big growth is predicted for behind-the-meter energy storage, a sustainable option for saving energy. So far, the numbers are small but that's expected to change for the better. We’re joined by Brett Simon, Energy Storage Analyst with Green Tech Media Research who's written a new report on behind-the-meter storage. 

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Slow Food USA, Saving bees by the billions, 2016 green car wrap-up

January 5, 2017

Slow Food USA Executive Director Richard McCarthy explains how the incoming Trump administration’s environmental approach can be countered by empowering individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.

Saving  billions of bees. We get to know Becky Langer, project manager of the North American Bayer Bee Care Program.

Green cars score big in 2016. Consumer Guide Automotive Publisher Tom Appel has a look back at the year in EVs, hybrids, high fuel efficiency and other tech that’s saving money for drivers and the environment.

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