Ken Miller, Clean Energy Programs Director with the Snake River Alliance discusses the impact of the New EPA Carbon Pollution Standards. On June 2, 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. EPA is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. Section 111 (b) is the federal program to address new, modified and reconstructed sources by establishing standards. Section 111 (d) is a state-based program for existing sources. The EPA establishes guidelines. The states then design programs that fit in those guidelines and get the needed reductions. During our discussion, Ken explains that 111 (d) will have the greatest impact in Idaho as there are no plans to construct new coal powered plants at this time. Mr. Miller goes on to explain how to state of Idaho is working towards meeting the new standards, and the opportunity that our listeners have to be involved in the process by providing input to the EPA during the public comment period for the new regulation. Note that since time of our interview, the comment period has been extended to December 1, 2014. This show aired 9-16-2014. Due to the time sensitive nature of the content and public comment period. The show will air again on 9-30-2014. You can also stream the podcast of the interview below.
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EPA Carbon Pollution Standards With Ken Miller 9-16-14 by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud
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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 email@example.com or visit http://www.usgbcidaho.org/green-schools-challenge/
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
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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
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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
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