Mary McLeod, Coordinator Single-Family Program and Maureen Scanlon, Coordinator, Green Building Commercial Program at Austin Energy Green Building Program joined us to talk about the program from its infancy to present day as Austin celebrates the program’s 20th anniversary at City Hall. Austin Energy Green Building Program is the first comprehensive sustainable building program in the United States and coined the term “green building.” Click here to listen to, or download the podcast of the show recorded on Feb 17, 2011.
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.
Green architect and sailor, David Martin discusses his “all solar and green” residential development going up in south Austin. Each home includes highly efficient appliances and feature, rainwater and other water conservation measures and a solar water heater and PV system. You may visit the Web site at www.lascasasverdes.com . Reed Sternberg with the Texas Green Network shares a short piece on green toys for the holiday season.
Car2Go is an innovative program in Austin that offers mobility around the City without have to own a car. Members of Car2Go receive an electronic card that allows access to Smart Cars located anywhere in the City. CEO Nicolas Cole and Director of Marketing, Paul DeLong discuss the innovative program that has been operating as a pilot in Austin. You may visit the Car2Go website. The success of the program has prompted the owners to consider trying a similar program in other cities.
Mike Sloan of PowerSmack.org discusses the 2020 Plan for electric generation and climate protection published by Austin Energy in November. The plan comes before the City Council on December 9, 2010. To visit Mike’s new site go to powersmack.org.
James and Kate Hoffner discuss which city is really weird – Santa Cruz, California or Austin, Texas? They discuss sustainability at their respective college campuses: University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Texas. Eat Green on Thanksgiving in America. Click below to listen to the Pod Cast:
G-oil is a bio-based synthetic alternative that is made from 100% American-grown beef tallow, an already produced waste stream of our domestic beef industry. JD Longnion of GREEN EARTH OIL Distributors, LLC in Austin, Texas discusses his sales of G-oil, which is certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Reed Sternberg of the Texas Green Network www.texasgreennetwork.org returns to update listeners on activities at TGN. Click below to listen to the pod cast.
Shades of Green Energy begins its new season on KOOP radio with a discussion about environmental and energy advantages with pedi-cabs in Austin, Texas. Luke Iseman, owner of Dirtnail Pedicabs is the guest. The program also includes a short piece by Christine Giordano as she takes a ride in a pedi-cab downtown. Click the link to listen to listen.
Thinking Forward, while looking back 35 years! On the eve of Shades of Green’s fourth year of broadcasting, we spotlight Austin’s original Green exports to the planet at large: ‘CMPBS’ founders GAIL VITTORI & PLINY FISK… The ‘Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems’ is throwing a party Nov. 5th to celebrate ripples in the global pond! Find out what that has meant, via your radio.
Steve Amos, the Co-Director for Green Ribbon Schools in Austin Texas describes his green initiative in Texas schools. He is helping encourage students to implement environmental and energy savings project in their school. His goal is to reach out to 10,000 students on Facebook to join the non-profit Green Ribbon Schools.