Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Biodiesel, Particulates Amok in Augusta and Columbus, Sustainable Humans With Foodbanking This Week on Sustainable Georgia
We take time during the holiday season this week to break bread with Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a pioneer of the food banking concept. The current economy has food banks across the state dealing with higher demand and rapidly emptying shelves with which to meet this demand. Bill talks about why we need to help our neighbors, what he would tell Barack Obama to do, and how environmentalists and hunger and anti-poverty activists share common ground. If you would like to help one of the nine regional Georgia food banks, you can go here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sol Invictus, Mother Nature's Lobbyist, Obama's Green Team, and Count Basie On Sustainable Georgia Sunday at 4:30p and Online at gpb.org/gogreen.
Programming Note: Sustainable Georgia's Saturday broadcast is preempted again this week for live coverage of the Metropolitan Opera Matinee. We'll air Sunday at 4:30pm following Weekend Gazette.
We celebrate the Winter Equinox this week on Sustainable Georgia with hopes for rebirth, and longer Spring days to come.
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea(pictured above) checks in on this week's show to talk about the highs and lows of fighting the good fight for Georgia's watersheds. She will be actively lobbying the state legislature when it cranks up in a few weeks. If you want to know where your local legislator stands on environmental issues, you can read the Georgia Conservation Voters 2007-2008 Legislative Scorecard linked to here. As Sally points out in our interview, legislators don't hear from their constituents as much as they do from lobbyists and business interests. A spare word or note from you about the importance of considering Mother Nature ahead of the Fortune 500 could make a difference.
Dave Bender reports that the planned coal-fired energy plant for Early County Georgia has been back-burnered by Dynegy, the Houston company that was financing the bulk of it. We report on what that means for the environment, and what it means for people in Early County who had been hoping for new jobs and tax revenue.
Our shout out this week goes to the Mother Nature Network. MNN is a brainchild of Chuck Leavell, keyboardist, Twiggs County tree farmer, friend of GPB and a friend of the Earth. We recommend you check out their site.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Is Cheap Gasoline Bad For Georgia? Find The Price of Energy Complacency On Sustainable Georgia-4:30p Sat and Sun
Is cheap gasoline good for the country? If we taxed fossil fuels at a rate high enough to discourage their consumption would we get on the alternative fuel tip sooner? It's a hard question to ponder, particularly in a tough economy. But Georgians, like the rest of the country, are at risk of falling into energy complacency. The Wall Street crash and Main Street struggles could set back energy alternatives. On this weekend's program we're joined by Sustainable Georgia Energy Policy Wonk Jay Hakes. Hakes, who is director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, worked as the head of the Energy Information Administration in the Department of Energy under Bill Clinton from 1993-2000. We'll talk about energy complacency, whether the auto industry can re-tool for a new energy paradigm, and how much political capital Barack Obama will be willing to spend on green issues come January.
In Earth News, Mary Ellen Cheatham reports on the latest plans afoot to recycle spent nuclear fuel at the Savannah River Plant outside of Augusta. Some punk shot an American Bald Eagle outside of Tifton and we encourage our listeners their to call the DNR Wildlife Turn In Poacher hotline. The EPA now has a Ten Most Wanted Environmental Crime Fugitives List. And the 1071 Coalition has formed to advocate on behalf of Lake Lanier.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Note: Sustainable Georgia will not air on Saturdays for a few weeks as we step aside for the live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera on GPB Radio. The program will continue to air Sundays at 4:30pm and Tuesday nights at 11:30pm. You can also download or stream the program on demand at here.
Sustainability Pioneer, Guru, Architect and Venture Capitalist William McDonough was in Atlanta this week, as part of the Arthur Blank Family Foundation's Speaker Series. GPB and Sustainable Georgia were proud to partner with them on the event bringing McDonough to town. We will be posting his remarks in one form or another, so watch this space for details. We'll also focus on his Cradle To Cradle initiative as time goes forward. One of McDonough's points in his talk, among many, was that he is a big supporter of nuclear power--nuclear fusion coming from the sun. That's to say he favors the solar energy, the original nuclear power. There are a number of reasons that the solar energy industry is growing by 25% this year when many other businesses are hurting. It's clean, it's free from the source, and it comes without a carbon footprint. We're at a point where the cost of photo voltaic solar arrays and their affiliated technology and hardware is going to begin to drop, even as utilities and businesses using traditional fossil fuel-extracting and burning technologies incur increased real and environmental costs.
Duke Power in North Carolina started an innovative program in the past year in which they are deploying solar arrays to their customers, allowing their customers to generate their own power. In other states both government and utilities are making real steps towards harnessing solar. In Georgia, not so much. As Myriam Levy reports this week on the program, Georgia Power is offering a limited green option, but as a company is not betting on solar energy playing a major role in Georgia. We encourage you to go to their website here and learn about what commitment they do have to green energy. In the story, we name-check both Southface Energy Institute and One World Sustainable as additional resources if you're ready to start powering your house with the original nuclear energy.
The Right Whales are back along the Georgia Coast, calving and spuming and otherwise enjoying our sunny Southern waters. We report on the new rule starting December 9, which forces large ships to slow down when sailing through the whales' migratory path.
Our Shout Out this week goes to Robert Whelchel, a Gainesville High School senior who just picked up his 4th, yep 4th, regional student Emmy Award. His psa is entitled Lake Lanier 2008 and encourages water conservation. You can watch it here.
We lean on Deborah Byrd and our friends at Earth & Sky for this week's interview with Marine Biologist Felicia Coleman, who talks about the impact of upriver development on our ocean's health. She specifically talks about the impact of Georgia's water crisis and the diminished flow of the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola Rivers and its effect on the oyster beds of Apalachicola Bay.
Recycled music goes old school Crosby & Nash to celebrate the return of the Right Whales with the title track to their 1979 LP Wind On The Water. We wouldn't want to celebrate the wrong ones, would we?
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sustainable Small Towns and Environmental Impacts of The Mortgage Crisis in Georgia, Sunday at 4:30p and online at gpb.org/gogreen
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We've had a number of responses to our interview with Altamaha Riverkeeper President Deborah Sheppard last weekend concerning the proposed coal burning Plant Washington in Washington County, GA. The local group opposing the plant is called Fall Line Alliance For A Clean Environment (FACE). You can reach them at 478-553-9151. GreenLaw is another Georgia advocacy group who opposes new coal fired plants in Georgia. They can be reached online at green-law.org.
The EMC cooperatives who want to build the plant also make their case for energy efficiency and "cleaner" coal technology and their reasons for building the plant at their advocacy site power4georgians.com. We encourage you to educate yourself from a variety of sources. Sustainable Georgia will continue to follow events concerning Plant Washington going forward.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Altamaha Riverkeeper Opposes Plant Washington, Record Drought Continues, and The Balanescu Quartet This Weekend On Sustainable Georgia
One of the great challenges before us as a civilization is how to come up with a way to fuel our machines in ways that don’t despoil the environment, compromise our immune systems, or bankrupt our economy. That’s a tough nut to crack, and just because the price of gasoline has dropped to under two dollars a gallon does not mean that we can forget about the challenge. For example, if you were designing and building an electricity-generating plant in 2008 would you be building one that burns coal to accomplish that?
On Georgia Earth News this week we feature the return of Pierre Howard to the helm of the Georgia Conservancy, bankrupt developers winning court fights along the coast, and positive changes in green building standards. Isla Earth brings word of sustainable house trailers in
This week’s Sustainable Georgia Shout Out goes to the Center For A Sustainable Coast, whose Executive Director David Kyler took us to task this week in an email, complaining that we're giving short shrift to the potential for wind energy generation off of the Georgia Coast. We’ll take that issue up in a future program. The Center For A Sustainable Coast, based in
Our recycled music this week is from the Balanescu Quartet.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Recycled Cars, Green Cemeteries, Frog Watchers and Joni Mitchell This Weekend on Sustainable Georgia
Junkyards, scrapyards, auto salvage yards--You might not think so, but they were recycling before recycling was cool. In fact, automobiles are recycled at a rate higher than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass or electronic goods. This week on Sustainable Georgia we talk with Steve Levetan, Senior Vice President of Pull-A-Part, a ten-state automobile recycling operation. Levetan, whose family started in the scrap iron business in Atlanta in 1919, has worked for nearly 40 years in business and in public policy to create solid waste policies in Georgia that have left us with less clutter and a more pleasing environment to look at. For that and more, Levetan was named the Keep Georgia Beautiful Man of The Year. We'll talk with him about recycling, solid waste, and the future of the automobile in our car-culture.
On Earth News we talk about Georgia DNR's search for frog surveyors to help count Georgia's frog population. T. Boone Pickens is slowing down his alternative fuel plan now that oil is cheap again. And Josephine Bennett reports that if you want to be buried in a 'green' cemetery, then don't plan to rest in peace in Macon.
Our shout out goes to the Live Oak Library System, based in Savannah, which is building a green LEED-certified building at their newest branch.
Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi was too hard to resist as a recycled music cut. We hope the public radio audience can tolerate a single, just this once.
Sustainable Georgia airs Saturdays at 12:30p, Sundays at 4:30p and Tuesday nights at 1:30p. You can also listen on demand online by going here.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Climate Change and Fall Colors, Eco-Villages, Nuclear Power, Food Banks, e-Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi This Weekend On Sustainable Georgia
The winds of change are blowing across the nation and right here at home. This week on Sustainable Georgia in Earth News we'll look at what Obama the candidate promised to do about environmental issues versus the agenda he will push as president. A UGA scientist has research that shows Georgia climate change has pushed back the peak of Fall colors by a couple of weeks. The Georgia Public Service Commission is beginning a series of hearings about whether or not to allow Georgia Power and other state utilities coops to build the first new reactors to be approved and built since the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. The two reactors would be built at Plant Vogtle in Burke County.
In our feature interview we talk with Myra Bales and Architect and Designer Greg Ramsey with Village Habitat Design. Bales is trying to create a sustainable cooperative Eco-Village in Carroll County. Village Habitat Design is a leader in Conservation Community design that's worked on such notable Atlanta-area communities as Lake Claire Co-Housing and East Lake Commons.
Our shout out goes to Georgia's Food Banks, who are low on food with high demand in a weak economy. Please do what you can to support them by going here.
With news that 1964-era vintage Peanuts cartoons have been animated and are available for download for your iPod or mobile device, we decided to celebrate change this week by ending the show with Vince Guaraldi's best known Peanuts song Linus and Lucy, suitable for dancing atop your dog house.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Energy Independence, Carbon Footprint Travel Guilt, and Huey Long This Weekend On The Election Day Edition Of Sustainable Georgia
Atlanta-based UPS Corporation spends a lot of time thinking and engineering ways to save gallons of fuel every trip down your block. We'll hear from NPR and Melissa Stiers about their latest wrinkle, a hydraulic-hybrid truck that uses hydraulic pumps and hydraulic storage tanks to capture and store energy, similar to what is done with electric motors and batteries in a hybrid electric vehicle. In this case, the diesel engine is used to periodically recharge pressure in the hydraulic propulsion system. Fuel economy is increased in three ways: vehicle braking energy is recovered that normally is wasted; the engine is operated more efficiently, and the engine can be shut off when stopped or decelerating.
The Sustainable Georgia Shout Out this week goes to Keep Georgia Beautiful’s Man of The Year, Steve Levetan. Isla Earth reveals new lighting technology that uses old world ideas. Travel Experts Rick Steves and Tony Wheeler discuss world travel and carbon footprint guilt. And, we’ll recycle an old Huey Long campaign song to pump everyone up for Election Day.
Friday, October 24, 2008
E-Waste, Dystopia, Local Food Success In Carroll County and Kumbaya All On Sustainable Georgia This Weekend On GPB Radio
Tom Braziel is a Georgia-born writer now teaching at the University of Cincinnati, his first novel, Birmingham, 35 Miles is an entertaining but grim dystopian story about the Alabama of the year 2045, when climate change has rendered the American Southeast a windswept desert where people only go out at night because of deathly UV rays from the sun and the only job left is itinerant clay mining, and the people left there are trapped in the Southeast Desert and kept by the government at gunpoint away from the Saved Lands north of Birmingham, where its rumored that grass still grows and white puffy clouds still exist. It’s a compelling, quick read, and a great first novel, as cautionary in its own way as anything by Ray Bradbury or Philip K Dick.
While fiction is often a great foreshadowing of real life, Braziel's sort of doomsday scenario doesn’t seem imminent, although recent news about polar ice regions melting permanently should give us pause to consider what might be next. But while you can’t interrupt climate change by yourself overnight, you can keep from throwing toxic heavy metals into your local landfill, and by extension, your water supply. That might help. On Sustainable Georgia this week we talk about e-waste with green entrepreneur Michael Head from Georgia E-Waste. Isla Earth discusses whether sharks are more dangerous for humans or vice-versa. Our shout out goes to The Grower’s School in Northwest Georgia and their great local food success in
Friday, October 17, 2008
Corn Ethanol, The EcoFocus Film Festival, and World Party All Featured On The Fall Membership Campaign Edition of Sustainable Georgia This Week
Sustainable Georgia this week takes up a big chunk of our time to ask you for your support for GPB Radio during our Fall Membership Campaign. As public broadcasters, we have to get the largest percentage of our funding for programming from you. That includes everything from the cost of rights to Morning Edition and A Prairie Home Companion to the salaries of everyone at GPB Radio. So if you did not call in or log on when prompted during the show, please click here and support Sustainable Georgia and GPB. We have some nifty 'green' thank you gifts, including the chance to have a tree planted in honor of a loved one. If you like what we are trying to do with Sustainable Georgia, please show your support. It means a lot.
This week, in between the emotional appeals for your support, we'll cover the opening of a new corn ethanol plant in Camilla, and feature Rickey Bevington's interview with Courtney Gale, an anti-development activist featured in the documentary Carving Up Oconee, which will be featured in next week's EcoFocus Film Festival in Athens. That event, presented by the UGA Odum School of Ecology, will feature a number of films primarily screened at Cine, in Chronic Town. Rickey wants to give a special shout out to Michael Cardin and Carl Zornes in Athens for their help with the interview.
Recycled music this week dips back into the 1980's, for Karl Wallinger's World Party and the title track to their 1986 album (remember those?) Private Revolution.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Sustainable Georgia This Week-James Glave's Eco Shed, Sunbelt Ag Expo, Little Feat Covers Woody Guthrie
This week on Sustainable Georgia we catch up with James Glave, who has written a wise and funny book called Almost Green-How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet. The book is ostensibly about Glave's attempt to embrace sustainable design by building an Eco Shed adjacent to his home (pictured above). But the book is also about his attempts to seek out a green path for himself and his young family and it's filled with the truths and the contradictions rife when you decide to 'go green.'
In Georgia Earth News comes word that Fireman's Fund Insurance has become the first home insurance company in Georgia to offer a green homeowners policy that will will enable
Our Sustainable Georgia Shout Out goes to the venerable Sunbelt Ag Expo, taking place October 14-16 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. For the 31st year in a row, Farmers will gather on 700 acres just outside of
Recycled music comes courtesy of Little Feat, and their version of "This Land Is Your Land."
Saturday, October 4, 2008
You Don't Need A Weatherman To Tell Which Way The Wind Blows-Wind Power Pros and Cons This Week on Sustainable Georgia
Friday, September 26, 2008
Community Supported Agriculture, Energy Independence and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Featured This Week On Sustainable Georgia
Sustainable Georgia celebrates the Autumnal Equinox and bemoans gas lines this week in a broadcast-online pinata bursting with good stuff, including Josephine Bennett's feature on Davis Farms, the Community Supported Agricultural(CSA) project in Roberta, Georgia. We talk about the indirect cost of oil (among other things) with Jay Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, about his new book A Declaration of Energy Independence. Keely Walker from GPB TV's Georgia Outdoors drops by to talk about their upcoming season premiere next week and give some trenchant facts about fire ecology. The Isla Earth feature covers ongoing developments in the attempt to find a greener form of jet fuel. And recycled music rolls out at the end of this week's program with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and their cover of Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me(The Ecology). Let us know what you think by posting here, or email to email@example.com.
Friday, September 19, 2008
On this week's program we take a look at a controversial initiative that would dam the Flint River as a possible solution for the Metro Atlanta's recent water woes. GPB Bureau Chiefs Josephine Bennett from WMUM 89.7 FM in Macon and John Sepulvado with WGPB 97.7 FM in Rome report to Melissa Stiers on Earth News. Among the high profile opponents of damming the Flint is former President Jimmy Carter, who weighs in. Additionally, we'll talk with Deborah Byrd from Earth & Sky, about their longtime "clear voice for science" feature heard on GPB Radio Monday-Friday at 9:04am and 3:04pm.
Our Shout Out goes out to the Altamaha Riverkeeper for all they do to keep a watch on this great South Georgia Resource, and a reminder that you can join them at their Clam Jam 2008 benefit on October 4. Recycled music features Sheryl Crow's song Gasoline, about a dystopian near-term future where we're all fighting over gasoline, a particularly pointed notion during a week in which Georgians are faced with the highest gas prices in the country, or empty pumps in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike's negative effect on refining capacity.
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Initial topics to be considered on Sustainable Georgia will include green building, brownfield and grayfield re-development, alternative energy use and development, clean water and water conservation, riverkeeping, coastal conservation efforts, recycling strategies and cooperatives, historic preservation and downtown development, locally-grown and marketed food, sustainable-green entrepreneurship, green tourism, transportation and alternate commute strategies and the virtual workplace.
Beyond the goal of crafting a conversational, thoughtful, authentic Georgia voice for these issues, Sustainable Georgia on the air and on the web will strive to create a community of Georgians who care about these issues. For example, featuring a municipal energy efficiency or ‘green’ development success story from one town and broadcasting it throughout the state to others will allow workable sustainability ideas to percolate, be publicized and multiplied for a greater good statewide.