September 15, 2016
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Designer Kalyn Kane. Her specialty is using recycled paper receipts for her art and inspirational clothing piece.
Fashion designer and event organizer Ceci Guevara. She has been organizing and producing the Trash Makeover Challenge for TCE for the last few years.
Lani Oglewood, the Administrative Director for TCE and the Chief Event Coordinator for the annual Trash Makeover Challenge. The Trash Makeover event will be on September 24 at the Scottish Rite Theater. Doors open at 7 PM and tickets are limited.
Ceci Guevara, Kalyn Kane, Lani Oglewood
The Green Party advocates more fair access to the voting process and green initiatives for the county of Travis and the state of Texas. Our guests from the Travis County Green Party were:
katija “kat” Gruene is a long-time activist with the Green Party, focusing on electoral reforms and a basic income guarantee. Her personal experience with disabilities and poverty has informed her positions on domestic policies and economics.
Bio: Ashely “Flashe” Gordon is a local artist, activist, and organizer. Her favorite thing to do is work with children. She is currently running for County Commissioner of Precinct 1.
Stacy Guidry, Kat Gruene, Ashely “Flashe” Gordon, John Hoffner, Amy Stansbury
Farmshare Austin is implementing a new model for delivering organic farm products to people living in “Food deserts” in Austin. Farmshare Austin envisions a future of resilient local food economies that provide farmers with livable incomes, value the resources needed to farm, and ensure organic food access. It takes a whole-systems approach to community food security by training organic farmers, improving farm practices, preserving farmland, and increasing access to organic food.
Our guests were Taylor Cook, the Executive Director of Farmshare Austin, and Sarah Stein Lobovitz, the Obesity Prevention and Program Coordinator for the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department. Taylor and Sarah are working together on a new exciting program to provide Mobile Farmer’s Market opportunities in “Food Deserts” in Austin.
Listen to the podcast and find out what a Food Desert is and how Farmshare Austin is getting food to locations where healthy food is needed most.
Reed Sternberg, Amy Stansbury, Taylor Cook, John Hoffner
Executive Director of “2020 or Bust”, Laughlin Artz has been a leader and innovator for over two decades in the fields of cultural transformation and contextual activism. He has brought to large corporations and international organizations a unique approach for empowering management and teams to successfully realize unreasonable commitments and visionary projects. He has led public seminars for thousands of people at a global firm dedicated to personal and professional growth, training, and development. Laughlin also performs as a comedian in New York City and surrounding areas.
Janis Bookout, Outreach Manager for Austin Earth day joined us in the studio to discuss how you can participate in the 2020 program in Austin.
Reed Sternberg, Janis Bookout, Amy Stansbury, Laughlin Artz, John Hoffner
Cap Metro, Austin’s area bus and rail transpiration provider, released its draft report “Connections 2025 Plan”. Cap Metro releases one of these plans every 5 years to guide changes to their service, improve ridership, and help solve our traffic congestion issues. This year’s draft plan focuses around increasing frequency on as many bus routes as possible. It also calls for the creation of additional Metro Rapid lines.
Our guest was Melissa Ayala, who is the Communications Specialist at Capital Metro. She gave us an in-depth look at the plan, as well as letting our listeners know how they can get involved in finalizing the report and plan.
Stacy Guidry, Amy Stansbury, Melissa Ayala, John Hoffner
Melissa Ayala in the KOOP studio.
Living Springs is an interactive documentary about the life, culture, and history of Barton Springs and its place in Austin. There are several dozen videos that tell the story of the Springs from many different perspectives. Using the power of this multi-linear approach viewers navigate a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, historic figures, poets and preachers who share their stories and their thoughts about Austin’s most beloved natural resource.
Our guest was Karen Kocher, an Austin-based media producer who works in film and video and multimedia. She is the creator of Living Springs.
Living Springs lives on the web, available 24-7 worldwide, as well as locally in Central Texas science and humanities curricula, and installed in a permanent exhibit at the Barton Springs Education Center where over 100,000 visitors come each year. http://livingspringsaustin.org/
About the Campaign:
We’re running a Kickstarter campaign for Living Springs: Age of Concern — a new episode of the documentary that captures the amazing effort 1950-1970 that helped protect the Springs for today’s Austinites to enjoy. The campaign will fund post-production and starts 7/14 (finishing up 8/11). It’s bookmarked by free, outdoor, full moon screenings (and swims!) at the Springs. We’d love to be able to drop byShades of Green to discuss the project, share Karen’s ongoing effort to tell the story of the Springs, and perhaps some audio from one of the episodes. Ideally we could do the August 4th show, but we’re open to other dates as well.
John Hoffner, Karen Kocher, Amy Stansbury and Reed Sternberg
Protecting the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer
Linda Curtis is a longtime independent political activist and the Director of Independent Texans PAC. Many of us know her from her work with local developer whistle-blower, Brian Rodgers of ChangeAustin.org, along with Democrat Peck Young, in getting Austin it’s new voting system called 10-1.
Michele Gangnes is an attorney, water rights activist and landowner who lives in Lee County over the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, the most coveted groundwater in Texas. She is on the board of the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund, a brand new non-profit organization designed to save the Simsboro.
Michele and Linda explained why the Simsboro is under siege by private water marketers and the city of San Antonio and, unlike the Edwards, is a very slow recharge aquifer. Austin is in the middle of the so-called “growth corridor” between Williamson county and San Antonio. Austin is leading the region in a no-holds-barred growth strategy and the city is not enacting things that could slow down that growth, like imposing impact fees on development to make growth begin to pay for itself.
The consequences of this in a western state plagued by periodic and increasing drought is the “California water model” — moving masses of water to development in dry areas of the state. California farmers are now using oil and gas wastewater to grow their crops — even so-called “organics”. This next legislative session is when Texas could well be pushed into a totally manmade environmental crisis.
Our guests Michelle Gangnes and Linda Curtis.
Our guests were Kelly Davis, staff attorney for Save Our Springs Alliance and David Foster, Texas Director at Clean Water Action. Kelly focuses on transportation issues and protection of endangered species at SOS.
We talked about the proposed SH45 SW toll road. The ongoing debate over a new highway project in Austin continues to heat up as the road’s construction start date moves even closer. At issue is SH 45 SW, a proposed toll road which would be built between MoPac Expressway and FM 1626 by two state agencies – the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA).
We discussed what “community solar” means and who is doing it in Austin and other parts of Texas.
A community solar project—sometimes referred to as a solar garden or shared renewable energy plant—is a solar power plant whose electricity is shared by more than one household.
Our Guests were:
Tuan Pham is the president and founder of PowerFin Partners; a solar development and operating company with offices in Austin and San Antonio. They are implementing innovative community solar programs in both cities.
Joey Romano is the founder of Harvest Moon Solar (now Local Sun) which built a 1.5 MW solar farm completed in 2015 located on FM 3013 in Austin County, 50 miles west of Houston. The solar project covers 12 acres and produces enough electricity to power 300 homes in our community.
Leslie Libby is retired from Austin Energy and the founder of Libby Solar. She has been active in Solar Austin and an advocate for more Community solar in Austin.
Peter Muhoro is the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. PEC is rolling out its new community and residential solar programs.
John Hoffner, Tuan Pham, Leslie Libby, Peter Muhoro, Reed Sternberg