Jenn Ellis, Green Schools Advocate

Jenn Ellis, US Green Building Idaho Green Schools Advocate & Bekah Spille with the Boise  School District discuss the Idaho Green School Challenge. A program of the US Green Building Council Idaho Chapter, the Idaho Green School Challenge engages k-12 students and staff and volunteer community mentors to brainstorm projects that positively impact the school and the environment. Green Schools Challenge projects lead to lower energy and water and other resource consumption and  good stewards of their own environments. Listen to our conversation via the player below to learn more about the Green Schools Challenge and how the program contributes to building a greener Idaho. If you are an interested educator or mentor, please contact greenschools@usgbcidaho.org or visit http://www.usgbcidaho.org/green-schools-challenge/

Bekah and Charlie

Bekah Spille receives the cash award for her classroom’s winning 2014 Green Schools Challenge project









Idaho Green Schools Challenge with Jen Ellis and Bekah Spille by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

John Weber is on to a new home project after completing a super efficient, net zero home a few years ago that he built from the ground up. This time around he is retrofitting a typical Boise home built in the 70’s to make it as efficient as possible and go net zero again. The most important goal of this project is to keep the upgrades as affordable as possible to show people they can achieve near net zero energy living even in a very inefficient existing home.

Tune in to my conversation with John to learn about this very cool home retrofit project and how he has reduced the energy demand of the home and coupled that with a solar pv system and his plug-in electric car named Ice Storm. As always you can listen on air at 93.5 FM or 89.9 FM or stream the show via www.radioboise.org.

John’s Small Footprint new home project 2011

Check back on this blog post for pictures of John’s house including some of the features we’ll discuss on the show and some tips on where to find products and services he utilized for his home.

John Weber- Taking a typical Boise home to net zero energy by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud

What’s the value of a tree? Easy question right? Just go to your local nursery, or Home Depot, and they’ve got it priced out for you. But what about the additional values conferred by trees? Clean air, shade, cool islands, clean water…the list goes on.

Quantifying and valuating the ecosystem services that trees provide is difficult, but important. Tune in to Building A Greener Idaho at 3 on Radio Boise 89.9/93.5 FM for a special conversation with Lance Davisson, Coordinator of the Treasure Valley Canopy Network, and network partner, Tim Maguire of Ecosystem Sciences for a discussion on the value of trees and Ecosystem Services   Tim Maguire

New Show Promo

With a bit of help from my boys River and Canyon and a Radio Boise intern we finally have a new show promo you should be hearing on the airwaves soon. Here’s the preview!

New Building a Greener Idaho Show Promo featuring River & Canyon by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud


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