Kate Galbraith, reporter for the Texas Tribune and Colin Meehan, Clean Energy Analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund Austin office joined us on Shades of Green Energy to discuss green energy and environmental issues from the 82nd Texas Legislature of 2011. Kate Galbraith also discussed her recent 5-part series in the Texas Tribune on water supplies in Central Texas.
Guests Lou Snead of Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin and Colin Rowan of 1st Presbyterian discussed several initiatives they are undertaking. Colin organized a showing of the movie “A Carbon Nation” at his church and Lou Snead is part of the Interfaith Environmental Network in Austin.
The topic is water resources in Texas and how the Texas Water Resource Institute and Texas A&M University are implementing research projects and working with students regarding water conservation and management. Texas is in a drought at this time and needs all citizens and businesses to consider ways to conserve our precious water.
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April 14th Shades of Green Energy hosted Wayne Jeansonne, President of Solluna Builders, LLC. Their recent green home will be featured in the Cool House Tour on June 5, 2011. The home was described by Mother Earth News as “A Super Green but Normal Suburban Home in Texas.” The home received Austin Green Building Program‘s highest rating of 5-stars and is the first home in Round Rock to be rated.
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On March 17 Shades of Green Energy had a special music program to keep in step with Austin’s SXSW. We had singer/songwriter Kelly McFarling and her band from the San Francisco Bay area live in the studio. To listen to some of her music and learn about the band you can visit her Facebook.
Dr. John Thoppil is building a new home in Austin, Texas and had planned to install a solar water heating system to be environmentally sensitive and to increase his chances of getting rating as a 5-star green building. The local architectural board of his home owners association denied his request even though the solar panels would not be visible to his neighbors. Dr. Thoppil discusses his journey and how he hopes legislation introduced by the Texas Legislature will be passed and disallow home owner associations from denying the installation of solar systems that help reduce the carbon footprint of homes. To listen to the pod cast click here.
Wind power has been one of the fastest growing renewable energy power source in Texas since electric utility deregulation in 1999. Walter Hornaday discusses how he was inspired to go into the wind industry and some of his latest large wind power projects. Cielo Wind Power has installed over 16 percent of all the wind power in Texas, and a large portion of the US market.