Hurricanes and climate change/’To rake or not to rake’

September 29, 2017

Large parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and the Caribbean are on the long road to recovery following the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  What is the role of climate change in the size and frequency of these storms…and what can we expect in the future? Dr. Astrid Caldas is a senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

Autumn is arriving for much of the US and for many, it's time to get out the rakes and pile those leaves and cart them off (or burn them, as some still do). But is it better to just leave them where they are? It'll save you the hassle but it also might be better for your lawn and the environment. We're joined by Sam Bauer, a professor with the University of Minnesota's Turfgrass Science Program





Energy from forest waste/Toyota Highlander hybrid road test

September 22, 2017

We talk a lot about the “basket of goods” that is necessary to meet our growing energy needs in the world. As solar, wind and other renewable methods continue to grow and increase, others are discovered and developed. One is the use of food and forest waste as fuel for bioelectric energy generation, something that’s being worked on in California. We’re joined by Alicia Gutierrez with the California Energy Commission.

Consumer Guide Automotive Publisher Tom Appel joins us for a road test of the hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander SUV.



Wind energy report card/post-Paris carbon commitments

September 15, 2017

Wind energy costs less, has seen numerous technological improvements and has the potential to generate even more energy than before.  This is all covered in a new report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. We’re joined by its lead author Ryan Wiser.

The US under President Trump backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement a few months ago. Since that time, we’re learning more and more how business, state and local governments on their own are committing to it in order to reduce carbon output.  Joining us is Diana Rojas who wrote about this trend for Ethical Corporation’s monthly magazine.


Food Waste Erased/Diesel cleaning up/Lexus CT 200H F Sport road test

August 30, 2017

Of the 40% of food that’s wasted in the US much of it is safe to eat. However, some of it is not fit for consumption. But, it still can be reused instead of ending up in landfills. We’re joined Joanna Underwood of Energy Vision which just put out the report Food Waste Erased about how we could meet the UN goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030.

New technology has helped the trucking industry clean up its act.  Improved diesel engines and emissions control systems are now part of 30 percent of all the trucks on the road in the US. To tell us more about clean diesel and it’s positive impact on the environment is Allen Schaeffer with the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive has a Green Road Test of the Lexus CT 200H F sport.


SolarRoofHook/Future of Food/Chicago River cleanup

August 16, 2017

Going green is about more than sexy, high-tech hardware. Just as important are the “nuts and bolts” of sustainability. SolarRoofHook’s been growing rapidly in the solar industry by working its niche by providing innovative, simple, and effective mounting solutions for residential roof. Joining us is Rick Gentry, VP of Sales for SolarRoofHook.

The Institute for the Future recently took part in the US Chamber of Commerce’s Food Forward Summit. Joining is us Sarah Smith with the IFTF’s Food Futures Lab to share with us some of their new insights on Food Innovation.


The Chicago River is nationally known for being died green every St. Patrick’s Day. But there’s much more   - it’s a 156-mile river system that’s a story of  a polluted, industrial waterway that’s on its way to becoming ecologically healthy. Joining is us Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director of the Friends of the Chicago River.



The viral carbon reduction infographic/Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

August 15, 2017

“Individual actions multiplied by millions have big environmental results.” We’ve been saying that from day one on Green Sense. Recently, an infographic illustrating just which individual actions can have the most positive impact went viral. Seth Wines with the University of British Columbia, is the author of the report on which it’s based.

Biomimicry, or nature-inspired designs to develop solutions to reverse or adapt to climate change continues to be a trend in sustainability. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge for students has been taking place annually since 2008 and we’re joined by Megan Schuknecht with the Biomimicry Institute to talk about this year’s challenge.




Drinking waste water/combatting climate change locally/Hyundai Ioniq EV

August 4, 2017

Waste water purified using the latest technology can be a safe, trusted and sustainable water source. That’s just what they’ve been doing in Orange County, California and we’re joined by Mehul V. Patel Director of Water Production for the Orange County Water District. 

While the US is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, we continue to see strong efforts on the local level to combat climate change.  Dr. Mike Keen has been a Professor of Sociology and Sustainability Studies at Indiana University South Bend. He currently runs Thrive Michiana, a consulting and development firm committed to fostering sustainability and innovation in the Midwest and beyond.

Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive has a road test of the new Hyundai Ioniq EV.


Drainage that beautifies/Floating river ecosystems

July 25, 2017

Ingham County, Michigan Drainage Commissioner Patrick Linneman is internationally known for his drainage projects. They replace pipes with plants, creating wetlands and fountains for public enjoyment.


A floating ecosystem was installed this summer in the longtime polluted but much-improving Chicago River. Not only will it beautify parts of the river, it’ll help birds, fish and other wildlife to return to the river.  Nick Wesley Urban Rivers is our guest.

Chef Mareya Ibrahim has a follow-up to last week’s healthy grilling recipe with a healthy grilled dessert that’s perfect for summer celebrations.


Deloitte Resources Study/Smart Infrastructure

July 14, 2017
While the Trump administration might be turning its back on climate change, everyday people and business across the country are reducing consumption and supporting renewable energy. That’s from the most recent Deloitte Resources Study. Joining us is Marlene Motyka, US and Global Renewable Energy Leader with Deloitte. 
Our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is the topic of a lot of discussion. But what kind of infrastructure can we aspire to have?  Recently at Cornell University, engineers tested smart utility pipelines that have the ability to adjust to and even withstand disasters like earthquakes.
Brad Wham is part of the engineering team at Cornell behind the recent tests.

CarPrint app/Changing salmon standards

June 28, 2017

There's a new smart phone app that aims to make eco-driving into a game that cuts down on pollution, saves you money and makes driving more fun.  We're joined now by Anna McDevitt, director of communications for CarPrint.

We've heard for a while that farmed salmon is bad for the environment. But, things are changing. The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced that certain kinds of  farmed salmon are now okay to eat. We're joined by Peter Redmond of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

Plus, the Fit Foodie Chef Mareya Ibrahim has a healthy grilling recipe for the Fourth of July.