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Green Rush part 2/Filtering storm water with sand

Green Rush part 2/Filtering storm water with sand

December 6, 2019

In our ongoing series getting to know the ‘green rush’ a bit better, we are meeting people innovators in the world of cannabis growing. One such person is Mike Lewis of Third Wave farms which occupies a unique niche as a supply chain consultant working  to maximize crop yield and quality.   

Stormwater that runs off pavements, gutters and lawns - picking up toxins and contaminants along the way - is usually discarded as pollution. But researchers at UC Berkeley have found a new way to use sand to soak up certain toxic materials from storm water which could unlock a new water supply. We’re joined by lead author Joe Charbonnet.   

Green Rush/Microplastics research

Green Rush/Microplastics research

November 22, 2019

As the legalization of various forms of marijuana and hemp continues, we're seeing interest in farming it as a crop grow along with it. Bob Crumley, is the Founder of Founders Hemp and an early adopter and leader in the industry establishing one of its first vertically integrated companies. 

The world produces more plastic waste than ever, adding about 300 million additional tons per year—nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Close to 80 percent ends up in landfills or the environment.  It’s time to work on solutions and Northwestern University just launched a new program on plastics, ecosystems and public health. We’re joined by Dr. Aaron Packman, a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering with Northwestern. 

New Ford Mach-E/Solar panel innovations

New Ford Mach-E/Solar panel innovations

November 21, 2019

Consumer Guide Automotive Publisher Tom Appel shares Green Automotive news – the greening of the Jeep Wrangler and news about Ford’s new EV, the Mach-E. 

 

We’ve covered the innovation around solar cells being made from perovskite on Green Sense in recent months. An advantage is greater efficiency. However, in commercial use, the materials are unstable and contain hazardous water soluble lead. But a new team of scientists led by Letian Dou at Purdue University have come up with something new & improved. 

Farm labor/Not Coralated art installation

Farm labor/Not Coralated art installation

November 8, 2019

As we work on feeding the world while using less energy and fewer resources, Hort Americas brings technically advanced and most cost effective products to the greenhouse growers across north America. It also has its finger on the pulse of the indoor growing news. General Manager Chris Higgins joins us again on Green Sense.  

 

Visual art can often bring attention to causes and issues not only in what they display, but how they’re constructed. Currently at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, students are combatting plastic waste by creating sculpture inspired by coral reefs. We’re joined by Jones College senior Alex Rovner who co-created the piece called ‘Not Coralated.’ 

Asphalt recycling/Every Bottle Back initiative

Asphalt recycling/Every Bottle Back initiative

November 1, 2019

Asphalt, according to the USEPA, is#1 on the list of recycled materials in the US. At the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, they’re doing all kinds of research into how to improve reusing asphalt even more. We’re joined by Edith Arambula Mercado, Recyclable Materials Program Manager. 

 Coke and Pepsi and other beverage companies are working together to reduce their plastic footprint with the Every Bottle Back Initiative. We’re joined by Sarah Dearman, VP of New Ventures with the Recycling Partnership.

Great Lakes water levels/Stroodles biodegradable pasta straws

Great Lakes water levels/Stroodles biodegradable pasta straws

October 25, 2019

The Great Lakes, which supplies 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water, are currently at dangerously high levels. Scientists are starting to understand how climate change is connected and we’re joined by University of Michigan researcher Andrew Gronewald.  

When it comes to reducing plastic waste, a lot of places have been getting rid of plastic straws and switching to paper. But that requires resources too. But what about a waste-free option?  Stroodles are pasta straws that could be a novel, viable - and edible - alternative. We're joined by Maxim Gelmann, Stroodle Founder. 

Carlsberg’s new sustainable beer bottle/100% renewable energy goal in Virginia

Carlsberg’s new sustainable beer bottle/100% renewable energy goal in Virginia

October 18, 2019

Carlsberg, a Denmark-based brewing company recently announced a new sustainable beer bottle made of paper, which has been in development for the last four years. We’re joined by Simon Hoffmeyer Boas of Carlsberg to explain what went into this world’s first.   

Virginia, a state with a long history with the coal mining industry recently made a commitment to meet all of its electricity needs by the year 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent by 2030. With a look at how the state might get there - and how other states could follow suit - we’re joined by Rob Sargent of Environment America. 

U.S. public transportation report/Green automotive news

U.S. public transportation report/Green automotive news

October 4, 2019

Americans take 10 billion trips on public transportation each year, so a lot of us are using it. For every dollar invested in public transportation, it generates four dollars in economic returns, according to the American Public Transporatation Association. Wallet Hub recently released results of its new survey on 2019’s cities with the best & worst public transportation. We’re joined by Wallet Hub analyst Jill Gonzalez.  

 
Consumer Guide Automotive publisher Tom Appel joins us for the latest green automotive news on GM’s possible contract to build electric mail delivery trucks, the green benefits of the new Corvette and charging stations in U.S. cities. 

Green Builder Media/U.S. soil quality update

Green Builder Media/U.S. soil quality update

September 27, 2019

How we approach the built environment, from the materials used, to the energy saved in building it, to the energy saved when it’s a functioning building, to how we reuse and recycle parts of it as it ages is crucial to sustainability in today’s world.  Sara Gutterman is CEO of Green Builder Media and joins us on Green sense. 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 also known as the 2018 Farm Bill has been around long enough that we can start to see how it’s impacted the environment. One area is in the health of our soil and the Soil Health Institute just came out with a report on how the farm bill affects the soil. We’re joined by president and CEO Dr. Wayne Honeycutt. 

America Recycles Day/Renewable energy benefits

America Recycles Day/Renewable energy benefits

September 20, 2019

Once we get into September it seems like the autumn files by and we’re into the year-end holidays. But one ‘holiday’ that we don’t want to let fly past us is in November - it’s America Recycles Day on November 15th and we’re joined by Randy Hartmann of Keep America Beautiful.   

 Changing over to renewables is happening bit by bit - but often there’s resistance because of cost. But a major benefit could be to human health. It could be to the degree that renewables would essentially pay for themselves, according to a new study by a team of MIT researchers. We’re joined by one of them, Dr. Noelle Eckely Selin.