Green Sense Radio

Green Sense Radio Show has been on the air since 2010 and is one of the first programs dedicated to covering the topic of sustainability. We feature innovators with market-based solutions to environmental challenges and cover a wide range of topics including energy, transportation, agriculture, waste and water management, the built environment, and health.

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Brian Urbaszewski, Director of Environmental Health at the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, joins us again with an update on their Clean Air Initiative RHA is working to reduce air pollution from diesel fuel, supporting efforts to increase the use of clean nonpolluting sources of energy, and increasing the use of electric vehicles.

The Respiratory Health Association is on a mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. Listen to our previous episode with Brian to learn more about RHA and its mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change.

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This week Tom Appeal, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, joins us to discuss the current diesel crisis. The US reserve is reported to have a 25-day supply, lows that have not been seen since 2008. During our interview, Tom provides a factual analysis of how gasoline and diesel are produced, the demand for each, who are the largest users of diesel, what it means to have a low diesel supply, how diesel shortages can affect the supply chain, and what’s the bottom line for consumers.

The Chicago Tribune in 1961, ran a series of articles on the world of tomorrow.
They talked about how agriculture will be so mechanized that farms will resemble factories with automation control devices performing precision agriculture. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will replace human judgment for optimizing crop production and harvesting, packing, and shipping
will all be done with robots.

Eric Adamson is the Co-founder and CEO at Tortuga AgTech, and he is transforming the agriculture world of tomorrow today! Tortuga has developed a robotic strawberry harvester that is picking strawberries as we speak. Tortuga AgTech aims to build a healthier society and a thriving planet through smarter farming and helps farms be more resilient, sustainable, and successful with technology. In our interview, Eric shares insights on how these robotics work, robotic harvesting challenges, and the pros and cons of using robots instead of manual labor.

This week Host Robert Colangelo shares his thoughts with Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, after test-driving the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, including a rundown of its performance and features. The all-knowing Guru of Gears also talks about the current state of charging stations and if they will be a limiting factor to increased vehicle sales as EVs become more popular.

Are zoning codes stopping cities from being vibrant, equitable, and sustainable? This week we spoke with M. Nolan Gray, the Research Director for California YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) and author of “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It.” During the interview, Nolan discusses how flawed policies are a major reason many US cities cannot address housing shortages, stunted growth and innovation, persistent racial and economic segregation, and car-dependent development. Nolan shares his proactive ideas for making our
cities better.

This week we spoke with Josina Morita, Commissioner for the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The MWRD, one of the largest
water districts in the country, employs 2,000 people, and has been providing clean drinking water and managing wastewater for Chicagoans since 1889.
Commissioner Morita talks about historical engineering feats (reversal of the
Chicago River and TARP- Tunnel and Reservoir Plan) the district has completed,
the challenges a big City faces in hardening its water infrastructure to be more
resilient to climate events and why protecting local freshwater sources is more
important now than ever.

The Farm on Ogden, a multi-use facility in an underserved area on the west side of Chicago, supports and sustains a healthy urban community by bringing food, health, and jobs together in one location. The farm is run by Windy City Harvest, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative that offers the Veggie RX program, which provides a prescription of fresh produce (a weekly box of fresh greens) to food-insecure patients with diet-related diseases, such as obesity and diabetes.

This week we spoke to two members of the Windy City Harvest Team, Brittany Calendo, the Program Director, and Ketaurah James, Veggie RX Manager, to learn more about how these programs are helping build a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy.

This week we spoke to the all-knowing Guru of Gears, Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, to review our test drive of the Ford F-150 Lightening (I’m still smiling). We also discussed the load EVs put on the CA electrical grid to see if they are the reason for the brownouts and blackouts from the record-setting temperatures experienced throughout the state this summer.

Feeding a growing global population using less land, water, and energy is a big
goal. It’s even more challenging when you are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with rising input costs and supply chain shortages. This week we are joined by Chris Higgins, President and co-Founder of Hort Americas and founder of Urban Ag News. Chris gives us an update on new state legislation designed to regulate electricity use at indoor farms and the unintended consequences these policies can have on indoor vegetable grow operations.

Historical climate data models are important for anticipating future risks, predicting the cause and effect, guiding adaptation decisions, and setting mitigation targets for now and future generations.

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